WHEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND MODEL COME TOGETHER, IT SOMETIMES TAKES SOME TIME BEFORE THE MAGIC REALLY KICKS IN. BY THE TIME IT DOES, MANY PHOTOS HAVE BEEN TAKEN. AND BEFORE IT PASSES, MANY MORE ARE SHOT. IN FACT, YOU COULD ALMOST DIVIDE A SESSION IN THREE: OBJECTIVES SET, OBJECTIVES REACHED AND OBJECTIVES EXCEEDED. BUT WHAT WE GET TO SEE IS ALMOST ALWAYS ONLY THE OBJECTIVES REACHED.
Working with models, especially new ones, means a new challenge each time a photographer organizes a photo shoot. How will it go, how will the model react to the concept, will he be natural or forced, in need of direction or not. And how does his attitude towards the camera and photographer develop during the shoot. All those things are of big influence to the final results of a photo shoot. And most often it surpasses the expectations. The reason for that is simple. As a model you need to have a certain sense of exhibitionism. If not, why put yourself out there in the first place. So when at ease with photographer, concept and overall atmosphere, more often than not models are willing to go further than first anticipated. Feel more free, show more of themselves. It is at that moment when true magic comes to life.
I have been at enough photo shoots myself to know how models can enter the studio being reserved and – yes – even a bit shy and intimidated, only to walk bare naked around the studio about one hour later, all reservations gone. It is a matter of chemistry and trust. Not all photographers are able to create that natural, casual ambiance. Nige Rorbach most certainly does know how to do it. That is why his series always have that sense of uninhabited casualness. A relaxed manner that clearly shows he and his models have fun in what they create together. But no matter what, his series are his series. Planned photographs created to answer to set objectives. And that makes one wonder, what happened to all those photos shot that didn’t fit the objectives.
Knowing the beauty of Nige Rorbach’s photographs, and seeing the mutual trust and comfort photographer and model share through these portraits, we asked Nige if he would not be interested in sharing some of the photos shot but dismissed because they were to risqué. It does Nige credit that he had reservations at first. After all photos dismissed are dismissed for a reason. Not so much because they were technically not good, but more because the given model exceeded what he planned to do in front of the camera. Still, he was intrigued by the idea and – in line with his integrity – contacted some of his models and asked them how they would feel if some of their nudes would be published. Even if they were never meant to be. And to our happy surprise most of them agreed.
It isn’t a big surprise though. As we mentioned before, Nige Rorbach has a way to make his models feel at ease. There has to be a feeling of reliability and trust to come to photographic results as one can find in the art of Nige. And so here they are. 19 From the vaults. 19 Portraits carefully selected by Nige Rorbach in collaboration with his models and approved for publication. Showing his men in positions and state of undress they didn’t anticipate when they first started the shoot, but willingly took in the heat of the game. 19 Jewels that deserve to be seen by everyone, because they are beautiful, breath-taking and – yes – finger-licking artistic photographs. They might not have answered the purpose at the time when Nige Rorbach immortalized his concepts. But they are certainly worth seeing as one off (semi) nude portraits. If you ask me, Nige might actually even have another book concept here. –BM-
Featured models in alphabetic order: Adam Coussins | Jack Green | James Alexander (Instagram @jamesalejandromodel) | Kit Wilde | Klaidas V | Marco Mode | Michael Duke | Stefan Alexandre | Theo D.
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