DENMARK IS LOCATED JUST NORTH OF THE NETHERLANDS AND SOUTH OF THE NORWAY AND SWEDEN. TOGETHER WITH IT'S TWO NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS DENMARK FORMS A HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL-LINGUISTIC REGION KNOWN IN THE WORLD AS SCANDINAVIA. SEEMINGLY THE SMALLEST OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, DENMARK IS ACTUALLY THE LARGEST COUNTRY OF THE REGION AS IT INCLUDES THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF GREENLAND AS WELL. DENMARK HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE CULTURES IN THE WORLD, A FACT PROVEN BY BEING THE FIRST TO LEGALIZE PORNOGRAPHY BACK IN 1969. IT IS ALSO THE COUNTRY THAT HAS GIVEN US LEGO.
We don't often get work from the Nordic countries in our eager hands, but when we do it is always a guarantee for quality work. As it is certainly the case with this work by photographer/videographer Nicolai Kornum. Though currently based in London, 40-years old Nicolai is originally from Denmark. Nicolai is a media centipede who earned his stripes in film and video industry as well as photography.
Nicolai Kornum's training includes European Film College (Denmark), Soho Editors, Adobe & a degree in Stage Management & Technical Theatre at LAMDA, London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. He has worked for theatre as Projection Designer, Production Stage Manager and Theatre Production Still Photographer. If you think that is not impressive enough, look at this: his film work includes 8 years as 1st Assistant Director on feature films, TV-dramas & commercials for, among others, director Niels Arden Oplev (known for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, TV-dramas “Under The Dome” and “Unforgettable”), Danish film director Lars Von Trier’s company Zentropa Productions, DR Denmark’s National Broadcast Company (known for TV-dramas “The Killing”, “Borgen”, “The Bridge”) and Lego commercials. Yes Nicolai's list of accomplishments in the film, theatre and photography industry is long.
We don't often get work from the Eastern countries in our eager hands either, and here too we can easily say that often it stands synonym for high quality. Imagine what happens when the two are combined. Kayden Gray, 30 years old, is of Polish origin but lives, like Nicolai Kornum, in London. On his Model Mayhem profile Kayden describes himself modestly as being fairly new to the modeling industry, but it is safe to say the sexy Pole has quiet some camera experience. Kayden Gray is a well-sought after gay porn actor who recently has decided to venture into a more mainstream direction. Having that said Kayden makes no secret of what he does for a living. In his own words "I work in porn and sales." Polish sobriety. We love it.
One of Denmark's most successful export articles is LEGO. Many colors. Many inventive and useful shapes. Versatile and practical. I can't tell you what Nicolai Kornum's idea was when he conceptualized his collaboration with Kayden Gray, but I can't help thinking he might LEGO might have been at the source of his inspiration. I am of course not referring to Kayden Gray's near to perfect physique which is more – much more – than any LEGO miniature will ever be. But it is a fact that Kayden is a most versatile guy. I'm also referring to Nicolai's exciting color usage in this set of portraits. Shot against a black backdrop, Kayden displays various styles of Viced Man underwear, which pop colors do exactly that: they pop. Obviously it is not only the color that pops. The pieces of underwear seem to have been tailor-made for Kayden.
A photographer from Denmark and a model from Poland. A match made in London. The result is a series of photographs that do more than displaying the Vice Man underwear pieces. They might very well launch Kayden Gray in a more mainstream career than his current erotic adult work. It is a perfect building block. And in that way we can see another Lego comparison. –BM-
NICOLAI KORNUM | BEAUTIFULMAG
KAYDEN GRAY | BEAUTIFULMAG