Florida is by definition the holiday destination for everyone who is searching for sun, sea and beach. Everyone who has ever been to the Sunshine State can confirm that. As soon as you cross the border from Georgia or Alabama, life seem to take on a different pace. Slower. Easier. It’s the sign you have arrived in the tropical paradise Florida. And although not its capital city, the state is dominated by Miami. The ever-growing city that lies on the south east coast of the peninsula has something to offer for everyone, no matter what age you are. And so it is no wonder that so many from every corner of the world travel to this sugar sweet city in order to spend some quality time.
24 Years old photographer Deon Jackson was born and raised in Orlando, that other big Florida city. He recently moved to New York, which is cool because if you have the opportunity to live in New York for a while, its something you have to do. Especially if you are a talented young artist such as Deon. But Deon still has the sun in his eyes and on his skin. He is Florida bred and will always carry that tropical character with him. Laid back. Easily satisfied. No meticulous planner when it comes to details. And that is cool too. Because even though he is only 24 years old, Deon Jackson has already made quite a name for himself and is popular with both clients and models.
DW Chase met Deon Jackson the way many people meet each other these days. Via Facebook. And after checking each other out on their respective artist web portfolio’s, the plan to do something together came pretty fast to existence. The only questions were when and where. Deon was at that time still living in Orlando, and Dustin resides in Galveston Texas. A distance of approximately 1,500 kilometers, or 982 miles, which would result in a car drive of roughly 15 hours. Not something you would undertake for a photo shoot. However, where there is a will there is always a way. Especially when it concerns Dustin Chase who takes his modeling profession very serious and is always looking for the right opportunities to meet the right people. And that is cool as well as his quest always results in extra ordinary work.
It took them a year but eventually it came to happen that both DW Chase and Deon Jackson were in the same city. And that city happened to be Miami. And so they met and decided to work together. Right there and then. “I had never been to Miami and Deon works there often with different modeling agencies and clients,” says Dustin. “Since most of my work is typically for underwear and swimwear modeling we wanted to incorporate that but also show the basics of Miami: sun, sand, water and bodies.” They shot at the famous Haulover nude beach on an empty lifeguard stand that is famously painted pink. They also did some shots around the downtown area which is spotted with lush parks and trees, making these portraits look more like Dustin’s work from Hawaii. “We very much wanted to inject a certain pallet of color into the photos, since Miami is a very colorful city,” Dustin continues. “Deon and I brought our separate ideas to the shoot and the expectations then seem to blend together very well. Our personalities however couldn’t be more different. Deon shoots a couple of shots at each location and then says "got it" before I even feel like I am past the warm up stage. I am a careful and sometimes exhaustive planner who pays attention to even the smallest details, but working with Deon made me realize that some photographers know exactly what they want and how to get that in few clicks.”
If Miami is Florida’s cupcake, DW Chase could not have been more at place there. Like a cupcake, Dustin is cute and sweet, yet delicious in perfect size and with just the right amount of everything. From outward appearance you’d think he is tough, but on the inside he is soft. Sugar coated by tiny layers of pastel colored swimwear, DW Chase blends in with the Miami Beach and cityscape like has always belonged there. His hair, short cropped on the sides and long and curly on the top, is sun-bleached and makes us remember of the skater boy he used to portray several years back. His seemingly casually trimmed beard makes him look like a surf dude that pretty much lives on the sandy beaches of Miami. Yes, DW Chase is definitely the cherry on the cupcake named Miami. –BM-
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