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August 19, 2013 at 9:03 am
She’s too adorable. That photo has so much power.
August 19, 2013 at 10:59 am
She is adorable! Little girls are little girls everywhere, love her red hair clip!
August 20, 2013 at 7:54 am
very cute! :)
August 19, 2013 at 9:13 am
Funny how certain pics of Bali reminds me of Haiti. lovely shot.
this young girl, or child, is quite the contrast as compared to your regular posts, but it gives new depth to your work. It becomes much more difficult to remove yourself from the experience captured in an image with a child, much more diffult to simply pass over and say it’s simply a great photo.
August 19, 2013 at 9:17 am
That little girl has an old soul, you can tell from the picture… Great shot!
August 19, 2013 at 9:26 am
Very sad shot, this is a great reminder that not all girls in the world get diamonds and Prada and they still look beautiful
August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm
And this photo in particular out of thousands posted here reminded you of that? And let me guess, because it was taken in Bali.
All I see is graciousness in the way she’s looking at the camera, in the way she has rested her hands.
I guess the sadness that you write about must be in the eye of the prejudiced beholder.
August 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Two interesting viewpoints here, but I can attest that since 1980 to the present, there is still a wide berth between wealth and poverty in Bali. These images, although lovingly portrays the beauty of the people of Bali, continues to demonstrate this.
August 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm
I agree with Elena and you, Taj.
I don’t know what the heck Albertine is on about …. there are many travel photos that strike me because of the poverty depicted, and Elena just happened to comment on this one. Is Elena expected to comment on all the photos taken in poor countries?
It’s not prejudice to notice a photo taken in a country where poverty is everywhere.
I haven’t been to Bali in a very long time. But one of the many things I do recall is the heartbreaking lack of resources.
August 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm
This girl I think is dressed neatly. Actually a very cute dress for her age in the world standard, I guess! Girls who have diamonds and pradas, where are they? I’ve never met such girls.
August 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm
This is my first comment and I felt obligated to make this point. I thank you Albertine for addressing this before I had the opportunity to do so. This photo could have been taken in any city around the world. There are sections of New York that look like this but never has it detracted from its beauty, diversity, creativity, culture and history. We have learned to turn a blind eye to theses particular sections of cities and countries around the world. Scott, thank you for reopening certain individuals eyes again. When I see this photo, I see a beautiful child, in a lovely little dress, who is surrounded by color. What is so sad about that? Also, why or what does she know about Prada and diamonds and what does that have to do with this photo or anything else for that matter. Scott, I appreciate the fact that you bring such beautiful photos of creative individuals, that fuel my appetite of fashion but the occasional shallow and jaded mentality that comes along with it, leaves a lot to be desired. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Take off the blinders people. Reality..
August 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Yes Nzinga, very well put.
Over here in Europe there is a certain view of America as a country of two distinct halves: one first world and the other third; and we battle with the fear we are going the same way. The film LA Plays Itself is a brilliant depiction of affluence and desperate poverty in one city – I recommend it.
I recall Scott once posted a wonderful shot of a stylish street cleaner in her uniform in New York. No one objected – and why should they?
Style can be a last bastion of dignity in any dire situation, see Scott’s pictures of the Smarteez of South Africa. Why should lack of money – or percieved lack if money – exclude anyone from the joy of style, or the pride of being celebrated for it.
August 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Exactly! I am so over some people looking at pictures developing countries and lamenting at how “poverty is everywhere in *that* country” as though they didn’t have similar issues in their own backyard. Damn frustrating.
August 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm
No one ever claimed poverty was unique to third world nations – I’d feel the same if Scott featured a photo in any US poverty-stricken area. When I look at a Dorothea Lange print, I feel the poverty first. It’s just that I tend to look beyond the clothes in these types of photographs; fashion and/or style are further down my list of observations, that’s all. I feel the same frustration towards those who see “fashion” or “style” first. At the same time, I’m praising Scott for expanding the horizons of his photo blog – more food for thought.
August 22, 2013 at 9:27 am
But Westcoasttiger, this is a style blog.
And I don’t feel frustrated at people who notice poverty first – who says I don’t notice that too. I just don’t like being judged for not discussing it. I give people the dignity and respect to see past their finances, to their humanity and creativity. Dorothea Lange’s job was recording poverty, of course you see that first, she very cleverly designed her images that way. Scott shows style. If you’re not comfortable with that, or with people discussing it then – perhaps you don’t like the idea for some reason, then maybe less time looking at a style blog would leave you less frustrated.
Oh and where my dad grew up he couldn’t get fresh fruit and vegetables, scurvy was a serious danger. But his mum was very stylish and we values that when we look at old pictures. She kept her dignity and her identity despite her circumstances.
August 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm
Fair enough berenger, however, while I do recognize this is a fashion/style blog first and foremost, I feel some of Scott’s photos go beyond fashion and style and reveal more than just clothing. If it’s Scott’s intention to only record style in his photos, then I’ll stop making my pointed comments if he would let me know, but when I see such powerful photographs I can’t help but read the circumstances beyond fabric – I’m looking at the person. Yes, you’re right, it’s a fashion blog but I feel the recent content I’ve seen has evolved it into something more.
August 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm
Ok Westcoasttiger. I hope this means the judgemental comments are going to stop now. Live and let live is a good philosophy. And also – it is not possible to separate style from the person, and Scott never has. All his pictures are about people and their stories.
