A SHAMAN IS A PERSON REGARDED AS HAVING ACCESS TO, AND INFLUENCE IN, THE WORLD OF BENEVOLENT AND MALEVOLENT SPIRITS. A PERSON THAT CAN EASILY FIND HIMSELF LOST IN DEEP THOUGHTS IN TOUCH WITH HIS SOUL. A TRANCE. A PERSON WITH A MAGNETIC ATTRACTION TO OTHERS AND WHO HAS INFLUENCE ON THE MOOD OF THOSE AROUND HIM. A PERSON SUCH AS DUSTIN DAVIS.
For some people it is easy to make contact with strangers. Others prefer to use the modern technologies of social media to meet other people. For photographer Jay Rickard there have been only a few times in his career that he has approached a person in real life to model for him. Chalk it up to social awkwardness but he simply finds it easier to reach out to a potential model online. His meeting with Dustin Davis however was one of those rare moments that lighting struck.
Last summer Jay Rickard met Dustin Davis at a friends house. While visiting his friend Jay was captured by the presence of Dustin the first moment he saw him. "Dustin was sitting there on her couch, lost in the creation of one of his remarkable hand crafted silver pieces," Jay recalls. "I was stunned. He had this intensity, a virility and rugged handsomeness mixed with a vulnerability that was so truly unique." For Jay Rickard it was clear. Dustin Davis would be magnetic in front of his camera. Still he didn't talk to Dustin out of fear of rejection. It was their mutual friend who eventually made the first contact.
As it turned out Dustin Davis had done some modeling before and was no stranger to performance. Jay and Dustin had a marathon tex conversation discussing ideas and ironing out details for a shoot before finally locking down a day to spend creating images together. "What I endeavored to accomplish was to incorporate as many facets of him as possible into the shoot," Jay Rickard comments on his work with Dustin Davis. "A series centering on his sterling and gemstone creations, another focusing on his stage work as a male entertainer using several of his most popular costumes and also getting out into nature." Dustin Davis is a real Renaissance man with a Shamanic background which was the reason they eventually ventured outside into the nature. For Jay it was an unique and exciting opportunity to showcase all of Dustin's facets.
Dustin Davis continually surprises with his innate ability to exude an earthy sex appeal balanced with charm and wit that is such a unique blend of traits that he really stands out from the crowd. According to Jay Rickard he was so at ease in front of the camera that it was easy to just keep shooting and they spent nearly a full 8 hours doing just that. When they stopped it was due solely to Jay's exhaustion, not because they'd run out of ideas. Which could indicate we might see more of this unique collaboration between Jay Rickard and Dustin Davis –BM-
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