Tavi Gevinson and Sheila Heti. AND PREMIUM DOUGHNUTS (I did not eat doughnuts- Bill Cunningham wouldn’t approve).

Street Style #76

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.

Dan on the Street – 14

I was going to turn this into one part of a Russian nesting doll-style Jafar Panahi-style film where I then have a similar discussion with the woman this guy was hitting on, only it would be a staged dialogue with an actor blah blah it was going to be very navel-gazey. Maybe I’ll make it next summer.

Street Style 75

After this, summer is just a memory.

On the Street – Tshirts of Summer

Bill Cunningham’s first video made on the streets of Toronto!

Street Style 74

Trying to keep the love going into fall.

Street Style #73

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.


Pizza happened to me.


Video shofar or shofar video?

Style Eye #1

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.

Street Style #72

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.

Street Style #71

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 Sept 6-16 on all TTC screens. I hope it adds structural integrity and inspiration to your commute!

Dan on the Street #13

Apparently, I’m totally not bothered by people messing up my shots unless they are messing up a shot of a cute puppy. However, I was more taken aback by someone sitting right in front of me while I was already crouched on the pavement.
Filming aside, you shouldn’t block someone’s view of a puppy.
Later on, I was so enthusiastic as I biked to catch up to a cyclist with a large kayak attached to a trailer that he was a bit confused, and while I was patiently waiting for him to bike across the road and cross the frame in a shot I was setting up, he stopped and waited. I thought he was maybe waiting for cars to pass, but eventually he got off his bike. While my enthusiasm/strangeness hadn’t upset him, he had different expectations regarding the photographic procedure and ethics, and I had a really great conversation with him about contemporary street photography- I’m absolutely sure that Scott Schuman the Sartorialist is really great at making eye contact and giving a slight nod to convey his respect and photographic intent to certain kinds of older men in candid situations, but I am making motion pictures, and I was concerned with a type of screen-clearing movement, and not a detailed portrait. In a few years when we’re all wearing google glass or some variant, I could invisibly tag people with art links that also includes an opt-in commercial photo release that pops up when they get home.
I will re-examine some of my methods when engaging in these more voyeuristic shots. It might just be the Hemingway safari books (it is) but his passages about hunting elusive prey are sometimes relevant to the making of the Street Style videos. I should probably ditch the hunting/filming metaphors. On occasion, there has been a very stylish person having a phone conversation, and I will trail them from a distance for up to three blocks hoping they will end their conversation. After three blocks if they are still talking I will bike ahead of them and set up six or more blocks down the street. That way, I am still looking for street style but might get another chance to photograph the intended subject. So I might reduce that to following for one block and then setting up four or five blocks down the street. Gotta set the regulations.

Dan on the Street #12

I haven’t had a laughing fit this bad since I listened to the Will Ferrell commentary on the Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy DVD.

Dan on the Street #11

I just love the great variety of tshirts this summer!
If you wear a shirt that says “ex-ninja” be prepared to get killed by ninjas.
Resume bending is what allows me to say I was part of ‘cinema management’ because that’s what it said on my name tag.

Street Style #70

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.

Street Style #69

It’s the heat.

Street Style #68

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.

Dan on the Street #10

How about Tin Man hats? How about Cowardly Lion mane-hats? How about a Scarecrow hat?
What if everyone was wearing just the ruby slippers?