Fall fashion, lots of love to UofT and Ryerson campuses.
Fall fashion, lots of love to UofT and Ryerson campuses.
Jumping back and forth. TESS PARKS YOU ROCK.
Tavi Gevinson and Sheila Heti. AND PREMIUM DOUGHNUTS (I did not eat doughnuts- Bill Cunningham wouldn’t approve).
Filmed at this season’s fashion week. What Bill Cunningham keeps saying in New York is holding true in Toronto also: the men are leading the way when it comes to wearing bold and daring outfits: most of the colour and eclectic prints were on men’s suits. Some of this has to do with the waning interest in Street Style photography; a woman who previously had worn really elaborate outfits and been the darling of the photographers told me she felt a need to tone it down, perhaps amidst criticism of peacocking for street style photographers, who (myself included) are easily distracted by multitudes of colourful and shiny things.
After this, summer is just a memory.
Bill Cunningham’s first video made on the streets of Toronto!
Trying to keep the love going into fall.
Different vibes of the summer.
Filming during the Toronto International Film Festival has been fun. The international film press are often interesting and stylish people, and to the cinephiles and filmmakers of Toronto it’s a special holiday. I only hope that I can be more involved next year.
That’s right- it’s the Toronto International Full-Frontal Fassbinder Film Festival! So I made a video.
My first Street Style video for the Globe & Mail! Thanks to my producer Hannah Sung for helping refine and develop the format going forward. None of these videos would ever be possible without the inspiring example provided by Bill Cunningham at the New York Times (this video is super especially dedicated to Bill Cunningham), and I’m happy to be making videos for a news organization with such high levels of integrity as the Globe & Mail (is it cool for me to refer to it as the Globe?).
While the process of making these videos is very enjoyable and rewarding, making seventy videos in two years has been hard work. If you watch and love this series, then support me by sharing this one. My continued ability to make these is tied to the success of this video and an upcoming one to be filmed during the Toronto International Film Festival.
In case you didn’t pick up on it- every street style video thus far has existed in the dreamstate of a large dog sleeping on the sidewalk.
Summer’s winding down but let’s pretend it’s still July.
Two years of street style and I can’t imagine what life would be like without it.
I don’t usually abuse my street powers to reveal the future, but I am ready to take all the streetstyle data and extrapolate. My future trend prediction is: men and women wearing old tshirts as underwear, paired with shorts, so the arm sleeves of the tshirt underwear stretch beyond the shorts.
On a more serious note: my 1-minute silent short film ‘TVCITY Street style’ will be playing as part of the Toronto Urban Film Festival http://www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com Sept 6-16 on all TTC screens. I hope it adds structural integrity and inspiration to your commute!
Eventually, every Summer becomes about love. This one is also about grogginess.
In the opening shot of this video I am more aware of dragonflies than I have ever been in my life.
It’s the heat.
Sharks, but specifically the shark from JAWS are the most popular t-shirt of the summer. While on the island ferry, I saw a guy with a tshirt that said PAWS and had a version of the movie poster with a giant cat. Next to him, a sign advertising a harbourfront event said “we’re going to need a bigger dock”. TRINITY-BELLWOODS PARK IS NOT AMITY ISLAND. WE DO NOT NEED OUR FAITH RESTORED IN AUTHORITY FIGURES THERE IS NO SHARK PREYING ON US IN THAT PARK, ONLY SUMMER FUN.
The male hairbun seems to be happening. I saw an adolescent-aged girl wearing a tshirt of a gingerbread man it said EAT ME.
I was not surprised that this gentleman dressed himself.
One of my recent portrait subjects (I need a special term to describe the ‘models’ in these videos…) apologized for “being so awkward” on camera when I was the one who was crouching down in front of her and filming her, starting with the feet. I should be apologizing! (I actually do- “sorry to bother you, but I am a fashion photographer….” starts off every interaction) Few of my subjects are familiar with the videos ahead of time, so even if they don’t find the experience discomforting, it certainly is novel. I believe that my method still has advantages compared to still photography. It’s common to be uncomfortable on camera, and my crouching-standing camera move offloads some discomfort from the subject, who instead of worrying about how they look on camera, might also be thinking ‘what is this weird dude’s deal’? And my filming is over after about 13 seconds. Still, I have made the decision that even if my process does result in the discomfort of some of my subjects, either from being interrupted on the street or being photographed/objectified, I can still justify doing it based on the final product.
THIS IS GOING TO GET REAL EXAMINED REAL SOON AND GET REAL FAKE REAL REAL META.
DAN ON THE STREETSTYLE
I have blown my cover. But this is illustrative of the predicament I face when trying to film Toronto’s most stylish older women. I have approached this woman many times but she has refused to let me put her in my series.
This behaviour is not by any means limited to women- there’s a cool old punk guy from Germany that is too respectable and cool to be photographed. But it is exclusively women that cite their age as a reason why I shouldn’t be interested in taking their pictures.
BARELY ANYONE IS WEARING LINEN.
Why wear linen when you could just wear less?