HAVE YOU EVER COME HOME AFTER A LONG DAY OF WORK ONLY TO FIND YOUR APARTMENT WITH THAT BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOOR HAD SUFFERED A WATER LEAK? DISASTROUS, RIGHT? THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CRY AND THEN DESPAIR AS YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. NOT CALVIN BROCKINGTON THOUGH. HE FOUND A VERY CREATIVE SOLUTION.
I’m being silly of course. I’m sure Calvin Brockington didn’t come home to a flooded living room. The water we see on the floor here was put there on purpose and rightfully so. But before we get to that part, let’s talk about Calvin first. And this amazing new model Joseph Carrasco. Calvin we have known for years. He has presented us many wonderful editorials and I’m happy to announce that Calvin now is a totally independent photographer, working for himself and doing the things he loves to do. And it shows. Calvin occupies himself 100% with photography, makeup, styling and model scouting. And that brings us to Joseph Carrasco.
Calvin met Joseph a few months ago through an agent from New York who, knowing Calvin’s talent and beautiful work, asked him to shoot him. Joseph Carrasco lives in New York, a city he deliberately moved to in order to explore his possibilities of becoming a model. Honestly, looking at him it is clear he has everything to be successful, but looks aren’t everything. Joseph tried for years, always getting advice on what to do and what not to do, but never managed to sign a contract. The agent who contacted Calvin was hoping that working with Calvin would be a stepping stone for Joseph.
Calvin and Joseph met in a park in Dallas where they began their shoot. Calvin coached him, offered a ton of advice, thought him the ins and outs of posing, walking, moving…He pushed him to the limits to give him what he got and when Calvin got what he needed he sent Joseph back to his agent. Low and behold after the shoot, Joseph broke down to Calvin. Telling him how much his advice meant to him and how when he was in NY, everyone kept telling him what he was doing wrong. He said by the time he left NY, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to be a fashion/commercial model anymore. But Calvin had somehow lifted his spirits and made him feel like he could do it.
Joseph and Calvin kept in touch. Calvin tried even connecting him with some friends he had left in Dallas, that were still heavy into the agency scene. Joseph spoke to a few of them and one friend, a stylist called me and told me, that Joseph shouldn’t try and be a model. That he should however go after his dream. When Calvin mentioned that to Joseph, he expressed to him, that he only wanted to learn modeling, so that he could pose right, learn expressions and movement. But his ultimate goal was to be the type of model who poses nude, just in a fashionable way. I explained to him that this was not a new concept. That photographers like Terry Richardson and Mario Testino, had already thought of this. Brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Gucci were already using this style in their campaign ads. And if he really wanted to know more about it, that he should look up the career of Fashion Editor, Carine Roitfeld (Vogue Paris).
It was this conversation that lit up Josephs soul. He no longer felt like the black sheep. Calvin invited him over to Houston for a second shoot, forgetting about mainstream agencies and shooting what he wanted, what his passion was. Calvin se the stage, the wooden floor with the puddles of what that so beautifully complement Josephs sensuality and complexion. The work is breath-taking and should launch Joseph Carrasco’s modelling career in the right direction. And it did, knowing he already has other shots under the belt that start to create the buzz on the Internet. Needless to say, Joseph and Calvin were well met. –BM-