Some say true love only exists between brothers. A bond that has survived since the beginning of time. United, not by blood, but the brotherhood they feel for each other. For young men of today, this is still very much the case. A tight arm around the shoulder, two fists meeting to say hello and supporting words about yesterday's adventures. Sharing their achievements and failures - inventing their own language - this shapes the framework of brotherhood.
Photographer Poem Baker documents Gabriel and Charlie at PRM Agency, Carl and Charles at AMCK Models and Cameron at Premier Models, as they remind you of what true friendship looks like. The challenges of growing up is often based on competition between peers and social pressures - encouraging boys to hide their fears and feelings. In this series, Poem and the boys clash with tradition, as she gives them space to exist freely in the neighbourhood streets in this documentary inspired editorial. Letting them roam free to explore what it means to be young.
Empowered by stylist Natasha Freeman, the boys celebrate vulnerability and explore the boundaries of masculinity. No need to pretend or cage each other in. With colourful palettes from orange to rosé, Natasha paints portraits of each individual character. They represent the diversity of youngsters. The boys are wrapped in individuality, but still tied together - channelling the invisible rope that unite them. With comfort being on the agenda, jeans, T-shirts and jackets, from a variety of brands from Soulland, Scotch & Soda and Christopher Shannon to Vans, Levi's and Converse, sits effortlessly on the boys. Together they are stronger, a finished symphony of some sort if you will. Ready to paint the town in new colours, agendas being made up as they go along - the main vision to truly exist together for as long as it lasts.