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August 2, 2010 at 8:59 am
August 2, 2010 at 9:01 am
I love this photo. She is so beautiful.
Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries
August 2, 2010 at 9:02 am
WOW… stunning. on the road in 2010??? :)xxx
August 2, 2010 at 9:03 am
August 2, 2010 at 9:06 am
gorgeous! I love the simplicity.
I just want to be her.
August 2, 2010 at 9:09 am
I want to know more about her.
August 2, 2010 at 9:10 am
You ran into Laura Ingalls by the side of the road in Pennsylvania?
August 2, 2010 at 9:14 am
This photo just warms my heart. It's so beautiful.
August 2, 2010 at 9:15 am
Amish ? very cute.
August 2, 2010 at 9:18 am
she looks like she fell out of time… beautiful
this is honest beauty…honest youth that has not been so plagued by the toxic nature of society. I kind of wish this came with a 21 questions interview or something…
I see this look a lot and it is charming. I live around lots of Amish and Mennonites – they are in a broad spectrum of dress. If she is indeed a Mennonite, she's towards the "worldly" end, as opposed to "plain", because of the prints she wears.
I love the summer sun on the corn in the background.
August 2, 2010 at 9:19 am
Her hands and feet really center this shot. You're near my part of the world, Sart.
Stunning! Amazing! and incredible…
Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch girl? I am curious as to why Elena (an earlier commenter) would want to be this girl.
August 2, 2010 at 9:21 am
For real?or did you manage to time travel?
August 2, 2010 at 9:23 am
This is gorgeous, she reminds me to the lovely Mori Girls from Japan!
August 2, 2010 at 9:24 am
Like the way she rolled her sleeves up!
August 2, 2010 at 9:26 am
Is she Amish? What a sweet stern look she has on her face!
August 2, 2010 at 9:30 am
like a photo from the past.
August 2, 2010 at 9:32 am
Well, you've captured summer! -the dirty feet being the crowning detail of this shot. This one is particularly touching to me because i have three daughters of my own (the eldest slightly younger than this) out here in the Virginia countryside.
I paint them from time to time (http://letflythecannons.blogspot.com/2010/07/finished-i-think.html)
but a photo like this is just as powerful! thanks.
Love the picture, but I am distracted by her expression. Was she hesitant to let you take her picture? Was a parent there? Just curious how you handle taking pictures of minors for posting.
August 2, 2010 at 9:33 am
I think perhaps one of your best…
August 2, 2010 at 9:34 am
wow.. I really like this picture.. love the simplicity, but I think she looks a little bit sad..
I love this picture ! La Bise'ECH from pArishttp://www.evachristahiag.blogspot.com
August 2, 2010 at 9:35 am
a moment in time. almost unbelievable. but this picture is the proof that in this life, it is a trip. and some days you see people like this and other days you see Anna Dello Russo….that's just the way it goes for people that are seeking inspiration in their landscape.respect.xo
August 2, 2010 at 9:37 am
This is what being a little girl is all about…if only the Miley Cyrus lookalikes of today could follow suit.
August 2, 2010 at 9:44 am
LINDA!!! Uma inspiração.
so beautiful!that dress has great colour you take the greatest photographs
August 2, 2010 at 9:45 am
Scott you never fail to surprise. This picture is beautiful, warm, still, composed, quiet, and full of life. Bravo.
Thanks for the insight, Margo. And yes, I agree. This (and Scott's photo on July 30) give hope that it's not all Miley wannabes. Also love how Scott's photos show that "fashion" is really a reflection of different kinds of worlds/cultures/life styles.
August 2, 2010 at 9:49 am
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August 2, 2010 at 9:58 am
what is her story? :)
August 2, 2010 at 10:00 am
aaah this confuses me. WHat do her parents think?
August 2, 2010 at 10:08 am
August 2, 2010 at 10:09 am
Very interesting. I'm surprised she agreed to taking the photo.
August 2, 2010 at 10:10 am
August 2, 2010 at 10:18 am
How refreshing to know there is a strong yet humbled simplicity left in the world… you can see it in her eyes.
August 2, 2010 at 10:22 am
i like her long hairhttp://www.indigopeacock.com
Love her. This is style too, and i love it cause it´s not the usual, and with personality (the pose, the hair, the dirty feet on the ground)…
August 2, 2010 at 10:24 am
I have to agree-One of your Best!
