Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On the Street….Bleecker St., West village

To me, this is so American, strong/healthy, so perfectly Spring-ish in feeling that you don’t even need to see the front of the look to understand exactly what it’s all about.


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  1. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    So Nice. I bought your book in london, it's realy greate !

  2. The Photodiarist

    May 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I agree. Although, it feels less than Spring-ish at the moment!

  3. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    No helmet?

  4. Scarves

    May 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    looks like a sturdier chlo

  5. DayDreamer..!

    May 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Amazing outfit!! So simple, but still so stylish!

  6. Davidikus

    May 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Interesting green paint on the floor – I like the bike colour two and how the two match & clash. Is this typically American? The surroundings are but, otherwise, imvho, the person on the bike could really be in Paris (she would probably be on a v

  7. De todo y nada

    May 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Nice look! Is it so hot in NY to wear shorts?? Envy!!


  8. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I completely agree. This is the essence of American style.

  9. Clypi

    May 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  10. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Perfectly worded. This photograph has that energy I admire.

  11. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    All American. Yes! Right down to the vintage red bicycle…. all the right clues are there to tell the story without needing to see the face. Bravo!

  12. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Although it would have been nice to see her from the front….

  13. impressionsforbreakfast

    May 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    i agree. everything is just perfect about this photo! i love the colours and the light in the picture.
    xx Isabel


  14. the free ladybug

    May 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    wow!!!it seems my style!!!very simply but so nice!!

  15. That's Not My Age

    May 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Another lovely lady on a bike!


    May 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I agree with you! You don't need to see the front to get it.


  17. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    seriously that's american to you ?
    i'd thought american was a obese dude in a fast food joint.

    nice picture regardless.

  18. Louise Blossfeld

    May 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm


    This is so sporty and so classical – and so American as you self say it!

    I love spring :)


  19. F.E. Castleberry

    May 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Very nice shot Scott. Love the cuffed shorts.


  20. Babinella

    May 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    new york spring!!!

  21. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Heading to NY soon. Glad I don't have to buy anything before I go! Your NY photos tell me anything goes. I will buy, however, when I get there! Any shops not to be missed???

  22. SarahPeslar

    May 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    so right!
    the back says the whole story.


  23. Yoli

    May 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    It is true, you do not need to see the front to know what it is all about. Great capture.

  24. LoliTa

    May 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm



  25. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    yes, love the book.

  26. kelly

    May 11, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    yes, absolutely american! even the hair, which i hate that length/color, is a perfect example of health/strength.

  27. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    American? why?

  28. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I agree. That's a sweet vintage bike she's riding. She looks like she just rode it out of a Ralph Lauren ad! Great pic. Makes "green" transportation look stylish! :)

  29. Cristina

    May 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Reminds me of Carolyn Bessete Kennedy (+)…great american style!

  30. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    fantastic picture. great american look as you said, just what i like !

    Camille from http://lecharivari.net

  31. Carly

    May 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    LOVE the shots of people and their bikes! Wonderful for the spring.

  32. CandV

    May 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    oh niiiice..its just so rainy all about germany, we want some sun, too!!

  33. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love white shirts for summer, they look so fresh. This one with all the seams in the back and with a short waist is especially nice.

  34. Rach

    May 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I completely agree with your caption. I love how you've portrayed a woman whose beauty is her strength. She looks crisp and fresh, even while surrounded by the concrete of the city. The vintage-y feel of the bike enhances the beauty of this look.

    From a photographic standpoint, the light in this photo is an element in itself. The highlight on her hair and the shadows on the concrete serve to further enhance the juxtaposition of her fresh look and the urban environment.

    I love this post. It's a great example of how street photography and fashion are intertwined, and how beauty can come from a healthy place.

  35. Lisa Petrarca

    May 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Love the photo…makes me want to get out there and enjoy the nice weather.

    Hey…think I'll go bike riding tonight!LOL!


  36. Jennie Nhi Nguyen

    May 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

  37. Theresa

    May 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    This is lovely, the lighting is beautiful.

  38. BlumeBloom

    May 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    You are right on, but I am really curious about the shoes. They look interesting, beautiful and practical!

  39. Kathleen

    May 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I am wistfully remind of the late Carolyn Kennedy. Don't know why, think its the long blond pony tail and the beautifully graceful legs. I love this picture Scott, just beautiful.

  40. Nedda Ebo

    May 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I couldn't agree more.

    Mustart x

  41. walrus studio

    May 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I like it from the back, too. In my head she's Chloe Sevigny

  42. TIASglass

    May 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I agree, the shoes look fab. The photo is great, has a good feel of spring in a city in it. Love it

  43. Silla

    May 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    If it only was this warm here… :/


  44. Roberta R. Sanches

    May 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I think bike makes any clothe fashion. I loved the pic

  45. Susan

    May 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Usually the "American" look to me is a nice pair of shorts and a polo for the summer, but this look is great! A more stylish American look.


