Interview: Fantasy Photography by Robert Borbely

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Photography seems to be a huge interest within the creative disciplines and it would appear these days that everyone who owns a smart phone (99.9% of the U.K population) is some sort of ‘Photographer’.

It’s a complete misconception that being a photographer is an easy click of the button and watch the money come rolling type of career. Photography is a skill that requires a creative eye, camera knowledge and the networking skills of a social butterfly. I sat down with professional photographer and photo manipulator, Robert Borbely who has worked with global brand Jägermeister to get the real chat on what it’s really like to make a living from his own photos.

Name – Robert Borbely

Discipline – Photography and Photo Manipulation

Location – Bradford

Studied – College & Self Taught




Roberts creative talent developed from a young age, he says he loved to draw and even managed to win an art competition at 7 years old: “I never was into art at school but my Nan would always get me drawing, I would spend most weekends with her and I would draw all the time.”

Flash forward some years, Robert moved away from his sketching ability and started to get into online gaming. He quickly started to earn money and before he knew it, he was completely addicted. Although making a fair amount of money, he remembers it all coming to an end in 2007 when his account got hacked and he lost absolutely everything. “When that happened I decided it was time to take a step back, I wanted to get away from it. I had always had a camera so I decided to pick it up and I haven’t looked back since.”


Robert enrolled onto a Photography course at a local college and here he would learn the skeleton of a camera that led to him picking up some photography gigs within the North of England. Shortly after graduating Robert went on to explore some more advanced techniques and discovered photo manipulation: “I do everything on Photoshop. I really enjoy taking ‘normal’ photo-shoots and making them into fantasy compositions. It’s time consuming but the outcome is amazing.”

Robert states that he never sticks to a set creative process and he likes to let the ideas naturally happen: “I never go into a shoot with a set plan, the creative process just kind of forms depending on location and the team you’re working with that day.”

Looking through Robert’s impressive portfolio, his work can be described as fantasy, semi dark and very detailed. He says, “I am definitely inspired by my online gaming days, I love the whole fantasy style. I do a lot of Comic Cons and that way I can get a lot of amazing pictures of people already dressed up – Plus I get a free pass for the day, so if you’re a comic fanatic it’s a winning situation.”

Although it’s clear that Robert has found his feet and own distinct style within his discipline, he did confess that the biggest struggle as a photographer is money. Photography equipment is expensive and equipment is forever upgrading. Investing in a strong camera kit is essential if you have any aspiration of becoming a good photographer. I then went on to ask him what advice he would give to an aspiring photo taker and what he thinks makes a successful photographer’:

“You need to be good within sales, I see amazing photographers not doing great because they don’t have the character to sell their work and then I see what I’d consider average photographers making a good living just off the fact they can talk about their work and really sell it to their clients… When you first start out don’t expect too much, clients will come and go but you just have to keep working hard and if it’s your passion just love every minute of doing what you love for a living.”


Already working with the likes of Jägermeister and other brands, I couldn’t help but ask what was next for Robert Borbely:

“I don’t have a set plan but I find that photography has become very saturated and I am wanting to push my creativity within manipulation as well as broadening my work. I would like to go into ecommerce and product photography, I have already done a few shoots and I really enjoyed it.”

Watch this space. If any creative would be interested in collaborating with Robert, follow his work and get in contact.

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 Nikon or Canon?

 Canon, 100%.

 Studio or Location shoots?


Three MUST haves on shoot day?

 Camera, Ipad and Speedlight 

What’s your favourite piece in your folio?

 I don’t really have one, but if I was to choose I guess my piece that illustrates a bottle within the sea, it’s very detailed.

Your next project?

 I’m going to Hull soon and then to London to hopefully get some exciting work done.

What other discipline are you keen to collaborate with?

 Open to work with anyone within the creative industry, if you have talent then why not.

Who would be your dream client?

 More international brands.

Last piece of advice to our readers?

You will experience some negativity from some people, your work can’t please everyone unfortunately. But keep your head down and work hard… these negative people are just jealous anyway.


Healthy Eat Out – Kcal Kitchen

The whole fitness and healthy lifestyle seems to be so in at the moment – not that it was every out, I mean it’s essential to keep yourself fit and healthy. What I mean by it being ‘in’ is it seems to be growing in popularity. I have friends who had never stepped foot inside a gym and now they’re hitting spin four times a week and choosing vegan style salads over a quick McDonalds run… the evidence is clear and it’s plastered all over social media, it seems that most people (including myself) have a separate account to keep track of their new found love for fitness.

