Function over form appeals to me. Involuntary compliance does not.
I first became aware of these concepts before I even knew their names. It all started with my reaction to the school uniform I was compelled to wear.
I’m not a fan of that kind of homogeneity.
A dress code, in theory, is supposed to be a great leveler. In practice, it equalizes in the same way Procrustes chopped or stretched people to fit his iron bed.
If you see me with regularity, you might say that I still wear a uniform of sorts. While this is true, my choice of attire is a deliberate adjunct to my craft.
That’s a long-winded way of saying, I wear the same comfortable ensemble day after day. This allows me to save my finite thinking capability for other more important tasks.
The young man I photographed in Honolulu shares a similar outlook. He doesn’t waste a second of his precious time deciding between short sleeves or long sleeves.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.