IN THE NORTH-EASTERN PART OF GREECE, NEAR THE AEGAN COAST, RISES A MOUNTAIN PEAK HIGH UP IN THE SKIES. IT STANDS THERE, SILENT AND MAJESTIC, CROWNED WITH EVERY SWIRLING CLOUDS. NOW, MERELY JUST ANOTHER MOUNTAIN, IT ONCE WAS THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE. BECAUSE THIS IS MOUNT OLYMPUS, THE PLACE WERE GODS USED TO DWELL. THE DIVINE SEAT OF ZEUS AND HIS COMPANIONS. THE TEMPLE WHERE MYTHICAL ROYALTY RULED OUR EARTH.
Darren Hoff was born and raised in Derby, United Kingdom, but currently resides on Livingpool. Here he works as Learning Mentor as a Secondary School where he occupies himself with children from a wide range of different cultural, social and social-economic backgrounds. He also is the keyworker and mentor for a number of students with special educational needs, as well as those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. It is quiet a mouthful. It is also quiet an admirable thing to do, and probably not the easiest job in the world.
Asides from this rare talent to work with younger people to help them to succeed in life, Darren Hoff also possesses a divine physique. Something that has not gone by unnoticed for the always searching male and fitness photographers. It was Darren’s work with the talented Justin Tayler that got the attention from Nige Rorbach. The two men came to meet through a mutual friend, model Alexander Hughes. It was Alexander who pointed Nige’s work out to Darren which led to the young man to contact the Immortal Images photographer. Regarding photography, Darren already had an impressive portfolio, but it was missing that little touch of edginess that is so typical in Nige Rorbach’s work.
Darren stands out through his stunning masculine face and incredible physique. But aside from his godlike appearance, he also has an instantly likeable personality and a natural way to inspire those around him. Darren could easily take a place among those who occupy the Pantheon, but his most humble personality and the fact he is very down to earth for someone who has so talented, places him truly beyond Olympus. Darren’s aspiration in life is to keep working in a role where he can help young people and act as a positive role model. To help children to achieve their goals whilst promoting personal development and empowerment.
But Darren hasn’t worked hard on his own physical appearance to let it go by unnoticed. And even though his main ambition in life is to continually strive towards self –improvement and personal development, he also works on his physical strength and body. He likes modelling and, and mentioned before, has been able to work with various known photographers to put together an impressive folio. Searching for variety eventually brought him to Nige Rorbach. “I wanted to expand my port away from stock fitness modelling, and I liked the fact that Nige’s work was quite artistic and built around a theme and creating a piece of art rather than just taking a picture of a physique,” Darren explains his attraction to the work of Nige Rorbach. “I enjoyed working with him because it was obvious that he puts a lot of thought into the themes and style he wants to create, and whilst he works to the model's and his own strengths, also not afraid to try new stuff and take both of us into new territory.”
A new territory that, in this case, takes Darren Hoff to a new plane of existence. Nige Rorbach collect his work under the name Immortal Images, and – true to himself – creates divine like creatures in his photography. Darren seems to rise above mortality. His face takes a look of demand and expectation. His body couldn’t have been more perfect if it had been sculpted by Michelangelo himself. His poses breathe strength and power, determination. With Immortal Images Nige Rorbach has made himself a creator of gods, but with Darren he has outdone himself, placing this young man beyond Olympus. –BM-
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