THERE IS LONDON AND THERE IS LONDON. AND THAN THERE IS LONDON. DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO YOU RIGHT NOW, BUT I TWILL BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE END OF BEAUTIFULMAG #161 IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS TIME. LET ME JUST TELL YOU THAT THIS EDITION HAS A LOT OF LONDON IN IT, STARTING TODAY. AND IF WE SAY A LOT OF LONDON, WITH TODAY’S ARTICLE WE CAN TAKE THIS PRETTY LITERAL. TODAY WE GIVE YOU A HANDFUL. PUN INTENDED.
When we say a lot of London, we do not necessary refer to the capital city of the United Kingdom. In fact, we couldn’t be further away from it. Today’s London comes in the person of London Michael. To know more about London we have to go all the way to the Midwest of the United States of America. To be more precise, to the state of Missouri. Missouri is a farm state and knows many small villages. London Michael was born and raised in such a village and to make the picture even more complete, he is, indeed, a farm boy.
As it is often the case with boys growing up on farm land, they have bigger ambitions. London Michael was no exception to this rule. And so it happened that at the young age of 20 London decided to pack his bags and head for the city. London went to college and decided upon a career in styling. Very different from his original upbringing. Now, 14 years after his move to the city, London Michael lives and works in Dallas, and he loves every moment of it. Here in Dallas he’s been rehabbing an old house, doing a lot of the work himself. Being a real DYI person, London is very easy going and a positive outlook type of guy. He lives for his friends, his family and – not in the least – his two dogs, who are his life. We have that in common with London. London is addicted to crap TV and reading. We have that in common as well.
Now if you are a handsome masculine guy living in Dallas, it is almost impossible not to get noticed by one of Dallas’ most renowned photographers. Yes indeed, we are talking of course about Jorge Rivas. Like London Michael, Jorge career path probably didn’t go exactly as his parent had imagined it would go. Jorge was born in a family of doctors in Durango, Mexico. He tried. He really did. But after 4 years of studying medicines, Jorge threw in the towel and turned to his real passion: design and architecture. And while walking the creative path, Jorge decided boldly to take photography as an additional study. Little did he know that, though graduated in his first choice, photography would become his life calling.
It seems like yesterday when Jorge Rivas moved from new York City, where he worked as assistant to Joe Oppedisano, to Dallas to try his luck being an independent photographer. Things have moved fast for Jorge and his name has become an understanding when it comes to contemporary male photography. London Michael has been a follower an fan of Jorge’s work ever since he first laid eyes upon it, and so when Jorge expressed interest in shooting him, he was more than flattered. A little nervous at first London was amazed how easy Jorge made working with him. The photos speak for themselves. A solid dose of Jorge Rivas magic and sensuality, and we dare to say some styling by mister London Michael himself. And maybe nervous at first, he soon seemed at ease enough that there is indeed a generous handful of him present. –BM-
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