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Need a crash course on what’s hap­pen­ing with the streetwear scene? Sim­ply scroll through Ti­mothy Suen’s In­sta­gram feed (@tim­suen) for all your up­dates. The 23-year-old stu­dent cap­tures the new­est faces, the most cov­etable sneak­ers and lat­est party hap­pen­ings with an artis­tic eye, then splices those with evoca­tive pic­tures of cityscapes from his trav­els. He’s got an im­pres­sive re­sume to boot too, hav­ing worked with es­tab­lished names such as Hype­beast and High­sno­bi­ety. How would you say “street” pho­tog­ra­phy is dis­rupt­ing the im­age in­dus­try? I think street pho­tog­ra­phy has al­ways been around but has been democra­tised through the pro­lif­er­a­tion of so­cial me­dia. The im­pact of that is that tra­di­tional, high fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come more open to ac­cept­ing this “new” style. On the other hand, with many pho­tog­ra­phers jump­ing on this band­wagon, it be­comes in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find and main­tain your own voice. Which shot changed it all for you? I think it was a sim­ple shot of a queue at the Supreme x Air Jor­dan 5 cam­pout in Tokyo. It gained trac­tion af­ter Hype­beast asked me to cover it for them. That was fol­lowed by a re­tainer stint at High­sno­bi­ety.

What’s your take on streetwear’s in­flu­ence on high fash­ion? I am quite un­de­cided on this. On one hand, I love how streetwear has be­come so widely ac­cepted. Even in fash­ion week cov­er­age, you can’t help but no­tice an in­creas­ing num­ber of in­dus­try lead­ers decked in the lat­est streetwear pieces. This blur­ring of lines has given the av­er­age per­son an op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify him­self with a more “luxe” im­age, some­thing he was pre­vi­ously un­able to. But just like ur­ban pho­tog­ra­phy, this phe­nom­e­non has be­come so main­stream that a ma­jor­ity of to­day’s gen­er­a­tion have lost their per­sonal iden­tity. Also, with re­gard to streetwear col­lab­o­ra­tions with high fash­ion houses, they have be­come in­creas­ingly in­ac­ces­si­ble with higher price points, as such de­feat­ing the pur­pose of streetwear brands.

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