2015 Retrospective of Berlin Street Style*
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As the year winds down to a final close, I thought it would be cool to look back on the year and pick out some of my favourite shots. For this post, I went through my Berlin street style images and pulled the ones that stood out the most to me.
Going to Berlin has been on my bucket list of places to visit since the early 90s; back then U2’s Achtung Baby was my favourite album and I had always been fascinated with the story of how it was made (at the fall of the Berlin Wall and with great difficulty). Over the years it had become my Christmas season album even though it has nothing to do with holidays.
In January of 2015 I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin for their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and shoot street style for Grazia Italy. Making the trip was completely optional, but I enlisted the advice of a few colleagues anyway to get their take. Most all of them tried to talk me out of it, giving reasons for everything from the fact that it would be too cold to really enjoy it (they were right), to the fact that many of the designers were small with collections that weren’t super inspiring (debatable), to the fact that since no one of note would be there, collecting great fashion on the street would be difficult to come by (they were wrong about that first part–Mario Testino caused quite a stir with his presence).
I went anyway, and completely fell in love with the city, as cold and dreary as everything was. But more importantly, I rediscovered my love for street style and why I had started shooting it in the first place three years prior. Because BFW was smaller and there were hardly any other photographers there (four street style shooters, compared to maybe 100 in New York who are actually professional), I had all of the time in the world to be patient and work with some of my subjects to ensure I was capturing them in the best possible way. Everyone seemed to be happy to be there, there was no competitive stress and I came away from the city with some of the most beautiful street style portraits I think I’ve ever captured.