SOMETIMES INSPIRATION STRIKES WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. IT CAN HAPPEN AT ANYTIME, MOSTLY IF YOU AREN'T LOOKING FOR IT. IT CAN BE ANYTHING THAT SPARKS THAT FLAME OF CREATIVITY.A SOUND, A SMELL, A FEELING OR SIMPLY AN OBSERVATION. SOMETHING YOU SEE IN THE GLIMPSE OF AN EYE. OR IN THE CASE OF NIGE RORBACH, A SPANISH EYE.
Nige Rorbach lives and works in Crewe, United Kingdom. Crewe is a charming town, located in the Cheshire county in the North West of England. It isn't London, or Edinburgh, or Livingpool, but it's charming nevertheless. It is however not so easy to find the right guy for the right shoot, as Nige can probably confirm. Nevertheless it is where he does most of his photography work and thanks to his great talent and skill set, models now also find him instead of the reversed. It is here in Crewe, with the occasional exception of a trip to one of the bigger cities every now and then, where Nige creates his wonderful photographs. And so Nige is used to find inspiration close to home. Imagine his surprise when it struck at a moment Nige Rorbach least expected it.
Recently Nige Rorbach undertook a trip to Spain. To Madrid to be precise. It wasn't a work trip. It wasn't a trip to look for models. It simply was a short break from everyday life and to visit friends. But as every good photographer, Nige did bring his camera with him. One of his friends is a DJ and so, while being in Madrid, they all went out to see him in action. And it as there in that club where Nige spotted Juan. It was there at that moment that inspiration struck like lighting, so hard and bright Nige Rorbach is still surprised no one else noticed it.
Juan was one of the bar staff and has the most striking eyes one can imagine. Deep dark heavily lashed romantic eyes with pupils blacker than a raven's wing. Spanish eyes. Nige Rorbach only speaks the obligatory handful of Spanish we all do which clearly wasn't enough to start a conversation that could lead to a photo shoot. And so he asked one of his Spanish friends to make the contact and directly ask if Juan would be interested in a collaboration. Obviously he was. "What I like about him is his dark looks, and slim build," Nige comments. "He's a bit different to some of the guys people are used to seeing in my work."
Two days after that first meeting Juan came to the apartment of Nige Rorbach's friends, where they agreed to have the shoot. Juan was a bit quiet at first and since Nige only speaks about 4 words of Spanish his friend had to do all the translation. But it became pretty clear early in the shoot Juan had a natural instinct for modelling and he became comfortable in front of the camera rapidly. The more confortable Juan became, the better his English was, and eventually the closed a damn good day of shooting with these portraits as a result. Nige is very satisfied about the result and considers to go back to Madrid next year. Whether he will meet Juan again will be the question as the young Spanish barman considers a move to Mexico. But not to fear, after this first experience Nige will doubtless have his eyes open to spot another set of Spanish eyes. –BM-
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