the things that separate one man's style from another can be simple but have drastic effects. take away the hat, beard and the drooping pocket square and i could see myself in this outfit. however adding these simple elements completely transforms the look and makes it personal to him and no one else.
Haha now THAT is inspirational, that will be me in 20 years, once my beard goes white! I love the simple t-shirt under all that splendor, there is balance and humility in it. Combined with his wonderful expression, you can see that he is laughing at himself too.
Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God.
You've captured him. I could write an entire book about this photo. Absolutely amazing. And his hat! It looks like something nibbled at the brim. I want to see more…this is so great. His skin is very young-looking. His beard must be dyed. Not that a dyed beard makes any less an impact on me. On the contrary, he seems more fascinating considering it to be true. Cheers!
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The portrait of a true original…the beard, the nibbled hat, the silk scarf I love. The rest seems overcalculated. With an expression like this, you expect him to be dressed in a way that says "who cares?"
The details on this man are amazing. His thick white beard adds a lot of wisdom while his dark eyebrows and playful expression add a dash of youthfulness that truly brings out a unique character. I love how his pocket square is limply draping as if it were just overly used and watered down.
What a fabulous suit/jacket — love the colors and accessorizing. Great texture, great hat. Thanks for all your wonderful shots — very inspiring. I'm learning more about color and thinking more about it just from looking at your photos.
Very fascinating portrait! He reminds me of an impressionist painter like Claude Monet in his later years. I'd love to know if he has a paint brush and an art palette in his hands. On the other hand, his whole attitude gives the impression that he is painted himself right at the moment. This foto is picture-perfect!
Excellent Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket! Especially the bitten hat!
I 'm loving the portraits and appreciate the Sargent reference. It's really too bad that some of your readers/followers/fans don't understand that a documentary photographer can also be an artist! But that is their shortcoming and not yours! Alas, there will always be some who just don't get it.
Also–and speaking of not getting it–the awful American Apparel ads are a real bummer. I loathe them.
I agree, he looks like the perfect subject for a rich oil painting. He also looks familiar–is it Mick Fleetwood (drummer, Fleetwood Mac)? Mick's a fairly snazzy dresser, and often raises eyebrows (his and those of others). Love the portrait series.