Men Should Hold More Flowers are 35mm portrait series of Baltimore’s musicians, designers, filmmakers and other local creatives holding stems from B.Willow.

Read an article on these series: VFILES x MEN SHOULD HOLD MORE FLOWERS.


Concept/ Styling/ Photography: Vlada Dyecheva

DP/ Lighting: Theo Gray



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Men Should Hold More Flowers are 35mm portrait series of Baltimore’s local musicians, designers, filmmakers and other creatives holding stems from a local florist.


Having carefully selected flowers at the shop the day before, I hoped for each participant to pick a stem that felt most right for them. Each portrait tells it’s own story on how men carry themselves in moments of vulnerability, celebration and even love. 


Everyone’s take on the piece was different. Dave Shin, a painter and artist of all mediums had a lot of questions walking into the shoot. “What is this for?”, was followed with “The only person to give me flowers is my mom at graduations and some of my shows. That’s it.”


Scott Will, a film editor, kept talking about his work while holding the flower. “I’m editing this documentary and it’s sort of a mess right now”. It was a moment to display concerns and frustrations that have been held back. “There's literally not enough time in the day”. We’ve all been there, right? 


Posing shirtless wasn’t as easy as it sounds either. Several models had to think twice before sitting down and letting a light shine on them. Max Griffin, a designer, who recently returned from living in Hamburg, Germany posed with legs against his chest and talked about his body hair. “This morning I looked in the mirror and my chest hair forms an eagle. Except one of his wings is much shorter than the other. Funny, right?” 


Getting such diverse reactions was more fascinating than taking the pictures, so I wanted to hear what my dearest friend, lover and collaborator on this project thought about these series. Theo Gray, a filmmaker, helped light each portrait and bounce ideas the night before our first shoot. He carefully observed each participant and after our last shoot looked at me and said, “I enjoyed physically putting a light on a topic that was never illuminated”. 


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