August 2, 2010 at 10:25 am
Beautiful! I love the dress and her braids are so cute. She needs some shoes though! x
August 2, 2010 at 10:28 am
She seems like she's from another time period. And not just in her appearance, but it her demeanor as well. such an interesting photo!
August 2, 2010 at 10:32 am
Woodward? I used to go to gymnastics camp around there. The camp which consisted of mostly bmx/skateboarding hopefuls was pleasantly placed right near Amish countryside. We would see them walking trails all the time! What great memories this photo has brought me.
nerdy vintage girl
August 2, 2010 at 10:37 am
I love her two long braids (I'm not sure if you call them like this) and the sunrise :)And, like a lot of other people, I'd love to know more about her.
August 2, 2010 at 10:38 am
Looks like you are channeling Dorothea Lange… I love this picture.
August 2, 2010 at 10:39 am
Lovely girl! The hair is just beautiful!
August 2, 2010 at 10:40 am
I love the light in this picture, everything looks good in this light. It must have been a wonderful moment.
This picture gave me such a huge, sweet rush of memory.I was raised in Southeast Asia, but whenever we came home to the US, we'd visit my Grandma Althea, who lived in rural Ohio. It was so different from the tropics and, because of that, so distinct now in my memory. It's the bare feet. I know EXACTLY how that feels. Bare feet on the road. And being a little dirty and a little tired, but OUTSIDE. The time of day…Especially the sun-baked smell of the the land and the asphalt… I was her. Wow. I'm a little happy and a little sad right now. Thank you for posting this.
i live in PA in a town full of amish and Mennonite families and shes clearly mennonite because if she was amish she wouldnt have had her photo taken….on another note this photo perfect it sums up the area i live in so well and everything i love about it! Its so clean and innocent. oh and im 16:)
August 2, 2010 at 10:43 am
I'm blown away by this photo. Absolutely breath taking.
August 2, 2010 at 10:50 am
wow! did you travel back in time??? :)
August 2, 2010 at 10:51 am
Is this real?
August 2, 2010 at 11:01 am
it 's the first time i leave a comment on a (fashion?) blog. I 've been "reading" yours since 2007 and i really admire your work. I think that this photo appeared to me as an opportunity to tell you that your work does not at all belong to what we usually call the fashion world( which to me has a vaguely negative sense and it's strictly related to the financial system).And i really think it is a pity that your "audience" is mostly people who belong to the fashion world. The fact you took the photo of this girl shows that you focus on different personalities from different cultures, which you try to capture through photography(even if this sounds a cliche). The previous has nothing to do with the interests of LVMH or any other similar company, that most of the time take advantage of what we call different cultures inorder to increase profits. That's why i think it would be interesting to see more of this type of photos than vogue's editor or it girls outfits during the fashion weeks.
A follower from Athens, Greece.
August 2, 2010 at 11:07 am
I love this picture, she's beautiful
August 2, 2010 at 11:16 am
Wow, this photo could be from a time wharp – its timeless. I love this photo so much it is the sort of photo that does say a thousand words.
August 2, 2010 at 11:26 am
That is a great picture, but it doesn't seem like Pennsylvania. I think more West Virginia.
August 2, 2010 at 11:28 am
Its sort of ironic that the Amish (if this little girl is one) do not follow fashion and make their own clothes, but in doing so their style is appealing to people like me who and others who read this blog centred on fashion; perhaps it's the simple beauty which is a breath of fresh air in an industry of excess..
Or maybe I've read too much into it!
August 2, 2010 at 11:34 am
I'm not sure what to make of this picture. On one hand, I love the simplicity and how she looks like a vintage cottage girl, but on the other, maybe there's an issue about sensitivity?
She's probably a really poor girl judging by the dirt, lack of shoes and sorrowful expression? Maybe dressing this way wasn't a choice but rather a lack of choice.
Can't deny that she's looks beautiful, but again I stress, fashion needs to incorporate sensitivity too.
It's a gorgeous picture though!
August 2, 2010 at 11:41 am
Those prints are awesome together, why on earth do they work? And the light is so romantic, you can almost smell the summer evening air. :)
August 2, 2010 at 11:42 am
She's so stunning. The picture just makes me want to know more about her!
