91 comments

  1. D.

    July 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Her sincere smile speaks a thousand words!
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  2. Alessia

    July 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    amazing photo!

    TheChicolat

  3. joce

    July 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    this photo made me smile :)

  4. Laura

    July 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Beautiful photo! Lovely smile!

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  5. Jen Silouette

    July 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    She looks so pretty in spite of clothes!!! Her smile lights as a star!! beautiful!!

    Xoxo
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  6. Eva

    July 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    What a beautiful smile and she looks so colorful, lovely!

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  7. Tat

    July 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    BEAUTIFUL smile. She radiates such pure light. Great capture.

  8. Elizabeth

    July 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Isn’t the point that everyone makes decisions about pattern, color and silhouette when they dress, no matter at what socio-economic level. Her choices are obviously purposeful, hot-colored pants, soft green hat, pattern mixing, it’s very chic.

    • westcoasttiger

      July 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Everybody?!!! Hahaha… you’ve got to be kidding. There is nothing wrong with the content of Scott’s photos while travelling through Bali and this woman clearly has a radiance about her… but please stop these blanket statements about how poor people are still capable of fashion decisions! It only blurs the day-to-day struggles for many to feed oneself much less choosing matching tops and bottoms. Please, please observe the context: she’s a bricklayer or a maker of bricks in a third world country. I’m not dissing the woman’s spirit – it’s obviously one of her strengths, and I’m grateful for these wonderful photographs by Scott but to assume fanciful choices even over a modest wardrobe at best is to lack true empathy. I love the differing opinions here on fashion but some misplaced contexts are simply embarrassing.

      • Bridget

        July 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

        I completely agree with Elizabeth this ladies choices are purposefull, I have travelled very extensively in India China and Afica, and being a fashion designer I observe “THE FASHION DECISIONS OF POOR PEOPLE” as you so crudely put it and I find their choices absolutely breathtaking especialy the rajasthani beggar kids, “poor” people have holes but in some amazing way they really put it together it never fails to amaze me, how many times I have wished I had a camera or not been in a car with people so I could capture those looks…………

        • westcoasttiger

          July 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          Clothing for fashion is a form of expression. Clothing to cover one’s body to shield it from the elements as one eeks out a living daily is another thing entirely. I ask you Elizabeth and Bridget: do you really believe she has another pair of “hot-colored pants” with a different color in her wardrobe to go against another interesting patterned top the day after Scott took this photograph? Do you really think she’s hung onto the patterned sweater with a touch of pink only to go with her pants? There is no indignity to be observed in this woman – her smile alone would be a welcome site on many a runway. No, the only indignity is for you to assume she has “decisions” in her life to appear, how did you put it – chic and absolutely breathtaking? (You do realize she probably took a 2-minute break to have this photograph taken before she had to go back to stacking those bricks… right?)

          • Kate

            July 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

            Totally agree with you. I live half the year in asmall village in Bali surrounded by women such as this one: construction site workers. What is radiant and beautiful about many of them is their peaceful loving dispositions, but it is really naive to think that their is any choice about the clothes they wear on-site. It’s the same thread-bare ones everyday. But its a totally different story when it comes to their ceremonial outfits or what they wear after work once they have washed ….

      • Jones

        July 25, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Which is worse: assuming that her fashion choices was deliberate or assuming that she’s so impoverished that she has no choice but to wear the clothes she has? Just because someone appears to be in poverty (this lady appears to be working, actually) doesn’t mean that they lack any choice in what forms their wardrobe or what they wear. Assuming that under the guise of “understanding” reveals much more about you than her. At least in assuming she made a choice, Elizabeth is showing respect for this lady as a person, not just a thing.

        If, as if very likely, she has more than one piece of clothing in her wardrobe, her outfit *is* very chic. Whether that’s intentional or not is pretty much irrelevant.

        • westcoasttiger

          July 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

          Jones, you ask which is worse? I feel seeking out the lowest common denominator is best when approaching strangers, especially one who is obviously (unless you’re totally oblivious to their situation; just because one is working doesn’t mean that person is automatically above the poverty line) mired in poverty. For example, you could mention how much you admire people in construction or who work with their hands. On the other hand, if you were to blithely compliment on her “fashion choice”, you possibly put her in a situation where she may feel forced to maintain her pride and smilingly agree with you. She may even nod her head in agreement when you say her clothing looks chic. The former approach allows herself to open up honestly and possibly communicate pride in her clothing choices if that’s her reality. If you go on and on about how “chic” she looks, what do you think she thinks about you upon your departure if that’s not her reality?

