Rio de Janeiro, 2018

I Visited Rio last year to shoot for the art book that I am making and a magazine collaboration Which I wasn’t able to finish. Shoot consisted in 12 different sets. A series of various areas and groups of people trough different parts of the “City of god” however I had to wrap my shoot up at set number 5.

I was shooting at a beach called “Praia Do Secreto” beautiful place for its huge rocks and wild looks but also very dangerous, Specially during the winter time when the ocean is Rough. During my shoot I slipped trough the rocks and felt on the exact spot where a wile later as I was able to come out of the water I learned that several people had died between the rocks and the ocean.

It was by far the most intense experience I’ve gone trough and I didn’t think I would make it out alive, However I did, and It felt like much more than that. I don’t know if i was high from all the salt water I swallowed or from hitting between rocks and waves but It truly felt as if I was being reborn, like the ocean and Mother Nature decided to let me out. It was really something life changing for me.

All of my equipment was lost but oddly enough SD cards are very hard to be damaged by water so I was able to recover the photographs. Truly Stoked to Share with you this shot Below, it was the last Click i snapped before i slipped into the Ocean.

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Below a Series of Outtakes of My shoot of Rio, 2018

I have to Keep the best shots for My project but i know my tribe and you will enjoy this first View.

Henry Scott Tuke 1858 - 1929

Wanted to Share one of the most Beautiful painting Series that i’ve Laid Eyes on from British Artist Henry Scott Tuke. The way he painted the Light, His Compositions and also the innocence of how he performed the Nude male form is to me nothing short of Spectacular.

Street Angels for Vandals

Los Angeles, “The City of Angels.” The place where most come to materialize their dreams, their big shot, to in any way become a part of the industry and “glamour” of Hollywood. 

But there is another reality that hits you in the face as soon as you drive through the beautiful streets of the city of sunshine. Very few actually make it. To many, it becomes the place where their dream is crushed by reality and the highest taxes in the US. Some end up on the streets. Skid Row in particular being the place where most of the "Street Angels" as ive decide to call them have chosen to live.

LA has one of the largest homeless communities in the world. The never ending sunshine and always warm weather, also blessed with mountains and beach, seems to be their favorite place to base at. One day I woke up and it just felt right to grab my camera, 200 dollars in single bills and a few packs of Cigarettes, To ventured into this community.

“Documenting their places from afar feel’s like it’s been done. I want to get closer. I want to portray them truthfully” so I spent the day chatting and gaining their trust, hearing about their life ideals, and most importantly looking at their eyes and making them feel acknowledged, which seemed to be what they appreciated the most on a society that feel’s afraid. 

What I encountered once the walls were broken down was fascinating. Sure, some are mentally gone, yet incredibly present. Others have chosen the streets as their way of living. Most of them welcome me with an unexpected warmth. Some got incredibly exhilarated about having their photo taken, almost as if they had been waiting for this moment for a very long time. 

There were laughs and tears, from their and my side, but I felt like a new person as I left their neighborhood back to the comfort of my Hotel in Beverly Hills. Where suddenly the contrast felt so bizarre. 

Watch the full story in print on the latest issue of Vandals Magazine

James Go see, Los Angeles 2019

Brit James Yates From Heroes Models NY came by for a quick Go see. Got along well so we took Some quick Snaps that Turned out pretty fire…

Calvin Royal III, Newport California 2018

When i saw the very Amusing ABT Soloist Calvin Royal III Was Coming to Perform in Los Angeles, We got in touch to do Something Together immediately. Ballet dancers schedules are though so here is what We got to Create in probably less than 2 hours Freezing on the Beach of Newport on the day of the Red moon.

Adrian and Veronika, NYC

Iago In Rio, 2018

España, 2018

Trough my travels in Europe i found this Crazy Medieval Castle from the XIV Century, so I decided to Plan a Shoot inspired on what we all by now must know is my ultimate Fantasy, a Love Relationship between 3, for my Upcoming Book project. As usual i like to make a Story with the outtakes, so here i Share this very Special one Featuring Friends and Muses Klau, josh and Pavel.

Benjamin, London