Love him or hate him, Kanye West understands culture. He understands that in order to shift culture and veer public minds into futuristic thinking, you must take risks. He understands that if you want to connect with the youth, you need to use the youth; learn from the youth.

These last two months have been intriguing as we have watched him make his return to music with four very different sonic offerings – First it was the stripped back, melodic, and heart-wrenching Only One featuring an emotional Kanye singing, with Sir Paul McCartney on the keys.

He followed that with another McCartney assisted track, FourFiveSeconds, this time adding Rihanna’s fiery vocals to juxtapose the simplicity of the folk-infused instrumental.

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[Photo via Dan’s Instagram – @Threadslike]

I met Dan, a fellow young New Zealander living in Melbourne, just a couple of months ago at a mutual friend’s party. Since then I’ve been a keen follower of his work. There is an impressive element of calm in the beautiful images he captures, depicting some of the most stylish people in the world. His shots – largely candid – give the viewer clues about a given scene but also leave room for questioning or interpretation which I believe is an important part of what makes a good photographer. Dan has this astounding gift for capturing a subject’s serenity and grace, all while conveying the real movement in a moment.

In the last 5 years, we have witnessed the sudden and drastic rise in popularity of Street Style Photography, partnered with an ever-increasing blogging culture, meaning fashion is now more accessible than ever – Overall this is a huge plus, but it also comes with some negatives. Suddenly style itself is harder to characterise or even recognise because we are flooded with pictures of the same things day in, day out. Street Style imagery is a great tool in keeping things fresh and genuine because it involves real people, in real situations. It’s fashion in the field; Fashion on the ground. Street Style can be a constant and ever-renewing source of inspiration, but this is all dependent on a gifted photographer with their own eye for style and innovation.

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