COMING UP WITH A CONCEPT, FINDING THE PERFECT LOCATION, SEARCHING FOR OUTFITS AND PROPS, ARRANGING THE IDEAL LIGHT OR, WHEN SHOOTING OUTSIDE, WAITING FOR THE CLOUD TO SLOWLY DRIFT AWAY. ALL THOSE THINGS MAKE BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER SOMETIMES VERY DIFFICULT. BUT THE LOST DIFFICULT THING IS FINDING THE RIGHT MODEL. AND SO, IF IT HAPPENS THAT SOMEONE CONTACTS YOU WITH THE QUESTION IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO WORK TOGETHER, WHAT DO YOU DO? RIGHT. YOU JUMP TO THE OCCASION.
Leo Bryan has been training for years but never really did anything with it. Sure, like many others he gave modelling a thought. Sometimes. But he never really imagined he would be good enough for it. But when more and more friends told him he should really give it a try, he though why not, nothing ventured, nothing gained, sat down one lazy afternoon and started surfing the Internet in search for photographers. That is how he stumbled upon Immortal Images, the website of Nige Rorbach. Leo: “Immediately I was fascinated by some of the concepts he came up with, and how artistic and creative he was with his subjects, as well as how good he made them look. You can tell with certain photographers that they literally are at one with the camera, it's like an extension of their personality, and Nige almost had a sixth sense for how to see and capture an image.”
For Leo Bryan it seemed quite apparent Nige Rorbach got the best out of his models as they seemed to be prepared to go out of perceived comfort zones obviously because of how at ease he made them feel and his vision. And so he contacted Nige and they arranged to meet. Just through they had an instant rapport and shared very similar tastes in the work they admired. Most notably that of Herb Ritts. Just mentioning that name was probably enough for Nige Rorbach, who is a huge fan of Herb Ritts’ work. Nige and Leo agreed to look at the possibility to work together, arranged to meet for coffee and exchanged creative ideas of what the shoot could look like. Nige recalls: “It was a really relaxed meeting and I have to say we got on incredibly well, so it was easy for me to say yes to working with him, especially since he looked exactly like the shots he had sent me. Straight away we had a great connection, and we spent a long time talking about photography.”
And so it came to happen, that on another lazy afternoon, Nige Rorbach and Leo Bryan got together in Leo’s apartment to shoot a series of photographs. “Leo is such a friendly and relaxed guy so I wanted to incorporate that into our first shoot,” Nige continues. “I really liked the idea of doing something much more natural, and Leo's apartment was the perfect setting. Another reason why I wanted to shoot in this way, is because Leo had never modelled or been in front of a camera before, so it was important for me that he felt at ease.” According to Nige Rorbach, Leo was very easy to work with. Interested in talking through ideas, going over the wardrobe (even though there wasn't alot of it) and very honest and open with what he did, and didn't like.
About the shoot, Leo says: “Though Nige is perhaps a little more risqué than me, he was phenomenal to work with, so easy going and likeable, and more importantly made you feel not only totally at ease but empowered with confidence. I've never had photos done before so I was really uncertain about a lot of aspects, yet nothing fazed Nige, he just let me go at my own pace and really brought out the best in me. It was almost surreal to see the difference in my demeanour and posing from the first couple of photos to the last lot, it was like the evolution of an amateur to a professional within the space of a few hours, which was entirely down to Nige's creativity and positivity.” The great rapport the two men had from the first moment they met clearly shows in this set of photos. The other thing that is obvious is Nige Rorbach’s artistic and creative vision. Over the years we have seen much of Nige works and he never disappoints. His work is always new. Always refreshing. Always daring. No wonder Leo Bryan felt so at ease working with Nige Rorbach for his very first photo shoot. And no wonder this shoot truly breaths the atmosphere of a lazy afternoon. –BM-
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LEO BRYAN | BEAUTIFULMAG