Wow, and didn't you say you thought you would just stick with old men around where you live?
It's fashiony (or I can only assume such since you haven't talked about it) and the sunset/glare is kind of lame in theory, this definitely shows some technical mastery. Seriously, good use of a flash/lighting set-up. When I first started using artificial lighting I tended to use too much, which flattened the image and made everything unnaturally even... good to keep it seemingly from one direction and kind of soft. There's one of those buzzwords that applies to this image, "sculptural", which basically means your image makes it look like it actually exists (as opposed to being just a flat surface). Impressive stuff, man.
I actually have a lot more fun with totally staged photography rather than photojournalistic photography. How do you feel about it?