137 comments

  1. Rose

    August 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

    theres a light on him that isnt there in the second picture? sunlight? love the two contrasting images, and how he conveys a real sense of self in his demeanour and attire :D

  2. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Great confidence! You can tell that this man has a wonderful sense of humor.

  3. Fabio LE CALZATURE

    August 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Nice charisma…

  4. sarah

    August 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    ha! love his expression in the second photo.

  5. Lady M

    August 3, 2010 at 8:43 am

    2nd photo,His expression is so nice!:)

  6. Creative Promotional Ideas

    August 3, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Rasta Man vibrations Very nice love the diversity

  7. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

    This reminds me, as an old man told me on the street the other day, to "be happy darling!" And I love the vertical coordination of colors in hat/necklace/belt.

  8. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

    What a great idea to combine camo with colour. Except the fat bling ding ring is hideous – such jewellery seems to be quite popular in the US, which doesn´t make it better.

  9. The Sheep in a Box

    August 3, 2010 at 8:47 am

    love the jewelry!

  10. Maria Poka

    August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

    what an awesome attitude!!

  11. amber

    August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

    The second photo is great. I love his smile!

    amber

  12. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    so inspiring!

    jesuswassizeo.wordpress.com

  13. FPNson

    August 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I want to hang out with this guy!

    http://www.fpnson.tumblr.com

  14. Anastasia

    August 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

    "i like You"

    :)

  15. erin

    August 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

    wow! These are great! I'd LOVE to hear the conversation behind these…

    I'm usually always curious with how you asked each of the people in your shots and how they responded. But this guy I'm extra curious about.

  16. Maggie

    August 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Fabulous. He's looking so warmhearted. I think he has a good character.

  17. onesilentwinter

    August 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

    fantastic!

  18. FashionLifeCoach

    August 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Great image and I love the contrast in its outfit, wearing rasta look with a military camouflage shirt.He has style with the rainbow colour accents.

  19. beths

    August 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

    The face, the gaze, the hands. Clothing doesn't matter here, just so it doesn't detract.

  20. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This guy is sharp. Real. I like him.

  21. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    August 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

    coooooool
    you're a big always find these people on the street

  22. Kim

    August 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

    hahahaha the second photo took me by surprise. loved it :)

  23. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

    love the juxtaposition between the first and second photo :)

  24. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    The boots are essential for troddin through Babylon. Fire burn, Scott, fire burn!

  25. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for the two starkly different expressions on this brother's face. Although I love reading the comments on this blog, I'm sometime's frustrated that commenters place too much emphasis on facial expression—as a way of "knowing" the subject. Snapshots only capture a brief moment in time. The two contrasting expressions here cement the idea, really, that you talked about in your interview on The Treatment: these are less photos of the subject, and more the momentary view of these subjects by you, Scott.

    And I love the brother's style, too, by the way…

  26. Shukura Li

    August 3, 2010 at 9:22 am

    love!!

  27. Lee Oliveira

    August 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

    what a delightful gentleman..
    great style tho
    LOx

  28. Kathleen

    August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Lovely shots Scott. It's quite obvious summer is beginning to wain. I know it doesn't seem possible to those of us who live in the south, but you can see it in the light. The pitch of the sun is changing, the days are shorter, and the sun is taking longer to rise in the morning. And I can definitely see the change of light in your morning photographs. Both yesterday and todays shots are just beautiful, a certain softness that only comes from a great photographer and his use of light.

    Now on to this gentleman. He is the bomb, love him. His outfit is soulful and perfect from head to toe. Great expressions, he appears to be a very loving a friendly fellow. Someone you'd like to meet, someone you'd definitely say hello to on the street and have a conversation. Happy!

  29. Becca

    August 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I love his confidence!

    Becca

  30. Lauren

    August 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I love what your dropping on here these past few days, Scott. I love this man's swagger and youthfulness! He commands originality and energy.

    Hand drawn:
    myclosetinsketches.com

  31. Vinda Sonata

    August 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

    there's something very genuine about him. i love his style and smile!

