A few weeks ago we sadly lost the man who basically created Street Style Fashion, the legendary Bill Cunningham.
Some people are still mourning his loss. In fact from 6th July there will be a “Bill Cunningham Corner at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street to commemorate Bill. Unfortunately, it will probably only be called that for a week due legal issues.
The location is on that corner because that was one of Bill’s favourite spots to observe and do his thing.
On the other side of the hemisphere, in Australia others are carrying on Bill’s legacy. Street Style has become quite popular in the last few years and recently I got to catch up with one of Australia’s best Streetstyle Photographers, Tristan Jud from Isolated Style and got to ask him a few questions.
When did you start shooting Street Style ?
Officially I started about 2 years ago but it’s only been this year that I decided to post and start sharing the photos. I was originally drawn to street photography as an outlet away from my work in fashion but I started to see a pattern in the types of shots that I taking and how so much of what I shot was determined by what the subject was wearing. With a bit of research, I started to follow some street style photographers online and organically my shots started to move from the street photography to street style where I was on the look out for anything that caught my eye.
What makes an outfit great to photograph?
It can really be a mix of things. Everything comes into play from the accessories and layering to the location and light. Sometimes everything just works out and it looks amazing. I’m always on the look out for the personal touches to an outfit.
What do most stylish people have in common?
Confidence. You can see it in the way they walk and hold themselves. They can be wearing the simplest of outfits and there is something about them that just makes them stand out from the crowd.
What is the one thing that makes you not want to photograph someone?
Peacocking and asking to be photographed. I used to read stories of that sort of thing and thought it must have been an overseas issue but I’ve come across it a few times now. The best shoot is the one where you keep going on about your business, you don’t pose, you don’t look at me you just do what you are doing. You can come and say hi once the camera is down but I want that natural feel to the images that I can’t get if you just pose for it.
Where is your dream location to do a street style shoot?
Would have to be the big 4, New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. On a more local note, I’m hoping to head over to MBFWA in Sydney next year.
Who are your influences?
Of course the late Bill Cunningham, Adam Katz Sinding, Hugo Lee, Diego Zuko, Tommy Ton.
and here is some of Tristan’s work…