          Whether or not her chicness is intentional or not is indeed irrelevant. It’s the fact some of you find it necessary to compliment her on that possibility before her humanity that I find relevant and bit shallow. I know I’m standing on a soapbox but some of these comments are unsettling in juxtaposition to Scott’s photographs. Sometimes clothing is just that – clothing, and handed down for that matter.

          As someone else says below, her dignity is much more expressive than her clothing.

      • B├írbara Huxley

        July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

        Totally agree! Third world’s proverty must not be fashion! Just Get into a real context!

        • Nefelibata

          August 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          To my knowledge, any human being (yes, any human being) wants beauty in his/her life (specially women). Since when do we human beings disregard other human beings of having good taste? It feels as if we are disregarding ourselves of having taste for beauty at all.

          • westcoasttiger

            August 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

            Wanting beauty and having the opportunity or choice to have it are two entirely different things. I don’t deny the woman’s desire, I just happen to observe her obvious situation in life. I’m not denigrating or disregarding her, just being observant.

      • Monica

        July 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

        You can’t assume that she has chosen to wear this because she has nothing else to wear. I’m sure she has chosen to wear this conscious of how it looks on her. This woman has her own style and that has nothing to do with her social/ economic status.

        • westcoasttiger

          July 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

          I can’t assume but somehow you’re “sure she has chosen to wear…”

          Aaaargh!

    • Minty

      July 25, 2013 at 1:17 am

      I agree with westcoasttiger. Many people in this people couldn’t care less about “pattern mixing” and they shouldn’t have to just to be aesthetically pleasing to people like Elizabeth who are cleary delusional. Anyway, the woman in the picture is beautiful and it has nothing to do with her clothes.

      • hannah

        July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

        agree w/ minty— so beyond embarassing

        • Michael R

          July 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          Waiting for someone to say she was inspired by the latest Marc Jacobs show.

          • westcoasttiger

            July 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

            You know Michael, I’d like to think people here would catch on to your biting sarcasm but now I’m not so sure…

          • Karen M.

            July 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm

            Ha.. ha. Some of these comments do sound like satire…

            Truly, we know almost nothing about her…

  9. Rachelle

    July 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Love her smile, it’s so genuine.

    xo
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  10. Taipei Style

    July 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Her smile lights up the whole picture! :)

    Gemma
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  11. Hafi

    July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Quelle classe !

  12. Edgar C

    July 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The best thing this woman is wearing is her dignity

    • westcoasttiger

      July 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Yes Edgar – a wise observation. +++1

    • Wen.

      July 25, 2013 at 12:08 am

      grace.

  13. Rowena

    July 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Shows what a great model & a great photographer can do!

  14. Jen

    July 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    What a beautiful smile! Eclipses all of the other fantastic details of the shot, which is a great thing! xo

    -Jen

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

  15. H.O

    July 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    beautiful smile.

  16. Thomas Branconier

    July 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    aw, sweet :)

  17. Chahrazad

    July 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Wauw. Such a sincere smile!! Love this one.

    x
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  18. Vessel

    July 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Construction site? What construction site? I just see a beautiful, beautiful, woman. I pray I have such radiance at that age regardless of my situation or circumstance.

    Bravo!

  19. Carol Troy

    July 25, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I just shot photographs of the stone masons at the Castello between Saint Helena and Calistoga in the Napa Valley — doing work like they were doing in Italy and Sicily 1500 years ago. Nice team spirit about them — and lovely smiles as well!

  20. Vera

    July 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

    What a smile and these pastel colors! However, I wish she wore a hard hat on the construction site for Health and Safety reasons.

  21. Maike

    July 25, 2013 at 2:11 am

    those pictures are making me feel ashamed by all the espectation we have in our lifes and how we complain somethimes about stupid unimportant things.
    beautiful smile! the sun is shining!
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  22. Micheal Oragon

    July 25, 2013 at 3:08 am

    The third world style disconnect is getting tiring, Sart. Surely there are well-dressed people on the streets of Seminyak. Too many photos of the disadvantaged seem slightly too smug, and it does little to highlight your international world view, to be honest.

    • Kate

      July 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      I agree, Micheal. It’s hard enough sometimes to look at photos of people wearing absurdly expensive designer clothing, that I personally will never be able to even remotely afford despite being a well-educated professional. But it takes on an entirely greater and important level of painful when wealthy fashionistas are set against shots of desperately poor people. And we computer-owning relatively very well-off comment on her “style.” It is not part of this woman’s “style” to wear a filthy torn sweater. She is hopelessly and desperately poor.

      • The Sartorialist

        July 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        kate,
        How can you possibly know how poor she is??
        maybe these are just her work clothes.

        I spoke with her and she seemed very happy and spoke very good english. She might live simply but I got no sense of desperation from her.