August 2, 2010 at 11:43 am
ahh coming from someone who spent the first 11 years of life growing up in central PA, i know that this photo perfectly captured the essence of amish country.
however, i know a lot of amish/mennonite people don't like getting their picture taken or being filmed. so i think i can also see that slightly uncomfortable look in her eyes. either way, though, beautiful picture!
back to the roots.
barefoot and careless.
we need more kids to dress like this!
bring back the old…
August 2, 2010 at 11:45 am
LIKE a photoshoot…WOW
August 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm
She really is very beautiful. This kind of simple natural beauty is quite difficult to find nowadays.
August 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm
i like the fact that this photo's main focus isn't really style- this young girl's dress looks so pretty on her, even if she may or may not have a heightened awareness of fashion-this picture is simple, honest and beautiful
Like a film
August 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm
This reminds me of Richard Avedon's "In The American West" series, except he shot his subjects in front of a white background. I love her in her own light and environment. She's looking at you with a wary eye. This is no frivolous child. She knows the meaning of Hard Work. Her clothes are lovely, but they look durable and probably made with care by skillful hands. Her feet would not be happy crammed into fussy shoes. This is one for the ages. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
August 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Amish usually don't take pictures or wear prints.
Conservative Mennonites look a lot like Amish sometimes, judging by the prints, I'd say she's that.
Barefoot and dirty in farm country does not equal poverty – It signals more of that wholesome down on the farm vibe than anything. ON that note, many Amish and Mennonites have actually quite a bit of money in the bank due to their simple lifestyles, community effort, and disdain for mainstream values (including belongings and fashion).
August 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Lack of shoes doesn't automatically spell poverty… (to the prior poster). I grew up barefoot by choice. Running around the neighborhood with the grass between my toes was wonderful. No poverty about it, at least not in my case. Don't jump to conclusions.
Also, I don't think she looks sad. If anything, she's just looking at you, intently.
August 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Some of these comments are astounding. And say more about our world than the photo itself.
I like the comment from Greece.
August 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm
One word: awesome
Pics of lovely people on the street
August 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Wow so striking. And I was just about to echo 82Brute. This reminded me so much of Dust Bowl-era pictures.
August 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Is this child Amish? I'm surprised she allowed a photo. Or is it Mennonites that don't allow photos? Black and white, and I'd believe this was the 1950's. Brilliant shot.
August 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm
This appears to be from another era! Fantastic
August 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Incredible early morning photograph Scott, the lighting is exquisite. She is a lovely young girl. I too, have lived near and done business with The Amish. They are a quiet, graceful, and highly artistic people. I love the faded dream-like colors of her faded smock and dress that seem to fade into the shiny bright background. She looks as though she's already been working hardtoday. Very pretty!
August 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Everything about this is lovely. The sun behind her head, her bare feet, and her expression, which looks like she has a quiet confidence, but I still wonder what was going through her head.Beautiful.
August 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011. She could probably even walk the runway!
August 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm
oh how sweet is she! :)
August 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm
I think she looks wise and confident that she knows something that you don’t. She has the freedom to go barefoot on a summer day if she wants to. Her fabric patterns are artfully chosen to compliment each other in color and scale. This could have been the inspiration for Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2010 collection.
August 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Love her eyes,
August 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm
First Prize. Goes way beyond fashion.
August 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm
she looks somewhat wistful to me. probably a glimpse into 'worldliness'.
i like that your photos capture so much and leave so much room for interpretation.
oh I love her!
August 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Oh God she's so authentic.Amazing.
August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm
I love this. Central Pennsylvania is so beautiful.
August 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Like a photography of another age
betty jordan wester
August 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
i love it- she reminds me of holly hobbie.
August 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm
wow…stunning…She really is very beautiful
August 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm
This is one of the most honestly engaging pictures that has ever appeared. You want to know what she knows, because it's something that just anyone can learn.
August 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm
This pic brings you down to earth, beautiful!
August 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm
She looks like a young Karlie Kloss.
August 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm
This picture is so capturing, but what I really love is her feet.
August 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm
This is a psychologically charged shot: The girl, who seems at first glance to be emblematic of youth and innocence is standing firm with unprotected feet on gravel. Her floral frock and apron are sullied,her expression wary, her arms and hands tautly positioned as protection. There is care implied by her plaited hair and rolled sleeves, but there is real potential here for rough and tumble. The contrast of the dappled green and the grey gravel mirrors the girl's esprit. The fact that she's on hard gravel, not on the soft grass is revealing. Very Andrew Wyeth.
pieces of berlin
August 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm
journey through time!
August 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm
always surprising…love your work!
