Visual inspiration

One of my favorite photo blogs is NPR’s “The Picture Show.”

Here’s the opening of a recent post and a link to a gorgeous-looking slideshow of photographs. (Note: The detail shot!)

In a poor city in a poor country on a poor continent, there is a group of people with a singular purpose: to look rich.

Or, rather, to look good — and to fully embody the suave, elegant style that a wardrobe of three-piece suits, silk socks, fedoras and canes might suggest.

They are called sapeurs or members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People). And when they go out, they turn the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, into a fashion runway.

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