Style is primarily a matter of instinct.

Picture by. Scott Schuman

Recently i was looking through some old files from The Sartorialist. Scott’s blog contains an epic amount of pictures of people that have a unique style, but there was one picture that REALLY caught my attention out of all and I will never forget. It was a shot of a homeless man.

Scott said “I don’t usually shoot homeless people. I don’t find it romantic or appealing like a lot of street photographers, and if you asked homeless people they are probably not to happy about their situation either. That’s why I was surprised to be so drawn to taking a picture of this gentleman.

I was being interviewed for an article in British Vogue; and while we walked down Bowery back in April I barely stopped walking when I took the shot. Fiona Golfar, the writer, asked why I took the photo. At that moment I couldn’t really explain – but I just had a feeling about the power and grace of how he was sitting there. It wasn’t until later that night when I was working on the image that I realized why I had noticed this man.

Usually people in this man’s position have given up hope. Maybe this gentleman has too, I don’t know, but he hasn’t given up his sense of self or his sense of expressing something about himself to the world. This shot isn’t about fashion – but about someone who, while down on his luck, hasn’t lost his need to communicate and express himself through style.”

I was drawn too, to this picture. Very powerful shot that conveys a sense of hope and dignity, without losing style. As I was observing this picture, I noticed the blue  framed glasses matched with his boots and as well as the details on the gloves and the  socks. Those, being details that usually people don’t pay attention to, are what makes this shot as great as it is.  As the great Bill Blass once said “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.”

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