Photographer Spends 20 Years Documenting ‘Anti-Sartorial’ Street Style
Every morning I do the same thing. I fling open the closet door and dramatically proclaim that, “I have nothing to wear!” I look through the racks and racks of clothes and almost always end up grabbing something similar to what I wore yesterday…and the day before…and the day before that (which these days is a v-neck shirt and jeans or leggings).
When it comes to getting dressed, every one does it and many do it the same way every single time. We have a rotation of favorite clothes that doesn’t take too much effort or thought and then for a vacation or special occasion, we usually try to change things up a bit. Usually though, we are wearing the same exact thing as everyone else.
Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom has spent the last 20 years on the street, studying people and their style. He would find a crowded street somewhere around the world, usually in a country known for fashion trends, such as Paris or New York City. He would observe and take “photo notes” for “trends” he would spot. Alone, the photographs are unremarkable, snapshots of a stranger passing by, but collectively, the “anti-sartorial” series makes you look twice as your eyes catch the patterns.
Taking the images and arranging them in a grid in his 500 page book, “People of the Twenty-First Century,” Hans has created a tome that studies human nature and uniformity. At first glance, the people all look the same, yet upon closer examination, those similarities actually heightens your awareness of each individual’s diversity.
Under each set of images, Hans logs the city, date and times the photos were taken, some taken over a span of a couple of minutes to a few hours. The series is an interesting anthropological study of humans and how we, even subconsciously, try to fit in with everyone else.
You can see more of Hans Eijkelboom’s work on his website here.
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