Archives for category: Street Style

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Since 5th May 2012 I have been regularly walking up to strangers and asking them if I can take their photograph. I’m drawn to the stylish and the interesting and all of the people featured here are one or the other or both. I’m extremely grateful to all of them for letting me take their photograph – Londoners (temporary or permanent) are a really cool bunch.

When I started out I continually forgot to ask the person their name (it was the nerves). I’m getting better at remembering now, but there are still occasions when I get caught up in the moment and forget, and I can only apologise to those people I didn’t ask.

Most of the shots here have appeared in previous posts (apologies to my regular visitors), but I’ve tried to round up some previously unpublished to spice the montage up a bit. Thanks to Deanne and Seascapesaus for encouraging me to do this.

Star (VIII), 2012

So, my Stars are all named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. This was taken today, very close to Denmark Street AKA the British Tin Pan Alley, but I’m afraid I don’t know the exact  street name.

The man above very generously allowed me to take a couple of shots – I love his leather jacket. But the magic of the look is in the mix of styles and time periods again. I love these fashion time travellers who have come to visit London.

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David Bowie week is also being celebrated by Cardinal Guzman. You should also visit Deanne’s Obsolescence Project and David’s Spanish Stroll, where more fantastic Bowie-related posts have been made.

Heroes #1 (Billy Childish), 2012

Billy Childish is about as far from Bowie as you can imagine, musically. Childish favours hard, fast garage rock, which Bowie’s never attempted (unless you include Tin Machine, but they’re more of an aircraft hangar band). Childish’s work is honest, and stripped of as much artifice as possible – when I first saw him perform with Thee Headcoats in the early nineties it was like seeing a proper punk band. They were full steam ahead, no stopping them exciting – they were messy and fun. The music’s stayed like that (with various band line-ups he’s recording a staggering number of records – he favours vinyl). And his art is like that too. According to Wikipedia “he is a consistent advocate for amateurism and free emotional expression and was a co-founder of the Stuckism art movement with Charles Thomson in 1999.” He left stuckism behind some time ago.

Childish paints raw, expressionistic, emotionally-charged figurative paintings. They’re great, and act as a nice antidote to conceptual art.

Anyway, I met him in the street yesterday and he very graciously agreed to a couple of shots. I had to crouch in the road to get them, and Billy kept watch to make sure I didn’t get run over. Some heroes do not disappoint.

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http://www.billychildish.com/

Star (VI and VII) (for and of Gurinda Singh and Unknown), 2012

The other day was bad photographically – just before I took this I was ejected from a private corporate development for potentially compromising their buildings’ security by taking photographs of people eating their lunch. Flummery, I think and depressing to boot. Anyway, feeling somewhat dejected I sauntered off, turned a corner and met these two men, who happily posed for me and restored my faith in people at a stroke – they were so friendly. For me they will always be stars.

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My Stars are all named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

David Bowie week is being celebrated in spectacular style over at Cardinal Guzman‘s blog – I strongly urge you to check out his photographs! He’s also keeping a list of all the Bowie-related posts to date for your convenience. You should also visit Deanne’s Obsolescence Project and David’s Spanish Stroll, where more fantastic Bowie-related posts have been made.

Star (V) (for John Pindar), 2012

So, my Stars are all named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. This is quite an old shot that I’ve been saving up for an appropriate moment. It was taken on New Oxford Street.

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A hat, John, but perhaps the wrong type?

Star (III), 2012

Star (IV), 2012

These two shots were taken yesterday on Langley Street in Covent Garden, which is fast becoming one of my favourite haunts. There’s a dance studio there and a posh restaurant and I think the combination attracts really interestingly-dressed people.

The two guys above were really generous in allowing me to take their pictures. I think their clothes are extremely cool – a real mix of periods carried off with a street sensibility and a great lightness of touch. They look like the future.

Star (II), 2012

So, another Star (named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars). This was more of a hit-and-run shot to begin with, and then I thought she might be interested in the blog, so I went and apologised and gave her a card.

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David Bowie week is also being celebrated over at Cardinal Guzman‘s blog. You might want to check it out.

 

Star (I), 2012

So, to begin my run of Stars (all named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) is this man. Again, to my shame, I don’t know his name. He was very generous allowing me to take his picture and is also extremely talented – the T-shirt is his own design. Another great look.

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Why the David Bowie titles? Thank Cardinal Guzman and Seascapesaus for suggesting his work as a suitable source. David Bowie week is also being celebratedover on the Cardinal’s blog, so check it out.

As always thanks also to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion.

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I’m experiencing connection problems again, so apologies if I’ve not made it to your blog in the last day or so – I will get there, it’s just slooooooooooooooow.

Christopher Tracy’s Parade (III), 2012

This was taken in a real rush – another failure to take the model’s name. I’d just like to say, I’m really grateful to everyone for letting me take their photograph and sorry to not include your names.

Another great outfit – so many references going on here – I love how they all come together so coherently.

Christopher Tracy’s Parade (II), 2012

Another shot from the recentish past. This gentleman very generously posed for a couple of shots. I should have asked his name – a practice I’m going to employ in future. I love the crisp simplicity of his look. Classic with a contemporary twist.