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March 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm
I love your silly, overly-romantic little fantasy. People DO need to dream more, and sometimes lean their focus to the vibrant and imaginative! We lose that if we don’t cultivate it! Thank you so much for being a dreamer!!!
March 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I love your story and I saw it unfold within my mind’s eye- Where are your dreamers? They’re right here and I am one in a billion. Take heart, we don’t always speak up but your call brought me out. She is lovely and I see her truth/her story through your eyes. Merci beaucoup.
March 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm
took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you.
March 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm
Amen! Awomen! Yes.
March 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm
This is a gorgeous shot! And it is true, being a dreamer is a lovely gift! So wonderful!
March 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Scott, au lieu de rêver pourquoi ne vas-tu pas directement photographier les gens “in the most dangerous neighborhood of Paris”. Pourquoi ne vas-tu jamais faire des photos en banlieue parisienne ou même dans les quartiers moins chics de paris? je me suis toujours demandée…
March 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm
Would be a welcomed break from samey fashion editors and buyers.
March 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Je me suis souvent posé exactement précisément la même question. En fait, pas dans les quartiers “dangereux”, mais plutôt dans les quartiers un tout petit peu plus populaires. Dans les quartiers de vie, d’animation, là où il y a, précisément, une “vie de quartier”, avec des gens de classe moyenne, des “vrais gens” qui sillonnent les rues. Dans le 20e, le 18e, tous ces endroits qui foisonnent des personnalités hautes en couleur, et qui n’ont pas forcément les moyens de s’acheter des fringues chez Colette et des chaussures à Saint Germain. Il y aurait, dans ces lieux de vie si colorés, de vrais beaux sujets intéressants, un tantinet plus variés et tout aussi élégants. Attention, je n’ai rien contre les personnalités singulières qu’on voit dans les pages de ce blog, simplement, effectivement, je trouve souvent qu’il manque de mélange social, alors que l’allure sait si bien s’afficher dans ces quartiers de foisonnement créatif.
March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm
Très beau commentaire. Je suis d’accord.
March 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm
J’apprécie vos commentaires, et à vrai dire, ça serait génial de changer d’endroit.
Surement on peut trouver une autre type de vie/style vestimentaire qui ne pas Place Vendôme, les Tuileries, etc
Ce qui me dérange le plus chez cette fille est l’authenticité. Malheureusement, le romanticisme que Scott cherche n’est pas là. D’ailleurs, je doute que ce type de romanticisme existe encore…a moins que tu es un hipster hehehehe
March 16, 2013 at 9:38 am
yes…and at the same time, I feel like it is probably the *samey* fashion editors/buyer who cloth themselves with an intellectual precision and/or daring (not to mention the time/money to spend sartorially) that is not usually seen on the more “populaire” streets…where an interesting look would more likely to be due to pure chance than a sartorial decision.
March 24, 2013 at 8:58 am
I don’t think so… If I understood right, you are saying that the ability to buy particular clothes, usually expensive (or borrow for certain events) and thinking very carefully what you want to portray to whoever sees your outfit is what creates fashion???? What about instinct? “Chance” doesn’t sound like the right word to me
March 16, 2013 at 9:04 am
Bravo! Je suis d’accord, absolument.
March 26, 2013 at 9:28 am
Belle observation, et je suis d’accord. La mode et le style ne sont pas le domaine de seul les gens qui ont du fric dans les poches.
March 18, 2013 at 12:24 am
Could not agree more Elle! Bien dit! And i love the dream Scott, plenty of those going on in the gritty sub-cultures all of all cities.
March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Je concord. Being poor is not glamorous. We need to not romanticize it. Many more end up being not Patti Smith than Patti Smith.
March 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm
here. fashion is so plain, boring and uninteresting if not with a story or dream beyond it.
Fun to see the thinking process in your photos. What I like is that it is rooted in love of the way your subjects express everything from runway glamour to really idiosyncratic looks. I have learned to be less critical from this process of yours. Just when I think this is really only about expensive good taste, you post Mary Poppins as an artist. Thanks!
I never read comments, so it surprises me that someone would negatively comment on one of your posts. There are so many various things to see in the clothes that different people choose to wear (or the same people on different days), whether one want to imitate an outfit or not. I did, however, enjoy reading what you saw in the young lady’s outfit. Thank you for posting this and for dreaming.
I love this – dream on!
Whimsy, indeed. It reminds me of a blog I follow, DisneyBound, which compiles photos of folks dressing in ordinary clothes styled to resemble Disney characters, experiences and attractions. Everything from Minnie Mouse to the concept of Tomorrowland. I think what you are saying is that fashion is not merely about buying and provenance, but about the art and creativity involved in the common experience of just getting dressed.
March 16, 2013 at 12:48 am
Thank you for my new addiction to DisneyBound!
March 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm
I thought she is cute when I first time saw her. Love your pictures!
March 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Bravo – for your creative vision, for your common sense and for just being so nice!
Boo on the haters, who always hate anyway.
Irene Suico Soriano
Bravo Scott Schuman! Bravo for seeing the possibilities of this heart staring right at us in this shot.
“Never say you know the last word about any human heart” – Henry James
March 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm
I love this…
I’m a dreamer too and completely agree with what you’re saying. I love giving stories to people I pass in the street and will never see again. What’s life without a bit of imagination to make the day more interesting!
Take a look at my illustrations if you’re interested
March 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm
I absolutely love this dream!
To me these pictures are the real value of your work, emotional and capturing the moment, the life. not just fashion but real people with each and everyones unique style.