I have always been a gym-goer and I could work out everyday of the week if I wanted to but what I seem to struggle with, within the whole ‘aspiring fitness model’ lifestyle is the diet. I skip breakfast, I don’t eat enough protein and I love to eat out.


I mean skipping breakfast and adding protein to my diet is all on me, but when I eat out I like to actually enjoy my meal, rather than having a side salad with a dry bit of grilled whatever. Yesterday while waiting on my friend to arrive in town, I decided to treat myself to breakfast and through my fitness inspired instagram account I had read a number of people going to a place by the name of Kcal Kitchen and I wanted to test the hype.







Kcal is a healthy menu restaurant that caters for all sorts of cool things, like your daily vitamin smoothie, high protein desserts and indulgent yet healthy main courses. I don’t know if it’s just me but when I think of high protein based kitchens I just think of the weights area in the gym.. y’know, the area where all the big guys lift weights and it’s slightly terrifying to venture over. So I was pleasantly surprised walking into the restaurant where the interior was only to be described as minimalistic and fresh! I am a complete sucker for a well-designed restaurant and to top off the aesthetics, the staff were super friendly and they were playing old skool funk music at 10:30 am in the morning – my kind of place.

Sitting down I ordered a cappuccino and I scrolled down the menu. Now, I consider myself a pretty ‘fussy’ eater, but I can say there was a lot of variety on the menu and everything was laid out nice and simple. There were options from pancakes, to burritos, to burgers and all reasonably priced. Obviously being a very healthy protein based restaurant there was a lot of meat orientated dishes, but I would definitely say they cater for vegetarians, also giving you the option of Tofu and other veggie alternatives. For vegans, I would say the selection is pretty limited but in saying that it’s definitely doable for a vegan to eat here and especially if you are wanting to get your daily dose of protein.

Another thing that might intrigue all you healthy lifestylers is Kcal do meal prepping… and not at too high of a cost either. I mean, meal prepping is an investment and if you’re willing to invest in your diet, the plans look straightforward and they are available to order online.

What I would say about my experience with Kcal is, it isn’t actually just targeted at fitness enthusiasts; it’s targeted at anyone who just wants to be a little bit healthier while eating out. So if you fancy a bit of guilt free indulgence for whatever meal of the day, Kcal Kitchen is on West Regent Street making it pretty central and easy to get to. Happy eating!

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Dr Martens Presents Nina Nesbitt

Anyone for a free gig in the city centre? Essentially, when you put the word ‘free’ and ‘gig’ together, the answer is always going to be “HELL YEAH”. The ‘Dr Martens Presents’ tour hit Glasgow yesterday and who is more fitting to headline the stage than our very own Edinburgh born, Nina Nesbitt.

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I have been a huge fan of Nina since I first heard the likes of ‘Apple Tree’ and ‘Stay Out’ way back in 2012. Since releasing her first album ‘Peroxide’ in 2014, the still very young songstress had taken a step away from pop star life and went down a more song writing career route. After a year on the down low, her ‘Modern Love’ EP was released in February 2016 demonstrating a completely different approach to Nina’s acoustic sound and displayed a more suburban pop vibe. Flash-forward to October 2017, Nina is back and up on the Dr Marten’s stage playing new songs such as ‘Moments I’m Missing’ and ‘Best You Had’.

Appearing a little shy on stage at first, Nina settles into her set and demonstrates her raw musical talent and flowing voice. Previewing two new songs named ‘Empire’ and ‘Somebody Special’ that she told the crowd she wrote in Nashville earlier this year. Nina’s recent songs explore similar themes to her previous work such as; growing up, relationships and ambition. What I think I love so much about Nina Nesbitt as an artist is that she isn’t afraid to write and sing about feelings that we as people do experience at some point in our life, but we are perhaps too afraid to admit. I don’t know if it’s maybe the fact I am of a similar age or the fact we have both grown up in Scotland, but every song she releases I find nostalgic and I can easily relate to in some way.

Yesterday’s Dr Marten gig was short but sweet and definitely gave Glaswegians a little taste of what is to come from the 23 year old songstress in the next year. We’re super excited about the new music and we can’t wait to hear more!

Nina Nesbitt has three up coming UK tour dates in November and will be playing Art School in Glasgow on 22nd November 2017.


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