  46. SabinePsynopsis

    May 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Great spring spirit. Also love the Caravaggio effect in this picture.

  47. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    May 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love the pose, we have all been there- ready to go! It is a classic outfit, but it is accentuated by the fabric straps in the back, and the sheerness of the top, you can kind of see through it but in a very classy way. And the coup are the shoes, very delicate, almost dressy! Jorge from WPB

  48. Lisa

    May 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    First, I thought this was a man. Second, while the rider may look "stylish", those shoes are too flimsy for biking, the shorts look darned uncomfortable on a saddle, and the lack of a helmet is foolish. I'd rather see serious cyclists with real style, not some fashion plate posing on a bike.

  49. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I can't see the details that well but I wasn't sure if this was a woman or man. However, my first impression was European, maybe Dutch or Scandanavian with the strong, tan limbs and the blondish hair. Most Americans are still in their cars. It's a nice vision you have, though.

  50. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I am pretty sure that this is a man. He lives in my Bklyn building.

  51. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Completly agree.
    I will like you to keep posting like this Amrican-ish looks.
    Thanks Scott.

  52. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    … in others words, it is so stereotyped.

  53. Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I would have to say this is the typical "dressed up" dutch girl two summers ago. No helmet (mind you, only toddlers do over here), relaxed unisex look, long blond pony tail… yep, i would say she's dutch.

  54. Sara

    May 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Such a beautiful shot!

  55. Danilo

    May 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I don't like her hulking, stooped posture. As much as I wish a girl on a bike was classic american, I can only agree with you as far as the no-nonsense clothes and ponytail.

  56. Andrea

    May 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I love all this bike style! Yet as someone whose main mode of transportation is a bicycle it worries me to see all these beautiful people without helmets. Although helmets are somewhat unattractive, I'm even less attracted to people who'd rather put their lives in danger than ruin an outfit. But maybe that's just me!

  57. Bianca

    May 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I love: this picture, the shorts, the white shirt, the bike…
    Is so vintage!


  58. cityamour

    May 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    so true your can definitely see what time of the year it is from the back!!

  59. Doncella

    May 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    the shorts & blond hair says ALL-AMERICAN GIRL without a doubt. I like the dimensions of her shoes from the side.

  60. HAL

    May 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    You're right, perfectly spring-ish. Love this shot.


  61. Lucy Laucht

    May 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    man looking at your blog makes me so excited; I'm moving to New York next month and can't wait for sunshine, dusty streets and just the feeling of being there.
    Lucy Laucht

  62. David Kim

    May 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    i need to get myself a vintage steel bike.

  63. cute look but is it healthy not to wear a helmet?

  64. Wrenaissance Art

    May 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Perfect WASP/preppy tomboy. Tonight she'll show up at a party wearing the perfect black sleeveless dress and some diamond drops, beat the boys at poker and make all the girls jealous!

  65. Liya

    May 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I agree with Scott! Although I find the "Anonymous" said quite interesting (quote: "seriously that's american to you ?
    i'd thought american was a obese dude in a fast food joint"). I dont know if this is "American" but it sure is "New York". When i was visiting NY last year, the friend i was staying with told me that there are no fat people in Manhattan. When I later pointed one out on the street, he said: "Oh, but clearly they are tourists!" .. I was lost for words

  66. Shoe

    May 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    The back, and the sunlight in her hair! Beautiful!!


  67. Blanche Poubelle

    May 11, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    That's not really American spring. That's an American who hasn't gotten too lost from her Scandinavian roots. Cheery, if rare, isn't it?

    I love this website. Thanks.

  68. Call Us Mesdemoiselles

    May 12, 2010 at 12:42 am

    oh love this photo! i love her outfit!


    May 12, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I LOOOOOOVE THIS PHOTO! Would love to see more bike pics if possible! :) COME to Salt Lake City this summer! So many bikers here…. :) it is wonderful!

  70. noelakadjtambour

    May 12, 2010 at 1:18 am

    fantastic torso and limbs that go with it

  71. The Sartorialist

    May 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

    to Anon 2;24
    You must be French, they don't travel much.


    May 12, 2010 at 1:32 am


    How hot is it in New York by now?

    Back here in Europe the sun's taking forever to come back out!

  73. Ian

    May 12, 2010 at 2:10 am

    To all those commenting about helmets: helmets don't work. They don't prevent serious head injuries. Therefore, there is no point in wearing one.

    Don't believe me? Do some research.

  74. z.ok

    May 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

    classic. the straps on her shoes add an elegant femininity. weather looks perfect in nyc right now!


