I am sure most of you have heard of The Sartorialist. He shoots amazing photos of style and fashion on the street and shares them on his blog. It's got some really fun eye candy, you can check it out here.
I took this photo the other day because I love this man's bright red pants. When I got home and looked at the picture it reminded me a little of something you might see at The Sartorialist, but not quite as cool. Nonetheless, I can dream.
Now, as per my usual style, I just snapped this photo, and did not ask this gentleman for permission. The Sartorialist on the other hand, often asks his subjects if he can take their photos. I think that's a lot easier to do that when you have a well-known blog. You know, he says to a stranger on the street: "Hey, can I take your picture?" The well-dressed stranger replies: "Uh....why?" He explains: "Why, I am The Sartorialist, I have a blog and...." And before he's even done explaining, the fashionable New Yorker is like: "Do you want me to pose, or just stand here....?" I found this video of The Sartorialist out on a shoot in New York City and there is actually a scene that plays out pretty much just like that. Hmmm...must be nice...
If you have a few minutes and you enjoy street photography you should check out the video. I especially like how you can see his eyes darting around as he hunts for the perfect fashionista to photograph. I know when I am out shooting on the street I am so tuned in to what is going on around me and who is walking towards me, constantly turning around looking for a moment to capture. But until "Urban Muser" becomes a household name, I won't be asking for permission. I'll stick to the classic furtive-style street shooting.