August 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm
She looks so cute and innocent.Love her:)
Tony Post No Bills | Washington DC
August 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm
I love it! "Not a care in the world'
August 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm
That's beautiful! I love her dirty little feet. I think she lives in the crops with other farmer fairy children. You could've followed her and she would've taken you to their mysterious hiding place.
August 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm
This reminds me of Pocahantus almost. I love this photograph, everything about it is perfect. The setting is perfect, the blank and plain face is almost surreal. The floral on her dress is incredibly different than the floral most other girls are wearing. Aside from her lovely hair my favourite thing about this photograph is her blank, Mona Lisa type half-smile.
August 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm
I wonder if it is appropriate to publish this picture, and open it up for commentary…? There seems to be a invasion of privacy here. I enjoy looking at all your photos and the conversations on style and fashion, but somehow it seems wrong to include this picture in this context. Did you ask her, or her parents, for permission to publish this picture, and tell her/them that there would be discussion around the way she looks? I think if I were her parents, I would not want my child to be the subject of such discussion in such a public venue, especially if I hadn't granted permission beforehand. But maybe you did ask, and everything's cool.
August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
love the contrasting greens from her play/work apron(?), to her floral address and the sun-kissed grass
I second Ros' sentiments too :)
August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm
if i may volunteer information to the crowds of people asking if she is Amish; no, she is Mennonite, which is similar to Amish. but they are usually allowed to wear prints (Amish wear only solid colors) and use a few more of the "worldy comforts", plus they are a bit more open to being photographed (Amish will not let you photograph them. at least not with their faces showing).i agree with the people who asserted that being barefoot doesn't equal poverty. in the Amish/Mennonite/farming culture, it is quite common for the children (and even adults, sometimes) to go barefoot in the summer just because the weather is nice enough to do it. let's admit, nothing feels quite as nice as walking through lush grass with your shoes off.
all of that being said, the girl IS lovely, and looks as though she is quite somber about having her photo taken so close up by a "worldy" man.
August 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm
What a refreshing image to see amongst the fashionistas in my blog roll! The light in this photo is just gorgeous. The girl's pose and unsmiling face is so striking and beautiful, that I immediately want to know more about her. I think it's one of my favorites I've seen on this blog. A real picture of humanity.
- Catherine at Littlehouse of Stylehttp://littlehouseofstyle.blogspot.com/
August 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm
inspiration for the future! pictures of people in the 'height of fashion' are only good for looking back on – once they are posted they are already out of date.
im not a huge fan of all the white slacks and gucci loafers to be completely honest.
August 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm
I agree with Ros.
many will see
August 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Young Dorothy looking for Oz?
August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm
I think she's Amish, I was living near the Amish in West Chester for some time. She looks suspicious of the camera and set in her ways already. I do like her outfit, and the bare feet, but her toes and fingers are a little clenched, she's not comfortable.
August 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm
i think i like all ur people pics more than ur fashion ppl pictures … being honest… they r just awesome!!
August 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Gorgeous photo. I wonder what's going through her head..xx, Goody
August 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Anne of Green Gables? This to me is childhood at its purest and best. I love the image she makes, I love the words she conveys, I love the silence that encases curiosity and waryness. Great shot.
August 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm
August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm
wow. just, wow. this image says so much, but you can't really tell what that is..
a favorite for sure!
August 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm
How refreshing to see a child that looks like that in this day and age eh? Not a scrap of lycra in sight. e xx
August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm
I know so many little girls who would absolutely jump at the chance to dress like this.
August 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Many people commenting seem to be ignorant to the fact that she is Mennonite… not someone trying to channel Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. It is interesting, however, to peer into a life so different from mine.
August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm
I love this photo it does look like another era. Reading the comments–someone pointed out that bare feet doesn't always equal poverty. They're right, going barefoot is what you do when you're a kid 'cause you just want to. A few someone's have insinuated that fashion people are greedy, not too bright and insensitive. Sometimes…but fashion people don't have a monopoly on such behavior. I think some fashion people are insightful enough to tolerate and work with people with bad behavior knowing that people aren't always bad. Some fashion people have things on their minds like admiring simplicity, beauty, sharing other cultures etc.
August 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Dont know what they are, but at least they are dressed like child, not rock stars.
August 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm
i hope she's a mennonite…
August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm
August 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Wow! She's is really really really beautiful!! My Lord!
August 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Feels like we are in another era… Sweet
http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com/-diary of a belgian stylist-
August 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm
OHH! Beautiful peopleFati
August 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm
both eerie and beautiful. there is is a twinge of sadness in her eyes.
