I recently had the opportunity to meet a young man in Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia. We found each other online through a Social Media App. The minute I laid eyes on him I was blown away by his striking jaw line, his classical good looks, the fine hairs that covered his soft seductive skin, the muscles that rippled along his thin frame, and his dark mesmerizing eyes. Upon immediately seeing his image, I reached out to him and said “Hello, I am coming down to Medellin February 8th. I have seen your profile photo!! You are a very hot man! 🙂 I want to photograph you!!!”
This man is Jeison Saldarriaga and he did his due diligence by checking me out and asking all the right questions to make sure I was legit and not some creep or an online scam. We immediately struck up a friendship that lead to three days of shooting and him contemplating a career in the Modeling Industry.
Many people on this planet will think their life instead of actually living their life. They believe that what they do, who they are, and how they do what they do, is something they must think about and choose. I firmly believe this approach to living life is not conducive to creating perfect action. This approach manifests a very egotistical life. People who think their life instead of living their life directly, will assume they always know the best and most perfect way of doing anything.
When I met Jeison in person, I knew right away he has what it takes to me a model: looks, charisma, body, and attitude. I did not express it right away as I needed to know how he would handle a shoot. He is a total novice and just because one has all that I described, he may not shoot well. Jeison blew the shoot out of the water. He completely ‘Unleashed’ a being that was screaming to get out! In all my years of photographing men, I have never met a man who wanted to be photographed as much as Jeison did and to grow with each shot. We shot for three days and on the third day I said “Jeison, you have what it takes to be a professional model. If you desire it, go for it and I will help you every step of the way. Just know, that you own this and what happens is up to you. The only thing that will stop you is ‘YOU’.”
It is always a Risk for me to work with new models and one I gladly take. Taking a Risk has always opened me up to new ideas, opportunities, and experiences. Taking Risks allows me to grow as a man, as an artist, and allows me to discover new things about myself and the World in which I live. I have now discovered a stunning new man as a result, Jeison Saldarriaga. Jeison has taken a huge Risk in believing in me. I told him I cannot make any promises and no one knows what will happen but we will not know until we give this a shot. I told Jeison “You have a choice, you can live a comfortable life and dream about what life will be like and live the way society dictates. Or you can live the way you want, take risks, choose to live in the moment knowing tomorrow is not promised, JUST LIVE.”
I continued to tell Jeison… “Please, do not just believe in what I am saying. Prove me right or prove me wrong, but take an action to prove it either way. Once you do this, you will have made a decision that you own, one that is yours, you are the leader and master of your own destiny and not a follower.”
Jeison took a Risk to work with me and he and I are on a path to unlimited possibilities. He is exploding with desire, strength, and the attitude to explore all his sides as he becomes Jeison, a continuously morphing man. A man whose life is filled with possibilities and many doors that are just aching to be opened. I am heading back down to Colombia in three weeks to spend an entire week with Jeison in order to photograph every aspect I possibly can of this beautiful soul and then some. If you are an artist, you know the word for what is taking place and I need not say. Jesison is a dream being fulfilled, an addiction that I do not want to kick.
You will be seeing more of Jeison in the months and months to come. My addiction to Jeison will not be cured. You can follow Jeison and our journey on his Instagram and you can see more photos of Jeison on my website http://opensourcemen.com (click on the ‘Models’ link). Jeison is a pure gem, a diamond in the rough as he ‘Unleashes’ all that is him.
Cheers, Drew Frederic