BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE FACT THAT WE WANT TO APOLOGIZE UPFRONT FOR ANY MIX UP AND CONFUSION WE MIGHT CAUSE WITH FEATURING JASON TODAY. WE REALLY DIDN’T DO IT DELIBERATELY. THE MAN. THE COLORS. THE SURROUNDINGS… IT IS ALL JUST SO CONFUSING…
The Netherlands is known for many things. A great climate is unfortunately for the Dutch not one of them. Still, and here is someone speaking from experience, Dutch summers can heat up pretty strong. What The Netherlands is known for is the fact it is wet. Not so much due to heavy rainfall, but simply because the whole country is under sea level. What The Netherlands is also known for is its almost unusual flat landscape. This with the many ponds and little streams, and the often heavy clouded skies, can create some astonishing views. Put against this backdrop a pale skin red haired model and you have a stunning portrait.
Gert Kist, photographer and owner of the Dutch website Malemodel.nl is known for his talent to pick out the most remarkable Dutch models. Today he brings us Jason. Unfortunately for the Dutch, and in contradiction to Gert’s usual choice, Jason is British and actually lives in Derby. Gert discovered him though the popular model scout website ModelMayhem and invited him to cross the North Sea for a shoot. Jason did, and when he did he picked the worst day in the year to do so: Queen’s Day. No, this day has nothing to do with us. It is in fact the national holiday on which the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their Queen. The real one. And why is that bad? Because it is a day of party and festivities, and thus hardly a day to organize a nice photo shoot.
As said before, The Netherlands do not have a lack of water and water ways. And thus many of the Dutch own a boat, including Gert Kist. His boat can be found in a small town called Vinkeveen, known for its water-rich nature Vinkeveense Plassen, the lake area just east of the town. And this is where Gert decided to bring his model for a relaxed photoshoot. Something we are particularly grateful for (we have experienced what the cities can look like during the Queens Day and it isn’t always pretty). It seems like 21-year old Jason, who is a factory worker in daily life, has a great time. We particularly like the tranquility of these photos, the ease and relaxed atmosphere and intimacy created by the high green water plants that seem to shelter the privacy of model and photographer from unwanted spectators.
The only thing that we just can not get out of our head is the following. The underwear that Jason is wearing – and may we say he wears it well – in combination with the bright green socks and his read hair, gives us a very strong Irish feeling. It almost looks like a Saint Patrick’s Day photo shoot, but with an English model on a boat in a Dutch lake area and in the early summer instead of half March. And what's with the stars & stripes pillow? Now do you understand our confusion? –B-