Masc4Masc by Oliver Zel
Hyper-sexualization amongst young gay men is remarkably prevalent. There is an increasing pressure on gay youth to engage exclusively in sexual encounters that eclipse romantic intimacy. While participation in hookup culture remains an implicit part of growing up gay, many young men are met with a darker reality, one fraught with unspoken loneliness and risk.
"Using peers of varying sexualities, I portray the emotional phases a teenager experiences over the course of many nameless encounters. - I am an 18y/o, Cuban-American Photographer and Filmmaker based out of Miami Beach. Through my work, I tell daring narratives exploring manhood, intimacy, and the queer status quo through stylized portraiture and film."
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