Durango street style: Function meets fashion

by Patty Templeton

Over the weekend, DGO hit up “Art in the Afternoon,” a fundraiser for Willowtail, an artist residency and B&B retreat space in Mancos. There were hella cool folks there building community and supporting the picturesque, pond-side artist sanctuary. Among the lot was photographer Jake Polster-Sadlon. He’s a striking, dapper fellow that had a streamlined style we wanted to know more about.

“I would say my style is simple. I try to not put too much thought into it. This is probably the most dressed up I’ve been in a while. I’m a white t-shirt and jeans kind of guy – Vans.

I was thinking about this this morning, how easy it is for your clothes to become a costume. I think it says a lot about how you may want to conduct yourself socially and how you want people to perceive you. Simplicity of style might potentially indicate a social agenda, a little bit. It’s not a lack of a mask, it’s just different. It’s a deep, big conversation.

This is one of the first days that I’ve pulled this camera out and I’m kind of re-falling in love with it. I decided to bring it today because I knew I’d see friends and I wanted to practice portraiture. It wasn’t a fashion statement, at all. It was function. Sometimes people can’t help but comment on it though cause it’s a cool machine. It’s a Hasselblad 500 C/M. This one in particular is the type of camera my dad shot on for his whole career, but he sold it when he moved to Durango. I’ve wanted one since I found out he sold it so he and I could shoot on it together.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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