1. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 11:48 am


  2. lumikha

    April 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    i love that you take pictures with your heart. thank you!

  3. C

    April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

    It looks like a movie poster! There's definitely a story waiting to be told:)

  4. Sara Bentley

    April 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I love this man's stoic expression! That alone shows such a contrast between the two generations — she looks like she doesn't in the least mind that her photo is being taken.


  5. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Hey to each his/her own :) personal style is always great


  6. -h

    April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I wouldnt want to mess with that guy. But I'm sure he could tell you some stories.

  7. Maija

    April 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Love these two! What a great, captured moment.

  8. Dag

    April 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    … and the faces… The guy does not look like he had a happy life…!

  9. neha

    April 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    i love the man's expression..


  10. Peter

    April 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  11. Parul

    April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    i think that guy may be a sweet man beneath that expression… just not used to being clicked away by strangers.


    April 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    These are photos I liked

  13. lepetitdoodler

    April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    what a man :-D

  14. Raphael

    April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    great contrast….

    that´s real life…. no magazine shot…

    greetings from germany !

  15. Jonathan Burton

    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Adore his jacket-is it Dior?

    I think his sunglasses are vintage ray ban.


    April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    This photo is fabulous and it DOES speak volumes. x


  17. Bex

    April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  18. Francesca

    April 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    this picture has so much character. i laughed when i saw it! nothing like an angry man on a bench. you want to sit as far away as possible!


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  19. скучаю по россии

    April 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    i used to live in Russia, and this picture brings back memories and captures a lot of contemporary feelings/attitudes/contrasts. wonderful photo!

  20. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    See it on a daily basis in Washington DC. I've shot plenty.

  21. Alisa

    April 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Ohh, he is great! Look at that body language and expression! Love it!

  22. Maggie

    April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Haha, so funny!!!

  23. veryhighbrow

    April 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    what a great photograph – and I like what you said about expectations and experience – I feel like I could write a paper on this… anyway- have fun in Japan! It is one of my favorite places and I can't wait to see your pictures from there!

  24. chesnoky

    April 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    They r from different worlds)

  25. MyStyleAdvice.wordpress.com

    April 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    i agree. great photo.

  26. michael edwards

    April 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    indeed. great shot. like an old married couple, just a bit off on the age…

  27. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I see what you mean. She is insoucient, while he is angry and I think, depressed.

  28. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I have also lived in Russia and agree with the prior comment. This picture perfectly captures the nature of expactations within the two age groups. They may share the same city and even the same bus route, but their life experiences could not be any different, old Russian vs. new Russia. While the girl is anxious to get to her next destination, full of possibilities, not knowing what's ahead, the man has seen and lived it all. He knows where he needs to get to, now if the bus would get there quicker, he may be on his way.

    BTW Scott, I recently bought your book, the hardcover version. Fashion and "real" people's own creativity insipres me daily, its like creating your own daily fairy tale, where you are Alice.


  29. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Haa, LOVE this! Definately put a big smile on my face :) Thank you!

  30. lenore

    April 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    He looks like a fortress and she looks vulnerable. This photo cuts to heart of the matter in fashion — in general, men are dressed to look strong and women are dressed to look vulnerable, and when women are dressed to look strong, they are criticized for looking too masculine — I'm thinking of the comments posted when you juxtaposed the strong, narrow silhouettes of Celine, with the soft, full-skirted ones of Louis Vuitton. So here it is again, Louis Vuitton (left) vs. Celine (right), same principle, different manifestations.

  31. Biel Carpenter

    April 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    nice picture.

  32. princess glee

    April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I bet he says nyet, nyet, nyet, all the time.

  33. Nana

    April 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Yes…body language can tell us a lot about people…in this picture for example I had some feelings about the guy and the girl but who knows the truth…

    best wishes

  34. Katarina K

    April 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    typical moscow! and thats what i love about this city!

  35. Anke

    April 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    The picture is awesome!

    I don't want to be rude or anything…but I think this picture wasn't shot in Moscow, but in Germany.
    First thing that came into my mind, when I saw the picture: the old man looks perfectly german (i don't know why.. his whole attidtude and expression…)!
    Second thing: The bus station. It's german (You can tell it by the signs printed on the glas.. it's a german company that does not produce in/for russia) :-)

    So, sorry if i'm wrong, but i think the picture was shot in berlin :)
    it is great anyway!!!!

  36. soyouthinkyourecool.com

    April 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    That's probably her dad and they have been in a fight! lol

  37. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    She looks like she's going somewhere.

    He looks like he's already been somewhere.


  38. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    It makes me think "Cold War."

  39. Astor Adams

    April 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    He lived in the USSR
    She is living in Russia

  40. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Anke: I am from moscow and we have these bus stops. There's also a Russian Lada in the background.

  41. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    he's wearing quite a coat, she is in t-shirt?

  42. mabelmabel

    April 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I want to start a new expression: "Love your eye."

    Scott, love your eye. It is open. It is ready to see whatever there is to see.

  43. silvestre

    April 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    These russian dolls wear those high heels like there's no tomorrow.

    And I must say I kinda like it. :)

    (C'mon Scott, do sth about the commenting system to be a bit simpler — popups are a no no!)


  44. Elizabeth

    April 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i love odd juxtapositions like this one – see them all the time. You've inspired me to start documenting more of them!

  45. MELISSA Z.

    April 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Two worlds meet together in one pic! Perfect!


  46. SabinePsynopsis

    April 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Amazing picture! Great shot!

