Style and the people who have it (street photography)
By Jim Read
20 Aug 2014
Looking through hundreds of street pics a few of the ones with people in them stood out and I thought, 'Hmmm they've got style'. So after that I went about deliberately photographing people I thought were stylish.
I came to a few conclusions as I progressed through the series; that style was probably indefinable, that sometimes it had everything and then sometimes nothing to do with clothes. One certainty was that advanced age presents no barrier to being stylish, I was quite surprised to find that.
Some people have style because of the way they hold themselves and others have it because of the clothes they wear. From looking at one photograph this is quite difficult to ascertain and mainly derived from the feeling I got as I approached them.
To begin with I noticed that I wasn't being even handed, I was photographing more women than men. Is that because there are more stylish women than men and is that because women have a greater range and style of clothes to wear. Or could it as a man I am more used to photographing women.
Doing this certainly threw up a lot of questions not least of them, 'what is style' the conclusion I came to was that it is completely subjective and can only be one persons view. Someone may obviously set out to be stylish but then they may fail in my eyes and then there is the person who couldn't give a damn about clothes and yet I find them very stylish.
It's more of a mystery now than it was when I started but then I guess that's how it should be.
I must point out finally that your scribe is definitely a sweatshirt short of stylish.
Thanks for looking.