August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm
Rural america! Beautiful. Real people. No hipsters
August 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm
This is what I love about summertime in Pennsylvania. Barefoot kids that look like kids. Welcome to Centre county. Make sure you stop by the Elk Creek Tavern it's down the road from Woodward. I recommend the Poe Paddy Porter.
August 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm
It's interesting to think that with all of society's advancements and technologies and revolutions, humans, human nature, feelings will always be what they always were. This girl lives a life so different from many of us and yet she's exactly like us. And as far as the advancements, technologies, and revolutions…. well I think many of us can agree that they were often steps backwards rather than forwards. What I wouldn't give some days to give up my suit and skyline view office and walk around barefoot with pigtails. That is true success right there.
August 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm
This looks to me like it could be among the photographs of Richard Avedon's "In the American West" collection. A lovely shot.
August 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm
August 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm
the amazing irony.
August 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm
August 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Stunning in it's simplicity and presentation. The young girl is beautiful with a knowledge in her eyes that bespeaks a maturity beyond her age, while her hands and feet show that of being a contributor to her family through her hard work. She will make her husband a happy man I suspect because she will treat him like a man and in return he will treat her like the queen under that raw exterior waiting to come out. Truly an epitome class photograph.
August 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful people.I think they are Old order Mennonites. Mennonites,even old orders, wear prints, Amish will wear bright colors but no prints.I was raised mennonite and I don't think they are averse to having their pictures I think it would be more a matter of appearing overly prideful or vain.
August 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm
I wonder if they watch TV?
August 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm
I have trouble with this photo. Another commenter mentioned that it recalls Avedon's In the American West, but I wonder if they realize that can be a bad thing as well? Avedon took a lot of criticism for stereotyping his subjects and subverting their individualism for the sake of his artistic project. I don't think that's the case here, and I think maybe a comparison to Walker Evans would be more accurate, but I would like to know more about the thought process behind the series. Is the purpose really to document the Sartorial achievements of this little girl and her family, or to take in their lifestyle as a whole? Likewise, when commenters mention that they love this girl's "simplicity" and compare her to fictional characters, are they doing what Avedon did, even if that's not what the artist intended? I think we should be careful of taking this girl to stand for huge concepts like other times and entire cultures.
August 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm
This photo is a dichotomy for me: On one hand I'm immediately charmed by the elements of innocense, beauty, simplicity, reverence, and Summer etc. On the other hand there's an over-riding vulnerability expressed in her face and body language; it seems from the surrounds in the accompanying photos that her clothes and limbs are dirty from working a day in those fields, not playing. I hope she went home to a loving family, good food, a warm bath and a clean bed … and expectations of a free and fabulous future. LB
August 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm
It takes me back to summer days of running around barefoot. Beautiful everything, but most of all beautiful lighting. Keep up the good work…
August 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm
I remember going to Pennsylvania and visiting Dutch country with my church when I was younger. The flee market in Lancaster Pennsylvania has so many delicious foods and local finds created by the Amish.
August 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Some real style right there!!
August 3, 2010 at 12:10 am
She has the serious look of the eldest child. I know it well.
August 3, 2010 at 1:40 am
Just looking at this image I feel psychologically naked, transparent to her gaze, as if she has the power to pierce the veil of space and technology between us and is staring directly into my eyes with no distance between us. Amazing and a little unsettling.
There's almost the air of a fawn that's suddenly stepped out of the woods, confronting the unfamiliar. For all her tidy braids and sweet flower prints, there's something pure and wild there. Poised, tender but wary, her strong young hands a little tense while her bare feet seem planted securely in the certainty that this random moment is fleeting — soon life will resume its natural course, the photographer going on his way and she hers. Can she possibly be aware of how painfully lovely she is? Not that such admiration would necessarily be meaningful or welcome to her, especially coming from the perspective of anonymous strangers, but for something this beautiful to exist is almost heartbreaking.
No artifice. No false modesty. Only the grave and simple dignity of a wise-beyond-her-years young woman captured in a random moment that I suspect she will never forget. Will you, Scott? I know I won't.
Aside from all that, the aesthetics of the image are perfect. It's like a visual poem. The natural light, the textural juxtapositions, the mood, the colors, everything. Even the fact that her wearing flowers is almost ironic considering she's what's really blooming here, like a tough, bright little dandelion thrusting its way up through a crack in the sidewalk. Just extraordinary, and I think a creative leap for you. Thank you.
