PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING FOR AS LONG AS WE HAVE BEEN WALKING ON TWO LEGS. THOUGH WE ARE VERY COMFORTABLE IN OUR HOMES, OUR CITIES AND OUR COUNTRIES, WE ARE BY DEFINITION A NOMADIC SPECIES. OUR FIRST REASONS WERE SIMPLE. FOOD AND CLIMATE. SURVIVAL. LATER WE STARTED TO TRAVEL TO DISCOVER AND CONQUER. WE ARE STILL TRAVELING BUT THE REASONS ARE VERY DIFFERENT THESE DAYS. WE TRAVEL FOR WORK. WE TRAVEL FOR LEISURE. AND SOMETIMES WE TRAVEL FOR LOVE.
The Republic of Lithuania is one of the three Baltic states located in Northern Europe. Though maybe not so known today, the Kingdom of Lithuania and later Grand Duchy of Lithuania was once the largest country in Europe, grouping present-day Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia within its borders. During last century Lithuania has known a difficult history, having been separated from the Russian Empire, occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany and again the USSR after World War II. But the Lithuanians have always been a positive people, which eventually led their independence in 1990 – 1 year before the formal break-up of former break of the Soviet Union.
The independent and positive spirit lives strongly in Erikas Gedvygas. At age 21 Erikas took the bold decision to leave his country and move to the United Kingdom. Not because he found work there, or because his studies brought him to England. No, Erikas fell in love and followed his heart. The young Lithuanian settled with his love in London and took the opportunity to start a whole new life with both hands. But it wasn't all that easy. Erikas found out very fast London just wasn't the place for him and after barely one month the two lovers moved to Manchester.
Carefully tasting what life was like in Manchester, Erikas soon experienced he felt much better here and started looking for a job. Which he found in a factory. Ever the optimist and hard worker, Erikas Gedvygas started his factory job in packing things up. His skills and motivation didn't go by unnoticed and after merely one year he got himself a permanent position as food manufacturing operator. He now is cooking jam, marmalade and similar stuff and loves his job. Or, as he says himself: "It's very sweet…litereally…"
Moving the UK was a really big change in Erikas' life. Having been born and raised in the small town of Varéna, he was happy to find comfort in the city of Manchester. But even so he was more happy there than in London, Erikas' life was about to change again. He and his boyfriend decided to separate. This didn't change his will to build a new life in Britain though. Erikas stayed in Manchester and turned his life around. He used to be a skinny and shy boy, afraid of almost everything and with a dislike for camera's. After his break up he all of a sudden had much more time at hands, which he used to start working out. Something that soon became a lifestyle for Erikas. He fell in love with the gym and goes there almost every day. Which clearly shows.
Very few fit and handsome men who live in the area of Manchester are safe for photographer Nige Rorbach. Always looking out for new, undiscovered talent, he ran into Erikas and simply new the now 24 years old Lithuanian would do great on camera. And if it comes to scouting new talent, we can easily trust Nige. He never disappoints. And apparently neither does Erikas. For someone who had a dislke for camera's he sure knows how to show himself. Obviously Erikas' shy personality has vanished and he admits being on camera is now something he loves to do. Knowing Nige Rorbach we can be sure he won't let this jewel go very soon.
And so Erikas Gedvygas changed his life. He came from Lithuania with love, lost it in Britain, but learned to live his life to the fullest. –BM-
NIGE RORBACH | BEAUTIFULMAG
ERIKAS GEDVYGAS | BEAUTIFULMAG