I actually shot this in Milan a few days before I shot Kanye in Paris . Like any artist I follow my inspiration and lately I’ve been feeling for portraits. I think it started with that “Red on Red” portrait in Sydney. Right now I love the idea of a dramatic face surrounded by an equally dramatic fur…a very modern John Singer Sargent vibe.
Regarding the Kanye shot. Yes, Kanye is having a tough time right now but I think that makes the portrait all the more moving.
For those of you that think the Kanye shot was a celebrity grab and a change in direction for the blog, go check the archives. I’ve shot Kanye about ten times over the last two years and his inclusion hasn’t changed anything in this blog (if anything it enriches it with a wider stylistic offering).
Is Kanye a Sartorialist? Who is? I wrote in my book that I appreciate and relate to his struggles to find is own style vocabulary. Haven’t we all gone through that? Am I a Yohji or an Armani was mine. I know Kanye a little bit and that portrait captures something in him I haven’t seen before. Whether you like him or not is up to you. That shot is just a simple portrait of a man in a difficult moment in his life and as a artist I would be crazy not to react to that moment (especially if it falls within a mood I’m feeling). I love the contrast that these two portraits create. And lets be honest, we can’t assume that this woman is any more or less refined or graceful than Kanye. I think the not really knowing makes portraits all the more fascinating
I wish I had more to say about this lovely woman but she spoke almost no English. My good friend Renata (who you’ll see in another shot very soon) was the person who really helped make this shot happen. I love the calm poise of this shot even though there are about two hundred people right behind me moving out of a fashion show very very quickly.