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July 13, 2010

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.

  1. July 13, 2010 7:25 am

    Wow!!!!!! Love the buttondown pics and thank you for the kind wrote-up!!!

  2. July 13, 2010 7:38 am

    that HIS series looks so good.

  3. July 13, 2010 7:45 am

    besides taking fotos y o u c a n w r i te

  4. July 13, 2010 8:13 am

    What a gorgeous series!

  5. July 13, 2010 8:23 am

    can I have one of the shirts? :p

  6. July 13, 2010 10:14 am

    simple and BEAUTIFULLLLLLllllll

  7. July 13, 2010 2:21 pm

    love that third photo down! great write up.

  8. July 13, 2010 4:28 pm

    I always love your shirt photos, Brian. What a great project, Maria!

  9. July 13, 2010 6:25 pm

    haha i love this “i think it’s about time to celebrate the men’s button-down shirt”
    I agree, I’m a girl but I love wearing our version too.
    Hurrah for button down shirts and these photographs of them.

  10. July 13, 2010 8:58 pm

    nice shirts and nice shots. i like the idea very much to shoot fashion items in their setting rather than in a studio.

  11. July 13, 2010 9:55 pm

    my boyfriend loves button down shirts too. although i never would have thought to photograph them! cool.

  12. July 14, 2010 3:00 am

    I LOVE a man in a button-down. It’s way hot.

  13. July 14, 2010 7:22 am

    Great idea.

  14. Gabriela permalink
    July 14, 2010 7:36 am

    I can´t stop of spy your worl. Endless charming

    Cold morning in Buenos Aires ;)

  15. Mouse permalink
    July 15, 2010 5:47 am

    “I’ve got a man in England who buys me clothes. He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall.”

    He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher — shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, and monograms of Indian blue. Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.

    “They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”

    The Great Gatsby, ch.5

  16. July 19, 2010 1:37 pm

    i can’t stand
    collars and buttons
    (too much catholic school)
    your button down photos
    are always

  17. August 10, 2010 9:13 am

    i have fallen into your blog like a dream. i hope i don’t wake up… it’s lovely here.

  18. September 22, 2010 10:01 am

    This is amazing–your blog is very inspiring, but this collection in particular is really incredible.

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