Chris Mullins is the best photographer around. Period. End of story. And I’ve been lucky enough to work with him several times (see above link).
So, me being little ol’ me, thinking it would be no big deal to shoot this uber-fashionable photographer, just up and asked him. Of course he said yes. Chris is one of the nicest guys ever… ever. But as the day of our shoot began creeping closer, another thought began to dawn on me, “I’m going to have to take photos of one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever met.“Oh, shit.
Why the severity of this situation didn’t dawn on me initially and instantly dissuade me from even asking him, I’ll never know. I mean, it’s almost meta! Taking photos of the king of taking photos? Me!? Who, if we’re going to be completely honest, actually has frighteningly little knowledge of the camera she carts around? I began to sweat profusely and didn’t stop until I left his house Tuesday afternoon.
But let’s stop talking about me and what turned out to be the most nerve-racking shoot of my life. Let’s focus on Chris and his wardrobe. Because it’s good… it’s really good.
Chris is the definition of a sartorialist. He has a uniform and the tweaks he makes to said uniform are what makes him special. I haven’t known Chris long, but I’ve never seen him in anything but an impeccably tailored ensemble. It matters not whether it’s a t-shirt, a button-up, or a hoodie. It fits him like a glove (tailoring, ladies and gentlemen, try it) and is paired with an equally well-tailored pair of denim. There is nothing particularly outstanding about the individual items he chooses, but it is the care and thoughtfulness that goes into his fit. Had he failed to nip and tuck here and there, his uniqueness would have been lost. But this attention to detail in a world of fast-fashion renders Chris a one-of-a-kind dresser.
I fear my photos do little justice to the expansive, yet edited wardrobe of this collector. Boxes upon boxes of Air Jordans, tubs of eclectic bow ties, several Brixtons meticulously wrapped and nestled together. In line with his uniform methodology of dressing, Chris doesn’t possess a hodge podge of random goodies. He owns several styles, colors, and combinations of items he loves and knows work well.
And man, is it working well.