Sam Alexander for Issue 10

1 June 2016

Interpretation is a powerful tool. Artists rely on the personal experiences, memories and generic lifestyle of audiences to come to conclusions about their own work. Sam Alexander's watercolour illustrations can lead people to dark, sinister corners of their imagination, where little creatures lurk in the shadows and appeal the darker part of your mind. But on the other hand, they could be seen as gentle, simply misunderstood characters inspired from Sam's skinny arms and legs, unable to touch their toes or cross their legs... illustrations that will make you smile, as you make up a story in your head of who they might be.

Building her own narrative through Sam, Cecilie Harris has been photographing Sam Alexander at Established Models every month for almost two years. They are documenting Sam 'Boyhood-style' doing what he does best whenever they meet; simply being Sam. Yet, for this tenth Boys by Girls issue, Cecilie challenged Sam to become the charachers in his own illlustrations. Through the collaboration, she encourages Sam to curl his back almost to breaking point, to stretch and to leap and make his limbs move awkwardly like his creations for her lens. Model Sam put aside, the artist is let free. The photographs in turn cause the inspiration for the illustrations included in the issue 10 feature.

Sam is no stranger to Boys by Girls and often makes an appearance in the magazine pages and online. He was one of the cover boys for Issue 8, 'The Trouble With Boys', and you can buy his wonderful illustrations in the BBG shop. His dandy, mischievious little men cover three pages in his print feature for Issue 10, 'Muse', and there are a selection of the images shot by Cecilie exclusively available in the issue. Below is one of the photo and illustrations pairs that was part of this experiment.

Issue 10 is now available to buy in stores and online.

Photography and Words CECILIE HARRIS
Model SAM ALEXANDER at Established Models

Introduction by Savannah Liu.

BBGIssue10142Sam Alexander
BBGIssue10142Sam Alexander
BBGIssue10143Sam Alexander
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View View View @nickhargrove and Hedvig connect over moody European roots (we blame the weather!), humans' innate longing for belonging, and Nick's journey... View @nickhargrove on feeling connectedSee link in bio for the full feature.Interview @hedvigwerner
View Gigi captures ‘Charmed’ star @nickhargrove in a new exclusive feature. See link in bio for the full feature. Photography @ggphotographyofficial... View Turn down the TV so it doesn’t clash with the sounds of bodies in sync. All in, don’t hold anything... View Soft cotton bedsheets smooth and caress weary limbs. Come rain or shine, the airy fabrics welcome their tenant home. ... View Lucy found Tom and Francesc to be incredibly comfortable both in front of each other and the camera while being... View Ecstasy from dusk to dawn when in each other’s company. Pure elation arising from the simplicity of fingers running down... View This series was inspired around Lucy being in love herself and the overwhelming feelings of falling in love. She wanted... View Engulfed in each other, problems and politics blur into background noise of a soundtrack delightfully ignored. . . Photography by... View A bed fit for kings hosts the sincerest intimacies. Eye to eye. Chest to chest. Lips to lips. Honesties slip... View Between veins and nails lie the beauty of the details. Mental notes remember the way they reach out, how they... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘The Touch’ by Lucy Jarvis. Lucy photographs her close friend Tom and his partner... View The threads they’re clad in too - styled by Sara Grižon - holding the human, keeping it safe, showing us... View Doesn’t it make the air lighter, to see how easy they breathe together? Same lungs, same heart, same blood -... View We can watch the Slovenian @zavbibrothers cultivate this forest with their memories, scattering their present onto the overgrown paths. We... View Motion and stasis, the undergrowth and the sky - a sense of balance meted out to brighten life’s lessons. Even... View Boyhood is a kingdom of sticks huddled in leafmould, defying autumn. See link in bio for the full feature. Talent... View Veronika Malačič captures Slovenian brothers and musicians, @zavbibrothers in a series of black and white frames, accompanied along with a...