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Oleg Suslenko

Practice
20112013
Slavik's Fashion
photography

Slavik’s Fashion is a cycle of photographs showing an unusual fashion collection from the streets of Lviv. Over 100 photographs depictSlavik-a homeless man, who is dressed differently in each picture. The photographs were taken during chance encounters on the streets of Lviv.

 

Slavik is 55 years old. He is a homeless gypsy but not an ordinary one. His way of life is different from that of other homeless. He does not carry lots of bags, nor does he rummage in the trash cans.

He does not talk to other homeless and other gypsies don't have business with him.

Slavik almost never wears the same clothing which is very strange for a homeless man. Besides everyday's outfit change (sometimes twice a day) he changes his hairdo and his beard regularly and shaves his armpits. How is this possible for a homeless? He has a hiding place and nobody knows about it. He keeps the secret of his home.

Slavik roams the streets and asks for change but he is not annoying. He regularly drinks alcohol, mostly beer, but he is not an alcoholic.

Slavik is the most fashionable homeless in world :)

It is essential for Slavik that nobody ruin or interfere with his internal peace.

 

(As of January 2013 Slavik disappeared from the streets of the city.)