Even unpolished a gem is still a gem. 19 year old Elijah had never modeled before but so many of his friends at school said he had that 'look' and encouraged him to give it a try. Elijah contacted William from DAVISCION after seeing William's images and website. Elijah loved how William captured his subjects and wanted to give it a try. He was worried he didn't have any much wardrobe but told William assured him not to worry, they could work with whatever we can come up with.
'Elijah and I had been trying to connect for about a month, but the winter weather is here, and it has been mostly dark and cloudy and always too cool or drizzly. I had not planned to shoot this particular Saturday, but when I went outside to feed the fish that morning, I realized after a week of wet foggy weather that the sky was clear and it would be 70 degree's. I quickly emailed Elijah and 30 minutes later he got back to me, thrilled to be able to shoot, and would be there by noon.'
'He showed up just after noon and never have been photographed before, he was very excited. He said he couldn't wait to his friends he had a actually done a professional shoot. Elijah was a pleasure to work with, polite, soft, but well spoken. I loved his face and those freckles, so beautiful!'
Overslept / So tired / If late / Get fired / Why bother? / Why the pain? / Just go home / Do it again
The Commuter's Lament by Norman B. Colp
Christmas is of course supposed to be a joyful time. Bright lights, decorations, fine food and family. The days leading up to it however are not always full of mistletoe and candy canes. October and November have shorter days and the darkness of night creeping in earlier and earlier each day. By the time Christmas has arrived, the darkness of night sets in for many as early as 4 and 5pm.
Work generally gets busier as well, whether it is the hectic lead up to the holidays, or the face people are not as focuses, distracted by all they have to do. Year end is coming, and many company's have extra things needing to be completed as January 1st looms closer. Many of course have the stress of upcoming family festivities. Although there are a couple of days off, you know they are going to be filled with tense family moments and people you might avoid if you could. The flip side is those who must pretend, faking happy holiday cheer with the pretence,of creating a holiday, knowing there won't really be anyone around on those days off to share it with.
All of this takes it's toll, especially on our daily commutes to and from work. The way home can be especially draining. You're trying to shake off the shit from your day and have some semblance of relaxing evening. The streets, buses and subways are full. Some are laughing and loud, others thinking and quiet.
December's weather does nothing to help, it's insistence to be unpredictable creates another challenge. Chilled to the bone one day, sweating in a winter coat the next. Rain and snow, sun and dark and up and down temperatures making choosing what to wear impossible, and also really an ultimately useless exercise as just as you smartly choose that heavy coat to fight off the bone chilling morning temperatures, the weather fucks you over, but rising 12 degrees through the day, using that coat to mock you as you drag it back home.
Would there be a better ending a hard day then to join photographer Richard Rothstein along with Zoolander (Daniel) for a Christmas pyjama party on the long ride home. Although his 'nice balls' Pj bottoms and reindeer slippers might be enough to garner attention, Daniel, a personal trainer and martial arts instructor, has without question, one of the hottest chests, and most incredible backs riding down Broadway 125st Station!
With Manhattan as his studio, one of the things I love so much about Richard's work is not only seeing the city, in each of it's glorious seasons, but the people who dwell there, and their reaction to Richard shooting among them. I am not sure why every eye on that train is not planted on Daniel's incredible physique, but unless Richard directed them to for a specific image, but I am positive they were all visually re-energized enough to get up and do that same commute all over again tomorrow.