FOR SOME MODELING IS JUST THAT: MODELING. A JOB THAT REQUIRES POSING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA IN ORDER TO TAKE PICTURES. FOR THOMAS LEE IT IS MUCH MORE. FOR HIM IT IS THE FEELING HE GETS AFTER BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. AND INSPIRING FEELING. EVERY TIME HE DOES A PHOTO SHOOT HE HAS THIS GLOW INSIDE HIM AND ITS INTENSE. IT FILLS HIM WITH JOY. NO WONDER NIGE RORBACH SELECTED THOMAS TO BE HIS NEWEST RECRUIT FOR HIS NEW PROJECT MODELARMY.
Photographer Nige Rorbach met Thomas Lee for the first time back in 2012 while working on his book The Age of Man. It's funny really. Nige had spoken to a retoucher on Model Mayhem and discussed possible collaboration, but it never happened. Then earlier this year he got in touch again, as he is now doing photography too. Nige checked out some of his new work, and spotted Thomas in his portfolio. Needless to say, he asked if he could put in a word about him modelling for me, only to realise he had already sent Thomas a message about his work on one of his regular “new model” searches. Nige and Thomas very quickly clicked, and seemed on the same page artistically, as well as in terms of being very passionate about what they do. A week later they were in the studio together.
Nige Rorbach is currently working on a new project, which he named the ModelArmy project. When asked about the project Nige says: "It’s a bit difficult to explain, but I wanted to do something that was more than just a book or calendar, but something more substantial and meaningful. I’m been really lucky to work with talented guys, who not only have great attitudes, but who are also really interested in being more involved in the creative process. We support each other, and really that’s what ModelArmy is all about, and as my newest recruit, Thomas is an amazing model, a general, a leader."
Thomas Lee is only 22 years old and lives in North Wales, UK. Here he divides his time between being a fitness instructor and a dad. The fifty-fifty option suits him well as he loves his job but believes that spending time with the people who matter is priceless. Thomas does not only like to keep his body in top condition, he is quiet spiritual as well and enjoys to spend the little free time he has left reading things that inspire him. A fan of Eckhart Tolle books he currently reads about Niccolo Machiavelli and Napoleon Hill. Finding inspiration and inspiring others, enjoying fitness and nutrition. It's all important to Thomas. But the most important is without question his son Colbey Lee: "I enjoy taking him out for the day and seeing his face glow that energy of a child is pure we all need to learn from that, bring back the innocence of youth."
Being a man who appreciate the positive, Thomas Lee was grateful for the comments Nige Rorbach left him on his Model Mayhem profile. "Nige messaged me a few weeks ago and we got talking about a photo shoot," Thomas comments on his first real contact with the talented photographer from Crew, UK. "We had some inspiring conversations. I go with my gut on people and I had a good feeling about Nige and I was right. Nige is a good dude with a good heart." About their actual collaboration Thomas says: "It was awesome! Loads of laughs and loads of good snaps, we had a mission to stop my eyebrow from raising and I would keep asking if it was raised in photos, I got it under control in the end but it flew up a few times, and I learnt when Nige had a good photo he did what we call 'the smile'."
Nige Rorbach's ModelArmy project promises to be more than just another gallery of model photo's. It's a movement. A project in which collaborators are going to stand for something. It's not just about looking good and taking pictures but about kindness and compassion to others. ModelArmy will represent the realest and Thomas Lee is happy and proud to be one of Nige's newest recruits for the project. "The images reflect a good day and good vibes," he continues. "The energy was great so what you see in them pictures is the product of that energy. If both me and Nige didn’t have that positive energy we wouldn’t have created them images." –BM-
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