@the_line_up’s Spirited Style Tribe
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The fashion stylist Anka Itskovich (@the_line_up), a fashion stylist, doesn’t seek out people to photograph. She simply walks around New York City. “It’s often a flash of color or a unique hairstyle or even an aura of self- confidence that catches my eye,” she says. “My images celebrate spirited people and their authentic personal style. I hope the narrative of The Line Up will help create an engaged and interactive community—a style tribe.”
The project began long before Instagram. “As a longtime resident of the East Village, I’ve documented the neighborhood’s counter culture spirit since the late ‘90s but the project only came into focus on Instagram,” Anka says. “The square format is perfect for portraiture, and the fluidity of digital technology has made it so much easier to capture the authentically-cool feel of downtown street style and share it with curious, like-minded people all over the world.”
Anka’s process is very simple. “I suppose that it’s my open and non-threatening nature that lets me approach–and have a conversation with–just about anyone,” she says. “I have a very low rate of rejection–about 99 percent of people that I ask for a portrait say yes. I shoot with my iPhone. New York City’s colorful, graffitied walls are always a perfect background. All it takes is a few moments and a few frames. Listing the person’s Instagram handle is an important part of the project. It is the key to building a connected style tribe!”
The project has been personally rewarding for Anka. “With @the_line_up I have found my own creative voice. I have found my independence as an artist. I have found my bliss.”