Queer men celebrate the freedom and diversity of Amsterdam in Elska magazine

Popular indie magazine Elska has traveled to Amsterdam for an intimate exploration of the cityscape and to celebrate the queer men who live there.

A topless young man in a house beside a window

The latest addition of indie bi-monthly magazine, Elska, intimately explores the lives of queer men living in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. 

In its pages, Elska editor and chief photographer Liam Campbell explores the beauty of queer identity throughout Amsterdam. Each photo captures GBT+ men traversing stunning scenery, including the classic imagery of bicycles and canals, before taking part in more personal shoots in their home settings. 

Arthur standing by the canal in Amsterdam wearing a denim jacket for newest addition of Elska

Qian standing by a canal in Amsterdam wearing a bright shirt and glasses for Elska photoshoot

In the previous ‘Warsaw Edition’, men celebrated their queerness by stripping to protest rising homophobic attitudes within Poland. Campbell said in a press release, “I hope that as many Poles as possible will see this work, whether they are proud or disgusted at the results. I certainly am incredibly proud of the men I met in Warsaw who were willing to take part in our project and so publicly and intimately declare themselves out and unafraid.”

Speaking of the latest Amsterdam edition, Cambell shared, “Last autumn, I suddenly received invitations from several Amsterdammers to their city, [so] I decided to finally do it. As I expected, I encountered a lot of men who were keen to take part, as well as a fair few canals and bicycles! In addition, the participants were especially carefree and open-minded, every single one of them choosing to do the indoor (nude) part of the photoshoot as well as the outdoor city shoot.”

Jacques standing in his underwear and beside a window for the magazine photoshoot

Cambell knew Elska would eventually make its way to Amsterdam and for their new edition, it has finally become a reality. Local men share both their bodies and voices in proud celebration. Each of the men photographed accompany their images with a self-written personal story on their experiences.

Arthur kneeling down and naked as part of Elska photoshoot

George wearing underwear in front of a wall full of dolls as part of Elska photoshoot

If you are interested in getting to know the city of Amsterdam and the queer men who live there, check out the latest edition of Elska which can be found over on their website.

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