IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ADONIS IS THE GOD OF BEAUTY AND DESIRE. IN ANCIENT HISTORY ADONIS CAN BE FOUND IN MANY TALES BUT THE MOST DETAILED AND MOST LITERARY VERSION OF ADONIS' STORY IS A LATE ONE, IN THE NINE BOOKS OF PHILON, DATING BACK TO 2000 BC. HERE IT IS SAID THAT BOTH PERSEPHONE AND APHRODITE WERE SO TAKEN BY ADONIS' BEAUTY, IT TOOK ZEUS TO STEP IN TO SETTLE THE DISPUTE ABOUT HIM BETWEEN THE TWO GODDESSES. ADONIS WAS TO SPEND ONE-THIRD OF EVERY YEAR WITH EACH GODDESS AND THE LAST THIRD WHEREVER HE CHOSE. APPARENTLY HE CHOOSE TO SPEND IT WITH US.
Whenever he does a shoot Alex Wightman never really plans a concept. He literally tells the model to bring a selection of clothes and he then ventures out on location with them. Alex often works spontaneously in this way and his best work comes about from it. "I am good at using my eyes," Alex explains. "I know what I like when I see it! I give good direction so even if the model has experience with modeling I still like to give my own input because I know what I want."
Alex Wightman is a 27 year old male photographer based in the UK. He studied Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated in the year of 2009. Because of his style of photography Alex is repeatedly hired to create promotional images for Clothing Brands, Entertainment Talent, Musical Artists and Magazines. Alex works alongside models in both the Fashion and Fitness Industry and is available for solo projects and larger collaborations. Internationally published; Alex's work is commissioned and featured across Europe, Australia and America.
In his career Alex Wightman has worked on several occasions with Adonis Cabaret. "Adonis Cabaret have welcomed me as part of the family. I have worked with many of their guys and have a good business relationship with the owner. They are a fun group to work with and treat me well." One of the dancers in the celebrated cabaret group is Michael Maester, one of Alex' favorites. Michael is from Kent, United Kingdom, where he has lived all of his life. At early age he enjoyed playing rugby, football and athletics, and, outside of school, he danced at national standard, competing in street and break dance. Mind you, this was all in his pre-teens. Michael stopped competing at age 13 and began training and competing nationally as a sprinter. He left school last year, aged 18.
Currently Michael Maester is studying at the School of Medical Science, University of Hertfordshire in the UK, as well as playing 1st team rugby. The course is a difficult one and is very full on, but he enjoys working hard and keeping busy! Next year is my second year of study, which Michael looks forward to profusely! But asides from all that Michael has another passion in his life, which is Adonis Cabaret. "Working for Adonis Caberet is brilliant," Michael comments. "The guys really make it, it's such a great team environment from the boss to our assistants, everybody is wonderful, full of spirit which makes it a pleasure to go to work every week! Largely female audiences, but the occasional male or two are in attendance. It's taken me to many places, although the tour is a national one, we have worked overseas representing Adonis."
According to Alex Wightman, Michael Maester is great to work with because he is confident with his body and isn’t shy about posing naked if the shot requires it. Michael is a creative model who is happy to collaborate with the photographer to create the best image possible. He isn’t afraid to push boundaries. He has strong facial features which transfer well on camera and he works hard on his physique and has great definition. It is obvious to see his commitment and confidence. Michael has been with Adonis for over 18 months and is a headliner for the Brighton Adonis location. Yes, it truly seems like Adonis has chosen to spend his time with us. –BM-
Michael Maester is represented by Crew Models International.
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