from top to bottom:
#1: my photo, two framed photographs by maria hanging in my flat.
#2 and #3: my photos of two favorite button-downs getting a lot of wear these days.
#4: a diptych of my button-down photos from the archives – untitled and crumpled.
#5, 6, 7, 8: maria’s photos – 1. andrew, 2. robert, 3. CDR, 4. greg
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it’s no secret that i love button-down shirts. i wear them constantly and i’m always looking for new ones to add to my collection. many of my shirts are various shades of blue, but i’ve been acquiring more colors lately. the patterns are always different – thick stripes, thin stripes, gingham, small checks, madras plaid, tartan plaid, tattersall, houndstooth. there is something really expressive to me about button-down shirts.
a couple of years ago, my friend maria revealed a photographic series she was working on entitled “HIS.” i found it incredibly inspiring … through a series of polaroids of men’s button-down shirts, she was able to show the personality of the men who inhabited these seemingly inanimate objects, bringing them to life. i knew that i had to get my hands on a photo print or two, and you can see the prints that i purchased in the first photo above (entitled ‘RYAN’ and ‘JIM’). the photographs capture beautiful details, folds, light and patterns. maria only offered a limited edition and these photographs are 2 of my most treasured pieces of art.
luckily for you, maria has just decided to print an unlimited, un-numbered and un-signed edition of all of the HIS photographs. they are offered in 2 sizes. you can see all of the HIS photographs for sale and further details about the project and purchasing photographs HERE.
definitely check them out … i think it’s about time to celebrate the men’s button-down shirt, whether it’s worn dressed up or down, secondhand or brand-new.