I have followed your blog for years now and the most unconventional pictures have broadened my personal styleconciousness and inspired me as a photographer as well.
Dreams are the essence of imagination :)
March 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm
You have the eye of an artist. And the soul of a poet. Thank you.
March 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm
I think your photos are wonderful, especially those that inspire (me) to create a story around the image! This seperates shots that you just look at and forget about a moment later from those that you think about for a while and that come into your mind again at some point and you look at them again just because there is so much to see. I guess that makes me a dreamer, too.
March 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Now I’m really glad I’m following this blog.
March 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm
“I avoid reality. My photographs are not evidence.” Sarah Moon
Love your site!
Thanks. (But we were disappointed by Camillo’s in Florence!)
March 16, 2013 at 11:22 am
Great quote. Can you tell me the source please? I’d love to reference it.
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March 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm
I am with you, Scott! I love to stare at people on the subway and streets of New York thinking of how their life story, their personal necessity for function, their family and national culture have informed their outfit and their fashion choices. You are sucesssful because you are able to see the beauty of design found within the context of humanity. I’m so grateful for your discerning eye, keep these whimsical dreams comin!
Vraiment!!! I love the poeticism of the photographer as well as the model. Scott, with all his much deserved success, has sometimes been too elite. I love that he can still find beauty and romance in a disheveled girl.
March 18, 2013 at 10:21 am
Agreed. What inspires me about this blog are these kind of posts.
March 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm
What’s not useful about that scarf?
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March 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm
yes, let’s be dreamers… thank you
March 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm
I don’t think it’s silly because that’s somebody’s reality maybe not hers. Any-who I love that pic, I can just put my own story behind it.
Photography and style aren’t mere subjects of liking or disliking. Is the atmosphere, the attitudes or the feelings that both can convey you that actually matter. Saying yes/no like/dislike is a hard labour for those who aprecciate Scott’s work.
RJH de la Haye On the Boulevards
March 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm
The current fad,weather it be baggy sweaters,thight skirts,thick ankle socks or Bermuda shorts,sweeps over the fashion crowd and carries it along in it wake…but this beautiful lady does not fear to break away from the mob rule for fear of being ostracized…she would rather risk the chance of looking ridiculous (in the eyes of others) than looking bland.
There’s nothing like individual style…thumbs up to all dreamers…there are far too few of them…so let there be more dreamers that dare to make their own fashion dreams come true!
All those fashionistas that flock the Tuileries Garden during PFW seeking the eye of any camera seem so very over-styled and as much as they would love to think that they are tres en vogue…should take another look at this fashion diva that caught the eye of The Sartorialist!
March 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Thanks for this. I often find comments on random pieces of clothing odd when those aren’t the things the photo is trying to capture at all. I think it’s mostly because people are here to look at fashion outfits instead of fashion stories, which is unfortunate. As the internet is flooded with fashion bloggers nowadays, you are doing a wonderful job of elevating the platform to more than just what people are wearing on the street – it’s awesome.
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March 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Scott, what you wrote is amazing and beautiful, it’s good to know that there are still dreamers in this world! The story you created behind this photo makes it look like one of the most beautiful in the world. Imagination is for sure a great power!
Your story might not be very far from the truth. This is Paris after all. How many young (and old) people do live in small, drafty, cold-water flats. She is beautiful and I truly love the hat and the way she’s wearing it.
March 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm
I love your butterfly vision.
March 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm
that´s because i love so much your work.
on another note, the discussion in the original post was pretty outrageous =) when you tend to your blog like it’s your baby, why would you post something you don’t believe in just to get a reaction… *shrug*
I loved reading your defense of Eliza, and appreciate your keen eye for beauty. Your interpretation squeezed my heart just enough to give pause. Sending respect your way- you are here to remind us not to look, but to see.
I believe the majority spoke already on this one. Do we have to like every photo you take? Just curious…..
March 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Scott, you shouldn’t get so upset about certain comments that disagree with your vision of the shot or what you sought to capture. Not liking a picture or style in no way discredits your work.
Now, sometimes, maybe a comment from you on the photo right from the start might also help people see what you were seeing when you made the shot.
What is it they say about the eye of the beholder again?
March 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm
This is the sort of fantasy I always come here to see! All your shots are very special and always capture true style and uniqueness!
Fashion Agony blog
March 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm
If one wants to be serious about fashion, one must not take it seriously.
March 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm
It’s what I love best about your photos: those that capture a character and tell a story.
Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
March 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Love this post!! I think that we should all dream a bit more!
Before I read your comment, or anyone else’s, that’s what I thought Eliza Dolittle! She is sweet.
March 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm
Me too. I am the dreamer too.. It is not about the fashion… Have a nice friday.
I love it. It IS very Eliza Doolittle (and I’ll take an Audrey reference anywhere I can find it). It’s refreshing to see something different. I think you have a brilliant eye.
March 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm
This was one of my favorite photos of yours and I can see what you described as well.
March 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I love that this is what you see when you take photos – I think that’s a skill that most of us sadly lack. When I first saw this shot I was honestly just a bit confused, but I do like the notion of the story behind it.
Sea and Swank
March 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm
A lovely picture you painted. Totally agree…let your imagination take you to a different unexplored space to grow your own lens through which you view the world.
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March 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm
I don’t know when for some people this site became just a street style or fashion “thing”… :(
What i do know is that in your pictures no matter the age, size, looks, clothes, you Scott always find the beauty in your subjects!! And most of the times it’s in their eyes..
That’s what you are great at! And this time is no exception!
