43, teacher, Durham Academy, Durham, N.C.
What’s your job?
I teach photography and video for grades 9 through 12. I’m also a visual artist and drum in a band called Les Savy Fav.
How do you dress for school?
There’s no code for the students, but there is for the teachers. I have to wear a shirt and tie, no jeans, no sneakers. Prior to this, I never had a day job, so it’s exotic and fun to wear a tie to work.
That’s a cool shirt.
When my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary, I blew all my frequent-flier miles on a trip to Paris. There was a baggage handler strike at the airport, and—long story short—we got to go shopping on Delta’s dime. This was one of the amazing dress shirts I bought; purchasing it felt so luxurious. It opened up a new and dangerous world of shopping for me.
Did you get your tie in Paris, too?
No. It’s from my friend Emil [Corsillo]’s company. It adds pop and contrast without going too far out there.
Are your shoes vintage?
The idea is that they look vintage, but I got them new. I love how nondescript they are.
What’s the story with your belt?
I get one and wear the hell out of it. This is replacing another that fell apart. Why a watch and not just a cell phone? We have a sadistically complicated schedule at the school—it’s different every day, nothing is on the hour, and there are no bells—so it’s critical to wear a watch.
I teach darkroom photography, and a digital watch can expose film. Plus, I’m always hauling things around and washing chemicals out of tubs, so I can’t have anything too valuable. Something durable and cheap is all I need.