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May 13, 2012 at 10:36 am
Scott you are the best. Way to shake things up. Thanks for another inspiring photo to jump start another creative week!
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May 13, 2012 at 10:57 am
there is a strange balance in this photo. both in subject & composition.
May 13, 2012 at 10:58 am
there is a strange balance in this photo. both in subject and composition.
May 13, 2012 at 11:03 am
Another powerful image.
Another two worlds colliding.
Look at the lines of legs and body, long, sharp, straight. She looks outward and up.
His are hunched, curved, circular. He curls inwards and down.
Just emphasizes what opposite experiences they are having.
Almost a painful picture. Beautiful.
May 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
wow, this pic is just one of my favorite , like we say in french tu as une vision unique .
All my admiration from Paris
May 13, 2012 at 11:20 am
Nice photo! Love the contras between those two people!
An interesting picture, to say the least :)
May 13, 2012 at 11:21 am
This black and white photo is so interesting, everything in it has a story : the curves of the mail box, the trash can and the man leaning over it on one side, then the straight lines of the woman’s legs, the architecture of her heels against the lines of the post, all that against the building’s geometrical lines and the curves of the car’s hood and top. And the light and shadows……Cher Scott, vous etes un artiste !
May 13, 2012 at 11:31 am
This is one absolutely beautifully composed shot!
May 13, 2012 at 11:37 am
The first thing that jumped into my eyes were the shoes. I just can’t stop to look at them, the forms are so interesting.
Close up please!
May 13, 2012 at 11:41 am
Wow. This is real New York; beauty vs. ugly.
May 13, 2012 at 11:45 am
Is the other man looking in the garbage?
May 13, 2012 at 11:46 am
May 13, 2012 at 11:53 am
The fact that the amount of money she spent on her “grungy” designer outfit (with quilted leather jacket and geometric platforms) could have fed that man for a month.
We are all so obliviously vain.
May 13, 2012 at 11:55 am
another photo a ? female….now it’s 10th ave…..last photo of the girl on Berlin u edited my comment..I think she is just waiting on a friend..
May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm
love this pic!
May 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm
There’s something both fascinating and wrong in this picture…I like the shot but I’m not sure I like the meaning of it.
Might have to give it a further thought!
May 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Getting socially sensitive? Nice! For me this picture shows how much emphasis some people put and how much money they spend on “what to put on?” while others have barely what to eat. Not saying fashion is bad. People need creativity and fashion is one if the creative fields. Just it is good to pay attention from time to time to the surrounding world.
I would be curious about your take on this topic.
May 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm
love the shoes. Very urban chic !
May 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm
What an amazing image.
May 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Now you are onto something. A whole new genre of photography: fashion meets social consciousness.
May 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm
What I get from this artful picture is that the clothes of these two disparate subjects are amazigly similar–even to the bags slung over their backs–each in his/her own way dressed for their lives in the city. Their but for te grace of God, tese two could change places in a heartbeat. A profound lesson.
May 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm
this photo is making visible what my eyes usually slide away from. Easy to ignore what is painful. It’s not just the babe in the idiotic (but anthropologically interesting) shoes who doesn’t see him going through the trash looking for something he can use? sell? eat?; it’s me, too.
May 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm
May 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm
the contrast between two people, two lives
May 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Thank you for what your eye captured there. I really like your sense of style, but i’m thinking that i like it even more when your image opens to other thoughts as well..
May 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Beautiful picture! Love the contrast between the two people but also the fact that it’s in black and white, that makes it even more striking! Her shoes rock btw ;)
May 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm
The clothes are wonderfull, I wanna wear them too but the boots – they look like a spaceship!
May 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm
I would call this “the encounter ”
May 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm
You like the contrast between the two people? That’s a bit morbid. This is a sad photo.
May 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm
What an amazing picture!
May 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm
I find this incredibly offensive and in bad taste– not as a documentation, but in this context (of this website) is seems extremely belittling and absurd. I don’t doubt it is a nice image – and this exists – and it is valuable to see that both exist, elite/designer/young/privileged and the other side of that.
Amazing the way you capture moments!
May 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm
what a contrast!! nice pic!!
une chatte grise
May 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm
This may well be one of the iconic photos of this era of American history.
This is Belgium
May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm
like the contrast, like the black and white, like the sad and uplifting message
The slow pace
May 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm
I think this is so sad… and so real…
May 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Uh oh, confronted with reality. C’est la vie in the NYC.
May 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm
This photo to me shows everything that is wrong in this world. The back turned symbolizes the ignorance of the upper classes towards the struggling in their society. Why is this okay?
May 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm
May 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm
Unintended socioeconomic commentary? Either way, both instances of different images of strength/vulnerability. Good contrast!
