“Golden Light” by Lauren Kai

When the sun drenches all in golden light and his skin reflects warmly, it is wonderfully clear that we are caught in the best hour of the day. It is magic, a sort of magic that creates shimmering jewels, that reminds us of the warmest days of our lives – the ones spent running barefoot through freshly mowed grass, dodging sprinklers at sundown, wandering suburban neighborhoods. The days when your independence was never confused with loneliness. The golden light known as youth, the warm glow known as freedom.

We’re pleased to present an exclusive editorial from photographer Lauren Kai Quartey. She captures male model Yoeli William in her West Adams neighborhood. A gorgeous exploration of compliments and contrasts, we find the simple yet moving nature of this story striking.

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