March 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm
She’s absolutly lovely! I love her outfit and I love your story! Let’s all be dreamers!
March 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm
Thank you for this Scott. It’s so interesting to read how your mind works.
I can see part of your story in this photo, the poor, artistic woman hiding her beauty. But I also see a great silhouette that many designers and savvy dressers would be inspired by.
The artist in you sees art were others don’t. I’m very glad you have that talent!
March 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Mmm I can only imagine a homeless wearing what she’s got to warm up..
March 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm
But even if she was a homeless, does this make the photo less interesting? In any case, she makes people talk a lot, no one is indifferent. Every one wishes that Scott catches an other photo of the same girl a year after, just to check, to see what she would be like in an other context, in an other space-time. That’s what’s special about this photo. It rises so many questions.
March 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm
That’s a lovely, valid thought. In the future, perhaps it would help to provide that context when you first post the photo? I think many people think of The Sartorialist as a curated look at contemporary fashion, with Scott functioning as an arbiter of good fashion. So when we see this young lady without any context, we think you’re validating this as a trend as opposed to highlighting the beauty of what her look evokes.
March 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Mmmm, or not. For me the beauty of this site is that it is never so didactic. There are plenty of self-proclaimed arbiters of “good fashion” out there willing to be clear and direct about what the are “validating.” I personally am not looking for that. I love this site because I can come to it to see beautiful pictures of people with various styles in the US and Europe (and increasingly other parts of the globe). Some outfits I love and can recreate, some I will never be able to afford but still enjoy seeing. Sometimes an outfit is nothing I would wear, but I can appreciate an element of it, or I can appreciate someone’s posture, or bangs, or attitude. Sometimes I love to just see people out and about on the streets of Milan, Paris, or London when I am sitting here in Philly grading a pile of exams in my pajamas. Neither I, nor anyone else, would describe me as a fashionista, and yet I have been enjoying this blog regularly since 2006. I keep coming back to this site every few days, year after year, because I can look at these great images and take whatever I want from them.
March 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Fortunately beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I can assure you, in the the world still living some dreamers, just be lucky enough to meet them … Do not afraid,even negative feedback on the photos make you grow, they are only opinions, look how many confront comments!!!
March 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm
She skuttled up to me on the Quai Anatole France convinced a gold wedding band she held was mine. Odd, two days earlier an older Gypsy man had done the same thing. Truth.
March 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm
just my humble opinion: http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/in-the-cafe-at-le-progress-paris/ this is my type of dream. i can think of hundread little stories and that becuz of the few details i get from photo .there is nothing to take my attention beside the human and his thoughts, his expresion. when u see that photo ur dream already starts becuz of the androginy idea. all is simple in that except the air of the photo. while in this pic the girl doesnt show a certain air. u cant see nothing on her face so u see only the clothes. so the clothes are the ones that make u “dream” not the face expression , nor the body expresion. her face is so” not saying anything” to me.
dunno where are ur dreamers but i see some of ur “fans no matter what”
p.s: are many other great photos that i love but this was the first example that came into my mind cuz was recently admired
March 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm
it’s so interesting to hear what you see in this photo.
seeing beyond the clothes but the person in them, what i often love more in your photos is the expression on the people’s faces…and the colours and shapes they wrap around them.otherwise it would be like a boring, lifeless fashion magazine with expressionless models all looking the same.
March 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm
This post made me so incredibly happy. The stories and imagination behind them is what makes a photograph worth really looking at not just glancing at it. I admire your ability to relay your sentiments through the image.
March 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Very poetic, very deep.
I can see here a symbolic personage from the movie, theatre or book story. I like your vision here: out of traditional fashion looks, but close to costume design, reflecting a novel character.
March 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Right on, Scott. Your ability to see beyond a coat and a pair of shoes to the true loveliness of this girl is what makes your blog such a compelling and artistic endeavor. You capture the narrative for those who are willing to see it. Thank you for honoring people’s courageous self-expression. Dreamers unite. It’s seriously time to take back the world.
March 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm
I have read the comments. I hope the girl in the photo has read them too. What if she is the one who has the dream? What if she has broken the code of personal style and is laughing at us all?
She may not follow fashion -but style is a totally different thing. I find her stylish and interesting. The thing with a photo and also a blog like this is that we tend to look only at the clothes but style is also how you “carry yourself” and I would have loved to see her walk.
Try to imagine this outfit on a catwalk. A model with a straight back and a proud walk. I think we are tricked – and maybe being laughed at.
I’m so happy you reposted this. I like you love to think about the stories that come behind each outfit we encounter. The why. your imagery is spot on! — to me at least :)
March 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm
In my dreams . . . she holds the key to wonderland :-) kudos Scott for catching this moment.
i am not a celebrity
March 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm
I adored this photo when you first posted it and still do.
This girl has so much more style and character that it stood out among all your other photographs.
Individuals are we.
March 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm
Your photos are poesy. Poesie. Poesía…. Poesia.
March 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm
I never comment, but love your site because you keep it real. Most people are stupid, don’t see beyond their noses. Good for you for standing up for the girl and her image.
As Oscar Wilde said: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”. People not seeing this image beyond the hat and the shoes are most definitely in the gutter. No point in explaining the stars to them.
Keep up the good work (less catwalk, more real people).
March 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm
I have noticed more very dismissive, critical comments recently. I have thought that the point of your pictures is to show us the variety of people’s attire not to push everyone towards one standard presentation. I can admire choices that I wouldn’t make for myself, if they suit the wearer. The world would be so dull if we all dressed the same
March 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm
An eloquent response which gives the photo greater beauty than it already had. Variety in fashion and life is more important than right and wrong.
