WORK AS MODEL IS UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE. IT TAKES A HUGE COMMITMENT. YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE AT YOUR BEST, IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SHAPE. AND RIGHT BEFORE A SHOOT EVEN GO BEYOND THAT. YOU ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL, NOT SELDOM GREAT DISTANCES. AND THAT CAN SOMETIMES LEAD TO VERY SPECIAL MEETINGS.
Keelin Christopher was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Determined to make something out of his life he made the bold decision to move to New York City. Here in the city that never sleeps, he tried his luck in modeling. And not without success. Keelin made name for himself and has since then been featured on TV, runway shows and in numerous shootings with renowned photographers such as Rick day and for renowned brands such as Manhunt. And so, with his fame in his pocket, Keelin decided to return to his homestead and continue building his career in Texas.
With this in mind Keeling Christopher decided to contact Calvin Brockington as one of the few handpicked photographers to work with. The conversation that followed their initial introduction eventually lead to Keelin traveling to Dallas. And since that isn’t exactly next door, he went their for a couple of days on invitation of Calvin.
Calvin Brockington is a man of creativity. And as it is often the case with creative people, sensitive for emotions. Having been in a creative dry spot for some time, Calvin was eager to meet Keelin after chatting with him online. And when he saw Keelin stepping down from the bus that brought him from San Alfonso to Dallas, he knew his photographers block was over. Keelin had come over to Dallas to spend two full days with Calvin and during this time both model and photographer became closer than they could have imagined. Calvin recalls: “I got to really know him. Crazy thing was, I was really attracted to him mentally. That really never happens to me with a model. I guess he and I were becoming more than just model/photographer. I looked at him as a friend. That's when I knew, Keelin was my Muse, my unattainable attraction, that could never be.”
“When he arrived, he came in by bus. I went to pick him up from the station and let's just say. I was blown away. He was tall and lean, had great hair and a softness about his demeanor. But not femininity. Just a quietness. He is sheltered, somewhat of an entervert. I later found out several things about him as a person. I mean he was staying with me for 2 days. So we did share stories of our past and what lead us to either modeling or photography. He has not always had it easy, still life is a challenge for him. But I think when he is modeling, he lives, he shines...and all of the bad things that happen to him, while he was young, just seem to melt away. I can honestly say, he is a different Keelin in front of the lens. What I saw, was a person who found his strength from his pain.”
“When he left, I look back as he was getting on the bus, I cried. It was a strange over taking. I was sad, honestly moved by this person leaving me. I never once hid my emotions or thoughts from him. And I think that's what made our work together so special.” –BM-
CALVIN BROCKINGTON | BEAUTIFULMAG