SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IS A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, AND SOMETIMES THIS LUCK CAN COME FROM THE MOST UNEXPECTED PLACES. SOMETIMES, WHEN YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU ENCOUNTER SOMEONE WHO IS SO GENEROUS, HE IS WILLING TO SHARE HIS OWN SPOTLIGHT WITH YOU. OFFERING YOU THAT MOMENT OF SUCCESS. THAT IS HOW YOU RECOGNIZE A TRUE FRIEND.
Over the past years we have been working on several occasions with Mexican photographer German Armenta. During this time we have come to know German as a talented man of great integrity and kindness. Which he proofed again recently when he proposed another photographer as a featured artist for BeautifulMag.
When David Wagner was a college freshmen, he took a class in photography. While turning in his first assignment, the instructor told the class "I sincerely hope that no one is submitting a photo of the old Victorian gazebo across the street from campus, or God forbid a photo of a barn." Of course, David had photos of both. It didn’t stop him from graduating with a degree in Fine Art and landing a career as Art and Creative Director at several advertising agencies. His photos of the gazebo and the barn were not the first time David was exposed to photography, but it was his first real experience.
David Wagner grew up in rural Midwest of the United States where he spent considerable time flipping through the pages of Life Magazine and Look Magazine, building up a passion for photography. Now, living in Los Angeles, and having put an end to his advertising career, he has returned to this original passion. Relatively new in the field, David is excited about every shoot he does. He is happy with every opportunity to learn and as soon as he finishes one project, his mind already wanders to the next.
Recently David Wagner met Carlos Villar through Model Mayhem. As soon as he laid eyes on Carlos’ portfolio, he knew he had to shoot him. Carlos’ good looks and boxer-like body inspired David immediately to conceptualize the sensual boxing idea for a set which he proposed to Carlos. It is no wonder Carlos is among the favorites of David. Carlos' Cuban origin gives him that exotic, sensual look and years of practice in dance shaped his body to perfection. Intelligent and creative, Carlos Villar discovered the joy of performing already at early age. 4 Years of training and performing with a dance company – both as dancer and choreoprapher – eventually cleared the way for Carlos to leave Cuba and move to Miami, and from there to California. Now, at the sweet age of 19, Carlos Villar lives in Los Angeles where he attends The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, preparing himself for a career in acting and modeling. Like David Wagner, Carlos seems to have it all. All the ingredients to make a success out of his passion. All they need is a bit of luck. David got it from German. Carlos gets it from David. And we give it to all of them. Because that’s what friends are for. –BM-
DAVID WAGNER | BEAUTIFULMAG
CARLOS VILLAR | BEAUTIFULMAG