Brotherhood

16 October 2017

Photographer Poem Baker
Models GABRIEL and CHARLIE at PRM Agency, CHARLES and CARL at AMCK Models and CAMERON at Premier Models
Fashion Natasha Freeman
Grooming Julia Laza
Words Berit Warta

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.

Boys1
Boys2

Above: Gabriel wears Shirt by VOLCOM, Jeans and Jumper by SOULLAND, Gillet by CHAMPION and Trainers by NIKE. Charles wears T-Shirt and Trousers by NATIVE YOUTH, Denim Shirt by SCOTCH & SODA and Shoes by DR.MARTENS. Charlie wears Cap by NEW ERA, T-Shirt by CHRISTOPHER SHANNON, Jacket by LEVI'S, Jogging Trousers by CONVERSE and Trainers by ADIDAS. Carl wears T-Shirt by CHAMPION X WOOD WOOD, Shirt by SANTA CRUZ, Chinos by VANS and Trainers by CONVERSE X COMME DES GARCONS

Boys3

Above left: Charles wears T-Shirt, Bomber Jaket and Shorts by UMBOR X HOH, Socks by UNIQLO and Shoes by VANS. Cameron wears T-Shirt and Shorts by UMBRO, Jacket by K-WAY, Trainers by CONVERSE and Socks by RALPH LAUREN
Above right: Carl wears Jeans By PAIGE and Trunks by CALVIN KLEIN

Boys4

Above Cameron wears Tracksuit by ADIDAS. Charles wears Jacket and Trousers by CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN and Roll Neck by UNIQLO. Charlie wears Roll Neck and Track Pants by WOOD WOOD. Gabriel wears Velour Jacket and Pants by TOURNE DE TRANSMISSION, T-Shirt by CHAMPION

Boys56

Above: Carl wears Roll Neck by UNIQLO and Jumper by SANTA CRUZ. Charles wears T-Shirt by CHRISTOPHER SHANNON

Boys65

Above left: Charles wears Jacket and Trousers by CHRISTOPHER RAEBURN, Roll Neck by UNIQLO and Shoes by DR.MARTENS. Charlie wears Roll Neck and Track Pants by WOOD WOOD, ZX Flux NPS Trainers by ADIDAS
Above right: Charlie wears T-Shirt by BLOOD BROTHER and Trousers by NORSE PROJECTS

Boys73

Above: Gabriel wears T-Shirt, Jogging Pants and Coat by BLOOD BROTHER and Shoes by NIKE. Charles as above. Carl wears Cap, T-Shirt and Jogging Pants by BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, Shoes by CONVERSE and Hoodie by WEEKDAY. Charlie wears Denim Jacket and Jeans by CHRISTOPHER SHANNON and Trainers by ADIDAS.

Boys84
Boys84

Above: Charles wears Jeans by LEVI'S and Trunks by CALVIN KLEIN. Carl wears Jeans by PAIGE and Trunks by CALVIN KLEIN. Gabriel wears Trousers By SOULLAND Cameron wears Jeans by WAVEN and Trunks by RALPH LAUREN. Charlie wears Jeans by VOLCOM

Boys92

Above: Charles wears T-Shirt by SANTA CRUZ and Jeans by LEVI'S. Charlie wears T-Shirt by SANTA CRUZ and Jeans by VOLCOM

Boys102

Above left: Same as before
Above right: Gabriel wears Jacket and Jogging Pants by BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB and Trainers by NIKE. Charles wears Jacket by NEMEN, Trousers by TOURNE DE TRANSMISSION, Bag by EASTPAK and Shoes by DR.MARTENS. Carl wears Poncho by SCOTCH & SODA, Track Pants by BJÖRN BORG and Trainers by CONVERSE X COMME DES GARCONS

Boys112
Boys122
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View Clarity of vision, sweeter than a caged smile. The Book of Happiness brings together @_farhaannnn_ and @timgnk_ in this colourful... View What would a smile be if we caged it? Sour. Sweetness quickly rots when it can’t dance and a tooth’s... View ‘Try to hold it in your hands and watch it slip away like water from your palms - too fast... View In collaboration with @aceandtate, photographer and editor @cecilieharris presents you with the key to unlock joy: The Book of Happiness... View Close your eyes and breathe it in. Closer to ‘glede’ with every new frame. The Book of Happiness: an exclusive... View Senses delight in a purple explosion as we transport you across fields of endless lavender with an exclusive @aceandtate collaboration... View Growing up as a female, @krowwithak walked a fine line between self-love and self-hate. Now, he embraces himself wholly and... View ‘One of my favourite moments was the first time I was able to use the men’s washroom. I was always... View In a homely studio in London, we are taken down @krowwithak ’s road to ‘glede’, and learn that beauty can... View For model @krowwithak , Cosplay and music are the guiding lights during times of darkness. Discover the beauty in both... View It’s a name I chose for myself when I was 12 years old. It came to me one day when... View @krowwithak found the confidence to transition after immersing himself in the Cosplay community. @cecilieharris talks to the model about his... View Running free amongst the open fields, sheep and stunning views, memories of childhood flood the senses as we find cover... View ‘Having previously told me about how he loved to roam freely in nature as a kid, letting him run free... View Closer to the ocean, yet not quite there. A secret hideout - that kind of hideout we all need sometimes... View Cecilie Harris captures cover boy Louis Baines for BBG Issue 15. A boy that pulls at the human strings in... View Allowing ourselves to escape sometimes is key to our happiness. In our fashion cover story with @louis.baines , we rediscover... View ‘I didn’t see the Dylan I see now or really come into myself until I was 23. I hid everything... View ‘I think you should put some pressure on yourself in leaving behind a good legacy. I think you owe it...