        • westcoasttiger

          July 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          At the risk of sounding sexist, the very fact a middle-aged (?) woman has to work with heavy bricks is desperation enough…

          Her smile may reveal more pride at the time than desperation.

        • Kissyfur

          July 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

          My experience is that desperation is not always a characteristic of extreme poverty, particularly in a country like Bali where cultural and religious cohesion underpin how that society operates in a very traditional way, and people are more likely to accept what ill-fortune comes to them with grace, Assuming she is Balinese and then working on a construction site doing heavy manual labour, I have no doubt she will be desperately poor. And highly unlikely to be making those “purposeful choices” about the clothes she puts on in the morning. However this woman will probably have (somewhere, perhaps back in her home village) a batik sarong, maybe handmade, a lace kebaya and some pieces of silver-gilt jewellery to wear for temple ceremonies.

          • Finnegan

            August 4, 2013 at 4:34 am

            Bali is NOT a country.

        • Kate challis

          July 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm

          I couldn’t agree more Scott. These would definitely be work clothes only and my Balinese standards she would not be poor. I live in Bali and am surrounded by women from my village who work at construction sites. What i find interesting is the complexity and nuance of it all. While she most likely would not have a huge choice about clothing, it is true that some people simply have an inbuilt sense of style. And as is known, this doesn’t have anything to do with money, it is the way you wear something. If I think of the 20 or so workers I know we’ll, there are 2-3 who are really stylish – it’s the way they wear what they wear.
          For the Balinese their ceremonial clothing is considered the most important. I started giving balinese 9 year old twin girls pocket money each a month which they could spend on what they wanted. They have hardly any toys. Much to my surprise they are saving very bit for a new ceremonial outfit…
          Such a thought provoking discussion. Thanks everyone.

    • The Sartorialist

      July 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Maybe you haven’t been looking at the blog for very long but these Bali images are in the same vein as my shots from South Africa, Morocco or India

      fyi Seminyak was a bit underwhelming

      • Kate

        July 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Thank you for your response, Schuman. I’ve been looking at your blog for years. I just never felt compelled to comment before.

        You are right that she may not be desperately poor, but she is working class and is wearing, either out of choice (surely very limited) or necessity, a nearly destroyed sweater, which leads me to believe that she has extremely limited means. Even people of limited means usually opt for a shirt that is not torn to bits for work if they have the choice. Now, I think this is a beautiful portrait, and I applaud you for that. But I personally don’t think it belongs on a fashion blog. Or maybe it does. But in any case, it graphically highlights the stark class differences that exist on this planet, which I think is very important to acknowledge.

        • The Sartorialist

          July 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

          Kate,
          Thanks for your response. I enjoy interacting with the audience on a compelling subject like this.

          You’re right there is such a thing as class differences, especially in a place like India or Bali, but how does one like myself acknowledge that more than by taking a photograph?

          All I can honestly share is my curiosity for different cultures with my audience. I don’t have answers, I have questions (as many questions as all of you), and I try to answer some of them by connecting with the local culture through my efforts in photography. To me that’s the beauty of learning, the more I learn and experience, the more questions I have.

          Hopefully my curiosity inspires others to be equally curious and go out in search of their own answers.

        • suzy

          July 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

          this might have started out as a fashion blog – and in a big way it still is – but have evolved to be more. I see this as a place for an artist to show his work – and this picture is more than appropriate

          • Michael R

            July 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

            While the photo is certainly appropriate. I believe we need to look beyond the colors and patterns. As Rod Stewart sang, “Every picture tells a story”. Missing the whole story is a mistake.

  23. Anca

    July 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

    superb zambet==beautiful smile

  24. The Fashion Fraction

    July 25, 2013 at 3:44 am

    while looking at her beautiful smile I couldn’t stop smiling myself. very emotional photography scott!

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  25. Ceren Ustaoglu

    July 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Real street style, love it! Her smile is charming!

  26. Tamera

    July 25, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Her smile made my day :^)

  27. Parodis

    July 25, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Nice knit. They’re poor but they’re happy.

  28. M Oragon

    July 25, 2013 at 6:52 am

    The third word style disconnect is getting tiresome, Sart. It’s both trite and disrespectful.

  29. Reptilia

    July 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

    She is beautiful!
    She looks so happy!

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    xx

  30. Denisa

    July 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Very interesting photo. Great day.

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  31. twinsissa

    July 25, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I want to look and dress like this when I am older. Something about this I love so much. I saw it and I felt home. Don’t know what it is about this that I love so much. Maybe the sweater. Maybe the smile. Maybe the real street style and not the overly thought out outfit.

  32. Gian Luca M

    July 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

    nice Street shot!

