Houston Street, New York | 16:44 Originally posted 22 October as Sergio. Simbarashe spends an immense amount of time observing and focusing on the central subject of his photos and edits them daily. In New York we may ride the train with or pass a person on street almost everyday, but we never actually see them. Simbarashe, on the other hand, can, even after meeting them just once or by having snapped them as they walk across the street. Close up shots go beyond the details and accessories of an ensemble and highlight the individual. Faces give life to a style, and these are a few of my favorite. — Savannah for Lord Ashbury
Pretty meets fierce: sleeping tigresses, Street Urbz Edition. Originally posted 18 February as Untitled. Lord Ashbury invites such a diversity of people and fashion, because Simbarashe doesn’t look for just those two things—he looks for moments. L.A. is a palette defined by style, color, and the perfect match of an environment and an individual. Many photos, especially the early Untitled posts all take a step of away from both the high-end fashion and regular street-style which appears on so many other blogs. These girls, their presence, and Simbarashe’s framing of the photo represents so much of what makes Lord Ashbury unique. Moreover, this photo represents the first time I saw Simbarashe capture what most people might overlook. I met Simbarashe for the first time in February. During our first casual interactions, I learned he was a photographer and shot fashion for his blog, Lord Ashbury. Sounded cool. I checked it…Continue Reading
Weekenders in Paris. Originally posted 12 October as Weekenders 056. Shortly after I started the blog, I decided to move into the direction of street style. It was fun to stop people on the street and ask to photograph them. The problem though, back in the beginning, was that I’d often run out of suitable street style photos to publish. I needed to decide whether I was going to stick strictly to the format, and if not, find something else to fill the void. For a few weeks my photographs grew less sartorial. I found myself photographing people whom perhaps I would not consider street style, but were at least interesting enough to be photographed. The became the “Untitled” portraits. I was content with the idea of photographing people who were sitting, or on their cell phones, or otherwise in casual fare. Then one Saturday as I was crossing through…Continue Reading
Virginie Sommet | Chinatown, New York Originally Posted on 13 July as Virginie Sommet. You may not know this, but my very first post for Lord Ashbury was on 2nd January. The blog went public on 13th February, and I have posted every single day since. If you think about it, that’s a lot of posts (723 to be exact, if you include this one). During the past year I’ve grown as a photographer and blogger, and you’ve certainly grown as an audience! Since most of you weren’t around in the beginning, I thought it would be cool to look back over the past year and revisit some of the posts that have stuck the most with me. You could call them greatest hits, but I also want to revisit a couple of misses, too. For the next ten days, I’ll highlight one post or photo by reposting it with…Continue Reading
Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Paris | 20:00 Posting nighttime photos of people on the street is tricky, and I suspect that’s why many photographers don’t do it. Or if they do, the photos are generally in black and white (I’ve posted more than a few night photos on the blog, but they were all in black in white). Truth is, one rarely knows what they’re going to get when shooting handheld after dark because the degree of difficulty in setting variables for the camera go way up–chiefly among them being white balance and ISO noise. The only reason I bothered venturing out to Yves Saint Laurent was because my lens aperture is f1.2 and I wanted to see what the difference of one extra stop of light would be in a real world situation with no flash. The answer was fine, but I don’t shoot on a full frame device,…Continue Reading
Washington Square Park, New York. Colin Huggins is known for dragging a grand piano to various parks around the Village. He also takes an upright down into the subway to play for waiting passengers. I’ve seen him play at 4 in the afternoon to 100 people, I’ve seen him play at 1 in the morning to nobody. He just plays.