Welcome to my website.
This first entry is to give you a little information about who I am, My work, My influences, as well as some information about upcoming photo sessions that I have booked in with my models.
I've been a keen photographer since I was about 12 years old when my Mum gave me a camera to take on a school trip, I think the whole week I was away all I did was take photos of my friends, the scenery, and all the things we did on the trip. From then on my love of photography grew and grew, and my thirst for knowledge about different techniques became insatiable !
By the time I was 21 I'd amassed a huge collection of snapshots and candids of my friends, but I wanted more. In September 1993 I enrolled in a photography course at my local college so I could learn more about my craft, and I spent the next 3 years developing my skills. I rapidly became one of the most proficient students on the course, not only doing my coursework but also shooting a further four or five extra rolls of film every week, portraits, textures, shapes, basically anything that I thought was interesting or might be useful for my course.
Since I left the course I have been mainly concentrating on portraiture and people photography, but not the usual subject sat against a blank canvas ! I like to take my models out and about, trying to find surroundings that will compliment or contrast their characters.
I think my main influences are artists like Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Annie Lebowitz, and the late Herb Ritts. I've always loved their work for different reasons, with Herb Ritts being my favourite. I love the way he always creates stunning images, capturing the essence of his subject. One of the most inspiring things I ever heard about him was when he was lecturing at a college in America and he said "If you are shooting a model, don't stay in one place, get off the tripod ! If you start in the corner of the room, end up outside !" I think that comment has always stayed with me and I certainly try to move around, getting different angles and viewpoints.
Other things that influence me are music, film and fashion, as well as a very creative sense of image. I like playing with different ideas and trying to challenge the viewers perception of what a photo should be. But enough about me, check out the rest of the site !
Nigel J. Rorbach