  32. LeelaRocks

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    This photo is IRIE!!!..reminds me of my years spent in Jamaica….fi true mon, fi true….. :)

  33. FASHION SNAG

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Great style and I agree that he seems very genuine. I liked him right off the bat. All the green has me in love for fall too.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  34. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Oh, this is too good!

  35. Amy

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Character……

  36. Bigio

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Nice attitude!

    PS Scott, this is for you… You're inspiring! ;)

    http://www.thebigiofactor.blogspot.com

  37. Lisa & Michelle

    August 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

    the colors work perfectly.

    http://theroovintage.blogspot.com/

  38. 82Brute

    August 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The photos catch the Yin and the Yang of this gent. His Power Glare in the first shot tells you to stand back and his playful "Gotcha" in the second invites you in. The contrast of his demeanor mirrors the contrast in his style–the combat fatigues juxtaposed with the Ja Love vibe of his Rasta colors. It's quite wonderful. (Btw, there's a weird flare on his shirt on his left front about halfway down. What is that?)

  39. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

    You always seem to "capture" these stately looking African-American men on the street. They pose like crazy and look great in outfits that would look terrible on anyone else.

    Scott, you've got it going on! (and you keep me from working too!)

  40. Claud

    August 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Haha, the second photo made me smile. :)

  41. Krisztina

    August 3, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I love the match of military and vibrant colors. He has a great character with full of youth.

  42. ML

    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Haha, my Facebook-dominated mind cannot think of anything else but 'LIKE' right now.

  43. Michelle

    August 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

  44. greendress

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

    absolutely FANTASTIC

  45. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

    he is so incredibly stylish yet every article of clothing or jewelry is harmonious with his personality.

  46. Keelah

    August 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    This pic is almost as good as having you here in Jamaica. Made my morning, thank you thank you.

    :)

  47. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

    nothing new here, but he looks good. and a big smile is always appreciated.

  48. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

    open sesame…

  49. the chirpy bird

    August 3, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Fabulous! Absolutely love this guy!
    xo tash

  50. jimjims

    August 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    army. camo. rasta.

    this is perfection!

    http://jimjims.net

  51. Serena

    August 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Irie. Very nice.

  52. Friendly Fox

    August 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    it is true Rastaman

  53. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:42 am

    His clothes appear ironed. NICE.

  54. B.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Love it!!!

  55. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

    He is awesome and you can just bet he has some good stories to tell. Love him!

  56. D

    August 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    LOL his eyelids look heavy. I guess he's been talking to Jah :D

  57. El Wonger

    August 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    SEEN!
    I love his massive smile. Classic Rasta style, but updated with messenger bag and Red Wings. Nice!
    Was he a Bobo Shanti Rasta?

    @ anonymous 8:46 – I think the jewelry's has religious significance with reference to the Lion of Judah.

  58. Marcia Silva

    August 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I loved it!! Great look!

  59. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Rastafarian/black nationalist? Great style though…rebel-esque.

  60. Stephanie

    August 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    :D I love the 2nd picture! I couldn't stop smiling while I was looking at it! :]

    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com

  61. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    It looks as though you can see a street light through him in the top pic. He must be a phanmtom.

  62. CoreyOsei

    August 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    His shoes look like nomme de guerre x red wings

  63. ADJ

    August 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    what an amazing smile!!! and the gold ring is fabulous!

  64. J.Ro

    August 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    He is a song of freedom; I feel redeemed.

    http://www.jasonromaine.com

  65. Emily The River

    August 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, I love it! It's the kind of street style that one might pass by everyday, but I think you've really captured the essence of this man.

  66. Goody

    August 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I love the second photo, it made me smile! :D

    xx, fashiongoodies.net

  67. Christina

    August 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Don't worry, be happy. Totally.

    fridayswithcilantro.blogspot.com

  68. rEVOLVEr

    August 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Well, what really makes me tick here is how great that golden ring looks in his hand… I am not a fan or jewerly, I don't like big pieces of gold, but sometimes one thing like that looks great on a certain individual.