August 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Its sad to not get diamonds and Prada? LOL. Most girls don’t get that. No idea where you grew up, or even if you did grow up, but plenty girls do fine without that. I grew up having to work, and having to buy anything I needed on my own, and haven’t suffered for it. This young lady looks well cared for, tidy, and her outfit is quite pretty. She has the love and care from her parents. Lots of girls in the USA should be so lucky.
August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am
Very good pic. Great day.
August 19, 2013 at 10:12 am
Such a cute innocent girl
August 19, 2013 at 10:14 am
Fabulous! What a brilliant photo.
August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am
Beautiful and depressing at the same time.
August 19, 2013 at 10:35 am
August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am
Beautiful photo, she is so cute, and I love all this blue!
August 19, 2013 at 11:03 am
August 19, 2013 at 11:16 am
Is that a typical dress or something like that? Love the contrast between the other of your shots and the fact that you show us also this aspect of the place you visit!
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August 19, 2013 at 11:24 am
Angela in Victoria
August 19, 2013 at 11:25 am
Judging from this photo, I bet she is often asked to have her photo taken – a natural beauty in a natural environment, doing what comes naturally in every-day Bali
August 19, 2013 at 11:30 am
I love this, Scott. The colours and atmosphere you’ve captured are fabulous. She does look like an old soul in an ancient setting. And her dress is just stunning, specially on her. There, I said it. Hate me if you like.
August 19, 2013 at 11:41 am
This could be one of your best ever! Not just from The Sartorialist perspective, but as a photographer. Subject, lighting, all great.
August 19, 2013 at 11:52 am
Love this ;)
August 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Amazing how one photo has so much story to it! Lovely!
August 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Melancholic and Beautiful
August 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm
This little girl is so elegant, her soul, her vibs among that dirtyness, such a lotus in a mud ! Sorry for my bad english ! this photo is fabulous !
Barbara from Firenze
August 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Dignity. Thank you Scott
August 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm
She is so come, She was very ready for the photo.
August 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm
I love the colors in this shot.
August 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm
One of your best shots ever. Thank you!
August 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm
This is one of your most beautiful shots I have seen; the depth of sadness and beauty captured here is remarkable.
August 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Beautiful creature, wonderful capture! Posing details of her head and both hands… flawless. Did Mr. Schuman give her any instructions in order to get such achievement? … :) Nevertheless, an elegant woman’s soul in a humble child’s body.
August 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm
August 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm
thanks for having such a great eye for photos – i wonder if that’s her favorite dress
August 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm
I still love your idea to publish photos of people in Bali!
August 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm
I is all about the angles here. There is both a stillness and a promise of sliding into action. She is calm and alert, the baskets are both secure and ready to fall. A weird action/nonaction feeling.
August 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm
August 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm
Indonesians like to take life easy… it’s wonderful
August 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm
Oh my goodness, an Olympia for our time. Confronting and beautiful.
August 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm
I’m an Indonesian and used to work with economic development issues and now with media and indirectly with fashion.
So let me contribute to this “poverty” issue. There’s truth in all the points.
I think Scott’s images are beautiful and it conveys beauty despite of the social economic realities of his subjects in Bali. I don’t think Scott fetishes the “exotic” nature of the Balinese subjects at all.
In contrast, these people appear dignified. These pictures are different than to those images of the 1990′s whereby supermodels wearing expensive designer gowns posing around in Haitian ghettos or Brazillian slums. Those pictures were, and still are, problematic and I think this is where some of the criticism is rooted from. Scott’s images, nonetheless, in my view, are different.
So, are those people “poor”?
This is a problematic word as it is both subjective yet it does have (some) quantitative implication.
In comparison to the average Americans or Western Europeans, there’s no denying that the Balinese, and most of my fellow Indonesians, have less income per year.
Admittedly, even in the local context, it is clear that many of Scott’s Balinese subjects are not “wealthy”. But it appears that many of them, like the young man in school uniform and on a motor bike, or the one standing in the market, live more than two USD per day — the technical definition of the poverty line. So they (those two at least) do not appear to be destitute.
Bali, with all of its problems, is also one of the provinces of Indonesia which is managing to meet the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. So please see the pictures in context. The tourism money helps Balinese development and hence indirectly the people. Scott’s pictures here contribute to the effort.
Last, I want to think Scott and Garance for their beautiful pictures of my country.
August 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm
Thank you for this illuminating comment.
August 20, 2013 at 1:48 am
Indonesia is definitly a country I do love , thanks for all these pics …
August 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm
what a great photograph, and a fantastic outfit on this little lady. really enjoying these Bali shots, and I think it fits into the theme so well
August 21, 2013 at 5:05 am
The 2 most striking things about your photo are for me: the girls ‘wise beyond her years’ eyes & the colorpalette!
August 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm
what a beautiful outfit this girl is wearing! I notice, Scott, that you take such great pictures of children. Maybe you “understand” them…
August 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm
The blues in this photograph stand out so much to me that it reminds me of Steve McCurry’s works. More, please! These photographs that bring us in to the unknown sides of the world are so special.
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August 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm
September 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Her eyes are speaking. I wish you had done an interview with her. I’ve not had that reaction on any other photo of you before.