If not apparent to you, this is obviously one of the most stylish men I've ever had the opportunity to photograph. A sweet man who really knows how to put together a diverse set of comprehensive and stunning looks. It has been too many months since I last spoke to him, so I'm incredibly thankful to be able to reconnect in Milan.
There's no secret I shoot street style - mostly during fashion week. I do it for three reasons... 1) It is lucrative and rent has to get paid. 2) The thrill of the hunt. 3) The challenge of connecting to an emotion without ever speaking to the subject.
I guess what I'm trying to explain is that I understand why street style is so popular. You get to see steazy people provide you with inspiration for your wardrobe, plus it's like the two times a year when there's this informal celebrity created and you get to watch it unfold live. However, how people dress is of little importance to me. I know what to look for, but that is not the interesting part. The draw is the emotion, the behavior, the sociological connectivity. The joy is in moments where the cameras are turned towards people you expect to be photographed, but just to the left there's a girl like this.
I'm a fan of the underdog. I'm a fan of the least expected. I'm excited by snapping the unposed portrait. The challenge is the battle worth working towards, that's what keeps me on the streets. Not the glamour of wardrobe, the staged walks and smiles...it's the challenge of finding the needle in the haystack. This shot is one of the few needles you'll find each fashion week.
I'm not going to do a lot of Fashion Week coverage on the blog, that's what my Instagram is for...however, here and there, I'll throw up some pics. Here's a couple images from Bespoken's F/W'14 presentation. The collections featured looks that would be perfect for the "in-crowd" and the cool kids.
By now, you've noticed either on Instagram or Twitter that I started a new tumblr for my photography. It's basically an archive of images I'm posting because they don't belong in my portfolio but I love them and they deserve a home where I can share them. You can find the tumblr at bybridges.tumblr.com.
Thanks for the support!
Apologies for being absent for so long. Clearly fashion week is coming and the dead period should be over soon! Haha and hopefully, I'll have way more fashion shoots and happenings to share with you. But for now...how about some more nature?
I'm toying around, as I try to rack up my retouching expertise, with different editing methods. One of those techniques is super basic but something I never thought of regarding the use of RAW files and getting the most out of them...even just the most out of one RAW file processed a couple different times. This isn't a teaching blog so I'll stop there, but here's a quick sample of one shot that I just worked on. This isn't completely polished as it isn't going anywhere special. This is about a 1.5 hour job.
I can definitely see some weaknesses as I type this but still a fun image, and since I love site-seeing, worth a share.
I traveled back home to good 'ole Georgia for Christmas to visit family. During my stay, I decided to act like a tourist, and adapt the same method of exploration and travel that has latched on to my senses this year. I guess you could say, I've got the travel bug.
Here's one of my shots from gliding along the winding back roads of northern Georgia. I'll make sure to share more later.
When I first started shooting with film, I considered myself a "purist." I thought whatever I shot would be what I would get, period. The reality is, who cares? Developers had all types of tips and tricks to push the film in the production process, and there all types of manipulations that can be done to change the effect of the film other than what happened at the point of conception when light hit chemicals.
There is something to be said about an amazing photo out of the camera, but the reason we take photos; I mean, the reason I take photos is to tell a story, to evoke an emotion, to stop the mind in its tracks for a moment. And, if that requires a little touch up or a lot on a digital photo or tweaking the digital scan of a film shot, so be it. It's all a process of discovery up until you, the viewer, gets a chance to digest it and swallow it whole.
When it's below a certain temperature, you have to layer up. I'm no lumberjack but I've always had an affinity for flannel shirts. There's something rugged about them, even when they are produced in fashion colors. Honestly, even when you're roaming a foreign state or exploring a forest, it doesn't hurt to have a little pop of color to refresh the earth tones.
If you get a little overheated, my favorite thing to do is tie it around my waist like a punk kid in high school. All clothes have versatility but flannels are super fun to style. It also doesn't hurt that the soft fabric ends up making the shirt just as comfortable as sinking into the couch cushions when you're wearing your favorite sweatpants or PJs.
You can get yours from Lands' End, and....they're only $49.
Nature has been my obsession in 2013, and it's bound to continue going forward. I recently picked up a pair of Bean boots last time I was in Maine, and finally got a chance to put them to work when I travelled up again this past week. I've never worn a Bean boot before and now I'm sort of obsessed.
Picture this... Bean Boots, orange hunting cap (trying not to get shot out here), Chamois shirt, and selvedge jeans...haha, the only time I'm not rocking complete ninja goth kit is when I'm relaxing in the woods or whatnot. I wish I could show you a photo...it's magical haha.
What better way to bring in the holiday season than a stay at a cabin on the lake? Exactly, I couldn't think of a better way either,...so to the cabin I went. I knew the trip was going to be fun and refreshing, but didn't realize how vital it was to my soul. Wine conversations, fresh air, home-cooked meals, fantastic views, nice Mainers, and quiet - those are just some of the good things that came out of the trip.
We stayed in Maine for about 3.5 days and it was nothing short of awesome. We arrived late night Wednesday for dinner in Portland and grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. It was pitch black when we arrived at our residence, so it wasn't until Thanksgiving morning that we peeled back the curtains and finally saw the blessing of a view that was the lake. The day started with some home-cooked eggs Benedict and backyard exploration. If you were watching Instagram this past week, you will have learned that we got a flat tire and so day 1 was a little shot. Oh well...we have a cozy cabin!
It's like nothing matters when you can be thankful for so many things - friends, views, food, etc. Nonetheless, the night fell and swept away the sun. My favorite sweater for the weekend with the wood stove fire blazing was this guy below by Lands' End. Lambswool donegal in oatmeal, soft, and I got an XL so it would be nice and baggy...comfort for hours, sipping wine and sharing a charcuterie plate with friends. You basically just sink into the couch and let the sweater keep you warm. Perfection. (I've also got it in navy, both just as cool.)
Yes, while climbing one of the steepest inclines since I started hiking, John Jannuzzi wore a 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket. #luxe
As you can see, I'm back to not updating my blog regularly. I suppose, that's really the nature of the business - any business. Some times things pick up and some times they slow down. I'll definitely keep trying to update when I can.
I'm working on a long-term, and crazy project that I haven't told everyone about, but I'm sure you'll love the results. I had a shoot today with an awesome team that will be a part of that long-term project. I figured I would tease with one of the outtakes. This was just a quick edit, before selects go off to the retoucher. More content coming soon...