WHEN LEE M SENT US AND EMAIL WITH A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT HE LIKES TO DO, WE WERE INTRIGUED. LEE IS INTERESTED IN FASHION AND FITNESS MODELING, WHICH BY ITSELF IS NOT SO SPECIAL. THERE ARE MANY MODELS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THAT. BUT LEE'S REAL INTEREST IS TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL. SOMETHING DIFFERENT. UNUSUAL. THAT GOT OUR INTENTION.
Believe it or not but Lee M is 38 years old. It doesn't show on his photos. Lee has a Chinese background, but his family origins from Malaysia. Lee himself is living in South London where he's making a living as hairdresser. He's been doing this for nearly 12 years, though he's been active in that particular industry for 16 years already. In his free time Lee likes to hit the gym, which obviously shows on his photos. The other thing Lee loves to do, which is also a very active occupation, is taking his American Cocker Spaniel for a stroll in the park. Enough exercise for Lee if you ask me.
Modeling is something Lee M always wanted to do, and so if he isn't working, working out or walking his dog, he spends all of his time on this second aspect of his already busy life. And not without success. Over the past 4 years Lee has been active as male model he has worked with names such as Darren Brade, Graham Martin, Douglass Deacon and Simon Barnes. And on two occasions with the talented Chris Jepson. Equally based in London, Chris is an artist who has made name for himself as editorial, lifestyle and portrait photographer. Most of his work is underwear, swimwear and sports gear orientated so Chris is always looking out for the next good body.
We have seen some excellent work coming from Chris Jepson's small studio at Old Kent Road in SE London, so we are not at all surprised at the high quality and originality of the work he did with Lee M. Sport stand central in this folio, but certainly also sensuality. Chris works in a variety of styles but likes to lean towards sharp, high contrast shots as well as muted desaturated ones. The first technique came to a smart use in his work with Lee M, and reminds us a bit of the work he did earlier this year with Matt Retallick. Sexy man shots against stark backgrounds, showing the model in their best light. Literally.
Lee M has worked on two occasions with Chris Jepson. The first one wads in 2014, the second, of which todays editorial is the result, back in February this year. Obviously Lee seems to be very comfortable working in from of Chris' lens. He acts like a natural, taking athletic poses that seem genuine and true. These are not just portrait or artistic male physique photos. These are little athlete pictures, showing us a world beyond the regular model photos. It is exactly that little touch of unusual that we were hoping to see after Lee M first reached out. –BM-
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