  69. Laurent

    August 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Utilitarian, inexpensive, but great coordination of color, clean, pressed, and shined boots! Proud of appearance. Quintessential cool dude.

  70. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stela Alves from Germany
    http://streetstylebystela.blogspot.com

  71. Toemailer

    August 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Yea, this guy just makes me smile all day!!

  72. reto

    August 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    actually don't like the style, but the person in the clothes seems to be nice, and that's what its about ;)

  73. nemee

    August 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    WOW! I love his genuine smile, gold jewelry and braided belt. I love the contrast between the two completely different expressions.

    artsysunday.blogspot.com

  74. "Haute Girl"

    August 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Nice pic…Irie mon :)

  75. Danny

    August 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  76. Amber

    August 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    This man is everything that I love about NYC.

    and, I think the little beardy thing that he has going on is just divine.

  77. Monika

    August 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I like his smile:)

  78. Annelie

    August 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    such happy photographs :-)

  79. princess glee

    August 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    If I saw this man walking towards me I'd think ooo I like, so well coordinated, so neat, so unusual along with the head wrap…damn he looks cool. Then when he got close enough I'd flash him a coy smile, hoping he'd smile back and say hello. He makes me want to be a part of his world even for a millisecond.

  80. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Some people just have it!

  81. Valentine

    August 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Love his smile !!

    http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com/
    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  82. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    fantastic picture! i love that you got his personality to come out in both shots, both in different ways. the second shot makes me smile. great character this man.

  83. Felicity

    August 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    This man is beautiful. His energy radiates right through the photo and makes me want to know him. What wonderful charisma.

  84. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    As a character study, I adore it.

    However, I've always been uncomfortable with camo as streetwear. If you're willing to serve your country in it, for better or worse, then have at it- it's a right that's earned.

    Naturally, everyone also has a right to express themselves as they please, and this city is about infinite variety.

  85. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I live in Berkeley, CA. Everyone is dressed like that here.

  86. Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    he is just so cool

  87. The Little Dust Princess

    August 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Love these shots! He seems like a humourous and friendly man! :D

  88. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Beautiful!!

  89. Libido

    August 4, 2010 at 1:10 am

    A real African treasure. The picture tells the story of a struggle towards freedom.

  90. Bright Light Warrior Nika

    August 4, 2010 at 1:48 am

    loving how his light shows through his smile and eyes, I also love the shoes and smooth skin.

  91. Alison

    August 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Too cool 4 skool. He's delicious!

  92. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Fantastically charismatic gentleman, with grace, charm & style to boot. I would invite him to dinner, no questions.

  93. un hamac

    August 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

    yes, great smile.

  94. cher arceo

    August 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

    he is so adorable!

  95. chula

    August 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    a pacifism mand wearing military clothes is always a good contradiction;-)

  96. MsSvelteNY

    August 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

    It's funny that this picture is posted now. I love my people and how they represent themselves stylistically. This just gave me a confirmation i needed on how to proceed with my work. Thanks for the design intervention.

  97. Eric Channing

    August 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    These two images together say a lot about the still magical powers of the camera and how, in the right hands, it can be an effective tool for breaching the tough exterior of an individual and for exposing precious inner beauty.

  98. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I love the camo look, it looks great done this way. He is definitely posing in the first picture, giving us his model's stare. The second photo is him saying, SEE, I was putting you on! As for the ring, necklace and the belt and hat, I think they're cute.

  99. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    LOVE him. he just seems like he's so much happier than anyone else in the world. i want to know more about him!

  100. kukla

    August 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    This is Melvin. The best juice man in the city and a sweetheart.

  101. D-square

    August 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love it!!! Everything about the juxtaposition is clevahhhh!!!

  102. Anonymous

    August 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    You know for a following that believes all that is Babylonian is next to the selling out of one's proverbial soul those are some pretty cool Babylonian boots he's sporting. I love them. love him! I believe in live and let live but always find it amusing to see bits of 'outside' the statement in an ensemble.