August 3, 2010 at 3:43 am
Loving this unexpected, homespun mood.
August 3, 2010 at 4:51 am
I'm with Norma on this one.
August 3, 2010 at 5:06 am
what a sweet girl and I love the way the light turned out on this picture.
My Roman Apartment
August 3, 2010 at 5:27 am
I love the gold light in these photographs. Were you thinking about the Dutch Masters when you shot these?
The black and white photograph reminds me of Larry Towell's work.
August 3, 2010 at 5:40 am
Nice! Whimsical for me. ;)
August 3, 2010 at 5:41 am
I love this photo
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August 3, 2010 at 5:56 am
August 3, 2010 at 6:42 am
I like these photos- they do indeed depict innocence but also the true beauty of a country lifestyle-I would love to see more photos from outside of the city's madness- lets see what the country folk are wearing!
August 3, 2010 at 6:44 am
I'm moved. You wouldn't find little girls dressed like this in Italy, not even in the most secluded valleys of the Alps. They have desappeared leaving place for bad fashion.Good job as always, far beyond the mere issue of style.
August 3, 2010 at 8:49 am
Most beautiful image ever on this site.
August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am
If you look at the other pictures of this family that are posted, you'll see that the younger children are much more playful and innocent toward the camera.
This oldest daughter, though, in the family shot above, is looking skeptically at mom for approval. She is not sure what to make of this stranger who wants to take their picture, and she's not sure if it's okay.
Lest you think I am presuming too much, many of my relatives were old order Mennonite, so this is a familiar scene.
August 3, 2010 at 11:11 am
August 3, 2010 at 11:33 am
Somehow reminds me of Wednesday from the Adams Family… although sweeter and less creepy (not that I have anything against this)
August 3, 2010 at 11:57 am
I spy with my little eye...
August 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Mind you: In the same span of two days, this young lady managed to get more comments than not one, but two impeccably dressed Rubinaccis (check the previous blog entry)!
Thank you, The Sartorialist!
August 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm
This is a very well-shot photograph, but many of the comments here are extremely discomforting.
August 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Love it, so amazing =)
August 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Anachronistic and all-American at the same time.
I worry about the effect of globalization on fashion and culture—burqas in Belgium and Starbucks in Riyadh, for example—glad to see this group staying put, so to speak.
August 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm
My goodness, what a gorgeous photograph! I love how the warm yellow light of the sky and the bright yellow of the light through the foliage is reflected so perfectly in her dress.
Her dress is also an interesting sartorial choice, the pattern is so sweet and matches so perfectly with her blue and green apron. It reminds me that sartorial choices are made everyday by people who take pride in their clothes (or maybe in this case the clothes of their children) in a way that has no relationship to fashion.
It makes clothes once again a necessity and the desire to express oneself through clothes something that is universally human.
August 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm
amazing photograph, I love it, she looks so cute :-)
August 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm
Beautiful photos! Somehow they reminded me of how the mass media influences our sense of fashion/style. We try to copy, consciously or unconsciously somebody we see in magazines,films,TVs, and of course from The Sartorialist. While it is good to know what the trends and new things are on the market,I sometimes become tired of just even looking at them and want to be "MYSELF". I think it was a great idea of yours to post these photos of such natural style. It's just their life style.
August 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm
Without fail, all of your pictures are absolutely flawless, and thought provoking. Thank you for making me want to be more creative every single day.
August 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm
And tomorrow this beauty will be in Vogue…..
August 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm
Love this! Just remarkable.
August 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm
Love the things like this that show a wider scope of people. That said, it's a shame that people think these kids are captured from another time. They're of our world, not some alternate universe stuck in the past.
Love the site!
August 4, 2010 at 3:56 am
Tears came to my eyes when I saw this photograph.
She is heartbreaking– there's so much humanity, specificity, sharpness to her. She leaps out at you, while standing so still.
The aesthetics (light, horizon, color) are otherworldly, magic. This feels like the first frame of a movie.
Thank you, thank you
August 4, 2010 at 4:08 am
wonderful pretty girl!
August 4, 2010 at 5:01 am
It is a stunning photo. I also love the anti-fashion quality of it, and I wonder if it will be taken up as a fashion trend any time soon.
