I did this shoot with Brutus magazine last year for the upcoming winter suit collections. Shooting something as static as men's wool suiting, a garment that has changed very little over the past few generations requires a little imagination and change in perspective.
The idea behind the spread was to mimic the late American artist Duane Hanson. He was know for his wax sculptures of Americans engaged in everyday activities; shopping, resting, eating and most commonly, working.
The shoot revolved around men in some facet work, the historical reason to be in a suit in the first place.
To match the feel of Hanson's work, our hands and faces were covered with a matte gel. The poses and expressions were also modeled for suspended animation.
The shoot was really fun and pretty quirky, but looking back, I totally forgot to appreciate the beauty held by every single garment in the room.
Left: Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square and shoes by Polo Ralph Lauren - $2,252. Hat by Borsalino - $777. Right: Suit, shirt, tie, cardigan and pocket square by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece - $5,623 (shoes not included). Hat by Borsalino - $777.
The details in this shoot are easy to overlook. The newspaper in my pocket (first photo on the right) was actually from the 70's, as was my luggage cart.
On a personal note, Japanese magazines are always a step above anything published in the USA. I'm saying this not only about the content but as a physical object as well; higher quality paper and printing. I could do an entire post (which I just may do) listing all of the wonderful culture and style mags in Japan.
If you are interested in receiving Brutus every other week, amazon has a smoking deal on right now for the low low price of $257/year.