March 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Maybe being overexposed to photographs of perfect models wearing indecently expensive clothes kills the dreamers inside us over time.
March 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm
Gian Luca M
March 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm
the beauty of this image exists in its own conceptualization…
March 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Kudos to her for being bravely anti-fashion-victim. I quite like her statement, actually. Fashion can be an art, and often falls quite short, couture or not. Style is a stance, a stance that can be legitimately political in nature. Perhaps I’m projecting, but I think this young woman’s expressed style is nothing short of a political statement. It’s not aesthetically displeasing unless one filters it through our sadly prescribed views of style and beauty. Kudos to The Sartorialist–for your Way of Seeing!
March 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm
If she is dressed in such extreme way, that makes her a fashion victim. LOL
March 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm
Depends on where you’re from and your point of reference; I’m a native New Yorker and, to my mind, this isn’t extreme in the least.
March 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm
The most beautiful thing in a photo is the story behind it and this story makes this photo even more special! Literally dreaming away!
March 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm
This is just dream and poetry
March 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm
I’m glad that you reposted this image. on first sight, I didn’t think a lot about it. I wondered if maybe the coat length was a little long and so kind of dwarfed the young lady. but the hat (she is wearing) struck me as the main style piece. the hat seemed to tell the story. I like your references to the Patti Smith book (she’s my writer goddess). I like the idea of these images a quick biographical snapshots. The other day I was starting to think about how your photos are different from fashion magazines and so it is very timely for me how you’re sharing your influences and inspirations.
March 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm
I’m a dreamer Scott. Every times I look at a photos of old Dior Homme or the new Saint Laurent collection I’m dreaming of being those Slimane’s boys. I can swear by it Scott.
March 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm
. . . it’s the slippers and ankles which are unsettling . . . the ankles because somehow they look elderly . . . like they belong to someone else . . . but most of all the slippers because wearing them outside, and this style in particular, is surely associated some kind of mental aberration . . .
. . . on the other hand I probably look like this when walking the dog on a cold night . . . wearing all the clothes I can find in my hallway . . . with wellingtons . . . even when its not raining . . . !
IS THIS IT? models review
March 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm
World NEEDS dreamers…
March 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm
I love this! Please keep this romantic vision of curious strangers on the street!! As a LONG time reader of your blog, but a very infrequent commenter, I really wanted to tell you to Screw Those People! who say you can’t ‘learn’ from this photo! Because, for me, half of fashion is the character a person creates – and the more unusual and specific the portrayal is, the more skilled the painter is.
March 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm
Sometimes, you just need to open the door so people can see inside. I thought I understood why you shot the picture…but now…I know, why you took it.
March 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm
Proud to be one of the dreamers, beautiful
March 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm
It is very possible, man. I’ve seen a whole bunch of realities from all parts of the world, realities that I didn’t know were possible. It isn’t hard to believe.
March 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm
Love it! Thank you.
March 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm
I’d like to speak on behalf of the dreamers. Rather than contribue black and white feedback (noise), the TRUE dreamers dream lucidly, and work diligently on their own devices. That’s not to say it’s a one way street of consumption. I dream of a “A year later” image of this girl. We’re here; our comments may not be, but our spirit is with you, and yours with us.
Dream on (in a good way)
[loyal since '08, 1st comment]
March 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm
You can tell by the way she rocks back on those shoes that she is a butterfly. She has such a beautiful face. She is just waiting to take off that coat and put on her real shoes and reveal herself!
I am here mainly for the dreams… It will be a miracle if I ever get to New York, Paris, Milan, or anywhere of the sort… And I am surely just slightly curious about fashion. The images give me escape, on a daily basis, from my tired, dreary surroundings, so thanks.
March 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm
” She said, ‘Dreams dream the dreamer’.”
I said it’s not my fault.”
March 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm
Dreaming is the reason I look at your blog every single day and
swoon over the photos…. they allow my imagination and inspiration to soar and I thank you for this !
March 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm
apparently you have the soul of a poet, scott. which should be obvious from your photos. it is an artistic and a spiritual exercise to weave stories from your pictures, and i had fun doing it last year with your contest. will you be doing that again in the future?
March 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm
I don’t really feel your story Scott. She doesn’t neet to live a dangerous and to carry a pair of Loubotin in her bag to show strength and character. I didn’t comment when I first saw this picture because I was sure my comment would be among many saying very silly things about the outfit, the girl. She is asian, probably japanese, they have another completely different sens of proportion than us western people. She resumes a perfect Yamamoto silhouette so don’t be naive to think this is a complete anti-fashion outfit. She is young and probably very creative, with a lot to say so here she is during Paris fashion week wearing second hand clothes that echo what we have seen in past collections: Marc Jacob’s hat, oversized coats, chunky shoes, plaid prints, striped jumper… and again she is so young and we all know that there are two kind of young people the conformists wearing already Isabel Marant or Balenciaga and the others, the rebels, “the dreamers”, the ones trying to find out their own voice.
Alyssa | The Sartorialist
March 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Why accuse someone who wears Balenciaga of not being a dreamer, what dictates that? Regardless of what you wear, who makes it, I think the intention you put behind it and the way you wear it is what makes it mean something – label or not.
