Thursday, October 29, 2015

On the Street…Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan



I saw this incredible gentlemen walking alone in the crowded Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the center of Milan. People say a photo tells a thousand words, I don’t know if a photo like this tells you anything but it makes me wonder a thousand thoughts. Who is this man? What’s his story? How does he spend his days? After I took the photo I tried to talk with him but he wasn’t having it (the language barrier at work) so I guess I’ll just have to keep creating my own stories (which is what I like to do best anyway).


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  1. Triss

    October 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    that’s the kind of bag i would carry. awesome

  2. Monsieur Marcel

    October 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Nattily bundled up in blue, carrying a book of poems written by an Italian poet from the 15th century.

  3. Kersty

    October 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful picture – again – I love how the person and the background/architecture complement each other!

  4. Francesca

    October 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Questa foto è così ricca di spontaneità!

  5. From The World With Love

    October 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Sadness and elegant …
    Yael Guetta

  6. javier

    October 29, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I love this image is very strong and bold, but I wouldn’t wear a bag like that.

  7. taimemode

    October 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

  8. Ashley

    October 29, 2015 at 11:44 am

    His eyes say it all <3


  9. Elaine

    October 29, 2015 at 11:47 am

    This photograph has the quality of a painting, perhaps because of his wrinkled face.

  10. Horizon

    October 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    very inspiring portrait of a charakter.

  11. Liz

    October 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    you have such a great eye.

  12. El F.M.

    October 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    What would be hilarious if he has real life adventures like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm. We see this older gentlemen walking around who in reality is a funny dude lol.

  13. Lauren at adorn la femme

    October 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    A well worn hat against a well travelled face. I’ll bet he never once just rolled out of bed and never missed an opportunity to dress up!

    adorn la femme

  14. Emilia

    October 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Super nice pic!! You know what he is thinking just looking the pic

  15. jen

    October 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Absolutely incredible. Looks like a Spanish or Italian painting. Great work.

  16. Anonymous

    October 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    It’s good to be reminded of how brave style is… He’s letting his clothing speak for him. The carefulness of his choices says a lot about his life.

  17. Lis @----->----------

    October 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Heart the Trilby hat…. =) @—–>——-

  18. Ramona

    October 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Very intense eyes! Is like he wanted to say something

  19. Cindy Karnitz

    October 29, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Great image of a well pulled together gentlemen, but yes, he is giving you a WTF kind of look.

  20. Archana

    October 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I wonder who he is !

  21. Uli

    October 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Did he agree to having his picture published? Did he understand what you will do with his picture although there was a language problem?

  22. Ike

    October 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to understand this man. I tried looking up the brand of his bag, the burgundy and black tag around his neck with only the letters FO or FC visible and written in yellow. I thought that might be a football club, of which he might be a fan but the lettering and colors don’t really match any Italian clubs. I figured maybe he picked it up at a good will kiosk as well as the bag or bought them second hand for his daily practical needs (the tag holds his keys). His posture and frame look strong but seasoned. The way he holds his bag makes him look like his profession has always involved carrying a bag like that. He’s mysterious and his eyes know so much. The blue coat, I love, a beautiful shade. Great shot. He probably doesn’t like tourists with cameras but if he ever saw this picture, he probably might assume a different disposition.

    • Simone Fraser

      October 29, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      I am glad to see the thoughtfulness in the comments, particularly the above two, as well as what Scott wrote below the photo. I also love that blue coat but this face is one I dearly wish to draw. Imagine it in charcoal!

  23. James Taylor

    October 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    He appears to be wearing some kind of striped lanyard, on which are just visible the letters “F-O”. Judging from the location and red-and-black colors, I’d guess it reads “FORZA MILAN”, so at least we know where his allegiance lies!

  24. milex

    October 29, 2015 at 10:38 pm


  25. Meo

    October 30, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Definitely , These Are your best shots

  26. jc

    October 30, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Per tutto il tempo che tu hanno speso in Italia, si dovrebbe parlare già qualche italiano.

