AFTER WE PUBLISHED OUR INTERVIEW WITH LEVI POULTER ON NOVEMBER 4TH, MANY OF YOU CONTACTED US WITH THE URGENT REQUEST TO SEE MORE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN. OF COURSE WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AT ALL. LEVI IS A POPULAR MAN, SO IF SOMEONE WOULD ASK YOU TO POSE WITH HIM AND THE CONCEPT WOULD BE MALE INTIMACY WOULD YOU REFUSE? NO, WE DIDN’T THINK SO. NEITHER DID PAUL FRANCIS.
Even though we stated talking about Levi today, it is Paul Francis’s beautiful face that graces BeautifulMag’s cover this edition. Paul, 1st generation American, born from Colombian and British parents in Philadelphia. Paul, who is 28 years old, eventually moved to Miami Beach, Where he started his career as model/actor as well as a dancer in several professional performances. Paul’s whole life has been a chain of creative expressions. He has been drawing since he was 3, dancing since he was 8, acting since he was 16 and modeling – only – since he was 25. He actually never thought he would end up modeling, but since it is another medium of performance for him, it totally fits his character and ambition.
It was the modeling work that brought Paul Francis to Europe. For 2,5 months he lived and worked in Athens, and moved to Barcelona after that where he settled down for another 4 months. Irony has it that it was here when he met Levi Poulter for the first time, even though Levi lives in Miami, like Paul at the time. There was an instant connection between the two sexy men, even though their meeting was brief, and when they unexpectedly met again at a fashion event in Miami, they decided to do a project together.
David Vance has been shooting Levi Poulter on several occasions and strongly believed Levi was book-material. Even though many of us without doubt share that conviction, David could not find a single publishing house to support him. Not that they didn’t believe in David’s fantastic photography work, or in the capacity of Levi to bring this ambitious project to life. But simply because photo books focused on only one model are just not done. So the best solution in this case is to attract a second model. And since Levi and Paul had already met and had this instant chemistry, it seemed only natural it would be Paul to feature in this particular shoot.
If you are familiar with David Vance’s work you know the man has a talent for creating magical photo moments, and that is exactly what he did with this series featuring Paul and Levi. Kissing Paul really was Levi's idea to begin with. And can you blame him? The shots are most natural and breath a relaxing and exciting atmosphere, almost as if they were snap shots of an intimate encounter between two hot guys. Paul and Levi seem so into it, that you almost wonder if that last shot really was the end of the session. We just can not decide who we envy most: Levi or Paul, for obvious reasons, or David for being able to capture it all. –B-