March 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm
Reality ..u post a fashion blog a high end fashion blog …… the photo image is a very thin line between La Boheme and someone a little manic..and that’s the reality
March 16, 2013 at 8:47 am
Remember Edith Beale ….I saw Grey Gardens at the NY Film Festival my boyfriend who was a french hairdresser ..said and i quote”she has more style then most editors”…remember she wore her pencil skirt upside down….
March 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm
Curious did u speak to her after u took her picture??
March 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm
Enfiiiin !!! le photographe commente sa photo!!! et nous raconte ce qu’il a vu, ce qu’il a perçu, ce qu’il a ressenti… j’ai souvent eu le sentiment qu’au delà de l’esthétisme de tes photos il y avait des histoires… des sensations… et là, de mon point de vue, le travail est complet… une photo peut être interprétée de tellement de façon différentes et la plupart des personnes (moi compris) va au plus facile (c’est beau!… j’aime pas!… j’adore!…) alors que le plus souvent, comme ici, un look c’est tout une histoire, la plupart du temps liée à des réalités pas faciles… un look sert le plus souvent d’armure… Merci Scott
March 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm
Well thanks for the dreams!!! In real life she is a fashion buyer. She also has a fashion blog with all her unusual outfits!
Here is her link:
March 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm
Whoa! Very creative!
March 16, 2013 at 11:03 am
Her blog is great. Super creative outfits, mixing east and west, high and low.
March 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm
Absolutely true what you say about this picture…evryone can have another dream about this image and imagine something tottaly diferent, that´s why pictures like this are so good, it doesn´t (or maybe does) show who she maybe really is, it is all about how you look at it…or maybe she just had a bad and lazy day and didn´t want to dress up…just dream on…
March 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm
Such a cool look, taking over-sized to a whole new level! haha
March 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm
I was quite surprised to read that this picture got a lot of negative comments. I think she looks beautiful! It’s like she’s playing dress up, only instead of going through her mother’s or grandmother’s closet, she chose to explore her grandfather’s clothes instead and came up with his fishing hat, his house slippers, his coat. She looks interesting and comfortable – always a great combination and especially refreshing coming from a woman!
March 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm
I was quite surprised that this picture got a lot of negative comments. I think she looks beautiful! It’s like she’s playing dress up but instead of going through her mother’s or grandmother’s closet, she chose to explore her grandfather’s clothes instead! She looks interesting and comfortable – always a great combination and refreshing coming from a woman!
March 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm
I love that you make up stories about the people in your photographs. This story suits this woman so well.
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March 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm
I don’t really see why any woman would want someone to create a story for her when she has quite blatantly put her own story out there.
March 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm
you’re an artist, thank you
March 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm
I think the most meaningful images that you take are the ones that unfurl the insight into humanity. In moments of beauty of the first image, and the endearing simplicity of the next. I think it just leaks out sometimes…
March 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm
This is a young woman I would love to meet and have coffee/tea with her. She obviously has personality!
March 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm
I suspect the reason you are so successful is that you see the story and then you take the picture and share it with the rest of us. The tragedy is that not everyone sees your story or her story. We make up our own stories based on what we know and how we interpret what we see. The frustration of the artist. I like your story. I like the images you share with us. I get to become a part of a world, through your pictures, that I would never be a part of in my real life. Amazing!
March 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm
Ooh! You’ve gone all Charles Dickens on us! And I like it! Reminds me of that little contest you had last year whereby people were invited to create a story about a woman walking in the street. Fun!
Sigh. I am a dreamer, but I was one of those who didn’t get it the first time. I still don’t. My inability to see the artist’s POV in this photo doesn’t negate my ability to dream. While it’s lovely to read the thought process of the artist while the shot was taken, the fact remains that art is subjective and not everyone will see what you see. This is a fashion blog. We (I) come here for fashion inspiration. I may not always like an entire outfit, but I can usually find bits and pieces that I can pull for my own looks. I found absolutely no fashion inspiration in this shot, which is what I look for on this blog. I love Eliza Dolittle and even before her transformation, Eliza still had far more style than what I see here.
March 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm
It was a pleasure to read your interpretation of this image, your little daydream of her possible world.
A very personal insight into Scott the artist, giving so much more meaning to the blog..
Thank you…more please :-))
March 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm
This is why I love this “fashion blog” (more than fashion!) it’s a pleasure to have the photographer riff on his own work.
March 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm
Thank you, Scott, for this post. Without people like you—innovators who saw or imagined something different, were judged for not conforming to the norm, and ended up pursuing their dreams, creating something amazing, and becoming legendary—our world would not be as progressive, technologically developed, nor as fun as it is today.
March 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm
Amen. Isn’t there enough sameness and uniformity in the world as is?
Some of your photos definitely make me dream. Like the one you linked to, of the woman walking in the post-twilight snow, the glow of the lights behind her. Or the photo you took of the photo you bought – black and white, the woman staring out the window, the “Jamaica” sign on the right. My comments definitely reflected the dream – wondering what she was thinking about, what was going on, etc.
As for this – many of us in the original post simply didn’t share your dream – I’m glad they’re coming out now to say so. I still think this is not a great look. I’ve commented many times how I may not particularly “like” an outfit, but I definitely “appreciate” it.
Thanks for the re-post.
March 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm
I don’t usually read the comments because the pictures stand alone. I think sometimes people don’t realize that this site (for me, at least) is about people watching and capturing a moment.
March 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Well said Scott! People are becoming too smart for their own good, or worst, too cynical these days.
Keep up the good work, am a huge fan!
March 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm
I just wanna say that Just kids is the best book I’ve read in the past few months, or just.. the most sensitive like your picture.
