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photo by james nord.
Mt. Washington - Local Natives Cover
I hear it a couple times a day, “I have just been so busy” and it’s the most boring answer to the simple question of, “how are things going”. I have been running Fohr Card with Rich and Holly for 3 months full time now and people ask me all the time, “how are things?” and I make a point to not talk about how busy we are.
Instead I say I am having the time of my life. That I wake up every day and give thanks for my station in life. That I feel like the person I have always wanted to be.
Boring people are busy, the great ones are just having fun.
It took one minute for the freight elevator carrying Thom Browne and the 31 models to go from the 2nd to 3rd floor, and I took it as opportunity to put down my camera for the first time in hours and look around.
What I was seeing was not just the staging area for another fashion show, but instead the near perfect manifestation of a man’s vision. The clothes were of course beautiful, but it was more than that.
It takes a certain amount of ego to look at the world and say, “I see what you are doing, I am not going to do that”. Fashion’s establishment calls for sleek silhouettes and trending color palettes and looking around that elevator I got the sense that Mr. Browne never cared much for the establishment.
The thing I love most about fashion, and women’s fashion in particular is its’ ability to inspire emotion. So, standing in that elevator shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Browne and watching the last look float out of the elevator, I felt mostly that I wanted to take a chance. To believe not only in an idea, but in the ability for exceptional people to help make it a reality.
Minutes later the last look was back in the elevator and over the dull roar of applause I could just make out one of the models whisper a thank you in Mr. Browne’s ear. In my mind it was from all of us, for having what it takes to say no to mediocrity and yes to himself.
Really excited that the backstage work I shot for Thom Browne is in a new Style.com print feature. Pick up an issue or check it out here
Worked all night at Fohr Card HQ. I rubbed my burning eyes and watched past my computer screen as the sky turned from oil black, to blue, to pink. I sat there and thought not about weariness but instead about the blessing that is working on something you love.