May 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm
I really love and admire your work, but I’m not entirely sure what your intention was with this particular photograph. Whether it was meant to be provocative or reportage-type- Dorothea-Lage-sque snapshot of reality, it came out (to my inferior mind, at least), a bit wrong. Especially given the context: the usual content of the blog (which I love) and the fashion-oriented audience.
Looking at the comments left above, I see that some of the commenters (i.e. Elizabeth), make really excellent points; a lot of things said about the image, however, seem to be, frankly, quite insensitive (understatement). Way to be inspired by somebody’s poverty! As long as it makes someone feel creative…
I guess any kind of attempt to aestheticize suffering makes me uncomfortable, and I’m just always genuinely surprised by the level of detachment from the realities of life (including the reality of poverty) that some people exhibit.
I know it is not what you usually do, but I would really love to hear about your personal take on the image itself, your intentions as its author and the realities of high fashion and often abject poverty that intersect on a daily basis, often in a shocking ways, in a place such as NYC.
I apologize if it’s a harsh critique, but some of the comments made me incredibly sad.
May 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm
Nice phot but where is Derek Zoolander?
May 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm
May 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm
I know of a homeless guy who died in NYC, this image is painfully true for most cities or probably all cities and places where there is affluence and the homeless. The world is a harsh place but also a place of beauty. Whenever there is really bad weather I think of homeless people. Thanks for sharing.
May 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm
Her shoes are interesting, which makes me wonder as to why thats the first thing I noticed oppose to the homeless man digging in the garbage next to her.
May 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm
interesting photo and clothes until you spot the shoes and it puts everything into a different dimension. Amazing shoes, slightly disturbing context. I keep coming back to this photo.
May 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm
Amazing picture, just simply real life!
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May 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm
you did the right thing when you decided to publish this
May 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm
In the context of this site, this photo represents a myopic view of the world. That person looking through the trash is NOT an accessory for the woman on the right. Poor form.
May 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Hot look. Sexy.
May 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm
i want to know, scott: what do YOU think of this image? what does it say to you?
May 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm
This is an incredible photo. Two desperate people. One surviving by scavaging, the other by offering herself. And both oblivious to the other.
May 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm
It is a sad photo, but not morbid, I think. This is a fact of life in cities, all the time. People looking for bottles or food in trash, and people who are going about their everyday lives in the meantime. I don’t think it signifies a great deal of callousness for this to happen. She didn’t walk away, or even really turn away. He is down and out, but eventually, we all are, aren’t we?
May 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm
I feel this is a unique picture because. Yes the what seems like the middle-upper class woman is looking down on the homeless man digging in the trash is depressing, but what many might not know is that the homeless man is wearing $200+ Foamposite sneakers which is weird to me.
May 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm
What a great moment to reveal this evocative foto! Timing is everything! Bravo and brave for moving beyond the insipid!
May 14, 2012 at 12:25 am
@BK_lady says a lot about you…
May 14, 2012 at 1:13 am
love her style..love the juxtaposition in this photo..
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May 14, 2012 at 1:31 am
that photo is amazing.
May 14, 2012 at 2:11 am
Beautiful pictures !!
May 14, 2012 at 2:18 am
what do u want to say or convey through this pic?? thanxalot
May 14, 2012 at 2:29 am
I’ve noticed and admired for a longe time that you go beyond the most provacative, most expensive, most trendy clothes on the street and always see the person wearing them.
It has always been more than just fashion and something beautifull for the eye. So, this is just the next step. And I thank you for it. Right decision. Greetings from Germany.
May 14, 2012 at 2:43 am
Fascinating on many levels! Interesting too how the interpretations vary. I think the comments are a little window to the pundits soul.
May 14, 2012 at 3:20 am
Her shoes are frivolous – therein lies the statement, for me at least. She’s concerned about being edgy and fashion forward while his concerns are probably food, shelter and survival. To me this image is a comment on the world of fashion and the fact that it’s not really that important in the scheme of things.
May 14, 2012 at 4:00 am
I feel ashamed, Scott.
May 14, 2012 at 4:10 am
this is a disgrace. To post a photo depciting the juxtaposition between homelessness/poverty and wealth for the sake of fashion is deplorable and illustrates how little humanity is left in this world. I am not saying these photos should not be shown, because homlessness is a dire problem even in the developed world, but this is not a blog advocating civil rights, it is a fashion blog. So please, continue to depict these beautifully crafed garments as they are and not in contrast to human suffering. I expected more from such a wonderful and globally respected blog.
May 14, 2012 at 4:38 am
What a amazing photo. And what a heels that she is wearing..
What a really good timing of making a picture.
The interpretation of us is soo quick. Maybe the man/woman was just looking for something haha.
May 14, 2012 at 5:14 am
a remake of Pretty Woman?
she is Pretty Hot!
