I sense something far sadder and less useful than sadness. By all means, everyone can and should wear what they like. But, just a the original man in the mirror, everyone should be prepared to take the inevitable and justified mockery. This androgynous trend might be interesting as a psychological case study, but hardly as style.
Black hair, chiseled face, pale white skin, black pants, white shoes and then a bokek blast of N Y cab yellow. What a fine combination of seasoning to produce a great visual dish! The mirror is a fine art prize of completion to the photograph.
This immediately made me think of American Indian men in their chest protection/adornment, which look very much like halters – I wonder if perhaps this is where this young man was going with this fashion choice?
Laurie it’s quite unkind how you’ve responded to Rebecca’s positive post; how is it possible that you feel that you’ve nailed the “essence” of this shot? We all of us are allowed our own interpretations and feelings.
My apologies Rebecca and Sabrina. This is a powerful capture one not of beauty but of struggle. The motion of dragging the mirror home to view what they are becoming…the sadness, void of expression yet moving forward. As commented in replies above, the nose ring (slave/twitch) suggests control and I pray that this person is of their own free will.
Must be nice to read your own baseless meanings into every single thing you see, Lauri. To claim you can get the ‘essence’ of what is happening, a factual ‘essence’, is absurd. This is a street snap, not an artist’s posed studio concept.
“Struggle? Sadness? Pray for them? Free will?”…what?
Maybe…oh, I dunno…they bought a mirror on craigslist for their apartment and they’re waiting for a cab. They don’t need you to ‘pray for them.’
Your post was beautiful. Prayers are always welcome.
To those who disagree, get a little older and you will understand.
Old school NYC. You would see someone like him daily and no one would laugh because he’s true NYC character. I love his boldness to wear that top but he still is a little shy to be looked at. Beautiful boy and wonderful photo. And the mirror just adds mystery. Found on the street, given by a friend moving having to get rid of stuff, bought at flea market?
Old school NYC. You would see someone like him daily and no one would laugh because heâ€™s true NYC character. I love his boldness to wear that top but he still is a little shy to be looked at. Beautiful boy and wonderful photo. And the mirror just adds mystery. Found on the street, given by a friend moving having to get rid of stuff, bought at flea market?