This Elska edition was made in Cape Town, South Africa. It's our first time on the great African continent and we are proud to introduce you to some of the men we met in there. It's a unique city in this part of the world for its diverse population - about 50% mixed-race (or 'coloured', in the local parlance) 30% black, and 20% white - and this diversity is reflected on these pages. And it's also unique for being a real beacon of gay life and freedom on a continent that's rife with official and unofficial homophobia.
Inside you'll meet fifteen local men who we shot throughout the city and in their homes, dressed in their own style or nude. The photographic style is natural, giving an honest and intimate experience. Then each of the photospreads are accompanied by a personal story, letting you get to know the men (and their city and culture) at an even more intimate level.
This time the story topics really run the gamut. They include Fahad H's piece about dealing with racism within his own relationships; Jannie B's text on being into much older men; JP de C's account of finding love at a gay sauna; Ashley S's tale of building self-esteem and self-love; and Terrence D's story about learning to recognise sexual assault.