Totally agree, such a powerful photo!
I love this blog, not only because of its impecable street style shoots that really inspire me on a daily basis, but for Scott Schuman¬īs way to see life and things around him.
I love this shot because it reminds me of photos of immigrants coming through New York to the United States. This is something often forgotten with modern NY since so many people associate the city with money and fashion, yet forget about the dynamic melange of the drive of those who finance this city and the dreams of the every day people who have breathed life into it.
Thank you for showing that life is not only about fashion and beauty, but also about the hard work that so many of us take part in every day to try to make the best of our lives.
Whoa, I have saw scenes like this in Chinatown a lot but I have never thought the black and white could create a powerful story like this. The monotone illustrates the hardship as a result of life; it’s brilliant!
Proof that a picture can speak a thousand words, absolutly anything can be running through her thoughts. I can look at a shot like this for hours and imagine all sorts of stories ! Wonderful, Mr. Schuman !
…as I sit here at work browsing your blog and online shopping (in fact I am too cold and was just complaining about the air conditioning), the first pic is of a lady in sweltering steam and looks as if she barely gets a lunch. Good one Scott. You do not know the depth of your talent my friend.
Steven Siegel said
1980s-era New York was an edgier, riskier, dirtier, tenser, more dangerous and chaotic place. I think that fairly comes through in my images.
I think sometimes we need to look a little more closely at whats around us images like this bring that home to me.
I’ve had this huge crush on NYC for a long time, but I know it can’t be all wall street and 5th ave types. So i love when i see photos like your showing me sights of the city i wouldn’t normally see. Also, all i’ve got as a reference are photos such as yours, since i’ve never been to NYC, not yet at least.
Your work doesn’t cease to amaze me and when I think I’m lulled into the world of youth and beauty, for example the pictures of backless dresses, flowing hair, fashionable men, I’m pulled back into reality with a black and white photo of a lonely older man on the street or a hard working woman in the kitchen of a busy eatery. There is a culture shock in your photos that reminds me constantly of the world I live in, but not in a bad way. It’s just reality.
I’m a huge fan of Scott’s work but am I the only one who doesn’t think this is a great photo?
The composition seems off to me… The lines of the cart, window and garbage bag create a giant ‘+’ sign that draw your attention away from the subject (the woman) and compounding that is the fact that her face is half obscured by the edge of the cart.
My attention is definitely drawn away from the woman, but not for the reasons you mentioned; the intensity of her mood (and her perceived lot in life) is almost too unpleassnt to bear. Scott’s shown enough happy, successful people…a somber image is a challenge to observe, but worth the effort.
I love the moodiness of this and the fact that the composition is muted. All components are beautifully placed, her face, the eggs and window area. This is what makes ‘Chinatown’ a mystery. Brilliant shot Scott!
Go Scott Go Indeed and Never stop! Scott You are just great. And the fact that I don’t even know you, and yet feel so much a part of a community you have made is so special.
There is so much in this photograph. Yes, there is something “off” about the composition as others have noted, but I agree with Monsieur Marcel that “the intensity of her mood…is almost too unpleasant to bear”… it is off, for a reason…and this is why the photograph is so interesting. She, the subject, would be eclipsed, obscured, except for her very tenacity, and Scott’s discerning eye.
And there is something here about fashion, actually. Note her shirt and the draping and texture of the tarp. It’s an element or combination I’ve seen played with in more “affluent”skirts and shirts…it’s interesting to see these elements in the raw here…
wow scott – this picture almost brought me to tears. i’m an asian american.. now a successful executive at one of the top four consulting firms in the US… but i grew up watching my parents excrete their blood, sweat and soul into their small business… in a ghetto neighborhood…where the sounds of gunshots were as normal as inhaling and exhaling so that their three kids could have opportunities they never dreamed of. i am GRATEFUL you captured a bit of what millions of immigrants go through each day to earn their dollar.