special thanks to Mimi & Jillian at Next, and to Kyle at Native Son
DREAMS OF E.U.R. - Lucas Goossens (Wilhelmina NY); stylist: Eugene Ong; grooming: Ernesto Casillas
“Lucas is coming. Are you ready?” read the short email from Lucas Goossens’ L.A. agent. Two days later, the whole team was bewitched by the astonishingly beautiful, intelligent and downright civilized Lucas, as we hustled out a story that combined location and studio set-ups.
I’ve had a longstanding romance with the Roman suburb of E.U.R. (a utopian urban planning project initiated by Benito Mussolini in 1935), and with Los Angeles’ uncanny physical resemblance to it; whole stretches of Wilshire Boulevard may as well be the Via Cristoforo Colombo. Maybe it’s because I experienced E.U.R. before I arrived to L.A., but I can’t shake the similarities. For this story, we mostly shot around Edward Durrell Stone’s Wilshire Collonade (1968) and Henry Kreis and Albert Stewart’s Fort Moore Pioneer Monument (1957). Benito would be proud.
Lucas, with his Roman ringlets, seemed the perfect vehicle for creating a story that would play out my obsession. Turning in the shots, the magazine wrote back “Richard this story is so beautiful! So happy you’re publishing it in ________. Amazing! Thank you again!”
After waiting six months, I realized that not only would the story never run, the issue itself would never materialize….and within a few months of our shoot, Wilhelmina would put the kibosh on Lucas’ curls, giving him a very polished, grown-up cut. It was just never meant to be……I’m just happy that Lucas’ career seem to be progressing nicely.
At any rate, I just remembered that I shot this group of photos, and so here are the pictures in the sequence they were meant to appear. Many thanks and condolences to all involved – at least it was a super-fun day…
Sometime in the Spring of 2012, Kacie Tomita and I decided to collaborate on a story – we’d shoot the same two models and style and assist for each other, in wildly different settings. My set was shot in the studio, whereas Kacie traipsed the entire team up to a hidden canyon, shrouded in thick fog, for her magical set. Fun (and to some, extent, terror) was had by all. Unfortunately, this two-fold story, while commissioned by a magazine, disappeared without a trace.
Over the course of 2012, this happened three times. Discouraging, to say the least, mostly because of the time and effort spent by the models, artists, crew and agents. In the intervening months, many of the models have completely new looks, and so the images are pretty outdated. I decided to start posting these missing stories, one at a time….
Thanks again to all involved. Hopefully, for this story, Kacie will post her set as well….
special thanks to Lisa Tarlow, and to Monica at Ford
Armando Cabral, has always been my favorite model since he first appeared on the scene, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to shoot him for Carl at The Fashionisto. The beautiful shoes are from Armando’s line, but the clothes arrived an hour late, which gave us time to chat with Armando about his career, past present and future…
special thanks to Carl…
It’s been a while – a long while – since I’ve had the time to update this blog; the early weeks, and now months, of 2012 have been crowded with a mixture of catch-up editing and planning and shooting new editorials. At last, I’m on the cusp of the point where I can stay on top of things, so expect lots of new, regularly posted content.
The four models pictured here (in throw-away shots from separate editorials) have become the four faces that most inspire me, and I would pretty much drop everything to shoot any of them, at any time. As bad luck would have it, none of them currently call Los Angeles home, so I will take what I can get, when I can get it. Satoshi is in the middle of a brief, hectic stint in L.A., and he’s staying a stone’s throw away from my studio, so you can expect to see a handful of upcoming collaborations…
At any rate, all four of these models have everything a photographer could ask for; great bones, great eyes, great skin, great bodies, great personalities. And most importantly, great generosity.
special thanks to the teams, and to Monica at Ford and Mimi and Jillian at Next