WE SPENT SOME TIME IN SITGES, SPAIN, LAST SUMMER AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE WEATHER WAS FAR FROM IDEAL. STRANGE AS SITGES IS PRETTY MUCH A GUARANTEE FOR BEAUTIFUL HOT SUMMER DAYS. ANYWAY, WHAT CAN ONE DO IN A SMALL BEACH TOWN WHEN THE WEATHER IS QUESTIONABLE. INDEED, SHOPPING. AND SO WE VENTURED OUT AND DID PRETTY MUCH EVERY SHOP WE COULD FIND. WE FOUND SOME GOODIES, AND THEN SOME MORE.
What can we say about Jess Vill that hasn’t been said already. Born in Amiens, in the north of France in January 1985, Jess started modelling in 2012, was elected Mister Men France 2013 and has since then made the Internet an unsafe place, if you consider beautiful, handsome, sexy and well-proportioned men unsafe. Jess’ dream is to become the icon of an under-, swim- or sportswear brand and guess what, his recent collaboration with ES Collection might bring him just that. Having worked with many photographers already, Jess is far from ready and has a long list of photographers he still wants to work with. Salvador Pozo, Thomas Synnamon, Rick Day, David Vance, Jorge Freire, Lionel Andre, David Vance, Alex S are high on his list. One can’t accuse Jess Vill from not being ambitious. But then again, if you don’t aim high…
So as mentioned before, that one afternoon in Sitges we went shopping and just when we thought we couldn’t carry anymore, we bumped into this gorgeous man whom I thought looked kind of familiar. Now I’m not the most social person when I’m on a shopping trip – one needs to concentrate after all right – but for one reason or the other we started to talk. Long story short, his name was Jess Vill, and he proved that no matter how many shopping bags you carry, there is always room to carry something extra home. Well not literally of course, but we did have a nice chat and the promise to work together.
Coincident was that Jess Vill was not alone. He was checking out some photography he had done for ES Collection and Addicted for the Sitges Gay Pride 2015 and was accompanied by his good friend photographer Jorge Pereira. In fact, Jess, Jorge and their partners are such good friends they regularly spent time together either in Sitges, home to Jorge, or Perpignan, where Jess and his partner live. This particular day in Sitges was not entirely coincidental. Jorge wanted to surprise Jess with a photoshoot that would add a new dimension to his already very rich portfolio. Problem was, what to do with a model that is so well-sought after and who has worked with so many big names in the industry already. Jorge had the perfect idea though.
Sitges is a relatively small town where everyone seems to know everyone. Jorge Pereira only lives there for a few months by year, but is still quiet known in the area. He is good friends with the owner of a horse range and came to the idea that it might be a nice idea to shoot Jess Vill over there. Now Jess Vill is a very handsome man and I’m sure you’ll agree that it would have been a shame to cover all that sexiness up, to Jorge envisioned Jess to be naked – or at least half naked. One small problem though, as the range is open for public pretty much 7 days a week. But starting early is never a problem for a professional and so it came to happen that Jorge and Jess and stylist and make-up artist Eric Janssen knocked on the gates of the range before 4am, prepared, set up, shot and got out at 9am when the general public started to come in.
Awfully early but there is an advantage to that as well. The quietness for starts. And the early morning light which gives the whole set a dreamy atmosphere. Jess Vill posed with the horses like he it was all he has done in his live – ever. The harmony between the noble animal and the physically perfect model is breathtaking. The way their muscles bulge and almost become one is something you can’t fake. It is natural. Jorge Pereira threw in a few range worker shots as well to complete the picture and voila, the result is exactly what he had in mind. A new addition to Jess Vill’s portfolio that both model and photographer can be proud of. The only regret I have is that we met Jess and Jorge only after the shoot. What a sight it would have been to be there in person – sight… -BM-
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