I tend to agree. Scott described it as fashion inspiration. Is it inspiration or necessity? It’s probably hot and humid in Bali today, hence the tank top top and skirt. Unless Scott can verify the young man admired the Gucci brand, I’m guessing the brand item is more an effect of trickle-down. One need not feel ashamed of the luxury of fashion but please, assigning a fashion sense to the young man surrounded by a poverty-stricken environment only blurs the irony of Gucci far, far away from the glam streets of Europe.
He is wearing fake gucci and yes it is easy to find them in Bali. But this photo is not about the gucci he wears, but the singlet and sarong put together, and the shoes he is wearing stands out in the photo. This man is clearly not poor. You can see from the shoes he is wearing and the sarong he is wearing. Sarong is not easy to make and it is not cheap either. If he can afford that, clearly he is not poor. He got tattoos on his hand. If he is poor, he wont be able to afford that tattoo. I am Indonesian myself. Even if you live in a poor country, does not mean we do not want to look good. I grew up in a village in Indonesia and we are not rich at all, but my grandma love vibrant colours and she knows how to mix and match dresses she has in the wardrobe, and she doesnt have that many. You
poverty??? if u come to my country…Indonesia…(Bali,-one of province)…u would find many artistic and traditional fashion. batik, saroong, tenun/woven,and many more. respecting other’s heritage….means u respect YOURSELF. mix matching fashion is an art.
I don’t believe anyone said you can’t enjoy fashion without lots of money. Or, that people living in “poorer” conditions aren’t human. You obviously missed the point. There are more things to be “seen” in this photo than the Gucci shirt or the regular outfit worn by many in Bali. More needs to be said. Oh, and yes, we all know that money can’t buy taste…just keep watching.
+1 Michael. I’ve tried to show my agreement but I guess my arguments were too strong for the moderators. I think the replies missed Michael’s original point and that is unless Scott verified the thought process of the photograph’s subject, it’s a bit self-serving to assign a fashion choice to someone that perhaps does not enjoy that luxury. No assumptions should be made either way as to his station in life – just ponder the dichotomy in the photograph.
Thank you very much, Nadia. It’s often frustrating the assumptions made about those who live in developing countries. We, too, enjoy fashion and can make it work for us with a minimal budget, thank you very much. The man in this pic looks fly as hell.
This is one if the best pictures taken by scoot, is master and a true classic, I see no poverty at all in this picture, if I will you make pictures in NYC or Paris backstreets you will get the same result, in the 3rd world most people shine and smile more than in the western world. look how sharp and proud this guy is standing, the batik skirt, the Gucci 80s logo, his scarf and style is maximum fashion, this is the fashion that is no repetitive that is cross cultural and is born from global cultures, this is pure beauty. Scoot comes along way since he started with this blog, He’s photographic work is much mature nowadays and is a blessing that he is a star! Keep the good work !
I’m not sure this gentleman intentionally mixed genres. I don’t know him personally, but perhaps he’s wearing a Gucci shirt because that’s one of only a few shirts he owns? I’m no expert on poverty, but having grown up poor myself I frequently wore hand-me-downs. Many of the articles of clothing I wore came with images and words (and sometimes holes, like the shirt above) on them that I didn’t particularly care for.
Something about this photo makes me uncomfortable, but I am drawn to it at the same time. I think the photo would be more powerful without a caption. In this instance, the caption distracts me from the image.
The “bulge” around his waist is a kinda belt to hold his sarong. Both the “belt” (made of batik cloth) and the sarong are essential wear for Balinese when they perform their numerous religious rituals or when to enter temples. Even foreigners or tourists, when entering some sacred temples, must wear these. I’m quite sure Scott did and hence where are the pics?
I find it a bit fanciful to think this guy is making any sort of sartorial comment – intended or otherwise – on mixing up clothing genres. All this pic says to me is ‘I live in grinding poverty’, which is the reality for most Balinese.
I saw the pic and was shocked by it. The irony of a European luxury brand, and what it means to the wearer, played against the poverty also portrayed in the image is what is most compelling to me. Reading the comments, this reminds me that context invests so much meaning in a photo. If this was in National Geographic, it would elicit a different response from an entirely different audience.
I really wish sarongs were more acceptable for men in the US. I wear one around the house and pretty much the whole time I’m at Burning Man. Super comfortable and looks great with almost anything. I wouldn’t care if I didn’t live in a fairly conservative suburb as the father of 3 kids. Anyway, great pic.