March 16, 2013 at 12:01 am
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March 16, 2013 at 2:36 am
when i saw the pic i didn’t notice, the story behind it…
its touchy coz i can relate this story to myself or millions of artists out there, who dream. ya dream to get their dream…
sometime our dream is so high that nothing worry’s us no more….
the cheapest coffee n croissant becomes our perfect meal.. and the dangerous neighborhood becomes our wonderland…
just to dream its so wonderful… how the feelings gonna be when we get one fulfilled …………
ya lets keep dreaming…….
March 16, 2013 at 2:38 am
I just love to read the running commentary, how complete strangers are connecting over a fashion challenging outfit. You have done something that registers this blog so ridiculously addictive!
For the record.
That’s not an outfit I’d aspire to or admire ,but props to her for being different and bold. Give me fur lined collars and structure any day!
March 16, 2013 at 3:31 am
Yes yes …. I dream of a little match stick girl and the lyrics of hounds that set her loose loves free
March 16, 2013 at 4:45 am
I always find inspiration in your photos. This one more than most in fact *because* of the interesting choices she has made for her outfit, *because* it is so unconventional.. We only start to think when we’re challenged or made uncomfortable, in my opinion. thank you.
March 16, 2013 at 5:00 am
My father used to call me a dreamer (as though being a dreamer is a bad thing)……….I took it as a compliment…all my favourite people are/were dreamers
Still, the two things I really like about this shot are her face, and her hat, the rest…not for me
March 16, 2013 at 5:01 am
Thanks for this post, it’s really interesting
March 16, 2013 at 5:45 am
yes scott!!! more dreamers more dreams . less photos of sheep following trends.
March 16, 2013 at 9:06 am
Well said, less ‘fashionistas’ and more of the true originals . . .
March 16, 2013 at 5:56 am
i love that she has the style she does.
but i dont see a starving person nor eliza doolittle here at all. i can tell by even just looking at her make up that she is super wealthy, doing something creative both because she is creative and also, very importantly, because she can very well afford to do so, being able to be in paris even if she is from japan. she sure is not the daughter of some poor immigrant family, no?
March 16, 2013 at 6:47 am
I love that you are a dreamer and that you are able to vision a story around this girl. Thank you for photographs which invoke the storyteller in all of us. They are really inspirational and allows me to have a glimpse of people living in other parts of the world. Rock on Scott!
March 16, 2013 at 6:52 am
Hi Scott! I just loved your reply. I do agree taking everything at its face value does take away some of the magic. There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting lost in the paths of one’s own imagination, living through stories and adventures that give you hope and most of all make you smile. So from an incorrigible dreamer to another, my advice is don’t mind those sad voices andkeep on dreaming old chap. Abrazos, C.
March 16, 2013 at 7:15 am
Do not stop! Your dreams are fine and surprising, is similar to fantastic history at which it will be mandatory the happy ending.
Maria do Carmo
March 16, 2013 at 7:39 am
She is a world of beautiful details, look at her face and the hat.
March 16, 2013 at 7:53 am
I’m also a dreamer. What happened to the world why he lost his originality? I think we shouldn’t be afraid to let us fly… inspiration comes over and over in so many ways we just have to put our arms up hold our breath and talk a full breath of fresh air… intuition, accomplishments, challenges … all we have to do is act naturally and live everyday how that is the last. Freeze a moment is more than a photograph is recording a memory, a bunch of feelings and emotions that we should never forget.
Thanks for sharing to the world you “dreaming vision”. Hope to find you in one street someday.
March 16, 2013 at 8:36 am
This is the type of photograph that you used to post (circa ’07 or ’08) before all of pre-styled and posed editors, bloggers, and models. That is why your blog was more interesting. It allowed for dreaming not coveting.
March 16, 2013 at 8:37 am
Great imagination, but I’m sure that’s not her story!
March 16, 2013 at 8:50 am
I think it’s better that if you choose to divulge the meaning of your photos, (which I feel that most artists are happy to have viewers create their own story) you shouldn’t speak of it in such a patronizing and condescending manner. I think it’s a bit like having your own artwork on display in your own house–a little too self important. If people don’t share your vision, it doesn’t mean that they are non-dreaming nihilists.
March 16, 2013 at 8:54 am
I really love this Scott and applaud your stance for the dreamers. The real ideas and energy come from the street, most of fashion ideas are appropriated and turned into money (70s punk?). When the world zigs – zag, don’t conform and follow your instincts. Who cares if it is”on-trend” (I loathe that vacuous phrase) or not. Be ahead of the trend . . .
March 16, 2013 at 9:12 am
Thank you, thank you. I am seventy now. Once was about starving and freezing in fringe-of-fashion jobs in Europe. My family found me wacky. I see myself in this image and your dialogue — a reframe. So glad I was starving and freezing in Europe!
March 16, 2013 at 10:10 am
Hear hear. Imagination is what makes fashion interesting. People who take clothing too seriously remind me of Greta Garbo’s character for the first half of the film “Ninotchka.” It was fun to hear your own imagination.
March 16, 2013 at 10:25 am
I think you say it well in the introduction of your first book and that’s how I’ve always viewed your photos. I take out the elements of the photo that I feel inspiration from. This photo in particular I took inspiration from the natural coloration of the green moss from the stairs and that amazing green colored jacket she is wearing. From one artist to another, I like how you express yourself. Thank you.
March 16, 2013 at 11:21 am
I am a journalist and Brazilian artist, and I read you every day because you’re really made of a special material, good!
