“My response - I love your point and have mentioned the exact same thing to several people recently. Street fashion photography has been around for decades but has seen an explosion in interest and outlets since say 2005 or so. I’ve definitely noticed people recently who are dressed as though for a casting - a street style casting. (You can nearly guarantee coverage if you are an off-duty model, are wearing massive and massively expensive chunky heels, or are repping a preppy-meets-edgy editor’s favorite like Band of Outsiders, Thom Browne, or A.P.C.) There is an awareness among fashion conscious people these days (when they go to certain neighborhoods or attend certain events like a runway show) that they have a high probability of having their photo taken if they work an appropriate look. I often try to avoid taking this “street style bait” and walk around the corner to find someone unique and less self-aware…though I’m certainly not immune to this temptation. No doubt about it - self-awareness does taint authenticity somewhat. I’m afraid this genie will never be put back in the bottle however.”—Stylesightings » Blog Archive » Reel Style?