· Rouben Dickranian
He is a rainbow
His colors change with the weather, he changes, there is no the same minute, no the same moment, never the same hour, never the same day...
He came to our Club a couple of years ago attending a serious audition for one of our photoshoots and no one took him seriously till the time time he invited Alex and me out to the Amici cafe in Prahran for coffees. I still remember the story he invited us at 1200pm and then phoned us at 1100am and he sad: " I am here, what are you waiting for? Let's meet " I said to Alex's surprised face: " ok, let's go then... he is already there ". Then he invited us to his place and we had something very Italian-ly tasty: pizza and spagetti.
He was everywhere after that: chat, messaging, phone calls, events, chat, messaging, breakfasts, chat, lunches, chat, dinners, coffees, lunches, more coffees, messages, movies, events, red carpets, chats and more chats. It was a lot of him everywhere.
He changed our world, the sun was too bright for him though, his colors faded somehow, the rainbow vanished from the vision, it burnt alive. He was blocked for a while (long time) after a couple of words some one said about him, he said or he did not say or he did or he did not do and I said or I did not do. The sun then turned into darkness. It was windy, it was warm, it was cold, it was snowing and raining, it was different, it was pleasant and not so pleasant but it was without the rainbow and it did not work for some reason.
He returned. The art projects were run so often , the ideas were so overwhelming and so strong and so remarkable I was breathless. Alex said: "I give up no - if you guys become friends then enemies, then friends and or enemies, then friends again I might not be able to stand it, I can not cope and understand; your relationship are close to the thunder, hurricane or some complex Russian roulette: you never know when the bullet will fly out again and you never know what colors it will take... I leave it up to you now to continue and cope with it...."
it is unpredictable, it is moody,it is unbearable, it is close to impossible
he talks about his family, his national and religious believes and he is almost a saint
he is romantic and poetic, he treats you like a queen
he is caring, he is a healer, he reads your future and he recommends, he runs the show
he is upset, sick and almost close to tears
he is not a good artist (he thinks) and he doubts himself
he is having a massage , a good coffee or a fantastic food - best!
In addition to colors there are other personalities of him: they depend on if The Sun is around, if the stars and the planets are in the right position, or was it raining or not, if there was a morning fog or and many other factors and other equation parameters that we are still discovering.
He is different all the time, he is an artist, he can work on one photo for 3 days or might work on it for 2 minutes, he still can beeverywhere (one word) and do nothing at all, he brings joy and sometimes frustration and tears, he brings out your most well hidden emotions, he is an invisible hero who makes our art and media projects work no matter how hard they are, he is protective, he is the best friend we ever had who does prove it right on the road or he can leave you in the middle of the road and tell you your family should look after you better, he is gentle, he makes me cry with joy often(er than he thinks) as his unconditional love towards me is countless, it is valuable but it is priceless.
He is Rouben. He asked me not to call him crazy and no he is not of course because he laughs sometimes without any reason and he makes salty remarks. He can hurt and he can heal. He is a Rouben-bow.
He is a rainbow of many colors and hues. The relationship with him as I often say are the steepest roller coaster but the main thing is - they are interesting and exciting. If you choose one day to go with him along the the Camino de Santiago path you will never be bored. You might be very tired but never bored. Kill him or love him but you will never be bored. You think he never sleeps? He sure does: I saw him falling asleep in my car many times.
I only hope that what we feel towards him is mutual and what he gives to our Club is returned to him with benefits and he got back what he seeded with us. At least I can see also his colors became much brighter since we met him.
Now I wanted to share some of my favourite photos.