PENSIVE AND SERIOUS, ADAM REEVES IS A YOUNG MAN WHO IS BUILDING THE PROMISE OF HIS NEW LIFE ON THE ASHES OF WHAT HE HAS LEFT BEHIND. DEMONS ARE FOUGHT BUT WILL ALWAYS BE LURKING IN THE DARK, WAITING FOR MOMENTS OF LESS RESISTANCE. NOT FOR ADAM THOUGH. HE ENGAGED, HE FOUGHT AND HE CONQUERED. ADAM IS REBORN AND READY TO START A NEW DAWN.
Adam Paul Reeves was born 22 years ago in Telford, UK but has since moved to Crewe. Here he lives with his mother Amanda, who is his greatest inspiration in life, his brother Jordan, who is his example and rock and his little sister Mia, the one who makes life worth living for. Here he also met Nige Rorbach who opened his eyes to a new life with new opportunities.
BM: New Dawn? That sounds interesting, could you tell us more
AR: Yeah the name ‘New Dawn’ came around from the life change I have had. So from the depression, anxiety and paranoia, turning over a new leaf, I'm all for opening the world up to people. Helping them to see the good that there is in bad. New Dawn to me means each day is a new chance to succeed where you failed the previous day.
BM: How did you meet Nige Rorbach?
AR: I met Nige through a gym that we both use in Crewe. Only a small gym but everyone knows everyone. I'd seen Nige a few times, always acknowledged one another by saying hi, but he only really spoke to me once asking if I'd finished with a set of weights. Nige is a tattoo fan and told me I had nice tattoos. Naturally I didn't hear him as I had put my headphones back on (sorry Nige ☺).
BM: So how did you finally get in real contact?
AR: He came over to me as I was talking to a receptionist, handed me his card and asked me if I wanted to model for him. Naturally I crawled back under my rock due to some personal problems, I'll explain later, but I'm happy I decided to contact him!
BM Wow, so you had no idea who he was and that he was going to ask you to model. What made you contact him?
AR: Honestly. No I had no idea what type of modelling Nige had in store for me. But again contacting him was one of the greatest things I've done in recent times. I think the thing that pushed me to speak with him is the fact I'm tired of being in the shadows and the dark. New Dawn to me is taking each day as a challenge.
BM: So what was your first shoot like
AR: I admit, it was a little nerve racking because I didn't know what to expect or what to do. But the guidance I had was sublime. Couldn't fault it one little bit. Trying something new is always going to go one of two ways good or bad.... thankfully this went extraordinary for myself.
BM: We spoke to Nige Rorbach and said that you've had to overcome some difficult points in life. Is there anything you can and want to share?
AR: The difficult issues... so how long have you got… From a young age I'd suffered from bullying, mental, physical and emotional. That led me later on in life to do some very stupid things... I attempted suicide 3 times. Attacking family members and friends. Heavy drinking and so on. Alongside that the depression, anxiety and paranoia hadn't helped, which led me to my lowest point and most dangerous. At my lowest point I was 6 stone 3 Oz, aged 21. But in recent months I have literally doubled my weight, opened my eyes and realised that no one is better than anyone else.
BM: Can you elaborate on that?
AR: We all have a heart, we all have feelings and individual issues that we deal with on a daily basis. Now I have conquered my own issues I help and support others that are following in the same footsteps I did. Bringing them back to reality and giving them a reason to push back against the issues and overcome them.
BM: It sounds like you have overcome some pretty dark times, and certainly things that a lot of people go through and don't talk about. Being bullied for example is still a huge taboo that people don’t like to talk about out of shame and out of fear. Do you think that you can show what you've achieved through your images?
AR: I'd love to be able to show my story off through modelling. Daily challenges. Life changing decisions. On top of that my tattoos kind of tell the story about my scars and experiences in life. A lot of untold memories can be seen through the art as small and funny they are to the names I have printed on my back that have supported everything I have ever faced up to. Something’s are best left unsaid and that's the way I'd like to keep certain chapters in my life. This is a new beginning for me and like to share it through the photographs I produce. When you saw the images, how understand the feeling behind them.
BM:Let’s go back to that first meeting with Nige.
AR: When I first met with Nige to talk about a shoot. I was very sceptical as I still suffer from paranoia and anxiety to an extent. Accepting the chance to shoot and to try it out was probably the greatest thing that I have decided to do over the past year and a half of my life. The pictures I have received far exceeded expectation, thinking I was disgusting and being very closed to start with. The talent, experience and friendship I have received from Nige, has given me an addiction to get in front of a camera and create some of the shots that you seen before you. Mostly covered to start as I don't like certain things and am still gaining confidence. The photos are beautiful, I never thought that I could look and feel as proudly upon them as other have to see a new man.
BM: Tell us about the first day.
AR: Well the first meeting was a little terrifying for me. Meeting new people is a challenge despite the job I currently have and enjoy. Nige was very calm relaxed and we'll prepared with numerous photos in different styles. Each picture gave off a different feel for the individual’s story and persona, which is what I am looking to show as a story. I was extremely shocked at some of the photos and thought that these guys self confidence is extraordinary, passionate and inspiring... Reaching that stage is a massive leap for me.
BM: Now you taste modelling, can you tell us anything about future projects you have lined up?
AR: The future projects... well there are a few in the pipeline from solo shoots to shoots working with friends and other models. A few ideas have come from my inspirational close friend, Mr Rorbach. A few more ideas bouncing around from working with a female model to do some exotic shoots and hopefully in the future some more revealing.
BM: You mention more revealing work, do you think that has anything to do with Nige's usual style?
AR: The more revealing stuff... now where to start. I've always been self conscious about my body - hence the tattoos - to hide what I thought was a hideous sight. With the determination I try and give to people to get through each day and see the good in everything I feel confident enough to show more and more each time. Nige's style was a little out of my comfort zone but with the correct hand steering the way and pushing me to my limits I think that it could become possible.
BM: You also mention Nige Rorbach a lot, and he has told us all about you, why do you think your connection is so strong?
AR: Of course I mention Nige a lot. Really, he's such a great guy. Happy to call him my closest friend in the small amount of time that we've known each other. Without him I wouldn't be writing this. A true friend. Trustworthy. Honest. Kind. Heart warming and a smile that could never go wrong. A lot of things that I've dealt with Nige has helped me through, supported me and shown me a way around them. Really could not ask for a better mentor or a greater friend! And I wouldn’t have chosen any other partner for my first double shoot – ha ha ha. –BM-
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