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  33. Nico

    July 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

  34. doizy

    July 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    spelndid! love this one so much. you ‘re a great photographer, really; I’m working in advertising (big company) and I see a lot of famous photographer., so i know what I’m saying.
    Nice.

  35. Novita

    July 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I think u put that smile on her scott. U manage to capture the best in people. btw the cloth on her head looks like a napkin that us Indonesian use. Grest idea of hers to put it on her head.

    Big fan of ur photos …

  36. Joyce

    July 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    What a gorgeous smile! This person has clearly done a lot of manual labor, but that hasn’t diminished this person’s natural beauty.

  37. Jeremiah

    July 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I know it can be dangerous to aestheticize across cultures and even more so, across cultures and classes. I don’t think that was the point of the photo, but from a point of view removed from culture/class concerns, i find the colors and the shearness of the sweater to be beautiful. I wish we could all allow ourselves to get this sort of longevity out of our clothes (puzzling that that many buy this sort of worn-in look off the rack…).

    The most beautiful aspect of the photo, of course, is this woman’s beguiling smile. As far as things which might be worn, I wish this were more often the focus.

  38. ChicTrends

    July 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    She wears the sincere smile quite well.

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  39. Rosy

    July 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you for seeing beauty everywhere <3

  40. anonymous

    July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I wasn’t in Indonesia long but I did see a great deal of poverty there. So yes, she looks poor to me, and yet, she looks happy. Hmmmm… what’s that about? Maybe the disconnect we have is the disconnect of having too many choices, too many lives to live (I deserve it mentality) and too much money…

  41. Julene

    July 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Love this photo! She looks so warm and open, yet also appears to have just a hint of apprehension in her eyes/posture. A very real and beautiful shot!

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  42. Mooot

    July 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    A very interesting discussion but there are many disturbing and shallow observations. I am appalled by the naive comments. Do people really believe that this courageous woman has any choices in her life. Take a close look at her hands.

  43. Tina

    July 26, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Looks like she’s living a hard life, but still happy. Great catch!

  44. BethS

    July 26, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for a beautiful photo that prompted threads of comment more meaningful and useful to me than the usual–and I look at this blog regularly for simple human pleasures. I value the wider range of comments and responses.Thanks!

  45. berenger

    July 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love this woman’s style. Especially her head gear, very inspiring – a super chic way to keep the sun off my English head in this heat wave we’re having.
    The perfect solution, love the colour combinations too.

    And she looks much more in control of herself than some of the sheep-like clothes horses of the fash pack – and who’s to say who made their sartorial choices?

    She looks to me like fashion/style works for her. There is no wiff of victim here.

    Money ain’t the only way to wealth. She looks like a very rich woman to me.

  46. Eugene

    July 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The lady is dressed to keep the sun from burning her skin. You see this in tropical countries were men and women have to stay in the sun many hours eking out a living. The welfare clothes sent from temperate countries that end up in the public markets provide these sun protectors. The choice is based on cost more than design: many will buy from a twenty cent stack rather than a dollar stack. When chic happens, it just happens. Simple as that.

  47. berenger

    July 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I also meant to say… She’s a refreshing role model for me as a mature woman too. Beautiful and happy in way we don’t value anything like enough in the West. I want to feel like she looks!

    • westcoasttiger

      July 29, 2013 at 12:10 am

      The greater lesson would be to walk in her shoes for a week rather than praise how they may match her hat.

      • berenger

        August 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

        How condescending! To both me and the lady in the photograph. What do you know of either of us?

  48. mabelmabel

    July 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    What I most love about this beautiful photograph is the serious discussion about it.

    Poverty is real, and hard to acknowledge, especially by those of us privileged enough to be reading a fashion blog–or, for that matter, any blog, on any electronic device.

    Beautiful smile? Yes. Pretty colors? Yes. Poverty? Say it along with me: Yes.

    Put another way: The measure of someone’s humanity is not whether she/he has consciously chosen the day’s sartorial ensemble. Get over yourselves.

    • zachen

      July 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

      well said!!

  49. cooper

    July 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    this is to go in style!

  50. Name*

    July 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Fashion signifies choice and there is limited choice in poverty.

    • berenger

      July 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Necessity is the mother of invention… Style does not = fashion. She is a style inspiration, whatever the contents of her wallet. I think it is quite patronising to ignore that. Presumably Scott told her she was being photographed for her style. She looks happy about that – if amused, possibly. It is a sad world in which only the wealthy/ first worlders can be celebrated for their style.

  51. hame

    July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    gorgeous smile! thank you for sharing. you capture her spirit well. simple happiness. priceless.

  52. Sharon John

    July 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful photo..

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  53. Cobalt

    August 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    :D She just seems so happy

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