May 14, 2012 at 5:19 am
Henri Cartier-Bresson meeting Helmut Newton… It literally is a “street-style” image. I love it, because it’s more about “street” than about “style” and more about “life” than about “fashion”. It’s art, I think.
May 14, 2012 at 5:24 am
i am not a celebrity
May 14, 2012 at 5:27 am
Wow. That’s a departure. It’s good to see things as they are sometimes, and not the fantasy land like to live in.
May 14, 2012 at 5:34 am
Yes, considering that this obviously does not fit the typical tone and content of this blog, this photo requires some explanation.
May 14, 2012 at 6:07 am
Very artistic capture, expressive visual composition, it is like a reality show. It’s depressing but so real, that’ s life! So…i hardly saw her shoes.
This is art of photography, so that’s define mr. Scott talent.
May 14, 2012 at 6:11 am
Amazing picture !!!
May 14, 2012 at 6:33 am
May 14, 2012 at 7:01 am
A painful, real commentary on the current status of the USA. This juxtaposition shouldn’t just inspire conversation about strange beauty. It should inspire action.
May 14, 2012 at 7:05 am
In the context of what is usually posted on this blog–people often decked out in impossibly expensive accessories and clothing–this photo definitely deserves an explanatory caption.
May 14, 2012 at 7:16 am
Curious, the moralism this has stirred up. If the picture you took is what you saw – not a composed shot, then we see it how it was. Would people rather you wait until the guy moves on? Better to pretend that there’s no one on the street but the fashionistas? The inequalities are always there, whether we choose to have them in the picture or not.
May 14, 2012 at 7:18 am
Don’t shoot the messenger. There is no exploitation here. Just a picture. Its not selling fashion. Its showing fashion. Big difference. If it struck the photographer as important, it should be here. Its a bit childish to say that pictures of anything unhappy are designated in blogs for unhappy photography. This is a fashion photo, and a strong one. It has other connotations as well.
As for a contrast between the two subjects, don’t judge a book by the cover. You know nothing about those two people. Things are not always as they look.
Thankyou for the thought provoking image, Scott and helpers.
BTW her boots rock.
May 14, 2012 at 7:25 am
Lovely photo. But controversial? A bum in NYC??? Stop the presses!!! How many times do you suppose there is a bum somewhere in a fashion photo unnoticed? Or around the corner? Would be better for you all if the man moved out of your sight? Or didn’t exist at all?
Is she wearing shorts? Thigh highs? I love the look, but I am not sure what she actually has on. Great booties.
May 14, 2012 at 7:29 am
This is such a great shot, love it
May 14, 2012 at 7:33 am
Really good pict!
May 14, 2012 at 7:49 am
May 14, 2012 at 7:50 am
Im with Jamila on this..
May 14, 2012 at 7:58 am
Somehow I can’t “push the like button”, because I do not like to see poor people. It is something we have to fight.
Mademoiselle a Bruxelles
May 14, 2012 at 8:12 am
I love seeing how Sartorialist’s pictures have changed over the years…they became real story tellers! way to go!
May 14, 2012 at 8:25 am
Documentary style, excellent composition, had to be shown in
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Life in black and white. A young fashionable woman, aloof on the street, and a human being searching the garbage for what to survive. Sadness.
May 14, 2012 at 8:43 am
I don’t know what saddens me more, the photo or the comments?
May 14, 2012 at 9:22 am
I really like how the homeless person is an abstraction of all the shapes and tones of the younger more privileged subject, right down to the bag. Parallel dimensions. Kind of intense.
May 14, 2012 at 9:55 am
Seriously, what allot of strokes for a totally hum drum image. The only amazing issue is how little people think before they hand out praise. Saying this is amazing is like providing 7 year old boys football trophies.
May 14, 2012 at 10:26 am
There’s a gap between perception and reality: our eyes “see” the same thing but our minds process the information differently, yielding diverse interpretations of shared images. Some people are turned-off and angered by pictures on a fashion blog which provoke a bit of soul-searching. Others take it as an opportunity to exercise their value system, because they know it’ll make them stronger.
May 14, 2012 at 11:48 am
Is this a statement on the futility of a fashion industry completely oblivious of the real priorities in the world??
Can The Sartorialist be that self-critical ?
May 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
I find this picture highly depressing. And then I read the comments.. and that made me even more sad. Yes, photographers capture life images, but this is a fashion blog ..
My summary of the comments: “oh the shoes are amazing! oh and the homeless man adds such depth to the picture. ok, back to shopping for $500 shoes” …. really pathetic (and sad)
May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Amazing photo! You have an amazing eye, I really admire how you can “see” all these different people in the city!
May 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm
i think it´s really tasteless to use a homeless person for a fashion shot
May 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Such a great image. This is so different and I love it.
