I don’t understand when people complain that an outfit is “too deliberate.” What’s wrong with that? “Effortless” is an oft-touted adjective for how we all should look, but the reality as far different — and we all know this.
If you treat your appearance as an opportunity for authentic self-expression — as an art form — then you shouldn’t be ashamed of showing effort. I don’t think it’s fair to denigrate someone’s appearance (at least this man’s) for being too contrived.
Wow! I find this all about the photography rather than the fashion. The background and lighting really make this photo. All elements of the outfit look very traditional, but Mr. Noir does not. He looks very sinister with his hat shading his eyes.
So interesting how digital captures light! The blue-greens of the night sky and light on the buildings are amazing – especially in contrast with the tones on your subject. From the shadow under his hat brim I’m assuming you didn’t use flash. Amazing!
In terms of line and proportion, this guy has it dialed in; even the knot in his tie is done properly. Nice colors, too. And the signet ring kills me. Often, though, you’ll note the face of a signet ring worn on the pinkie is turned so that it can be used as a seal.You make a fist and press it into the wax you just melted.
I love the drama. It seriously looks like a scene in a movie. The coat is beautiful (nice and slim) and I dig the suit, shirt, and tie, and I can imagine how different a vibe you would get from this if he wasn’t wearing the hat…
love everything about this photo. Pure art. The guy is well groomed but also the lights, the shadows,the colors, how the photo was taken… everything else gives an outstanding atmosphere to the main subject.Nice.
Love the outfit; hate the cigarette; when people are dying from this habit daily, I do not understand the need to include it in so many of your superb photos; sign me up with mary and Alice above. We have to be responsible..even in fashion.
leonore, I didn’t mean to denigrate his appearance. Of course, it is a very expressive way of dressing, but, to me, it is less an outfit, more a costume. Unfortunately, I don’t see very much of the man wearing these clothes (which are, of course, beautiful). Just my opinion.
i think this is one of the best pictures posted in the blog. the crucial elements of this photograph are the light behind his hat, the ring and the cigarette on his hand, and the blue light on the back.
Well, everyone has coverd the wong kar wai of it all so I won’t go there but…. he puts me in the mood for love, maybe around 20:46 I’ll take the Chun King Express and he and I can be Happy Together in My Blueberry Nights.