    May 12, 2010 at 4:08 am

    incredible light

  76. Sara Bentley

    May 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Great photo! Totally full of motion even though she's pausing at the moment. Can imagine her ponytail swinging behind her as she takes off!


  77. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    So many bikes in your photos lastly! I think it's great too, and for me a very stylish accessory. I didn't think it was so frequent in Manhattan?!
    Great pleasure to follow your work as usual.

  78. Ana

    May 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Yeah, that's why I like so much your pictures from USA: healthy/strong factor! They instillate energy immediately! I like it (maybe because i'm from a very old country in Europe – Portugal, where energy is lacking).
    More pictures from USA, please!


    May 12, 2010 at 5:02 am

    If this is a man, he is so sexy!

  80. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I thought it was a man

  81. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

    agree on all except for the shoes which are not american in feel.
    more like old fashioned spanish or even older Italian

  82. joelle

    May 12, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Anon 2:24 and the Sartorialist:
    What's this all about???
    I am French, I travel a lot and I don't think all americans cart their obese bodies to fast food chains.
    The photo is great as all photos are in my opinion. The woman could be american, she could be european, she could from the moon, most of all she looks healthy, well dressed, unaware of the dangers of city cycling and careless and happy to be out in the sun.
    Let's not make it a diplomatic issue.
    Love your blog, it brightens my day to see how people take life all around the world. No need to see beyond that.

  83. joelle

    May 12, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Anon 2:24 and the Sartorialist:
    What's this all about???
    I am French, I travel a lot and I don't think all americans cart their obese bodies to fast food chains.
    The photo is great as are all your photos in my opinion. The woman could be american, she could be european, she could be from the moon, most of all she looks healthy, well dressed, unaware of the dangers of city cycling and careless and happy to be out in the sun.
    Let's not make it a diplomatic issue.
    Love your blog, it brightens my day to see how people take life all around the world. No need to see beyond that.

  84. uyenng

    May 12, 2010 at 7:22 am


  85. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I Spotted an other great cruiser as well, a Johnny Loco bike!

  86. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

    i like the look. but is this a man or a woman?

  87. chrystyna

    May 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

    i agree, i love this :)x

  88. lenmeister

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Really? That's debatable, this stroke me as being more European. American bikers aren't always so stylish when biking (unless you're referring to a specific neighborhood maybe?). Compare contrast your U.S. shots and your European ones on the blog, I think most would agree

  89. ab04bace

    May 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I think what Sart is referring to when he says "American" is the strength and sport you see in this woman's body. America has a rich tradition of sports; one that starts at a very young age and is encouraged for both boys and girls, men and women for life. This includes baseball, softball, basketball, kickball, football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, swimming, volleyball, etc. Sports are social in the United States, and cultural.

    I think what Sart is referring to is the sport in this woman's body. She surely played one of the above aforementioned sports- as is seen in the strength of her legs and the strength in her upper body.

    Some have posted silly "is she a man?" comments, which reflects naive chauvinism at worst, and cultural differences at best. For all those people in the world (specifically Europe) who say America doesn't have a culture— take a look at this picture. In this picture you will see a healthy strong beautiful American athlete. And that's just her body language!

    As for the style, arguably also American in the soft khaki + white tones…. notice: no black or bright colors.

  90. josh

    May 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Somehow, this pic tells of her whole lifestyle. Very NYC… which is very American. Beautiful.

  91. Hollis

    May 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I wouldn't be surprised if this girl were European as New York City is more European than it is American in some ways. Totally a guess but I would say this girl is French.

  92. Petey

    May 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

    While regrettably, I am not the woman in the photo, this would be just my luck. I run into The Sart in my neighborhood, he's impressed by my personal style enough to take my photo….and it's of my backside!

    Wish Spring would return to Bleecker Street. Instead, rain has replaced the weekend's howling winds…

  93. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    May 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

    the colors are fantastic. so very american indeed.

  94. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I think the photo represents a certain "type" of Americaness for sure! I mean there is a class, health, and race piece to this picture that can't be ignored.

    I wouldn't generalize it as an American representation …

    GREAT SHOT all other thoughts aside!


  95. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Well, ab04bace, it's definitely a man's bike, a man's pose and a man's body. Agree the dress sense is feminine so maybe you're the naive chauvinist making a sexe judgement based on clothing…

  96. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    @ab04bace: Couldn't agree more! Well said. Cheers.

