rSEANd lives and works in Maryland, one of the two states that once donated land to form the federal district in which the city of Washington is located. Living so close to the capital of the United States, rSEANd is very aware of the huge competition in his professional field. There are many photographers active in the city and most of them are good. And so, whenever a popular and well sought after model visits the capital, you can imagine the reaction of all those hungry artists. They all jump on him.
Pablo Hernandez is a trained actor and professional model of Spanish/Lebanese descent. Based in New York City, the mecca of modeling, Pablo can also regularly be found on location elsewhere. He travels from Miami to Los Angeles and also overseas, such as The Netherlands and Paris. Pablo has not only graced many magazine covers, he also acted in a handful of feature films and has been connected to some international brands in commercial sense. Yes, Pablo Hernandez is a rising star. And so, when he ventured to Washington D.C, it wasn’t something that went unnoticed for those in the business. After all, it isn’t often that one can have the chance to have a guy like Pablo in front of the camera.
rSEANd had seen some of Pablo Hernandez’ work and dared to admit he really would like to work with the 25 year old model from NYC. And so, when Pablo came to Washington D.C., rSEANd decided to contact him, only to find out that he himself was also not unknown to the Pablo. Unfortunately Pablo was in D.C for a job that didn’t allow much time for other assignments, but the two agreed on another meeting next time he would be in town. And so they did.
When rSEANd and Pablo Hernandez finally met, they decided on a shoot that would bring them to several outside locations in Washington D.C. A capital city such as Washington has of course many famous monuments and landmarks and rSEANd thought it would be a nice idea to use them as a backdrop for Pablo. A bit risky of course as monuments often have some emotional value for bypassers and not everyone might be charmed to see a half naked man posing in front. But rSEANd did not have to worry about that. Not only did Pablo turn out to be most professional and at ease in stripping down to almost nothing in public, he also rapidly noticed that their activities drew quite some attention from many locals and tourists in the capital city. Even security at the Jefferson memorial and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument were most willing to let them do their artistic work and seemed to enjoy the distraction form their usual job. rSEANd recalls: “One of the funniest moments happened at the FDR Memorial where there are a number of fountains. He was posing in front of one of them and a very large tourist group passed by. All the girls went crazy as he posed shirtless against a backdrop of water falling down black marble walls. We stopped briefly and they all ran up to him and started asking questions. It was clear they thought he was someone famous. Pablo remained good natured and friendly and even posed for pictures with a group of them, including a few mothers. It was fun to see him cast in such a bright spotlight of excitement.”
Needless to say, rSEANd had a most productive and satisfying day of shooting. At the end of the day rSEANd and Pablo Hernandez went to the condo where Pablo was staying to finish the project with a couple of interior shots. And while wrapping things up and going over the work they did that particular day, they realized it was a day of significance. rSEANd had been able to realize one of his dreams and work with this most wanted male model from NYC. He also understood they both realized a project that would not only be the topic of envy among the local photographers scene, but had also placed them in some very public and meaningful places in the city, taking quite some risk in doing so. Looking back on that, they could both conclude, it was quiet a monumental project. –BM-
rSEANd PHOTOGRAPHY | BEAUTIFULMAG
PABLO HERNANDEZ | BEAUTIFULMAG