Luke Austin is a very talented photographer who used to be based in Sydney. He was photographing men, very beautifully here, having exhibitions and gaining quite a following of about 10,000 followers on Instagram. That’s a very good following. Deciding to capitalise on that, in 2013 Luke packed his bags and set off to travel the world photographing guys he’d met on Instagram. He was going “behind the filter” in his own words.

In an unusual twist, Luke stayed with all of the guys he was photographing, not paying for accommodation anywhere on his trip. Little did he know that on the very first stop on his tour, L.A. with the very first model, that his world was about to change. Marcus was the first guy Luke stayed with and to say they hit it off would be an understatement. They are now married and living in L.A. Luke did go on and photograph all the other guys and travel the world, just a little later than expected.

Sydney’s loss it seems, was the U.S’s gain. It could be argued that there is a much bigger pool of stunning men to choose from over there with a population so much bigger than Australia, but it would be a shame to lose him to the States forever. Maybe he’ll come back and photograph some more Aussie’s soon.

Beau Book is available now through Luke Austin Photo.