Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Influencers – A House Is Not A Home, Bruce Weber

I have always said I am a big Bruce Weber fan. Not as much for his typical A&F work, but for his more personal character studies like his book A House is Not A Home.

The book really woke me up to the idea of how the things that fill your life can say as much about you as you ever could with words.

What he was able to say with a chair, I say with a pocket square.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Influencers – Portraits, Steve McCurry

I would think that for any photographer having your first book published is a major, major big deal – I know it is for me. With my new book starting to hit the stores I know I have been thinking a lot about the books that were a big influence on me, and also had a direct effect on the decisions I made about how I wanted my book to be created. So today and tomorrow I thought I would try something different and share with you a few of the books that have had the biggest influence on my work.

One of the first and most important photography books I ever bought was this book: Portraits by Steve McCurry. I love the dignity in which he shoots such a wide range of people and cultures. I love the intimacy and connection that you feel with his subjects. I also thought that the concept of his lifestyle (traveling around the world alone taking pictures of whoever you found interesting) was so romantic. I never dreamed when I bought this book that I would end up creating my own version of that lifestyle. To learn more about Steve McCurry check out his website and his fantastic new blog.

The other, more literal way that the book

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Influencers – Camera Ready, Arthur Elgort

I never trained to be a photographer, so this book was my first real insight into the thought process of making a good image. Written for a true beginner, this book discusses such basic concepts as filling the frame, capturing emotion (both happy and sad), and reacting to the action around you. Before spending a load of money on photography classes, or other books and manuals – try finding this book on eBay and really try to absorb Mr. Elgort’s advice. His writing style is so easy and unpretentious that it will make you feel anything is possible.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Not Giving Up, NYC

I don’t usually shoot homeless people. I don’t find it romantic or appealing like a lot of street photographers, and if you asked homeless people they are probably not to happy about their situation either. That’s why I was surprised to be so drawn to taking a picture of this gentleman.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

So What Do We Think About This?

This month Glamour magazine ran this photograph which has created quite a stir here in the US.

It seems women desperately want more images that highlight the variety of beauty that the female form has to offer. If that is true, then this should become one of the biggest selling issues in Conde Nast history.

Actually it just might become the biggest seller. When we wanted to do a post about this Tracy went to three different shops to find the magazine but all three were sold out. We had to scan this from the NY Post.

When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say “no” to my request to shoot them. Actually, much more than any other category of people I shoot. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and “average” women in general

However, do you think that this economic crisis has forced the fashion community to open it’s eyes a little bit to what the customers want?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Summer Pattern Mixing p2

I love the bold pattern of his jacket, and he takes it to a whole new level combining it with the small check pattern of his pants.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….West Village, NYC

Short skirts are so hard to wear in a sporty way. I thought this young lady did a great job looking sporty chic on a warm Summer day.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Pattern Mixing to Beat the Heat, NYC

It’s hot as New York in August here in New York in August. Nobody feels like getting dressed up, or even dressed for that matter. The city is awash in tiny solid color Summer dresses or tees and jean shorts.

However, there are occasional glimmers of inspiration. For example, this young lady without adding any extra layers was able to skillfully mix florals, dots, geometrics and lace into one chic but subtle summer look.

To me this shot isn’t about if this look is perfect, but about the inspiration of doing a lot with a little. Actually I look at this and think about color mixing. If you kept the shape of all these pieces but each was a different color, or even shades of the same color – with or without the patterns.

Looks like this remind me that in Summer, even though we are working with fewer layers, we can still have fun playing with pattern.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Watch It, NYC

It seems the watches on the guys in Europe (especially the Italians) are getting so big and gaudy that soon they will need two wrists to carry them.

I think that is why I don’t wear a watch. With smart phones, iPods, etc. always having a time function it is hard to justify wearing such a ginormous hunk of metal.

However, I have had a growing fascination with small vintage watches. They are sleek, chic and almost hidden. I stopped this gentleman coming out of Starbucks because I thought his watch looked so cool, retro and yet totally modern.

So this question is for the guys – but answered by the ladies. Ladies, are you really attracted to guys with giant watches? Doesn’t it feel like a bit of overcompensation? Or does it read like a symbol of success – like a shiny sporty car for your arm (and not much smaller)?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On the Street….New York Bike, NYC

Maybe it is all of the new bike lanes (thanks Mayor Bloomberg), but New Yorkers have fallen in love with their bikes again. What I am proud of is that like any real style capital New Yorkers are doing it their way – sporty, sexy, and built for speed.

Just look at the difference between these New York ladies I shot yesterday and the young ladies Garance shot recently in Amsterdam. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but it is great that something like this can be so reflective of a cultures taste and aesthetics.