    Charmant…la belle vie!

  103. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    August 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love his smile in the second photo.

  104. pinky

    August 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    totally in love with this guy.
    he exudes joy.

  105. Ninjagaiden78

    August 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love the shot. The fit is cool too.

    windowshop78.blogspot.com

  106. wild swans

    August 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

    he's a lovely man

  107. Anonymous

    August 5, 2010 at 6:51 am

    These 2 photos are sooo good !!

  108. Eilish

    August 5, 2010 at 7:49 am

    i love when you can tell someone's character by how they dress. It's a real art.. this guy made me smile :)

    http://faialofa.blogspot.com

  109. Anonymous

    August 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    so orginal!!!

  110. Anonymous

    August 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    the juicer from lifethyme!!!

  111. amanda

    August 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    HIS SMILE IS BEYOND!!!!
    SUCH AN AWESOME SHOT!!!
    x

  112. Anonymous

    August 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    wish you'd show more beautiful grown-ups like this

  113. elizabeth

    August 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    this, to me, is new york….
    fashion isn't dictated by designers/fashion mags as much as it is by the beautiful diverse people of this city!!!

    thecoffeeexperiment.blogspot.com

  114. PRIMARY COLOURS.

    August 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

    HAHA LOVE THIS DUDE

  115. Joanna Roman

    August 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    AWESOME RASTA OUTFIT!!!

    He looks just GREAT!
    And what a smile and what an attitude

    LUV

  116. suzi

    August 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome. So much personality there.

  117. Yumi

    August 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Would love to have a cup of coffee with this guy and listen to his story!

  118. Sam

    August 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I walked past him one day in July. He had the same outfit on. I missed the opportunity to ask if I can take his picture

  119. hibou

    August 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    You've captured so much personality in these photos! I can't take my eyes off them. He wears this look with such style.

  120. Madeleine

    August 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I like this man!

  121. Anonymous

    August 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Love this look. It suits him and it somehow all fits–he looks pulled together. What a smile on this guy.

  122. Anna

    August 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Selasie I. Great picture, mon.

  123. Anonymous

    August 12, 2010 at 2:44 am

    clothes are wonderful while practical -
    lurve the way the light softly hits his face.
    ..& his outfit :]

  124. satan on a stick

    August 12, 2010 at 5:05 am

    I love his dignity and pride in the first photo followed by the love in the second.

    Telling, very telling.

  125. cee

    August 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    He has such a confident, humourous attitude; he was probably such a fun guy to be around and his clothing reflects that.

    http://chaoticdesolation.blogspot.com

  126. Anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous skin tone. And happy attitude.

  127. someone

    August 14, 2010 at 5:49 am

    that's cool.

    charisma is such a cool thing to wear. not everyone can pull it.

  128. Monique johnson

    August 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Are those Wallabees on his feet? Haha, true Jamaican, love it.

  129. Anonymous

    August 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I love how one look at his photos tells me that this man is someone I'd love to hang out with. He has a great sense of humor.

  130. Anonymous

    August 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    love it!!

  131. kate mcgill

    August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I feel so happy looking at this man – oh, the power of a genuine smile.

  132. Ashley

    August 31, 2010 at 2:44 am

    You can really get a good look at his personality just looking at this. He seems like a great, fun loving guy!

  133. Anonymous

    September 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I see this man on the street all the time!

  134. Regiane

    September 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This is one of the finest smiles I´ve ever seen! great shot!

  135. ms. hershey

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I seriously cannot stop smiling while looking at this gentleman! he reminds me of so many of my friends' uncles and even a couple of their dads. his spirit shows right through his beautiful smile. thanks for posting this one, i needed it.

  136. Jess

    December 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    As soon as I saw the second picture, I immediately smiled. Something about his expression just evokes a knee-jerk smile reaction in me.

    Also his outfit is awesome. Love the headwrap.

  137. Anonymous

    January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I absolutely love this picture! He has become me new fashion icon!! everything about this picture shouts happiness. The confidence he has for being his own person, making a statement. wow

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