ONCE THE OLD EUROPEANS UNDERSTOOD THAT IF YOU SAILED FAR ENOUGH TO THE WEST YOU WOULD EVENTUALLY STUMBLE UPON LAND INSTEAD OF DROPPING FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH, WE BECAME PRETTY MUCH UNSTOPPABLE. SO MUCH LAND TO DISCOVER, WITH STRANGE PEOPLE AND ANIMALS LIVING IN THEM, AND A WEALTH OF PLANTS AND SPICES. IT TOOK THEM SOME TIME BUT EVENTUALLY THEY CONQUERED IT ALL. CONQUERING THE NEW WORLD AT THAT TIME CAME AT GREAT COST, BUT ALSO BROUGHT MUCH KNOWLEDGE. IT WAS THE WAY THINGS WERE DONE AT THAT TIME.
The American continent brought many adventures and much to learn. The mountain ranges, the great rivers and lakes, the endless forests, animals and forms of humanity never seen before. Now, many centuries later, we have brought all pretty much in writing. We have explored, investigated and learned most of what there is to learn about the territories laid out over North and South America. But there is one place where our knowledge of history pretty much stops at the time Christopher Columbus first set foot on ground. One place, consisting out of 143 islands, cays, islets and atolls, of which we have hardly any information about life before its discovery on November 19, 1493. This place is called the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or simply Puerto Rico, after its largest island.
Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for the Spanish Empire on his second voyage to the New World. Once colonized Spain kept the island under its rule for over 400 years, despite the efforts of the French, Dutch and British to lay claim. Eventually, as a result of its defeat in the Spanish-American War, Spain lost the territory to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris in 1898. The USA granted citizenship to Puerto Rican in 1917. Since 1948 they have been electing their own governor and in 1952 the Constitution of Puerto Rico was adopted and ratified by the electorate. Currently Puerto Rico has almost 4 million inhabitants, most of them living on the main island. One of them is photographer Edwin J. LeBron.
Edwin J. LeBron doesn’thave so much to say about himself. And why should he. His amazing works speaks for itself and probably gives all the information we need to have when it comes to Edwin. Simply that he is a very talented photographer, who loves to work with male models. And apparently male models love to work with Edwin J. LeBron. Obviously because he is so skilled in what he does, but maybe, just maybe, also a little bit because Edwin lives and works on this enchanted island Puerto Rico. It was here that he met Deon Whitter for a photo session. Which, all in Edwin tradition, is another successful addition to his long list of lucrative collaborations. For the shoot with Deon, Edwin based his concept on emoting a strong, sexy masculine look.
For Deon Whitter, working with Edwin J. LeBron was inspirational. A motivating adventure. He experienced Edwin as a highly professional and amazing photographer, capable in giving direction while allowing Deon himself to be as creative as possible. “It's always a good thing when a photographer allows their model to explore, take risks, be creatively free and follow the imagination,” says Deon. Born and bred in the Bronx, Dee Whitt himself is of Jamaican and Irish origin and has a BA in English from Baruch College. Presently he is a Program Director for an after school elementary program and provides professional services as a Personal Trainer. Physical fitness is a long time passion for Deon. Modeling falls perfectly in line with his many interests. Asides from static modelling, Deon also likes to work with film. Signed up with Crew Models International, Deon has already worked with some bigger names in contemporary male artistic photogrpahy, such as Rob Sutton, Richard Mithcel and Mark Henderson. Ripped and tattooed, Deon happily traveled to Puerto Rico to meet and work with Edwin L. LeBron, another name that carries weight in the world of male photography. It didn't take much nore than that for deon to get in the zone. Can you think of a better location that this magical island. An island so wanted, and that has so much beauty to offer to the world. Such as the work of Edwin J. LeBron. –BM-
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