August 4, 2010 at 5:58 am
Oh I looove this shot!!! I think its one of my all time favourites!!! xx
August 4, 2010 at 10:55 am
These are beautiful images of rural america. thank you for reminding me that fashion is so much more than designer labels, trends, and sales analysis reports.
I have been thinking a lot about mixed prints, and vintage dresses, mostly inspired by the FSA-OWI Collection on the Library of Congress. The color images of farm families during the great depression are so haunting and lovely. Your photos of this family are timeless in the same way.
August 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm
This is the perfect counterpoint to every one of those awful fear-mongering Clorox/anti-bacterial/ detergent ads that convince parents to keep their children in a "sanitized" bubble.
Her expression I think could be embarassment at being photographed 'dirty', even if it's just from playing outside….
August 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Your photo captures an honesty that is raw and in the subject of a young girl makes me feels more than a little sad. She looks so lovely but her face seems older than her years, it just holds on the pure beauty that only children have.
I wonder why her hands and forearms are brown but not her face or legs, so it's not from being outside. The sleeves of her dress are rolled up but just to keep cool or ready to work? She looks more like she spends a lot of time elbow deep possibly in washing?
August 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm
This is an amazing photo–it's beautiful, haunting, and utterly unromanticized. We see the physical evidence of her hard work. More importantly, the look in her eyes forces us to think, not just emote and gush. It's impossible, of course, to know a person or situation from one photo, but part of the point of any portrait is to engage us in considering the humanity and situation of another, and, in the process, reflect upon ourselves… and that's what this does.
As a viewer, I find that the look in this young woman's eyes blows away any easy, comfortable outsider assumptions about the "innocence" or "charm" of orthodox Anabaptist life.
As some commenters suggest, she may already be wary of and at odds with the world that surrounds her, but I see something different: a young woman who is fully aware of the strictures of her life and (while she may not think in these terms) who knows that she is facing a life filled with both great beauty _and_ rigid, restrictive social roles and expectations. I'm guessing that come the Mennonite version of Rumspringa, she may be out of there.
I may be wrong, of course, but this photo has made me stop and think about my own knowledge, assumptions, and feelings and think critically about my responses. In other words, this is art. Bravo.
August 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm
its like shes gone back in time. i love it. i just wish you would have photographed it with more heart. maybe a film camera would have worked better for this shot… well it would work better for every shot. but waterevvver
August 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm
I find it interesting how so many commentators are unaware of the possible other side of this innocence…I can't help but feel sorry for these Amish children who don't have a choice and live in a culture that rejects modernism. These girls will surely grow up to crave what they are missing here in your fashionable photos (like everygirlUSA)
August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm
I think a lot of people are looking at the overall shot, but the first thing I thought about was: man, those are beautiful patterns. Separate, they could look youthful, but together they give this more matured, experienced look. A good catch and a great shot for being on the road.
August 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm
One of my favourites ever from your site. There is something in all of us that yearns for the simple life she seems to have been plucked from. If fashion is based on a fear of being left behind or excluded, then I believe your pictures transcend this and become more of a search for pure inspiration and beauty.
August 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I love this picture. I will remember it for a long time. It's a strangeness (my world is so different from her's) and a familiarity I feel at the same time.
Big fan of your site, and felt compelled to post.
August 5, 2010 at 12:23 am
simply love this photo. it softens my heart
August 5, 2010 at 3:46 am
I absolutely love this photo! The girl is so beautiful, and the light!However. I can't help feeling a bit sad. Is she aloud to be a child? Her eyes tell me different. I can't see fashion in this allthough the cloths are wonderful. Beautiful, but sad.
August 5, 2010 at 4:15 am
so beautiful. stunning photo.
August 5, 2010 at 6:23 am
She looks like she'd come from a different time and she is so pretty.
August 5, 2010 at 6:54 am
These are beautiful photos, but it is my understanding that the Amish are not supposed to be photographed by outsiders. I hope you considered publishing these shots very carefully.
August 5, 2010 at 11:06 am
Commentors realise that these clothes are all home-made, probably by their mother? Usually passed down to the next generation as well. They are likely Mennonites, not as strict as Amish and permit photos, and have contact with "outsiders". Great builders, furniture makers, craftsmen. Happy,healthy people.
August 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm
This girl and Thea show that young girls are more than vapid consumers and silly brats. Each is steady with a childhood clarity and intelligence.they share a grace.
