Elska Magazine, a bi-monthly gay photography and culture publication, has finally travelled to Australia and chosen Perth as it’s next edition.
“Since Elska started almost three years ago, we had lots of requests to come to Australia,” said Magazine Editor and chief photographer Liam Campbell.
“So after sixteen issues in sixteen cities, we knew it was time to finally head Down Under.
“We asked for feedback from readers on which city to choose, which resulted in lots of votes for Sydney and Melbourne, as well as comments saying ‘anywhere except Perth’.
“They described the west coast capital as ‘the most boring city in the world’, but this attitude only made us want to choose it more, to see if we could prove them wrong. In the end, we were never bored by Perth.
“That’s why we did more shoots here than for any other Elska city and why this issue is our biggest yet.”
The Perth edition of Elska introduces a diverse range of men from the local gay/queer community, each presented through individual chapters that contain an intimate photospread and a personal story.
The goal is to let readers feel like they’ve travelled to Perth themselves, met a range of local guys, and started to really get to know them and their city.
They dress to their own clothes, giving a peek at their personal style and at culture through fashion; and many of the men also are shot nude, bearing all with pride.
Elska isn’t about ‘perfect’ models or celebrities – rather it’s about showcasing a sample of guys you might meet at a local bar or café – though that isn’t to say that a model or celebrity wouldn’t be welcome.
Everybody is welcome! And indeed there is one celebrity in the Perth issue, but his fame is not emphasised.
The stories written by each of the men give additional insight into the local culture, and in Perth the texts reveal what life here is like.
“I think that if Perth is to have a reputation for anything, it shouldn’t be dullness but rather joyousness,” Campbell added.
“I never have been anywhere with so many happy people around.
“That’s why this is our first issue to have someone actually smiling on the cover and why so many of the stories are about leisure, love, and lust.”
Elska Perth is 176 pages. It is available in a classic collectible print version or in a download e-version. A companion e-zine called Elska Ekstra Perth is also available containing outtakes and behind the scenes tales, plus images and stories from five more men not featured in the main mag.
A list of stockists and details of how to order online can be found on the Elska website: www.elskamagazine.com.