A Day with Orin

Friday, 18 April 2014

A while ago the internet lead me to Orin.
From the get go, I thought,
-Hey! I like this Orin kid! He seems to have his head switched on.
So I did what any self respecting human being would do and politely asked him to come and visit me in London for a chat over a beer.
I learnt a lot: passionate drumming habits, close friends, university ambitions, he let me delve into his perfectly coiffed hair and have a stroll through his brain.
I could spark this with witty anecdotes and illustrative paragraphs on how he held himself and what he was wearing, what he chose to eat and the names he dropped as inspirations and heroes, but I don't want to. Blast me selfish, hinder me secretive, suggest this whole thing pointless.
Do whatever you like, but make sure you keep an eye out for him.
Effervescent with charm and gestures, a coy smile that dropped from his face only but once- and that was only when he realised how awful he was at making daisy chains, I liked real life Orin even more than I liked YouTube Orin and I feel as though I want to keep that bit for me, I didn't meet someone I wanted to interview and question, I met someone I decided instantly I wanted to make my friend.
His online ethics are intelligent, keen to utilise YouTube not as platform for short-lived internet fame, but simply to marry his hobbies together and make something interesting and creative. I didn't need to hear him say it, you can see it at first glance on his channel.
He rubs his eyes embarrassed at the thought he felt succumbed to do a tag video early on in his already premature YouTube career, but he knows now what is 'him' and what definitely isn't.
I've got a feeling about Orin Willis, at first I didn't know what it was, but I thought you should know about him even if I was yet to find out.
I did though and I want you to, too.
Go on your own Orin adventure and please click with fever and excitement over the links below. Subscribe, like, comment, share and all that cliché vlogger crap. Do it, he deserves it.
-All photographs taken on a Canon AE-1 with Kodak Film, by Charly Cox-


  1. Well I think I've found my newest Youtube subscription :)

  2. OH HEY IT'S ORIN! I remember stumbling across his YouTube and I had similar thoughts you had - That he is different to other budding YouTubers. So bloody cool to see two people that I keep up to date with their lives on the internet together!

    PS. I love your photos taken on the film camera. Goals.

  3. AHHH I'm such a supporter of Orin! So happy to see you feature him here. He makes such unique and creative vids. Lovely post, Charly xx



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