August 6, 2010 at 4:15 am
I like the simplicity and power of this photo … I loved most of your shots actually
August 7, 2010 at 9:55 am
This photo is so beautiful. Made my day :)
August 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm
"Jo: Some of these comments are astounding. And say more about our world than the photo itself.
I like the comment from Greece."
I totally agree, especially with the comment from Greece!!!
August 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm
SO Beautifull! Amish?Love form Chile.
August 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm
I wonder if she will ever see this?
August 9, 2010 at 10:46 am
another reader here who never comments – but this is beautiful.Thank you.
August 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm
This is beautiful, and at the same time chillingly nostalgic.
xoxoStacey Kay"Runway Inspiration, Vintage Decoration"http://www.goodwillhuntingg.com
August 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
I love those shots!
August 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm
a la lewis hine. very nice.
Scarlett Fiona Reed
August 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Beautiful photo, love the bare feet. I sincerely hope she does NOT end up in Vogue, unless of course that is her wish. I love the Sartorialist, and love that it's not always about fashion. There are other things in this life, and running barefoot through cornfields without a care in the world is how I choose to imagine this girl.
August 12, 2010 at 1:25 am
I feel so old looking at this photo. For some reason she looks like a younger version of my grandmother (because she used to wear dresses like that).
She has this energy of an old soul, and old content soul who is the head of the house. She takes care of the others, and sacrifices for them.
August 12, 2010 at 2:58 am
I would go barefoot too if I could :]
Sartorialist, I bought your book man!It happened by. Went back to the store to buy it after flipping randomly. Great stuff
- broke person that scarcely buys books
August 12, 2010 at 3:08 am
Magnificent, touching. This is you at your best.
August 13, 2010 at 10:26 am
August 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm
She looks innocent, almost angelic with the lighting
August 15, 2010 at 5:39 am
lovely…another time, another place.
August 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm
this photo is so beautiful…the bare feet make the photo so raw
August 25, 2010 at 8:13 am
Wonderful photo. Hey, aren't fur vests in? Why don't people take oversize fur vests and wear them as wraparound dresses?
August 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm
A lot of these comments reveal that "big city folk" may actually be more narrow-minded and clueless about the world than they imagine "poor country folk" to be.
Thanks to those who have helped clear things up.
August 28, 2010 at 11:49 am
First of all, this really is the most incredible photograph I've ever seen on this site. The lighting is gorgeous, and you chose a striking subject.
On the other hand, many of the comments on this photo really bother me. It seems clear that most readers have no understanding of or exposure to Mennonite culture…or strict religious cultures in general. There isn't anything particularly innocent or charming about this sort of life, even if she is perfectly happy and content with it. There is a lot of hard work, children often have a lot of responsibility starting at a young age (especially oldest children), and there tends to be a lot of rigidity and guilt that are just a part of everyday life.
Anonymous at 1:49 PM:"…a young woman who is fully aware of the strictures of her life and (while she may not think in these terms) who knows that she is facing a life filled with both great beauty _and_ rigid, restrictive social roles and expectations. I'm guessing that come the Mennonite version of Rumspringa, she may be out of there."
I actually agree…this girl already has the look of one who will leave as soon as she is able. OR she will stay and become among the most rigid Anabaptists in her community. I speak from experience. But perhaps I am reading too much into it.
Regardless, imagining this girl's life as one of pastoral perfection does a great injustice to her life experiences. And I think this single photograph invalidates this romantic belief.
Thank you for the extraordinary and thought-provoking image.
Cindy at LottieBird
September 14, 2010 at 7:02 am
What a great Americana portrait. Looks like a cover for LIFE.
Her feet, the light, the ways her sleeves are rolled, her cheekbones…I can't stop looking at it and relishing.
September 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Looks like Mennonites?
September 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm
I love her expression – its almost a wise innocence… and the childish bare feet! adorable!
♣ PaUu Silva ♣
October 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm
First i saw that gorgeous hair and the beautiful dress and i think what a lovely and beatiful girl, so simple and with lot of beauty, but them when i saw that dirty feet i felt sad but i dont forget her beauty just make me admire more and make the picture even better… Cause not only shows fashion also sadness, REALITY, SHOW FEELINGS!
October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm
October 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm
This would probably be my favorite picture. So subtle yet so beautiful.
September 13, 2011 at 9:51 am
she seems quite directly come from the film TRUE GRIT!
December 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm
After I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any method you may remove me from that service? Thanks!
December 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm
I totally agree with what the prior commenter said. Right on, man. Oh, happy holidays everyone.
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