It was while we were both waiting for our film to dry, or sometime when our instructor started her lecture too late, that we got to talking. He was surprised that I admired photographers like Weegee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Doisneau. I was enamored with his film equipment, his knowledge of bygone techniques. Each night he'd ride in on his bicycle from Old Town Torrance covered in modern menswear: fedora hats, wingtip shoes, Pendleton Flannels, and surplus jackets.
We hooked up during our third class together for this shoot around his neighborhood. He had become Threads and Needles #1 customer, a local clothing store just a few steps from his home that carries exclusive brands unknown to most people around the Los Angeles suburb-- this is where we shot.
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