Friday, April 24, 2015
From Russia With.... Roman by David Vance
'He has the face of a movie star and I expect his real fascination might be with acting on the big screen. Stay tuned.'
No matter who is front of his lens, artist David Vance uses his considerable skills to make them look like they belong on the big screen. David has been shooting models, as well as actual stars of the big screen, television, music and stage for the last 30 years. David is a connoisseur of class, blending beauty with strength and masculinity with majesty. David's images have erotic power and strength, yet his subjects are light, not weighed down by anything but the artists vision to shoot them at their best.
'When Roman Shlyakis contacted me about shooting, I didn't take him seriously. I couldn't imagine that this 20 year old model would come all the way from Russia. It was a great compliment that he actually came. We shot (played) for 2 days because I figured it was my one shot to work with this beautiful newcomer. It is my preference to work with models while they are still humble and sweet. Sometimes after they've gotten some success they often lose those qualities.'
Roman clearly has a raw beauty, starting with that incredible face and those magnificent and magnetic eyes. David hits just the right notes in their work together. The focus is not only Roman's classic look, but David goes beyond just the physical, blending in aspects of his sensuality and personality which creates a series of images that forms a complete snapshot of all that Roman has to offer.
David describes Roman being a special commodity. 'He's a real classic beauty and he's very smart as well, and even though he does't speak a lot of English, he managed to communicate perfectly'. Since arriving from Russia, and shooting with David, Roman's worked with several other photographers in Miami, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico and headed to Mexico to shoot his his very first campaign for ES Collection.
David has celebrated his work with Roman in book featuring 50 pages of beautiful and intimate images of the Russian born born Roman. Be sure to check out the book and sample a preview HERE: Also check out David's newest book, MEN AND GODS which can be found on David's site HERE: