THERE ARE VERY FEW PLACES ON THE FACE OF OUR PLANET THAT SPEAK TO THE IMAGINATION AS ENGLAND. THE NATION HAS BROUGHT FORTH THE MOST FAMOUS KINGS AND QUEENS IN HISTORY AND THE OFTEN ROUGH LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN BY ITSELF A SOURCE FOR MYSTERIOUS STORIES. STONE CIRCLES THAT DATE BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND HAVE BEEN FOOD FOR MANY STORIES, ISLANDS THAT ARE HIDDEN BEHIND VEILS OF MISTS AND CREATURES THAT NO MODERN HUMAN BEING EVER LAID EYES UPON… THE TALES ARE COUNTLESS.
From ancient stone circles, giants and piskies, to the home of King Arthur and the round table, the myths and legends of Cornwall on the south western most tip of the UK are both many and varied. It’s remote isolation has nurtured a rich and mysterious history that includes smugglers, pirates and giant beasts but it is also home to the UKs best beaches, a multi-million pound tourist industry and world class surfing.
At 24 years old and standing over 6 feet tall, Matt Retallick is the epitome of a rugged, blond, blue-eyed sportsman. Born and bred in Cornwall, , his family name is ancient Cornish with possible Scandinavian (Viking) roots that clearly show in his face. As a child he always loved watching and playing football and although he now lives in London he still plays regularly for a local team. Yes, for the Cornish people Matt Retallick is legendary by himself.
Matt is highly competitive and obsessed with the gym. He is finds the motivation to keep fit comes easily and uses it as a stress relief from his busy work life, going everyday and enjoying the pain. One says no pain no gain, which certainty goes for Matt. His pain pays off in a wonderfully built body. He is happiest when he watching live sport, whether that be rugby, tennis or football, and loves to keep active.
Freelance photographer Chris Jepson is also based in London and is a successful and widely published portrait, event and music photographer. As a former graphic designer he is attracted to symmetry and chiselled physiques and is happiest in his studio experimenting with new models, lights and shadow. Chris met Matt Retallick at a football club social event and they soon realised they had a lot in common having both grown up in Cornwall and then 'escaped' to London. Asides from that, Chris' attraction to healthy looking models instantly drew him to Matt.
Chris Jepson and Matt Retallick agreed to shoot together, although it was only later that Matt admitted he had never done a professional shoot before, and a couple of weeks later they spent an afternoon in the studio trying out different looks and outfits. Clearly Matt is a natural and is able to hold shapes and positions with ease, hardly moving and almost never blinking. Since their first shoot one of Chris's clients approached them to shoot together again and Matt will be gracing the cover and six_page editorial of a magazine in the near future. It seems England has created a new legend. –BM-
MATT RETALLICK | BEAUTIFULMAG
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