I think it’s a beautiful photo. The calm, dancer-like expression, and the almost frightening exertion in the body.
The only thing about reposting: It is nice for us who follow your work to have some context for the progress of the fashions that catch your eye. When it comes to photos like this, you are an artist. And it helps to understand an artists work to know where, in their career, they were when the art was rendered.
Lastly, as a somewhat new reader (only 6 months, or thereabouts), well, I liked your photos so much that I went back through them. Particularly, I wanted to know what people were wearing when the weather was similar to what it is like now (Portland weather is just slightly different). How were people you saw dealing with chill, or rain, or what-have you, and still looking interesting. WIthout a date, it’s harder to know what I’m looking at!
So . . . somehow you’ve breached readers’ trust by having the gall–the gall!–to repost your own photo, on your own, non-commercial site, without noting that you’d offered it last year. How dare you! Oh well . . . it’s a really cool picture, and the site keeps getting better and better. Thanks.
I recognized the photo from before as well — once seen, it is impossible to forget.
May I make a suggestion — instead of just having everything in the archives by date, I’d love to see you catalog some of your favorites by subject matter — bike messengers, older men in Chinatown and/or Harlem, whatever; couples in SoHo, Spring in NYC, beautiful mature women, shop windows, etc.
As if you didn’t have anything else to do, right? Wonder what would happen if you asked us to go through the archives and vote?
“How do you call this sport? Handball? Isn’t it rather the “bare-hand” version of the “pelote basque”?”
Try playing it. And you will understand!
Anyway, lovely pic Sart. One thing I love about this site is that it’s cultural observation, not just fashion pix. You have an anthropologist’s/historian’s eye as well as (most importantly) that of an artist.
I love that you re post some of your work-from your own posts and ones that were posted on style.com In fact the other day when you had trouble uploading new shots I went back through the archive. Your work is beautiful. The archive is testament to your talents.
I’ll happily view any shot one hundred times. keep it up and post whatever you like.
Wow, what a body… Double wow, what a pic… You’re definitely the best photographer to me. And I love that you posted it, cause I came across your blog just a month ago. This pic is my favourite too. Keep going with your blog, it’s wonderful.
I thought this was a street performer doing a ballet or mime until I read the caption and saw the ball. The guy is so thin; his pleading expression, almost of desperation, are quite striking. Even his fingers and hands seem to express the same emotion. Very dramatic. I prefer to view the shot as a dramatic performance rather than a sport performance. .
This photo is great. I’ve been devouring your blog at an alarming rate. I love how the ball is caught in the air and how the arm is so bent back, it almost looks broken – even though, I know it isn’t. Fabulous!
This is my first visit to your blog. And this picture is arresting for so many reasons. As a student of anatomy I am fascinated by it; the degree of rotation in his right shoulder, the impossible twist in the right elbow, the incredible grace in his posture, the unbroken line of extension through his spine and neck. A trained dancer for the NYC ballet could not do better, and yet, the imperfect lines of his right hand make it so much more interesting. The beatific expression on his face is the icing on the cake. This is a once in a lifetime photo. You must have fallen to your knees and thanked the photography gods when you saw what you had captured.
As a doctoral student of physical therapy currently in the midst of a kinesiology course, this is a marvelous example of Wolff's law and the SAID principle. It demonstrates how the body adapts to the demands one imposes upon it. I particularly love the differentiation you can see in this photograph between the sternal head and the clavicular head of the pectoralis major.