Street Style Men 100:
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When I started Lord Ashbury back in January of 2012, I only had two concrete things in mind when it came to the purpose of blogging: First, I wanted to write and post about things that I thought men would be interested in, and second, that the blog should have a title that sounded like high-end menswear. That’s it—the term street style men wasn’t in my vocabulary, and though I had obtained an increasing appetite for photography and the idea of making it a serious hobby, the idea of getting people to pose specifically for a blog hadn’t crossed my mind (I had been doing some small photo shoots at the time, but there was no connection yet of displaying that work here). Then my photo assistant at the time, Lydia, suggested that we go to Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week to take photos so that I would have material to put on the blog. that very first day, I was basically focused on finding street style men to shoot since at the time, I was still hoping to build a male-centric site. For those of you who don’t know the history of Lord Ashbury, let’s just say a woman in a fur coat changed all of that.
But while those days have since long gone, I have managed to amass a portrait collection of dapper men on the street that I am quite proud of. Generally titled Men, these have become some of my most coveted (that’s heavily trafficked) images on the web—well over half of the people who land here via Google search “street style men”, so at some point I became an authority on this…? Who am I to argue with Google??
Outside of fashion week, these are the hardest portraits for me to get. Most guys decline my offer to shoot them, and it’s something that would occasionally bother me, say a year ago. So what’s changed? Not worrying about it, mostly. I have so many images now that I’m never strapped for material, which would not have been the case back in 2012 when you might find me jamming all over New York City for entire weekends at a time just to ensure I had enough images to post that following week. So while I never divulge as much when someone does allow me to take his photo, just know I’m highly appreciative.
One other note: aside from the portrait of Lenny Kravitz and a couple of others, the rest of the images here were taken away from fashion week, as I really wanted to spend the 100th post of Men by celebrating real style by real people.
(Images in this post were taken in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam & Dublin.)