I was walking home ready to put the camera away, but there was something so alive and optimistic in this woman as she was riding down the street on her bike in the pouring rain that I couldn’t help but flag her down and ask for her photo.
I love that everything on this outfit that pops is big: the rose, the buttons, and the plaid squares. I’m always intrigued by people who mix and clash colors and make bold loud choices. Walking on the streets of NYC, I’m getting better at finding those who truly own and execute the style, and those just looking to be noticed. I passed by this girl just as my battery for my camera was dying. I wasn’t able to take the shot, but by pure luck, I found her in a crowd two hours later after I had re-charged my battery. I’m finding that I have a serendipity for re-discovering those that “got away”.
Basia is the owner of an awesome restaurant called ish and chips in Waterloo, Canada. When I first met her on a cool summer’s night of this year, I was instantly mesmerized by how daring and sexy she was. She wore a light summer dress that night, which was dancing freely in the wind as we talked. I wished so badly I had a camera that night to take a snapshot of how utterly beautiful she looked in spirit and in dress. Over the summer, I returned several times to take her picture but she was never there. On one of my last days in Canada, I biked over to grab her picture in one last ditch attempt, and lucky for me, she was there. Her necklace/scarf combination is clean, beautiful and elegant.
Elizabeth Wachstein, merchandiser, stylist, personal shopper, closet consultant.
When I passed this girl on the street, the first thing I noticed was her butterfly broach–not her hair, her shoes, or her bag, but the small detail of her broach. Everything on this girl is well-thought out, without being overly-conceived. The butterfly broach adds a beautiful touch that makes the outfit not just chic, but personal and unique.
When I’m on the street, I’m drawn to unique characters. People who hold themselves with a kind of verve or move with a swagger, who take textures, colors, and fabrics and make them clash perfectly. Above is an example of a young man whose done this impeccably. It’s what I like to call the “boldness in youth”, in which you’re allowed to flout conservatism–values or fashion-wise–without too much political repercussion. Notice also the drop crotch pants, which can be found at American Apparel (what a surprise, I thought he’d say he got them in Japan). To the person in this photo: I completely forget your name. If you do find that you’re signed to a modeling agency, please e-mail me your online portfolio and I’ll link it here.
This is my favorite kind of picture: where you see a person’s inner silly.
The dress is from a previous Spring/Summer A.P.C. collection.
I always find it strange when I capture people who are just off work, still look wonderful, but are hesitant to take a photo because they think they don’t look attractive or at their best. Truth is: it was probably your spirit that caught my attention.
I go to outrageous lengths to get a photograph of someone whose made a strong impression on me. This guy walked past me at Trader Joe’s, totally unassuming and going about his grocery galore. He was a good 20 people behind me, but I waited. I suppose what intrigues me about all-black, when it’s not used to hide or make someone look slimmer, is that it helps to define so many youth cultures, namely, goth and emo. I’m always pleasantly surprised to see someone wearing an outfit that hints at these subcultures, but makes them fashionable and about the overall silhouette.
Jenna, my creative partner in crime, and I are working on a short film based on two poems that she’s written. Above is a picture from the shoot.
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To my street fashionistas/fashionistos: Thank you for allowing your style to be captured by me. I hope that the end result is worth the wait and helps to make that day more memorable. If for some reason, you object to the photo taken, please send me an email and I can take it down.