Saturday, February 01, 2014

cinder and smoke

model: rhys

good morning...

here it is my newest series for february 2014. 
it is called 
"staying stylish while staying warm." 

the concept for this series is not new. 
fashion bloggers around the world have posted winter street style. 
so, this concept was not birthed as some revolutionary idea. 
however, what i am trying to add to this concept is 
and person. 
and a human spirit.

living in a large city i see a lot of different people daily. 
the personal style scene in toronto is actually REALLY amazing. 
torontonians are on point, when it comes to personal style.
 i often, want to stop people in their tracks and ask them about the pieces they are wearing. 

SO, that is what "staying stylish while staying warm" is about. 
it is going to feature "regular people"
(*note "regular people" = people who do not work in fashion) 
and it will display how they attempt to stay stylish while protecting their tender, human, fleshy, frames from mother nature's wrath. 
during the coldest months of the year.  

my goal, with this series, is to extend the "street style" image past the exterior. 
and delve into the human wearing the items. 

to me that is where the story is. 
i want to know why someone is wearing a particular item 
or how they see themselves 
and if their clothes are an extension of that self perception. 

for each of my subjects i asked the same four simple questions. 
 1.) do you love or loathe winter?
2.) what is your favourite item you are wearing? and why?
3.) what is your zodiac sign? 
4.) describe your style in three words...

there are easily hundreds of other questions i could/want to ask. 
but i did not want to over think this. i wanted it to be organic.

i have photographed twenty eight people for this series.
 if you have done the quick math, that is one person to feature for each day during the month of february. 
so, make sure to check back daily during this month.

my first subject, happens to be the first person i photographed for this series. 
i introduce rhys. 

i met rhys through my cousin. 
the moment i saw him i had three thoughts 
(1.) wow, he is uniquely handsome  
(2.) his fashion sense is amazing and 
(3.) i need to photograph him

and photograph him i did! 
when we met to shoot this i was not at all disappointed. 
he came prepared. 
he has some fantastic rings. and gorgeous leather gloves. and beautifully taken care of cowboy boots.

rhys is also a photographer. click here to see his work and here to see his tumblr.

i hope you enjoy and see you tomorrow for feature number two!


(1.) do you love or loathe winter?
a: i love winter.

(2.) what is your favourite item you are wearing right now? and why? 
a: uummm... (sigh) well... 
probably my scarf because my mom made it for me. 
i've lost several of them.

(3.) what is your zodiac sign? 
a: i'm an aries

(4.) describe your style in three words....
a: i'd say "all black everything!"

ad-lib.... favourite winter activity? 
a: planning what to do in the summer. 


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