I was given the amazing opportunity to photograph an editorial for PUMA and their new Legacy II collection. This collection celebrates Black History Month and pays homage to David T. Howard who founded an Atlanta School in 1948 which was a game changer for African Americans.
Rather than showcase these young black men in a gym with a basketball, I wanted to change the narrative and have the them in a setting that incites reflection and shock because rarely do we see our youth holding a book in their hands. I won’t analyze these shots for you , I’ll leave that up to the reader but I would like to mention that one of my inspirations was the famous photo of Huey P Newton sitting in his peacock chair. I am sure you’ve seen it before..
During a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan , I shot 1 roll of portra 160 and here are my stories. These were shot on my Mamiya 645 120mm.
If there is one place I can pinpoint the inspiration behind my style, it’s Japan. Whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, I always look eastward for style cues. What draws me in the most about Japanese Americana fashion is the attention to details like functionality, quality and aesthetic. Whenever I find myself in Tokyo, one of the most spotted brands is Timberland.
Timberland is one of the many brands that will always be in the conversation of classic American brands. With that being said, it’s no surprise that there is an appreciation for it in Japan. For this season, I’ve peeked into their autumn/winter 2016 collection to pull some key pieces and wore them in true Japanese Americana fashion.
The first piece that caught my eye was the Mount Davis waxed chore coat. It satisfies the criteria that I look for in outerwear, functionality and durability, and of course, it has to look good. Plus, if the mercury dips, it also has enough room to layer. Another piece that I was drawn to was Timberland’s Lovewell Mountain quilted shirt jacket. It’s thin enough to be layered over and it can be worn on its’ own on warmer days. Both pieces are water-repellent and can be layered together.
On the footwear front, I particularly liked the dark port Timberland Limited edition 6” GTX Field boot. While the Original Yellow Boot will always be a classic, you shouldn’t over look what else Timberland has in their repertoire. The lightweight Field Boots are rugged enough for the outdoors and look great in urban settings. With that being said, I sometimes pair them with well-fitting cargo pants, heavy chinos, or denim. On top, it could be a flannel or denim shirt.
Photographed by Jon-Carlo Tapia