THROUGH THE CENTURIES LOTS HAS BEEN SAID ON THE SUBJECT OF MODESTY. TRUTH IS THAT MODESTY, REAL MODESTY, IS A VIRTUE SELDOM FOUND IN MEN. IT IS OFTEN A WAY TO HIDE ARROGANCE OR TO GET ATTENTION. TRUE MODESTY CAN BE FOUND IN THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT OF THEIR TALENT, GENUINELY SURPRISED WITH PRAISE.
We know Jorge Rivas for quite some years now and are always happily surprised with his work. Jorge grew up in Mexico, being part of a family of doctors. And it seemed logical he would follow that same carer path. In fact, Jorge did study medicine but realized pretty soon it just wasn't for him. With creativity flowing though his veins, Jorge turned his attention to graphic design and architecture. Interesting fact is that his passion for the arts was also inspired by his father, who gave Jorge his first camera when he was still a kid.
After graduating Jorge Rivas returned to his first artistic passion: photography Embarking on a photography study, he started to take photos of friends at first in order to master all the techniques he learned in theory. Though inspired by fashion, Jorge's first subjects where male models and, moving back to Mexico after having spent some time in the United States, kids and pregnant women. Simply because that seemed to be the most lucrative market at the time. Though not his first choice it did help him to further develop his skills. Luck would have it that Jorge would participate in a contest shooting Paris Hilton on one of her visits to Mexico, and, some time later, to meet Joe Oppedisano after moving back to the USA, who offered his an assistant place.
New York was probably Jorge Rivas' best "school". Here he learned that one has to fight for each opportunity. And that opportunity came with a contract with the NFL for which he relocated to Dallas. It was here in Dallas that Jorge Rivas started to make name for himself, in both male artistic and fashion photography. But again it wasn't easy. Finding himself yet another time alone in a city he had to put everything in everything to create his place. But he did it. Giving him enough confidence to eventually move back to New York where Jorge is currently located. Though he has known many successes, his experience of hard working to deserve a place has kept Jorge humble. Each time he submits work he is genuinely surprised and happy with the reactions he gets. His recent work with model Anthony Forte won't be anything else.
Anthony Forte is 23 years old and resides in Staten Island, New York. Pretty new in modeling he attacks it as Jorge Rivas did his photography With everything he has to give. And a willingness to learn more. Anthony is a licensed cosmetologist, product/styling educator and sign language interpreter. He had the honor of working back stage at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and now he is getting to be on the other side getting his hair done. His ambition is small but true. He would like to start one day his own business and open a salon. Like Jorge Rivas, Anthony Forte is a man who's character is dreivn by modesty. He strongly believes that if you want great things to happen in life modesty is key, even if aiming at things bigger than you can imagine. His objective: turning fantisie in reality. And he is on the right track. –BM-
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