Elska – Issue 19 (London)

Elska – Issue 19 (London)

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About Elska 19 (London, England):

Our nineteenth Elska Magazine issue is our second to be made in the UK, but our first to be made in England. Inside, readers are introduced to fifteen men from the local gay/queer community. Each get their own chapter containing a personal story they wrote from their life in the city, and several intimate and unairbrushed images shot of them inside their homes and out in their neighbourhoods. None are hired models or celebrities, none of the scenes are staged, and none of the stories are commissioned, resulting in an honest glimpse at gay lives in the British capital.

Living in London is vastly different to what tourists see and experience, which is why the images don't show what you might expect - there's no Buckingham Palace or even a Gherkin in the background. The stories are rather more real as well, and in the case of our London issue, often a bit dark. 

Some of the fifteen men you'll meet in Elska London include:

  • Tommy M, who talked about the fabulous gay life he dreamed of as a teenager, eventually moving to London from his native Lithuania to find year after year of his expectations being shattered;

  • Harry F, who shared a recent experience dealing with a barrage of homophobia from a punter at his local pub, something he didn’t expect to happen in this city and in 2018;

  • Omar B, who wrote about learning to accept loneliness as a normal part of London life, and learning how to flourish anyway;

  • Jamie T, who opened up about a sexually unwelcome experience at a work function and how the #MeToo movement has barely reached the LGBTQ community;

  • Brad C; who discussed the trials of dating in the capital in a colourfully detailed and most explicit way that transports you into the city's pubs, parks, and bedrooms.

Features images of / stories from: Omar B, Dylan T, Darren B, Jose C, Jamie T, Alex L, Wellie Y, Sean B, Kamil M, Harry F, Tommy M, Brad C, Victor U-K, Konstantin Z, and Thomas G.

 

Details and Specs:

Elska London is 180 pages. The print version is A5 (24cm x 14.8cm / 5.8 x 8.3 in), full colour, perfect-bound, and on 130gsm (90lb) matte paper. One random Elska Collectors' Postcard is inserted inside.

Details and Specs:

Elska Berlin is 180 pages. The print version is 170mm x 240mm (approx 6.7 x 9.4 in), full colour, sewn-bound, offset-printed, and on 130gsm (90lb) internal matte paper and 280gsm (110lb) textured coated coverage paper with flaps. One random Elska Collectors' Postcard is inserted inside.

Welcome to Elska, a project about sharing the bodies and voices of guys we meet all over the world. Referred to by The Advocate as ‘probably the nicest, most sincere magazine to have ever been created’ and also described as ‘part intellectual queer pin-up mag and part sexy anthropology journal’, you won’t find celebrity gossip, models, or lifestyle tips here. Instead come travel along with us get to know a diverse cross-section of queer boys everywhere through intimate photography and personal storytelling

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