    • Charikleia

      October 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Oh spare us! What is this language thing about Italian people? We love you but cannot stand your obsession with your language which is charming and amazing but not easy to understand for everyone. And this comes from a Greek…

      • tp

        October 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm

        Yes, seriously! Why doesn’t everyone speak English?

      • M.

        October 31, 2015 at 8:01 am

        Well, it’s true. So many just don’t bother and they might if they spend time there. Always this expectation that everyone speak English. Many do not. Sto imparando a parlare Italiano, and I love it. I encourage anyone to learn another language. It is a great joy.

        It is also true that a great many English speakers do not even know their own language very well.

        • tp

          October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

          “M.” – brava/o!
          Agreed. The brains of monolinguals and polylinguals definitely function differently.
          A polylingual also gets to know the culture and cultural norms of the people speaking that language. It is not surprising that the man in the photo refused to communicate with Mr. Schuman, even if he (Mr. Schuman) spoke Italian. Outside of the fashion world, the European societies function differently than the American.
          There were language and cultural barriers at work.
          I agree completely with “jc” that after all the time Mr. Schuman spent in Italy, he should have been able to speak some Italian and to have a better understanding of that country.
          PS – English is my 3rd language, Italian is the 4th.

        • Charikleia

          November 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

          I speak English,je parle francais, hablo espagnol en een bijtje nederlands, but I do not expect anyone to speak my language,which is Greek.

    • tp

      October 30, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      lo pensavo anch’io…

  27. Carine

    October 30, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Love that coat hes’s wearing but his expression is what stole my attention!

  28. Wilfried

    October 30, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Super capture. From a fashion sense and also so much more.
    There must be lots of stories behind that retiring face and body language – age (and its consequences) probably being one of them.
    Great work guy. You have an unbridled artist’s perception.

  29. Angelina

    October 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

    He’s just a man. Italians don’t feel the need to explain…

  30. alexa

    October 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

    no photo, however, an art picture

  31. Anthony

    October 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I love blue and brown. His hat is magnificent. The sling-bag doesn’t quite match his formality.

  32. jaj

    October 30, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    He looks like he would have some really good stories.. sad ones, too. His face has a lot of character.

  33. Cait Ni Chaoimh

    October 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    He reminds me of my father who always wore a brown hat like this and of course his suit and tie everywhere out (he was a farmer at home). There is something gentle about his hand.

  34. sheri

    October 31, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Your work transcends fashion for the best reasons – thank you for posts like this.

  35. imkirkwood

    November 1, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I imagine this story… his blue coat wool a silk blend is a little too big for him. Weight loss from an illness and age has drawn him in some. Weary of the interest from this American stranger. Not frightened-tired of this tourist. On his way to handle his simple business for which he carries a bag. The job not quite legal, but easy to explain away. This is the story your photo brings to my mind.
    It is the mood that you have created- it demands more information.So my imagination has filled it in.I love your photos.

  36. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    November 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

  37. Maria

    November 2, 2015 at 5:41 am

    he is looking very sharp.

  38. Abizera

    November 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Oh man, for a minute I couldn’t believe that this is a picture!! This definitely looks like a painting I would expect to see in some gallery. Very well done Scott.

  39. Steve Williams

    November 7, 2015 at 2:34 am

    A fine image on its own but I’m attracted more by what I want to know about the man before the camera. And I can’t help but think it’s more about my own aging body and a desire to feel there’s some hope to remain strong and vital as the days collect.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    Steve Williams

  40. loulou

    November 10, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Per fortuna non conosce Sartorialist e tornato a casa avrà – forse, gli uomini italiani di un tempo non raccontano – detto alla moglie dello strano fotografo che gli ha chiesto di fermarsi un secondo, e lui per educazione ma con lo sguardo che dice “perche’?” lo ha fatto, magari temendo di contrariarlo, ne girano di pazzi al giorno d’oggi eh Maria… : )

  41. Andrea

    November 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

    beautiful picture!

  42. el

    November 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm


  43. Erika

    November 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    It’s like a Károly Ferenczy painting! Wonderful !

  44. greg

    April 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    …like it! :)

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