Style File: Danny (left) wears: American Apparel T-shirt, Jimmy D Pants, New Balance Shoes, Le Specs Sunglasses. Chin (right) wears: Alistair Trung Top, Lee Shorts, White Goat Hair Custom Made Camera Strap by Saben, Dr Martens Boots.
One of the things that I love about my job is that I have the privilege of meeting gifted artists, eloquent story tellers and people who are leaders in their specialized fields. And wherever possible I’ll always look for avenues to chat to those involved in the fashion industry, not just because I’m passionate about fashion, but because the roles that people play within the industry are essential to the way in which society functions as a whole. Fashion and clothing provides a way for us to communicate without speaking; allowing us to express parts of our personality and identity through what we wear and how we choose to present ourselves to the world. It’s certainly not mandatory for everyone to be engaged with fashion, but nonetheless we all have to wear clothes!
As someone who has had a long-time love affair with the work of Scott Schuman –The Sartorialist, and Yvan Rodic–Face Hunter, I wanted to meet up with New Zealand’s foremost street style photographers from Four Eyes to get their take on street style in New Zealand. So earlier this year I had the chance to catch up with Danny Simmons and Chin Tay in Auckland, who along with Mino Kim and Alex Blanco take photographs for the Auckland-based fashion blog. Unfortunately Mino and Alex were away on holiday, so Danny and Chin invited me along to hang out on the stylish streets of Auckland’s ‘Ponsonby’ to talk about their love of fashion, their recently published book-Four Eyes and their secret to shooting fabulous street style photographs. So with microphones in-hand and they, with cameras at-the-ready, we set off in the hopes of spotting some of Auckland’s style- set. You can listen to the fun interview I did with them below.
Photography Credit©Howard Sly