The wind and rain were lashing the beach, and I was wandering around with lighting gear wrapped in plastic bags, attempting to photograph the artists of Bunkerlove. It was then that I spotted Gorm Spaabæk taking in the sights and sounds, despite the raging elements.
With his beard and the blanket wrapped around his shoulders, I knew I had to take his photo, so I dragged him out of the cover of a warm bunker and took him down to the water's edge. With the assistance of fantastic Danish photographer Cathrine Ertmann we managed to get this shot without the lights blowing away into the tumultuous waves of the Skagerrak.
Speaking to Gorm afterwards I learned that he wasn't just a passerby taking in the art, he was in fact a well known and highly regarded artist himself. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and as well as having his work exhibited all over Denmark he also takes part in debates and writes articles about the state of art in the country.
He asked me why I wanted to take his picture, and so I told him that he had an excellent beard. He replied, "the beard wasn't that difficult - all I had to do was wait."
If you get a chance, you should check out his work at www.gormspaabaek.dk.