  47. Ginta

    April 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    SO beautiful! and SO typical! :)

  48. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    it`s definitely Moscow because it`s russian car behind the bus stop, and we have that kind of bus stop and the same jerks making such things on the glass, in subway too btw

  49. Fashion Monstre

    April 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    i love it! it's so crazy how many different looking people we have on earth

  50. Elaine

    April 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Another contrast is that she is wearing a short-sleeve t-shirt, and he is bundled up in a jacket.

  51. Helen

    April 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    The stoic survivor vs the soft optimism of youth. A captivating picture! It really speaks to me.

  52. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I love how he is closed off with his hands in his pockets. He has seen the world.

    She on the other hand is young, open to the world, and is looking into the distance that contains her future.


  53. Matt Farrell

    April 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    omg this picture is fantastic. what a juxtaposition.

  54. Maya

    April 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hahahaha I love this. that man is adorable in all his roundness



  55. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love this picture. It really catches the essence of Moscow. When I visited years ago, this is what was so interesting to me — the obvious and inspirational difference between the generations.

  56. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    A little like lost in translation

  57. Alice In Fashionland

    April 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Amazing picture!

  58. joanaddicted

    April 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    so contradictory.. the man takes the glory from the pretty lady though…hehe

  59. Kate Rose

    April 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    love it :)
    On a shallow note: rom com waiting to happen
    The ornery man looks like he's straight out of a Coen Brothers movie

  60. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    and gosh…just look how happy the both of them are. :( Couple of cranky pants…LOL

  61. Corinna White Charlton

    April 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    i love juxtaposition. you're right, body language says it all. great capture!

  62. Masha

    April 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Oh, how interesting this is! Picture is beautiful. But he story behind it (as many said before me) definetly exists. It is as if someone just told me a story but not shown a picture.

  63. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 1:49 am

    love this!

  64. Olga

    April 14, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Well done! The picture reveals the essence of post USSR countries & the gap between the young & the old generation.

  65. Moagisi

    April 14, 2010 at 4:02 am

    But they are also on opposite sides of the scale weight wise aren't they? Very fascinating pic!

  66. Baron-Münchhausen

    April 14, 2010 at 4:54 am

    As they say, opposites attract each other …

  67. Stefan

    April 14, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Ohhh, I like that one! Reminds me a bit of http://www.momentfotografie.at/#/Galerie/04-Sommer/Catwalk-Bearsquat.jpg ;-)

  68. Adel

    April 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

    WOW ! this picture speaks volumes. sublime.

  69. Un samedi...

    April 14, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Quel contraste!

  70. Голикова

    April 14, 2010 at 8:32 am

    more pictures from Moscow, please!


  71. Middleseason

    April 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    These are the kind of photos I prefer.

  72. Amy

    April 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

    i love it!

  73. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

    now this is a signature "Sartorialist moment"…down to the graffiti scratched into the glass of the bus shelter…fabulous pic!

  74. Johanna

    April 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    great picture.

  75. Ola

    April 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

    great, like in a movie!This picture tells a story

  76. Prutha

    April 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    scott, that is a very cool observation …i have to commend u on thinking about it!! yes it does speak volumes about expectations and experience!!



  77. Abigail

    April 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Haha! I love this! Perfect contrast.

  78. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love the fact that she is dressed for summer and he is dressed for winter. Lovely picture

  79. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    я из москвы – да , здесь круто!

  80. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm


  81. Izzen

    April 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

  82. xris

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Post and pre new-Russia. She never saw communism; he may have been a part of the regime.

    History on a bus bench.

  83. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    She is old enough to have seen communism. It hasnt been not so long that the regime has changed.

  84. Leanne

    April 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! I have often felt like I imagine the person on the left is feeling; head pointing up with hope, colourful clothes suggesting ambition. The person on the right I probably wouldnt judge fairly, as I cannot associate with him, but his body language (looking straight ahead, slumped down on the earth) suggest that he is stuck in his roots, clinging to the old ways of doing things, only interested in the here and now.

    This photo has inspired me so much! Thank you!

    PS. how do you manage to get a shot without them noticing?!


  85. Alison

    April 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I love this image. How can I buy it?
    I'm serious.

  86. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Did Garance take this shot? I think that's her with the camera in the reflection on the plexiglass.

  87. Catarina

    April 15, 2010 at 5:58 am


  88. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    There's also something about the light.. Sunny on the left and shady on the right.

  89. Ilaria

    April 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

    What a great great shot! I love the distance between the two of them, it tells a lot.

  90. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

    There's so much one could take from this… they both have a look of resolution, but apart from this they seem to be on completely different paths.

    Unsurprisingly, the old gentlemen seems to have a lot of certainty about him, and I think this gives him a kind of relaxation.

    She on the other hand looks completely shielded. It's easy to assume that her life is faster and busier, probably more stressful.

    I think it also marks a change in attitudes from one of community (his more relaxed openness) to individualism (shown by her behind a shield). She's not even looking at the camera . Does that mean we don't engage with each other anymore? To be honest she probably just didn't see in time, but you know what I mean.

  91. Poivre Monkey

    April 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

  92. starcakeastrology.blogspot.com

    April 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    brilliant photo… up there with Diane Arbus

  93. Raf

    April 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I love this photo. Can I buy a print of it?

  94. DesertBunny

    April 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Are they in different temperature zones? he has a big jacket on and she has peep toes and a short sleeve tee… I love this photo.

  95. copywaitress

    September 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I love this photo – it is like a long story you can read…

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