An interesting conversation took place over the weekend surrounding so called “street photography” and the disillusionment that the photography subjects are actually fashion professionals (models, magazine editors, etc.) whose job requires them to be style savvy. One of the criticisms is that identities and occupations are rarely revealed, leading readers to believe that they are surrounded by fashionistas. The subjects of the conversation include U.S. based Sartorialist, France’s look de rue, and Japan’s Style from Tokyo.
My reaction? flabergasted (I’ve always wanted to be flabergasted) . Call me naive but I never suspected that the Sart’s beautiful subjects were anything other than innocent bystanders. The effect? For me, probably minimal. I continue to browse The Sartorialist for inspiration rather than a means of gauging trends amongst the local consumer.