One day I wandered down Newton Brook in Maine. It is a trek I take many days in the months of June and July when I am home. I have walked this brook many a day since I was 7 years old. Each day brought a new discovery, a treasure all my own. This one particular day in June of 2014, I walked down to check out a patch of Lady Slippers I had found the year before. It was a patch of over 30 Slippers all pink and white and one patch I never knew existed in that particular spot. A true natural treasure.
While I was walking around getting snaps from all angles, I noticed a ‘Jack in the Pulpit’ also known as ‘Indian Turnip’ close by the Slippers. As I walked around snapping this new treasure, I began to notice another one and another one. They went from wee bitty ones to finally one that reached up to my thigh. I am 6 feet 1 inches tall. I stood in awe of this magnificent creation. I started to circle the gem and realized I needed to wait for the right angle of the Sun to hit the fluorescent green stripes to truly capture its beauty. I found a stump and there I sat.
Patience is not one of my strong points. I even thought about this while I was waiting. In a matter of minutes, I was already trying to talk myself out of waiting and just take the photo. But another treasure presented itself, this was ‘Dre’ the Chipmunk. I will be writing about him very soon. Dre twitched, pranced, scrambled, stared, and entertained me for over an hour. While the Sun was positioning itself for the perfect snap of my new discovery, Dre kept my mind occupied with his performance and playfulness. He was teaching me “good things come to those who wait.”
Why all of these words about Nature when I titled this blog post “Chandler Van Horn”? That one eventful day on Newton Brook I learned the value of being patient, of new discoveries, new treasures. I have been a very patient man for the last two years. Patiently waiting for the likes of Chandler Van Horn to enter my life.
Chandler gives to me that youthful mix of energy, desire, playfulness, a trim fit body, sexual heat, beauty, and charm. All of this combined with his masculinity, edginess, and his inert desire to perform for my lens and eye. Before we even met in person, he drove my thoughts to put together one of the most intense shoots I had yet to create. Every day leading up to the shoot, my thoughts were on him and ideas. He generated so much energy within me that my pen produced two poems and one life story in a matter of a few days. I was so excited that I could not sleep at night. I laid in bed wide awake thinking of ideas and scenes for Chandler.
October 11, 2015, the chosen date, came so fast. I drove the entire distance from Denver to South Padre Island, TX unaware of time and surroundings. Dark brown eyes, dark hair, toned body, bearded face, and a very masculine 19 year old awaited my lens. I could think of nothing else. I so wanted to be there in a flash. My mind drifted at one point to ‘Dre’ and I was quickly reminded of his lessons. The Hill Country of Texas is a remarkable sight to see. Be patient Drew and you will be rewarded.
The much anticipated meeting was exactly what I thought it would be. We hugged, said hello, and then we paused. What was before my eyes was everything I have described to you all and more. Before my baby blues stood a statue of of beauty that now resonated with my being. What Michelangelo must have thought about seeing his ‘David’ for the first time was running through my brain. Chandler just looked into my eyes and I started grinning. Then it was business and getting to know each other. We chatted, scouted out locales, got some seafood, and a good nights rest. For the next 2 and a half days, we shot and shot and shot. I mean we shot and shot and shot. Never before in my life of shooting, have I had such an intense shoot. I did a ton of admiring and at some points just starring at the beauty that was standing in front of me. I gave my thanks for I was truly given a gift in Chandler.
I have posted a few photos of this stunningly beautiful edgy man on my website: www.opensourcemen.com/models Go ahead and take a peak. They are only teases, as the the truly remarkable photos will appear in a future online issue of Open Source Men. You can follow Chandler and his adventures on Instagram: @chxndlerr Stay tuned folks as I have a shoot this weekend with my cousin Charles Rex Beedy and a lot of those ideas were a result of my time with Chandler. You will be seeing more photos I take of Chandler for years and years to come. Trust me!!! Once a photographer comes across a model such as Chandler, he becomes his David. I have been given this gift.
Cheers — Drew Frederic