He had just won the Nabba bodybuilding championships. It was a stepping stone for him on his journey to go professional.
He invited me over for breakfast in a beautiful mansion where he stayed in Belmont. I knew I had the right house when I saw his black BMW out the front. The tomatoes, avocados, eggs, feta and sliced toast were placed delicately around the plate and I didn't want to touch it and ruin it's presentation. The house was quiet and I could see the landscaped gardens through the large windows that made the walls. He insisted I start eating before he left the dining room to cook his own. He had a superman bathrobe on and slippers. Mohammed was such a friendly guy. I met him at a dinner that one of the models I know invited me to. She had met him at the gym and during that dinner he asked if I could take photos of him one day and I said yes.
I learnt a lot about him over breakfast. He could speak Arabic, Chinese and English. He had a black belt in Zen Do Kai, had missed only a few days of the gym in ten years and was a few weeks away from obtaining his engineering degree here in New Zealand. The he had to go back home to Saudi Arabia. I was inspired by him. He was in his mid twenties and had done so much with his life. I don't think we will see each other again but I am happy our paths crossed.
Model - Mohammed Alhakeem.