March 16, 2013 at 11:34 am
I loved this photo the first time you posted it. I get it. You are not alone in dreaming! Thank you for your beautiful images!
March 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm
In this shot I am reminded of Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. When you go back and look at the clothes in that movie, the layers, the vision, the frumpiness, it all makes wonderful sense, no?
March 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm
I love this image, I love your view on things, I love everything about this! Makes my little heart flutter. I also just had an epiphany: I now understand why I love fashion so much. It’s not about facts. The only reality of it is that it is all a dream, a persuasion, and a portrayal of the depths of the mind.
Thank you for making me dreeeeaaam!
March 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm
I didn’t comment on this when I first saw it because I rarely do.
But, after reading your comments about the first set of comments (which I haven’t read then or now), I have taken another look at this photograph and still have the same take as I did originally.
She looks quite pregnant to me and so is wearing an oversized, comfortable coat to keep her warm and larger than usual slipper type boot/shoes for her swollen feet.
I think she looks very cute carrying off this look while keeping on keeping on even though she probably doesn’t really feel up to it at the moment.
As much as I love fashion, give me an authentic person with their own personal flair everytime. It’s good for the soul to step out of society’s box at least some of the time.
March 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Well said, Scott! This girl has more guts than I do for standing out in the crowd and she has my full respect for doing so. Your blog has helped me to wear things that I wouldn’t normally have, and I wear the items with confidence because I know followers of your blog would like what they see. Nonetheless, I am amazed at how people criticize your blog. The criticism of this reminds me of the criticism you received from your Morocco pictures. During that time it was appalling to me that others thought of your blog as a service to them. Please keep up your great work.
March 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Well, then, doesn’t this change the entire MO of your blog? Or, were we always supposed to be “dreaming” about your shots? I’m confused…
March 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm
I love to see your posts, photos of people on the streets, fashion shows, sometimes books or interesting things you see or find in shops… The comments show that people come here for various reasons. I come back because I get surprises, like this post and the conversations it started.
March 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm
While I totally get your point and truly respect it, I personally don”t get the dream with this particular photo. Just looking at the very next post, there is a girl in a coat and hat with a bag that could contain something fabulous…I relate more to that than this one.
I still love what you do everyday and think you are truly fantastic!!!
March 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm
It’s a great coat, no doubt about it, fantasy or no fantasy.
March 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm
You have a beautiful imagination! My brain doesn’t come up with stories, instead the images that resonate the most are the ones which capture a mood or attitude. The le progress cafe shot is the best recent example. I could analyze it forever and not come close to the emotions I get looking at it.
I personally found your Eliza story more interesting than this image BUT I like it when you dive in and show us what catches your eye. On an older post people didn’t like, you came back with all the interesting details you saw, and I realized how much I missed in being judgmental. Thank you for fighting for your vision, and know that sometimes people actually learn!
March 17, 2013 at 12:09 am
These kinds of shots that you post on here are by far my favourites. The pictures from recent years, of uber-fashionable fashion editors and buyers, have tilted your blog more towards the pages of Vogue and less towards the style of quirky individuals who are not slavishly following editorial dictates. I suppose that means you will have gained more ‘fashion’ critics, and I’ve noticed the more personal and less manicured styles do get shot down quite quickly in the comments section. This lady, who looks like she has walked out of a Fellini film, is so much more interesting to look at than most of the glossy, wealthy fashionistas who seem to have taken over lately. I’d love to see more of her kind.
March 17, 2013 at 5:55 am
I love this post. She reminds me so much of the girl “Momo” of the book by Michael Ende. I think she could have a beautiful story.
March 17, 2013 at 7:46 am
I always see your pictures through the eyes of a dreamer, that is because I am a dreamer too. You always inspire me and show life how you see it through your lens, I don’t need any more from you than that. Keep it up!
Laís Giusti de Souza
March 17, 2013 at 8:28 am
I guess realism does that to people, whichever they r doing or watching. The way I see things, it’s a very artistic perspective the one you had, an unsuperficial projection. When people look at the fashion industry they only see its glamour, they forget fashion is all about life.
March 17, 2013 at 8:29 am
March 17, 2013 at 8:53 am
Oh, stop it, or I’m going to have a virtual crush. :) Now, seriously, life’s too short and can be so difficult not to fantasize and just live and let live. Baudrillard, darlings, Baudrillard.
My Daily London
March 17, 2013 at 10:19 am
The story you did create for her was very creative but that doesn’t change the fact that people may bit like her outfit. But as mentioned in the previous post there is something about the outfit you gotta love but then something you really hate about it. I can’t put a finger on it!
March 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm
Definetely the dreamers are there (or here) but we could’t get amazed by other people work if we could create the same stories.
Yours is quite optimistic, another atribute very much needed next to being dreamer.
March 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm
“Sue me i am a dreamer” that like made my day :0
Cammi @ cammilicious.com
March 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Oh the more silly, overly-romantic fantisties the better.
I say at the very least.
March 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm
I loved your story, it’s a very romantic and nice idea to see people who are a bit different from the conventional and imagine their life stories.
Do it again.
March 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm
I find more inspiration from these kinds of characters than from the perfectly polished birds strutting around during fashion week. This is so much more interesting! It inspires me without giving me a set of rules to follow!
March 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Love the photo, love the way she dresses, and the love the way you talk about being a dreamer. I have come to realize that the stories behind the styles create a sense of fashion. People dress to express and what people dress affects the ways they think and feel. I think this girl is very fashionable because she knows what she wants and she expresses her mind through the way she dresses. Full respect to all the dreamers!!
