IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE I'M LIVING ON THIS SIDE OF THE BIG BLUE WHERE MILITARY ISSUES ARE HANDLED SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT WHENEVER I HEAR THE TERM VETERAN, I ALWAYS HAVE THIS IMAGE OF OLD MEN. LIKE THE LAST SURVIVORS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. NO DISRESPECT OF COURSE. ON THE CONTRARY. WHENEVER I AM CONFRONTED WITH A VETERAN YOUNGER THEN MYSELF, I FEEL THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE YOUNG MAN IN PARTICULAR. HE WHO PUT HIS LIFE AT RISK FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE.
Jakob Young is only 26 and, doubtless like many others from his generation, already a veteran. That is impressive. Something that demands respect. It might be due to his military background, but obviously Jakob has an iron discipline. Which especially manifests itself in his great physical condition. Jakob is from California and likes working out, football, surfing and hiking. Needless to say, Jakob stays fit and really understands that detail matters and what quality is. It is a mantra for him.
Photographer JR Williams needs little introduction. Originally, from the Chicago area, he has a diverse background in film and TV production, as well as general commercial, model and actor photography. Much of the work he features tends to be in an editorial style that tells the story of the current generational shift in male models. It is clear about the fact that there are many more male models now who want to be photographed in ways that are just as honest, intimate, bold, sexy and glamorous as the way female models have historically been shot. They each still retain their own unique and masculine identity even more effectively in this modern context that is reflective of who they are as individuals. JR Williams views his job as one in which he tries to be the story teller and to help models access their own talents and abilities for all the world to appreciate. He does his best not to stand in the way of the model's self-expression because, after all, it is the model's story.
If it comes to let the model express himself all by himself, with giving as little direction as possible, JR Williams hit the jackpot with Jakob Young. "As a model, I found Jakob to be exceedingly professional," JR comments. "He's immaculately groomed and he stays very fit. He’s always camera ready. You don’t have to explain anything about how a model should look, be or act at all." Knowing that it seems easy to make up our minds about Jakob. He seems pretty low maintenance and highly intuitive. A natural when it comes to posing and taking direction, as little as it might be. "He was totally co-operative with every single pose I asked him to do, without even blinking. Actually, he would just strike one, and I might tweak it a bit, but that was all it took. He’s a super steady, calm, solid guy. In my experience, exceptional models are highly intelligent, and Jakob fits that perfectly. The dude has a clue. The shoot we did was really like a knife going through butter." –BM-
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