Oct 06, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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They say real life is stranger than fiction…but what they really mean is that real life is more interesting than fiction. I mean, I would rather see a great documentary than some sort of CGI fantasy film any day – wouldn’t you? I think that the main factor behind the recent surge in interest in personal style and photo documentation of personal style is just the sheer fascination that we all have with each other. You could call it voyeurism but that’s a bit cynical I think. It’s more a feeling of – “Really? They were just walking down the street like that? You’re kidding, right?” There is an element of art to studio photography that I certainly appreciate – but it’s very difficult for a staged shoot to generate the sort of fascination that we all hold for real life. With that in mind, here are 10 photos that I shot this week in New York. Real people, that I had never met before, who were all just walking down the street and doing their thing until I interrupted them. Even the dude with the tophat, cape and boombox was just cruising down the street talking on the phone to a friend who had just found another cape at some store. I don’t know, maybe they’re cape collectors or something. I’ve got a whole lot of love though for anyone who leaves the iPod at home and walks around downtown blasting a boombox. Forget the noise-canceling headphones, I want to hear some Kurtis Blow or maybe that Basquiat remix of The Clash while I’m waiting for the train. xx eddie
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