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From Ukraine, With Love

›› Do you ever believe those Grindr profiles that are looking for “chat only”? Well, Liam Campbell travels the world doing just that while compiling his photography/ travel bookazine, Elska. Interview by Jesse Archer

DNA: Elska is a male photography, culture and travel art-zine. How did it start?

Liam Campbell: I studied photography in college but never used it professionally. I also love to travel, although ‘love’ isn’t a strong enough word. I wanted to combine these two passions into one endeavour.

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What does the word Elska mean? Elska is the Icelandic word for love. Iceland was the first foreign country I’d ever been to and there was borne my love of travel.

Travel has now become a sort of profession. I had been a teacher but decided to take a job as a flight attendant so I could travel for free and be able to get into photography on layovers. At first I was doing candid street-style photography but I got more and more into individual people. After about a year I decided to leave the airline and make Elska. This way I’d continue to travel, meet and photograph local guys, and package it into a periodical bookazine concept, each issue based on a particular city.

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DNA #191 is our Annual Swimwear Edition. Our cover model this month is Quinton Wynn. Check out his fun shoot with Hayden Su inside. For more fellas, check out the guys of Luke Austin’s new Beau Book, we have a Fire Island fling with Brandon Cole Bailey, beach boy Cory Frederick hits the seashore with Jorge Rivas, tattooed model Vince Ramos poses for West Phillips and beach bear Risan works his magic with photographer Leo Castro. There’s plenty of swimwear inside this issue. Check out the season’s hottest trends in our Swimwear Review of 2016. Our Grooming Guru Will Fennell is back and this month with a focus on monogamy and coconuts, we take a look at Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol, check out exciting new travel bookazine Elska, Siki Daha chats to us about his new music, we’re on the search for a folk hero and see awarding winning play Buyer and Cellar. For your serious reads, we meet a man who escaped certain death from ISIS and is now helping to save others from the brutality, check out indie flick Kiss Me Kill Me and how the 20th Century was influenced by Oscar Wilde and Robert Baden-Powell. We also check out why being intimate is healthy for you, Josh Piterman is our Straight Mate, plus all our regular favourites including Boys Toys, Month in a Minute, Loving, Dear Diva and Burntoast.