This edition was made in Haifa, Israel. Known as the country's most diverse and harmonious city, this 'capital of the north' is also incredibly beautiful. Positioned on the slopes of Mount Carmel with the warm, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea at its feet, Haifa is a most special place that we're excited to present to you.
Inside Elska Haifa you will meet sixteen local men, each of whom were photographed throughout the city and/or in their homes. Each of their intimate photospreads is then accompanied by a personal story, helping you get to know them even more, as if you were there in Haifa with us as we met and photographed them.
Owing to the city's diversity, our first Israeli Elska features men from various backgrounds - Jews and Arabs of course, as well as some from the city's huge post-Soviet communities and beyond. Some of the stories reveal particular struggles, such as an Arab dealing with coming out to a conservative community, a Jew desperate to make it through his compulsory military service, or a new Russian immigrant trying to fit in. These men do reveal some of their pain, but they share their hope as well. It is this hope that we encountered all over Haifa that makes us so proud of this edition.
Also included in our semi-recurring 'Elska Dehors' feature, we include a series by Dutch photographer and flight attendant Rik Besselink, chronicling his travels through self-portraits alone in layover hotels.