Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" Street Style

Blogs capturing street style. They let me do what I've always wanted to do without seeming like a complete creep...take that second look at the people who catch your eye on the street. The ones you pass you by, wishing you could stare just a little bit longer than "socially acceptable" at their fashion, their walk, their je ne sais quoi.  Who are these people?

"[B]ecause the streets were crowded, I bumped
 into a googolplex people.  Who were they?
Where were they going? What were they
looking for? I wanted to hear their heartbeats,
and I wanted them to hear mine."  
From Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (one of my all time favorites)


Who are these people? What's their story? You both want and don't want to know. It's a paradox, like when you say learning about your favorite actors' personal lives ruins their movies, but you read gossip magazines anyway (or is that just me?). In the end, you like looking at people you don't know, mesmerized by their beauty from a distance without knowing their insecurities and heartaches. Instead, all you see a fashionable enigma. You think to yourself, "This one might just have it all figured out." (especially with pics like these on The Sartorialist)

So I went over to the mosaicist, watched him for a while, and then I told him, 'I envy you.'
    "I always knew," he sighed, "that if I waited long enough, somebody would come and envy me.  I kept telling myself to be patient, that, sooner or later, somebody envious would come along."
    "Are you an American?"
    "That happiness is mine."..."Do you want to take my photograph, too?"
    "Do you mind?"
    "I think, therefore I am, therefore I am photographable."
    "I am afraid I don't have my camera with me."
    "Well, for Christ's sake, get it!  You're not one of those people who trusts his memory, are you?"
    "I don't think I'll forget that face you're working on very soon.:
    "You'll forget it when you're dead, and so will I.  When I'm dead, I'm going to forget everything-- and I advise you to do the same."
Excerpt above from Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

"What about little microphones?  What if
   everyone swallowed them, and they played
          the sounds of our hearts through little speakers,
        which could be in the pouches of our overalls?
    When you skateboarded down the street at
    night you could hear everyone's heartbeat, and
they could hear yours, sort of like sonar."
-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Yeah, so the truth is, of course, no one has it figured out, but it's still fun to look at the photos and admire the unknown (and the fashion of course!). If you want to do the same, all these pics are from The Sartorialist, Face Hunter, Backyard Bill and  Get Your Plane Right On Time.


  1. the most beautiful styles are the anonymous ones for me.


  2. people are underestimated, everybody is really so cool


  3. What's your approach with street photography? and do you get photo releases?

  4. I can't get enough of great street style shots. They are my addiction actually. I'd much rather look at great streetstyle shots than an editorial.

  5. Really cool those street style shots, I wished mine were so good ;)

  6. These are awesome, thanks for sharing :)
    And of course your lovely comments, truely made my day x



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