|New York Look Book, Book Cover|
The title of the book Look Book: A Gallery of Street Fashion summarizes what the book is about. It is a collection of portraits of New York's residents. This book is more that just simple portraits of New York style. Coming from being a photography major whose main focus has been the study of social and cultural impact on individuals through portraits, I view this book as an insight into this topic. A portrait is a silent image that in all actuality isn't really silent at all. You can tell a lot about a person from body gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, etc. All of these non verbal communications translate into a story; Look Book is a collection of these stories bound and distributed for all of us to discover and in a way is each individual in the books way of introducing themselves to us.
|New York Look Book, Terrance Barton|
Other portraits in the book simply have a name such as the image above of Terrance Barton with no interview but with a title of High- School Student. I feel like this is one of the strongest images in the book. It reminds me of paintings that made the face indistinguishable or hidden so most people could feel apart of the image or place themselves in it. The simple title of High- School Student paired with this image gives off that feeling of discovering yourself, coming into your own, and the social situations you find yourself in during high school. I can't generalize what High School is like for everyone but I can say that I found myself trying to distinguish myself from others as were most of the students around me. The question of who you are and what are you going to do all of sudden hits you during those four years.
|New York Look Book, John Howard Knight III AKA "TRE"|