Street Portraits Document the Unique Style of a Fashionable Homeless Man

Ukrainian photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn’s series Slavik’s Fashion documents the daily sartorial choices of Slavik, a 55-year-old homeless man living in the city of Lviv. Although Slavik’s wardrobe is made up of worn pieces pulled from city trash bins and homeless aid centers, his unique, unconventional ensembles almost look as if they belong on the runway. According to Dyachyshyn, the homeless man takes great pride in his fashion-foward sensibilities, taking the time to change his clothes at least once a day while restyling his hair and his beard with each new outfit.

Dyachyshyn first met his muse in the city center, where he saw Slavik approaching strangers to ask for spare change. Eventually, the photographer found himself snapping a photo of Slavik’s outfit every time they ran into each other, giving the homeless man a dollar in return for each portrait. Over the course of a couple of years, the two formed a unique friendship, somehow managing to regularly find each other in the city crowd to exchange a few words and have a quick photo session.

 

 

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