THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD NORMAL, ACCORDING TO THE DICTIONARY, IS CONFORMING TO A STANDARD. USUAL, TYPICAL, OR EXPECTED. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, REALLY, AND THE WORLD DOES NEED A GOOD AMOUNT OF NORMALITY. BUT THEN AGAIN, NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCES MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE. NO WONDER THAT NORMAL PEOPLE CAN SOMETIMES BE SCARY.
James Sutton is 27, born and living in Bolton, just north of Manchester He is the oldest of two, works in the family business doing property development where he works the books and a lot of the administration. He loves going for walks and enjoying the countryside, is a film buff so can be found often in the cinema and likes hanging out with his friends in general. Pretty normal you would say. But James is anything but normal.
James has been modelling ever since he was 19 years old so once could safely say he is quite experienced. And that shows. In his earlier work and in his most recent work with Nige Rorbach. Now we know Nige of course as a man who knows what he wants and how to get it, and he certainly got it with James. There is something special about James, that I cannot really put my finger on. He has that kinda good boy gone bad look. He’s lean. He’s well built. He has great hair. And he has that challenging look in his eyes. In other words, James is hot.
Nige and James Sutton met through the usual channel. Still after spotting him for the first time about a year ago, Nige didn’t contact him until a couple of weeks ago. I guess that time wasn’t right. Anyway, may I just say I’m are glad he eventually did contact James. He turned out to be one of the most natural models Nige has ever worked with, posing effortless and when direction is needed taking the points on board and nailing the shot. A photographer’s dream. Certainly, for Nige: “For me, as an artist, someone like James is a dream to work with. He's friendly, professional, works hard and really makes you want to pick up the camera. There is a genuine respect for each other's work, so that made us both work hard to achieve what we both wanted from the shoot.”
The location of this shoot is an abandoned warehouse, near to Nige Rorbach’s own home. It has recently opened as a studio, has 3 floors and enough backdrops to occupy you for a day, dreaming and fantasizing what could be. As is his usual style Nige discussed his ideas upfront with James and together they polished them into the concept they eventually shot. They took their time to perfect the. Asked about his favourite shot James doesn’t have to think twice: “I love the Normal People Scare Me jumper shot. You could tell we both enjoyed it as one of our early shots was nearly perfect so quick. The playfulness of the caption on the top with the surroundings and the lack of pants made for a fun and already realised concept before we even shot. It was cheeky and one of our early concepts, so much fun to do.”
James loved the collaboration with Nige: “He [Nige] set up the scenes quick but so well. As soon as I changed from one outfit to another he had everything set up and we were ready to go. He explained the ideas beforehand very well. He had a mood board for me to look over in the car on the journey to the shoot, so everything was so well prepared and understood. Made for a brilliant shoot that I look forward to doing again with him soon.” James and Nige, two normal guys, not so normal. –BM-