Josiah Esowe, the street style beauty detector

picture by Josiah Esowe

I met the photographer and Cinematographer Josiah Esowe rushing down West Broadway in SoHo. He stopped me because of my colorful fur stole I was wearing and asked to take a picture of me.
His kind personality and his green dyed hair made me forget my busy schedule for a couple of minutes while he was getting the best angle and light to get a photo of me.

Josiah Esowe

We talked and there was a mutual interest in each other’s way to see the world immediately, that we decided to meet for tea.

Josiah loves beauty and I am always baffled, when I walk down the street with him, where he finds it:

A woman with a great eyeliner that he photographs or just someone with a great skin tone – he has the beauty detector.

picture by Josiah Esowe

FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOOTING STREET-STYLE

OUTFIT:
When looking at someone I want to photograph, their outfit has to feel as an extension of their personality.
As in they have to look comfortable and confident it what they are wearing, as long as it is not all black.

 

ASIA: IS THERE A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO OUTFIT & MAKE UP?
In my trips to Asia there are few unique styles that I want to celebrate.
Most countries in Asia being unique, or to stand out is not something that is celebrated, and many people grapple with the conflicting tradition.
However, there are always exceptions, and when these exceptions happen, I try to make sure I capture it.

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ACCESSORIES:
One accessory that I would add to almost every woman’s outfit would have to be confidence in who you truly are.
As in believing you oneself. I don’t think this is a physical accessory, but you know what I mean.

 

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THE ART OF GETTING DRESSED:
The art of dressing up has always being part of my life.
I grew up having bespoke suits that I wore to church on Sundays as a kid.
My father knew this tailor who made many of his clothes and in turn made that for the boys as well.

 

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WHAT IS STREET-STYLE?
There has been this continued misgiving and misinterpretation of what style is.
So many people mistake style for fashion, but there are not interchangeable. Style is a way of life. Something you wake doing.
That said, street style is way a person carries themselves, the way the walk, talk, and especially dress disregarding what the current fad or fashion trend is.
Keep in mind, wearing brand names is not style. I am just saying.

 

picture by Josiah Esowe

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE?
Recently, I have moved from street style photography, to street portraits.
I tend to look for individuals who have something unique about them. I also consider the available light, and other photography jargons.

ABOUT STYLE:
To me style is a reflection of a mindset, ideology and perception of the self in relation to everything and everyone we have experienced.

 

WHERE TO SPOT THE BEST STREETSTYLE IN NYC
NYC being what it is, style is everywhere. Stylish people are around in this awesome city.

 

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Our Editor in Large Stephanie Zoe Warncke wears: A top by Zimmermann, necklace and bag by Chanel, silk scarf Dior, shoes by Miu Miu and pants self-made by her. picture by Josiah Esowe

 

Zoe grew up in Germany. Became a lawyer in Düsseldorf, fell in love with a film maker from NYC and left Europe to follow her heart. Zoe is working as a Muse in New York City, giving inspirational artistic counselling for artists, PR stories, photo shoots etc. . Zoe published two books, hosted a TV show, and is always open to any new experience that feeds her hunger for beauty and love. Zoe lives in New York City together with Rhett Butler, her Egyptian Sphinx cat.

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