One of my favorite blogs is The Sartorialist. I like it because it’s beautiful, because it celebrates the uniqueness of people across cultures and because it’s simple; it is what it is, and I like it because of that. An interest in fashion originally drove me to the site. It’s been awhile, three years or so. Now I visit for inspiration, not fashion.
I always assumed The Sartorialist was a middle-age woman with a backstage pass to fashion week; that the photos were meant to bring meaning to a life wasted on superficial pursuits. I was wrong. As my interest in The Sartorialist turned from fashion to inspiration, I decided to take a deeper look. The Sartorialist is actually a man, Scott Schumann. At one time he was a successful fashion marketer/merchandiser, until his life took a turn after 9/11. At that point, he closed his showroom and took to the streets in search of inspiration.
“I thought I could shoot people on the street the way designers looked at people, and get and give inspiration to lots of people in the process. My only strategy when I began The Sartorialist was to try and shoot style in a way that I knew most designers hunted for inspiration. Rarely do they look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres.”
Recently The Sartorialist was captured on film as part of Intel’s Visual Life series; it’s a snapshot of his life, much like his own photos, only in motion. And it’s beautiful.