Riley Tess hails from Birmingham. This is where he was born and this is where he grew up. And he did that pretty much on stage, always being the one to entertain others. Yes Riley is definitely an inquisitive creative person. But that all came to an abrupt end when graduated his at degree and decided to move to London 6 years ago. Here in the big city Riley started to explore living the big city life. Or should we say the big bad city life.
Creative as he is, Riley did turn a very different direction professionally while living in the British capital. He landed a 9 to 5 retail job at Harrods, rented his own apartment and learned to live on his own. And soon realized that this kind of life comes with new found freedoms but also with the daily stress of surviving in a big city. The freedom came when he learned how to survive, and Riley’s survival was what he calls retail therapy. His job at Harrods brought him I contact with the finest clothes. Suits, shirts, ties, underwear. You name it. Riley liked it all. And so he went shopping. But shopping can only be so much fun. The real turn on lies in showing off what you have. Riley soon realized he liked wearing his fancy suits and combinations. So much that it really became a fetishism. One of many he would develop. “I realized that I got turned on by being watched and I got turned on by the risk of getting caught,” Riley explains his passion for exhibitionism.
Though loving every minute of his big city adventure, Riley Tess soon came to the conclusion this was not the life he had envisioned for himself, and he decided to move back to Birmingham in order to get back in touch with his creative side. Back in his hometown, he accidentally and through various different sources and different avenues got into the gay adult entertainment industry. Riley became a porn star. Riley explains: “I have always been a naughty, very sexual person inside and I saw this as another step in my exploration of self. this then amazingly allowed me to speak with creative professionals and opened new doors for me in modeling. As an artist I enjoy learning a new process and I enjoy creating images that convey different messages or feelings. Instead of picking up a camera or pencil/ paintbrush, I have been learning how to use my body as a tool to create poses that work with light to create images and stories, to show emotions and relay messages through visual means. I love to help bring a photographers ideas into life as well as collaborating and experimenting to push boundaries and try to create something provocative or challenging, something fun or beautiful, emotional or editorial.”
Obviously Riley Tess likes to tease and play, and when modeling he always likes to incorporate different aspects of himself in the work. His fetishes and kinks, his playful cheekiness, attitude, the expressiveness in his face or the way he communicates through my eyes, his masculinity or femininity. The list is endless. And when the opportunity arrived to work with acclaimed photographer Graham Martin, Riley decided to return to his big city experiment and bring his retail therapy to life ion front of the camera. Riley took Graham on a dazzling shopping spree, brought him to his apartment and physically and visually explained how he lived his life while being in London. Trying on his outfits, getting excited and even playing voyeuristic games with his neighbor. “I really enjoy my work in the modeling and adult industry, I love creating fantasies for people to look at and enjoy. I see this as a great adventure that I can share with my viewers and explore with fellow artist and photographers.”
It is interesting to see how small characteristics we have as youngsters can become life changing elements while growing up. Riley always was an entertainment, but only realized how big a part of his life this could be while living by himself in London. Currently working as actor, model, dancer and fine artist, Riley Tess has been chosen to model for carious renowned photographers, such as Cris Tee, Marc Bruce, Douglas Allen Deacon, Karl Royce, Shotbygrant Photography, Suntown Photography, Bareasyoudare and of course earlier mentioned Graham Martin. Riley can also be seen in productions by porn studios Men.com, Uknakedmen.com, Trigafilms.com, Blakemason.com and live at District XXX London and Boyztown London –BM-
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