  97. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    For whatever reason- and someone feel free to back me up here- I sort of cringed at the terms of "strong/healthy" that were used to describe this woman. They made me feel as though Scott just HAD to distinguish her from the models and waifs he seems to normally shoot, and that this this fact somehow lends to the quality or specialness of the photo and her ensemble. This woman is, what, maybe a size 6? Eyeballing it. Possibly an 8? Since when are "strong and healthy" AMERICAN characteristics? Look at the majority of us! Neither word would qualify to describe the phenomenon occurring here. I'm possibly half this woman's size, or maybe just a bit more than half her size, and when I WAS her size I was certainly never made to believe I was "strong and healthy." Just normal. Average. And I got the sense that Scott, in using these terms, is almost implying that her stylishness is so special in light of the fact that she is, well, normal and average (when taking into account, as I said before, the medium size of women normally featured here). Anyone else see my point??? Perhaps I just hate any reference to body type at all in fashion blogs….

  98. little blog of style

    May 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Looks like a beautiful day in NY.

  99. the nickel fit

    May 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    so new york. so easy.

  100. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    yes, i thought exactly the same thing – strong, healthy, long blonde hair, tanned, no fragility at all! you wouldn't use the word chic, but still stylish!!

  101. laurenfoode

    May 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Gosh, another bike. Who knew the accessory of the season would take this shape!

  102. Mary & Aly

    May 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    love the photo .. its look like summer



  103. style

    May 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Shame you didn't get the front, looks like the perfect spring look at you say.

  104. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    She reminds me of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy… Shame it isn't her…

  105. Anonymous

    May 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    So carefree. Strong and yet elegant. Great picture.

  106. sofiaramsay

    May 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

    so NY. love riding my bike downtown, it can be so inspirational!



  107. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

    If by American, you mean WASP, then yes, yes it is. But luckily Americans have far more diversity and that's is far more attractive than high waisted shorts and being a wasp.

  108. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Man/woman… American/European… this is definitely a strong, healthy, stylish and sexy specimen!

  109. iamnotyetarockstar

    May 13, 2010 at 6:30 am


  110. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I don't see why some are getting offended, Sartorialist included.

    I agree with Joelle. She could indeed be American or any other nationality. And, Americans aren't the only people who do sports. So, maybe certain Americans should also start traveling (I mean, the French don't travel? Where the hell did you get that from???) and see what's going on in the rest of the world before getting all offended about nothing and posting silly remarks.

    True enough though, this is very New York.
    Although, I must say, being a New-Yorker myself, spend an hour sitting on a bench in NY and you'll see the entire world walk by.

    The girl in the picture has a gorgeous style, let's leave at that.

  111. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

    The ghost of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

  112. Laguna Beach Trad

    May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Nice pic, very summer-y. Although, I don't approve of men with long hair and pony-tails.

  113. Allie

    May 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I love your caption. It's true, there's such an essence here you don't even need to see the whole in order to grasp it. Fabulous!

  114. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I HAVE to play the devil's advocate:) I do understand what you mean about this image being "so American."

    However, with so much cultural and racial diversity not only in America, but in New York, I think many people will have their own subjective opinion as to what the true "American" look looks like.

    That being said, I always find it foolish to wear those type of shoes while bicycling. Obviously, she may not have to ride that far, but still, she is right in middle of traffic…

  115. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

    North America? Central America? South America?
    So american from which country in the continent?

    Love the picture though!! Nice work!

  116. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    To me he looks like a Swedish death metal singer, minus the stage outfit. Must be that waist long blond hair…;)

  117. the coolbirth kid

    May 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    can't help but think,
    she looks like tonne goodman from the back.
    i wonder.

  118. Bill Chrismer

    May 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Strong, understated and yet elegant. American Style without european lineage

  119. Nick

    May 17, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Familiar and yet absolutely fresh. Effortless elegance.

  120. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    WOW! No cigarette

  121. Jonrah

    May 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Uh, i agree with the post who said it's Caroline B. Kennedy's ghost riding through NYC. And my whole take on Scott saying its an "American" style is that its reflective of the look American designers (Kors, DK, Ralph Lauren) have made synonomous with the country in regards to sportswear. Afterall thats what the American designers are known for.

  122. Gemma

    May 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    i want to live on bleecker street!
    its my favorite street in the world. its beautiful.

  123. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Can anyone identify the brand of shoes?!

  124. Susanne

    May 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    This is me ! 25 years ago anyways, thinking (hoping) that strong, healthy, and fresh was the way to go! It is.

  125. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    i actually know her very well. SHE is russian but moved to the states in her teens – so enough to understand and embody american style.

    i think her style is definitely American in that its not fussy or overdone and is stylish and classic.

    she is proof that you don't have to be American to capture its spirit.

  126. FashionFoodFatale

    June 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

    She is just like Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. This image epitomises true American beauty. Love.

  127. anna

    October 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    i thought she is a man untill i saw her shoes. so muscular, strong!

  128. blog mode

    February 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    awesome outfit!

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