BORDERED BY COSTA RICA TO THE WEST AND COLOMBIA TO THE SOUTHEAST, THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA IS THE NARROWEST COUNTRY IN CENTRAL AMERICA, AND WITH THAT A SEEMINGLY FRAGILE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN AMERICAN CONTINENTS. OR MAYBE SE SHOULD SAY "WAS" AS SINCE 1914 THE 77,1 KM LONG PANAMA CANAL CUTS THROUGH THE COUNTRY, CONNECTING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN ON THE NORTH TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN ON THE SOUTH. THE CANAL IS PANAMA'S NUMBER ONE SOURCE OF INCOME. THE CANAL ENTERS PANAMA THROUGH THE ATLANTIC LOCKS SITUATED NEAR THE CITY OF COLÓN, WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH SOME OF PANAMA'S MOST DENSE JUNGLES AND MEETS THE GOLF OF PANAMA CUTTING THOUGH THE REPUBLIC'S MAGNIFICENT CAPITAL PANAMA CITY.
With a population of more than 880,000 Panama City is the largest city of the republic. Founded in 1519, Panama City is a melting pot of Spanish, French and Antillean architecture, dominated today by a dense skyline that rises to 264 m (866 ft) high. Wrapping itself around the Panama Bay the city is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest that holds the most diversity of wildlife of all the countries in Central America. giving home to many South American species as well as North American wildlife.
One of the lucky persons to live in Panama City is photographer Jesús Ortega Paz. Jesús' beginnings in photography were during his studies in advertising and marketing in college, when he also followed a photography class, using his friends and classmates as models. Once he got the knack of it he ventured out using agency models in order to learn more about the industry. It wasn't for long that he found himself connected to several of Panama's model agencies and shooting some of the countries top models.
Surrounded by both Panama's natural and manmade beauty it is no surprise Jesús Ortega Paz is attracted by the physical charm models can offer. Such as Ben Todd. Ben, a model signed by Crew Models International, is a beautiful athletic male model from Ontario, Canada. The first thing Jesús noticed about Ben was his perfect face and beautiful smile. A smile full of emotion and expectation of the artistic adventure beginning anew in Panama City. Indeed, Ben Todd travelled down to Panama especially to work with this young photographer who is known to have a great eye and keep expertise in capturing men of extraordinary beauty.
Ben Todd is a personal trainer and aspiring fashion and fitness model who started modelling only just over a year ago. Only 21 years old, Ben is a university student in kinesiology and an outdoor sport enthusiast. Ben loves to manipulate his body structure which he does by training almost twice a day and competing in bodybuilding. He is also a Men's Physique division Canadian provincial level athlete in the OPA, sponsored by Dynamis Nutrition Supplements. In addition to presenting confidence and strength, Ben strives to show others that being in shape is attainable through hard work. He is open, quite flexible to considering various types of modelling and is welcome to learning from industry professionals with industry influence and inspiration.
Jesús Ortega Paz' overall approach of the photo session sought to highlight Ben's attractive physical attributes. Jesús could see right away that Ben posses a finely tuned, sculpted musculature. The photo session included brands of underwear and swimwear such as Aussiebum, VU21 Venezuela, Papi and Snaked. The items were chosen at Shop DMEN Panama and a few others around town. The shoot location was Perico Island, Panama City and proofed to be a real Panamanian experience for the Canadian model. –BM-
Ben Todd is represented by Crew Models International.
JESÚS ORTEGA PAZ | BEAUTIFULMAG
BEN TODD | BEAUTIFULMAG