May 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm
I don’t understand the complaints about using the man for a fashion shot. First of all this is not a fashion shot to me because the last thing I think about when looking at it is fashion – in the sense of “what to buy” “what Outfit to wear” or “how to combine my clothes”. It’s more like a critique of the importance of fashion or the priority it has in some peoples life, superficial society, me included. Therefore it’s not just a fashion shot. It’s art. And art is allowed to be critical or to show reality and to make aware of Problems – even while being pretty in the way of execution or composition – and thats what it does. Taking a picture of an actual Situation is not using someone. I think this is a great picture, a sad picture and it gets people to think!
May 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Awesome photo, maybe its a way to remind us to be responsible consumers, where my clothes comes from, the fabrics..? to buy from sustainable brands, help local designers, handmade fashion…
May 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm
to reply to Kira: you are right, art has a right to tell the truth. on thesartorialist.com though it seems to be in a gray area. I for one am not disturbed by the picture per se but some of the comments of “Pretty Woman” and “sexy” on this site. More sad by the comments rather than that Scott chose to take this picture and post it.
May 15, 2012 at 12:20 am
This is a very transparent attempt at being provocative. It’s shallow and more stunt than art.
May 15, 2012 at 2:08 am
To Natalie, I don’t think this is a fashion shot at all. And I don’t think the woman in the pic is wearing label clothes, or if she is, they might be second hand. Her shoes are a bit too big, she wear stockings with open heels, she looks like hooker to me, and by coincident there is a homeless man behind her. ( by saying she is a hooker, I am not offending this woman, that’s just what I think ) Anyway it is a great picture, and the fact is that there are a lot of homeless people in New York city, and elsewhere too.
May 15, 2012 at 6:55 am
jaygo says: “Curious, the moralism this has stirred up.”
I’m always glad to witness compassion. And I’m glad for the photo because it initiated a great discussion that rarely takes place on fashion blogs.
bonnie, clyde and marni
May 15, 2012 at 9:00 am
love this pic!!
May 15, 2012 at 10:21 am
Long time blog-follower, first time commenter. ;) Thanks for posting this. I think it’s great for your readers to think about what fashion means in the context of the world we live in.
May 15, 2012 at 10:42 am
Am I the only one who seems to find this picture unethical?
May 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm
It’s interesting this picture elicits a reaction whether having felt sad, offended, or inspired. Perhaps the picture is a truth, reflecting this site, particularly society’s vanity. We shouldn’t feel ashamed for the unfashionable man or trendy woman, accept it because they already exist before and remain after this picture or discussion. The picture says, “What do we value?”
May 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Photos like this make me love your blog!
May 16, 2012 at 7:27 am
It’s amazing how people want to live in a bubble and pretend that all is pink and rosy. Scott is an artist, first and foremost.. He captures images in a tasteful and interesting manner. We are able to read a story through his images.. we have all seen expressions in the subjects he’s chosen and made comments about those and not just the clothes the people are wearing, the image depicted above is just one of those. Anyone can capture images, but no one quite captures the mood like he does, hence such a huge following. Would we rather have prefered that he waits for the man to finish rummaging and move away so we can capture just the lady? Is that how we have consumed the rest of the images on this site? I say big up to Scott!! I love your work and how inspiring it is – whether it is to give me an idea of what to wear and how, or whether to take action on a particular issue… be it visiting the New York fashion week or giving to charity…
May 17, 2012 at 12:08 am
This is reality and this is the world we live in. Thank you for posting this photo on this site.
May 17, 2012 at 3:40 am
This is just sad. She’s spent so much money on her outfit whilst he is only just scraping by in the world; I can only hope you gave this man some food.
May 17, 2012 at 9:18 am
I don’t think the photo can be described as inspiring..I don’t see anything inspiring in the garbage…this is the wrong picture for a very difficult momments for loads of people…Sorry
May 19, 2012 at 3:07 am
May 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Reading coments made me realize one thing – people, now days, became immune to actually noticing people who sleep, eat, and die from diseases on the streets. I don’t understand how can someone see art in the curves of the person who is bent over the trash bin in search of the food.
May 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm
June 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Wo… wo… wooooow!
June 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm
What a wonderful bag !! Love it and the colour !!
June 19, 2012 at 8:34 am
Abigale nailed it. Two desparate people. Oblivious to each other.
Relived someone was able to see what is really going on here.
July 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Wendy Carlos Williams
March 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm
This shot almost reminds me of when the Meatpacking District was really really the meatpacking district.
March 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm
The discomfort this photo has induced for some commenters is telling.
November 13, 2013 at 8:51 am
Hello, I read your blog on a regular basis.
Your humoristic style is witty, keep up the good work!