My earliest memories of buying a suit were probably as disappointing as yours.
Dragged under the headache inducing fluorescent lights of a department store by well-meaning parents so that I could be a fitted for the junior suit needed for some occasion – be it a wedding, funeral, first communion, juvenile court appearance… etc. I don’t remember where we were going, but I do remember hating the way the ill-fitting jacket clung to me when I moved, the shoulders were too tight, the stiff dress shoes hurt, the waistband dug in, and the shirt – despite being massively oversized for my torso was so tight on my neck that the top button couldn’t be done up. Looking back I think that an old maxim from carpentry “If it doesn’t fit, force it” had been wrongly applied to children’s formal wear. This continued to be the driving philosophy behind most of the suits I wore through the 80’s and 90’s (And there were so many tragic examples from those decades, and by that I mean that we will under no circumstances, ever, discuss what I wore to any high school formals). Continue reading “THE HABERDASHERS: BUREAU”
It’s not every day that you find that the subject you are creating a business portrait of is also a model, but that was certainly the case when photographing Morgan Stanley compliance and anti-money laundering specialist Leo Chan.
In creating these portraits Leo and I wanted to create something simple, classic, and a little iconic that took advantage of all the style and confidence Leo brought to the equation. The addition of a well-tailored suit, a quirky splash of color, and the fact that Leo is also an experienced model made this portrait a lot of fun to work on.
I am always excited to shoot a project like this. As much as I have enjoyed shooting fashion and beauty stories over the years I have found myself drifting away from that lately and gravitating towards what really excites me these days, which is photographing real people with interesting lives and their own sense of style and identity – Cool people who do and make cool things. A lot of my recent personal work is around the idea of making images that tell these kinds of stories while still being very stylish and clean – very me. One of the reasons that this project with Leo is so appealing to me is that it is something of a bridge between these two very different types of projects I work on and very much a hybrid between where I am coming from and where I want to go with my work.
A short story to share with you this week.
A few months ago I was in Seattle attending a workshop when, much to my surprise, an amazing mariachi band just walked into the studio and started to jam (John Keatley may have had something to do with that…)
These guys looked incredible and could they ever play. I had a chance to make this quick portrait of one of them during a break in their set.
Portraits of Adam Varga that were completed during some downtime between productions. Simple and stylish was the perfect way to capture Adam in these images – I love reducing things to their simplest elements and creating images like these that both encapsulate the subject’s personality and make simple but profound statements about their style. Simplicity and a sense of minimalist style are very important to me in my work, especially now that I have been creating black and white images more often. There is something delightful I find in the reduction of extraneous information from an image that is much more satisfying than adding too much to a shot and diluting its impact.
Todd Gregoire a member of the Buffalo, NY based darkwave trio City of God. A performer, composer and technologist, Todd is a multitalented artist who, along with his bandmates Melanie (City of God’s lead vocalist) and Qwak, has been a staple of the electronic and darkwave music scenes in the northeast for years. The use of blue and black as a color palette has long been a thematic element of the band’s image, and Todd wanted to continue that motif with this project. I decided to develop a cool detached tone to the image to complement the color choices the band as made as well as the electronic perfection of their music.
See City of God images and more in my Portfolio