YOU NEED SOMETHING BUT YOU JUST CAN’T FIND IT. WHETHER IT IS A NAME YOU FORGOT, AN OBJECT YOU NEED. NO MATTER WHAT. I’M SURE WE ALL HAVE EXPERIENCED IT MULTIPLE TIMES. AND THEN, PRETTY MUCH WHEN YOU HAVE EXHAUSTED YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR SEARCH, AND MOST LIKELY AT A MOMENT WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, YOU STUMBLE UPON IT. BY CHANCE.
Nick Mesh found Andrew Phillip on a social network by chance. He had been searching for a certain look but wasn’t quite able to find what he wanted. But when he saw Andrew’s face on a thumbnail image, he got the feeling this might have been exactly what he was looking for. A feeling that was confirmed when he opened the bigger size image and discovered besides Andrew’s handsome face also his torso and legs.
Photographer Nick Mesh was born and raised in Russia, where he grew up in a loving family, surrounded by nature, and culture. His first introduction to art was through the many books his parents had collected, and as soon as he came of age to travel, he set out to meet his objects of beauty in person. Everything he observed and learned, Nick now put in his own art. First by drawing and later by photography. He developed the skill of looking at his subjects not just from the outside but also the inside. The emotions and feelings hidden behind beautiful faces and perfectly trained bodies. Feelings such as sexuality. Nick says: “I believe sexuality is a congenital thing. Some people radiate it no matter what kind of physique they have, how big their muscles or how shredded their abs are.”
As to Andrew - his sexuality was just shining from the amateur photos. Something Nick immediately discovered in the young model’s photos and soon had the change to discover personally. Andrew says he was an ordinary boy and never had a muscled body. That physical development was that came unexpected to Andrew. By chance. After finishing school he entered the Aviation Institute in Moscow and studied engineering and quality control. Andrew tells: “I looked at my schoolmate, who did some serious powerlifting, and thought: how I wish I could look so huge and sexy! Maybe one day I thought it aloud, and he said: "Come with me to the gym, I'll teach you how to do it!" So my fitness story began.” As his body transformation became visible Andrew noticed that people - both girls and boys of all ages – started to look at him. Often he noticed that he turned people on. It was something new and it filled him with pride of his new body, making him feel more and more self-confident and happier day by day.
With the changes in his lifestyle came changes in his interests and soon Andrew Phillip realized engineering wasn’t really his thing. He became a certified fitness trainer and a member of European Register of Exercise Professionals. Now he owns his business in trading sports footwear. He also discovered modelling. “I'm not a model, but I do love to be in the focus of a camera,” Andrew says. “When a photo shoot starts I first feel a hesitation, but once it goes well, my shyness goes away. It feels like I can forget about everything, like there's nothing important for me anymore. I enjoy myself and loose myself in the process. I feel a crazy sexual excitation, making me want to say to the whole world: wait a while, can't you see I'm busy now?”
About working with Nick Mesh, Andrew says: “I love shooting with Nick. It's always amazing. He's absolutely professional and just a nice guy, he knows what he wants and how to get it, is easy to work with and makes the process comfortable and friendly. I'm not submissive (usually I prefer to top), but in front of his camera I can be a wordless slave!” By chance? –BM-
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