Fascinating Photo Series of a Stylish Man Passing by Every Day

In Germany, an older Turkish gentleman named Ali caught the eye of Berlin-based Australian photographer Zoe Spawton with his style-conscious outfits everyday. The photographer, who works in a cafe along Ali's route to work, would see him every morning and exchange pleasant greetings until one fateful day when Spawton decided to start snapping shots of the fashion-forward fellow and share them on a blog called What Ali Wore.

The blog features the wholesome man creatively dressing himself and taking a range of fashion risks while he's at it. From covering his body, head-to-toe, in camouflage or denim to carefully donning plaid, stripes, and bold colors, Ali exudes a playful zest for life. It's fun and interesting to see the many personas the man encapsulates through his experimentation with fashion.

Despite a slight language barrier, as Spawton has a limited grasp of German vernacular and Ali speaks minimal English, the two were able to have a quick photo session in the street each morning. Along their short morning encounters, the photographer even managed to learn a little more about the man behind the eye-catching outfits. It turns out that Ali is a retired doctor-turned-tailor who has been living in Berlin for 44 years and is a father to 18 children! What a fascinating man!

What Ali Wore blog
Zoe Spawton website
via [reddit]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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