At the Jil Sander show, Milan – Taylor Tomasi-Hill, a cool sleeveless printed top, some great red hair…and a big ol’ blue police van that was parked out front. One of the great things about street style is that it’s generally impromptu…but also one of the bad things about street style is that it’s generally impromptu. As a street style snapper you have to be adaptable…and able to adjust on the fly – you never know what (or who) is going to pop into the frame. Just as you’re lining up to shoot one of the best girls of the day well, virtually anything could pop into the background – it might be a family of tourists, a bus, a tram, a labor protest group, Kanye West, a stray herd of antelope – you never can tell. (I’ve actually had all of the above wander through my shots recently, minus the antelope.) You have to quickly adapt, recompose, get the shot, and somehow “make it work”. Or better yet – forget about getting all of the stray distractions out of the shot – find a way to make them work with the shot. I thought the steely blue color of the police van would look nice against Taylor’s gorgeous red hair…so I asked her to stand near it on purpose, rather than cutting it out of the composition. It ended up being one of my favorite photos from Milan! Take that random police van that parks directly outside Jil! xx Mr. Newton
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Danijela10 Nov 2011
It’s a great picture! I adore her so much!
Lauren10 Nov 2011
I think more often than not, the things going on in the background make street shots more interesting. I really like this one with the blue police van. Cute outfit on Ms. Tomasi-Hill. Wish I could do the half-tuck that well!
Jessie10 Nov 2011
looks absolutely so chic. i WANT THISSSS LOOK!!
Sara10 Nov 2011
Amazing!! I love how you have to be quick on your feet, creative, and focused and you capture breath taking inspiration!! I love her glasses and red hair, the blurry Police van is perfect — keep up the great work Mr.!!
sarah10 Nov 2011
she looks so incredible!!! i want those shoesss. perfection.
ToVogueOrBust10 Nov 2011
My fave pic of yours ever. TTH is one of my style heroes, this pic and her outfit encapsulate all the reasons I so love her style! Amazing 🙂
Sarah10 Nov 2011
I love when street style photos look like the shot was taken in 2 seconds and the person just stopped really quickly for it. It makes it more candid instead of “Hey, stand in front of this fountain” or “Oh, that field of daises looks nice. Why don’t you frolic in it?” The hustle and bustle is perfect!
Amy Creyer13 Nov 2011
Taylor does the best job of any of the editors making Alaia look really f-ing cool. I say that because the connotation of Alaia is so couture, elite, and wealthy, so it’s really amazing how Taylor translates that onto the street.
michelle14 Nov 2011
i want to wear a top like that!
Kate16 Nov 2011
I love the blue background with the red hair and neutral outfit. What you’ve written about is my favorite aspect of streetstyle/street photography–having to invent the narrative of the image on the fly. It’s a bit of an intellectual and aesthetic test. And when it works, it’s such a rush!