Until one day, the king’s youngest son, who was a merely looking after the sheep, came forth in order to see how his brothers in the army were doing. The boy was only a teenager at that time and very small for his age as well. While he was there, the giant appeared and shouted his usual threats. But instead of scaring the young boy, he decided to do something about it. Dressed in only his simple tunic and with no other weapons than his shepherd’s staff, a pouch full of stones and a slingshot, he confronted the giant. UN impressed the giant charged for attack, but the boy saw a hole in the giant’s armor, took a stone and slung it at his enemy. The stone sank into the giant’s forehead and made him fall down. At that moment the boy sprang forward, took the giants sword and killed him instantly.
Whether the story of David and Goliath was every a real event remains to be seen. But there is a clear message in the story: it is easy to be overwhelmed by fear and it takes bravery to withstand it, but at the end, you need to stand up for yourself and fight for your rights. The story of David and Goliath has been told countless times in one form or another from verse to prose to film. The great artist Donatello even created a sculpture forever immortalizing the youth and beauty of David. David is a hero. He is a strong, sumptuous, young man who faced all odds and challenges. He is someone to honor, to respect and for many a quiet, young man to secretly cherish. New York based photographer Ricardo Muñiz also found inspiration in the character of the brave young man and used the beautiful art of Donatello as a base for his own modern day version of David.
Ricardo Muñiz’ David is named David Diaz. David originates from the Philippines but has since long relocated to Miami. Here in sunny Florida, he has specialized himself in modeling for mostly fitness and artistic photo shoots. But his objective is to get into fashion and eventually open a path into the world of acting. David is a man who likes a challenge. Both in his work as in his free time, which he fills with all kinds of thrill seeking activities and the search for adventure and adrenaline. This is what Ricardo saw in him and choose him to be his David-statue-come-to-life. –BM-
Jewelry courtesy of Casa Frela Gallery.
Styling by Kai Jankovic.
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