March 18, 2013 at 1:37 am
I’m all for dreams and dreamers and I relish and applaud sartorialist.com. BUT, I would never presuppose what someone wears as any reflection of who they really are. Life after all is an interesting costume party. What happens after the costumes come off? Is there anything at all underneath or just a poser, or even worse a con artist? Before those awful discoveries, one can continue to day dream works of fiction based on those appealing appearances.
March 18, 2013 at 2:17 am
Love your point of view on this –
Every one of your photos is a story, whether they are fashion-y or otherwise. Who are these people (even when we know their names)? where are they going? where have the come from? what are the noises and sounds going on around them?
At least as much, I appreciate seeing something through your photo eye. In this case I love the graphic horizontal pattern of the steps … and the echo in this young woman’s striped sweater. And the way that her column of dark clothing aligns with the blue door. None of this is an accident. And that the photo would hardly be anything without that pop of color she is clutching in her hand. But the hat — the hat is awesome.
March 18, 2013 at 5:25 am
My problem with this picture is that it just appears to be affected!
March 18, 2013 at 7:53 am
Thank you for the back story in your imagination for this shot. I have, on occasion, wondered what drew you to photograph certain turnouts. I fancied myself a dreamer, but, realize I had merely been asleep. Thank you for reawakening my heart and enlisting me in your happy band of dreamers.
March 18, 2013 at 9:57 am
Yes!!! Dreams!!! I love it – I love this photo. “The butterfly of the bookstore”. Thank you for inspiring us, Scott. You are an artist! We are all living, breathing art.
Also, the accusation of you posting things just to see if we would all baaa like sheep saying a photo is fabulous was hilarious. I didn’t know you were looking for disciples hahaha!
Keep making art!
March 18, 2013 at 11:55 am
you´re so right scott!
March 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm
the funny thing is, i think about ALL of your pictures like stories. they are these super interesting characters that run the streets in their respective cities dreaming and having fun as THEMSELVES. there are not enough people being themselves in the fast-paced, techno-ruled world…
March 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm
I keep coming back to visit The Sartorialist for the individual style celebrated here. This photo epitomizes that spirit. No explanation needed.
March 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Me he quedado sin palabras, en el post anterior puse que no me gustaba y de hecho no lo había visto con tus ojos. Tu sueño, sobre esta chica,ha cambiado mi forma de ver a la gente, gracias por recordarme soñar e imaginar nuevamente y ver a todos con amor. Gracias!
March 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm
Dear Scott, thank you for your post. I had stopped my daily dose of the Sartorialist for a while because the post and comments became a bit to boxed in for me. Today’s discovery has brought me back. Creative dressing and story telling go hand in hand. Thanks
March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm
It was a real surprise for me and everybody your “re-post” but I dreamed totally different as you dreamed. I dreamed she was the perfect girl who doesn’t want to be that way and need pretend to be someone imperfect . Total respect for her, for your dream and for all of ours dreams.
Thanks for share with us your pics, a different way to think, inspire, hate, love and fly everywhere!
Here is one of your dreamers!
March 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Of course, you are right. She is darling. Fashion is self-expression, and self-creation. I love it.
March 19, 2013 at 5:13 am
read this days ago and had to come back to post… i adore the story you tell us! i can feel it!!
March 19, 2013 at 5:50 am
We all make mistakes. When I look back on my creations I sometimes laugh at myself and wonder “What the hell was I thinking?” It’s not your vision people were attacking…it was the choice of clothing that woman was wearing that they seemed to respond to. It made for an interesting photo.I for one certainly do not like everything the subjects of your photo’s wear…But I can appreciate what having a good camera and light can capture.
March 19, 2013 at 7:56 am
Oh wonderful! Just wonderful. I’m smiling so widely because of your story about the girl and because I like the style she has on the picture. It’s nothing I would wear myself but I wish I still had the same kind of bravery she has, to wear something so different and maybe even a bit comical (the hat, obviously). :)
March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am
Thank you for the lesson in seeing with the heart.
March 20, 2013 at 10:29 am
Daydreaming is adorable :) Please carry on..
March 20, 2013 at 10:48 am
Dream On, Dream Weaver! Originally drawn to your work for your ability to see what most of us did not. But more importantly is your ability to tell a story in the shortest moment. Click, Flash, there! Keep Dreaming! Thanks Scott.
March 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm
Do you know the tale “The King’s New Clothes”?
March 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Funny how everyone thought it was legit to criticize this image in the previous post, same way now everyone thinks it’s ok to praise. The discussion where everyone agrees with everyone…
March 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Kudos to the dreamer.
I love fanciful, inventive people like this who express their unique selves in what they choose to wear. Your capturing of these spirits is inspiring and expanding. Thank you SO VERY MUCH for doing the work you do.
A fellow colorist and appreciator of all shades of life
March 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm
I wonder why someone would make not-so-nice comments about this photograph, it is sublime!
I suppose we see what we want to see, right?
March 25, 2013 at 6:33 am
Hello, there! This is another dreamer speaking!… Well, I also believe that we need our dreams to live in reality;it’s not an escape, actually, for me is the way we can make a better World!
March 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm
I love your story for this photo! It just proves why you are such a great photographer; you look beyond with the average person will see in a photo. I love that! Keep capturing those awesome shots!
Juan Carlos Pinedo
March 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm
I don’t know what I like the most, if the picture itself, or, what you wrote about it. I guess equally both. I am dreamer too. Thanks.
April 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm
that’s the reason I love your blog!! nice! :)