I often stop well-dressed men on the street and take their picture for my blog but the person who does this best, capturing not only the person’s look but their story, is undoubtedly Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton.
He’s not a fashion photographer and he doesn’t necessarily stop people for their fashion choices, but I am obsessed with the images he captures. And, of course, I can’t help but admire the street style. He reminds me to keep my eyes open always. To look up and make eye contact instead of staring at my phone as I walk up Broadway, through the East Village or along Fifth Ave. He reminds me that inspiration is everywhere.
I have a feeling I’m going to be referring back to Brandon’s photography and street style often in this space, but here are a few of my recent favorites.
I think what I love most about the style Brandon captures is the authenticity and personality in each shot. Look at the guy on the left above in blue reading the paper, the way he rolls the sleeves on his sweater over his shirt, or the guy on the right with his bright yellow jacket and his polka dot socks - he pulls it off.
And below, see how the guy with the red pants pulled his look together with a red pocket square, and the way the man on the left wears his hat slightly tipped to one side and the briefcase he choses to carry. It’s those small details that give a glimpse of personality through what we wear and how we chose to wear it.
Brandon doesn’t always look for the impeccably styled, but rather the individuals who are revealing a little bit of them themselves to the world, who are offering up a glimpse of their personality to strangers.
It makes me wonder, does your outward appearance reflect your personality? If Brandon Stanton passed you on the street, camera in hand, would he stop you and ask to take your picture?