While most successful photographers prefer to stay behind the camera, Justin Barbin has earned himself a spot on the other side of the lens thanks to of his creative suit combinations. “My mom always encouraged me to dress in color,” he told BuzzFeed. “Dressing well for me is a way that I show respect for myself.”
From donning a plexiglass bow tie to using grass as a surprising pocket square replacement, Barbin is certainly captivating those that have the opportunity to view his elaborate looks. The artist – who has worked with organizations such as Nike, The Huffington Post, and Chicago Tribune – often finds himself in the midst of formal events. Rather than blending in by wearing all black (like most of his contemporaries), Barbin chooses to stand out. Each suit that the photographer puts together gives him a radiant and lively appearance. They are not only beautiful to look at, they also demonstrate an appreciation for fashion-related craftsmanship. When Barbin has a moment to rest during his busy schedule, he spends this time looking for untraditional bow ties. In fact, he currently has an eco-friendly piece made of salmon leather that he can't wait to wear.
After posting his incredible looks on Instagram, Barbin has received so much support that he's decided to create a coffee table book. In the near future, he plans to start a Kickstarter to fund this unique, fashion-forward project.