Photography by Ryan Pfluger at The Odeon, New York, on September 15, 2015. Styling by Javon Drake. Groomer: Angela DiCarlo. Turtleneck and Jacket by Hermès.
Todd Haynes doesn’t make movies; he painstakingly crafts events, from his melodramatic hat-tip to Douglas Sirk, Far From Heaven, to his five-hour-plus retelling of Mildred Pierce for HBO. This year, Haynes’s main event was Carol, a lush adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, and a movie that merges the filmmaker’s mastery of period detail with timeless queer themes. Yet for all the pomp and circumstance that brews within Carol (and is sure to follow it along the awards circuit), Haynes, a creative wellspring, is at his best amid the subdued, natural surroundings of his Portland, Ore., home. “I feel most myself when swimming in the rivers there in August,” Haynes says, “when the blackberries are in bloom.”