In the year 2016, the photo calendar is little more than a relic of the bygone Hallmark era. Dethroned from its organizational dominion by basic e-planning technology circa 1984, and later eschewed for the more minimalist Moleskine, the photo calendar now hovers, in terms of status, somewhere in between the tea cosy and the blu-ray DVD. It’s usually just cute dog and cat calendars that make up the bulk of the stock. And sure, FDNY’s female firefighters recently got their own photo calendar, but that was more of a win for feminism than anything else.
That all said, there’s a new photo calendar coming to town. This town, specifically. And it features never-before-seen pictures of one of the most elusive species of all: Brooklyn boys.
The calendar is the brainchild of a professional photographer in BK, Spencer Starnes, who told Brokelyn he first stumbled onto the idea by accident.
“I shot the first photo as a test shoot with my roommate in November,” Starnes, 25, said. “I [was trying] to do fashion photography and I didn’t like it, but I enjoyed the style of lighting. And I thought it would be really fun to put it into a calendar.”
With a name like “Brooklyn Boys,” normally we’d just roll our eyes and move on, but this calendar isn’t going for the same low-hanging fruit of Brooklyn stereotypes as most. You won’t see these Brooklyn boys fixing bicycles, for example, or combing their cascading beards with tortoiseshell utensils. Instead, you’ll see them crouched naked on their coffee tables playing video games, or surrounded by mounds of Texas paraphernalia. It’ll either delight you or infuriate you. (more…)