I’m very proud of this simple photograph.

 

I think it sincerely captures two people that, in this moment, are genuinely curious about each other.

 

This trip to Bali has been great and I’ve already made a few very touching portraits.  The mix of fashion and culture over the next two weeks will be really great for the blog.

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  1. Simbarashe

    July 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    This reminds me completely of the best portraits that came out of your latest book.
    http://lordashbury.com

  2. MÓNICA - MES VOYAGES À PARIS

    July 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I understand why are you so proud of this picture… it is something special…
    xx
    MĂłnica
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS

  3. THE STEL STYLE

    July 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Amazing picture!!! he is so nice!!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

  4. Penny

    July 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I’m always humbled when I see images from other cultures; I can’t imagine how different their life is from mine. The look, so innocent and pure. Enjoy the journey.

  5. aga's suitcase

    July 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

    One of your best photoshots
    Kisses
    Aga

    http://www.agasuitcase.com

  6. lindy702

    July 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Outstanding and heartfelt work!

  7. Aimee

    July 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Such a beautiful photo!

  8. FripperyVintage

    July 15, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Amazing portrait, he looks so curious about you!

  9. LUBA

    July 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

    REally stunning shot , they you captured the moment !

    XX LUBA

    Un look veraniego con sombrero en mi post hoy
    http://www.well-living-blog.com

  10. wang lili

    July 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I really like it. the boy is so cute.

  11. Quinn Cooper

    July 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love the expression he has on his face. So genuine and real.
    Can’t wait to see more of your photos from Bali. Loved seeing Garance’s photos.
    Amazing photo.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  12. carol

    July 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh my !!!!!

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  13. The slow pace

    July 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Looking forward to it!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • Paula

      July 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Definitely, me too. I’m expecting to be taken to higher places in next posts….no pressure though : )…

  14. andreea

    July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

  15. Dan

    July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

    So simple….so amazing….
    beyond fashion…..

  16. Elena

    July 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Such a strong shot, you captured amazing colors of the landscape and his expression beautifully!!!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

  17. Jen

    July 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Stunning shot! I think the sense of curiosity is well-captured and the landscape is incredible!

    -Jen

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

  18. ShadowOfStyle

    July 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Love it, it’s great! <3

  19. Fashion Snag

    July 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

    This is one of your best photographs. I love it.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  20. leo

    July 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

    thats great!! this pictures are so special!

  21. Elisa

    July 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Nice shot!
    … Very special!!!

    With love
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

  22. Amy

    July 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Dear Mr. Schuman,
    This portrait is beautiful, and your caption is elegant in the way that simplicity and modesty complement the level of art and striving for the ever-better that you are making with every photo, every post, and every book. Love, love, love.
    Amy in Nashville

  23. Reptilia

    July 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This photo is AWSOME!! Love the landscape and this kind is too cute!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  24. The Fashion Fraction

    July 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

  25. Benton Sampson

    July 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Scott,

    Love this portrait. I met you this past season at NYFW in front of the Ralph Lauren show. My girlfriend and I just returned from Bali a few weeks ago and couldn’t have been more touched by the people there. It truly is an amazing country with equally amazing people. Experiencing their culture really allows us to step back from our every day life and realize how simple and enjoyable life can be.

    We look forward to seeing more of your photos from your trip. Enjoy!

    Benton & Kyra

  26. Virginia L

    July 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    A mixt of worlds. Love the pic.

  27. katherine

    July 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Beautiful picture. I really look forward to seeing more of what you captured in Bali.
    also eager to find out more about your project in Madrid since I’ve just moved here! :)

  28. Anna Louisa

    July 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

    So excited for these pictures – the first thing I did after reading Garance’s hilarious blog was click over here to see what you shot :).

    http://www.anna-bird.com

  29. Kal

    July 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I find something postcolonial about it, I don’t like it, there’s nothing “fashion” about it picture, it only contrasts poor child from Bali on a field with rich people in expensive clothes from the Western culture.

    • The Sartorialist

      July 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

      this picture isn’t about fashion but about connection

      • Eki

        July 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

        I am balinese, and as all kids as I was this pic represent how happy and non-complicated way of life, far further thought of theorised post colonialist spectacles

    • Eki

      July 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I don’t think he feels and appears poor. I am balinese and as I could guess he’s very happy as normal balinese kids raise up there..

  30. Suni

    July 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Agreed. Really great. Now you’ve got this strangers two cents! xo

  31. stephanie

    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    great shot, enjoy my country and my rich culture! Please visit other Indonesian islands next time!

  32. Jo Fursman

    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Is this ‘cute’ photograph not a little ignorant of the child’s living circumstances and the reason why he is working in rice fields and not at school? Great photo for the blog, but perhaps an acknowledgement of wider issues (especially evident in the t-shirt) at play here would help.

    • Maggie

      August 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Actually, it was probably school holidays if this was taken in July. Most Indonesian kids are indulged and happy, regardless of their socio-economic situation. There are definitely wider issues here in Indonesia, but this picture doesn’t represent any of them.

  33. Sevan

    July 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This little guy knows how to pose naturally !
    We’ve been spoiled with Garance’s pictures from Bali. Now we are going to enjoy yours as well. What a treat !

  34. Abby Johnson

    July 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Photos like this, which both are and aren’t about fashion, make your blog multi-dimensional and on-goingly interesting.

  35. Yasmin Villar

    July 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This is easily one of my favorite photos on fashion and culture. I love the play of colors—turquoise/blues, yellow, whites, browns and greens; the rice paddy “stripes”; the boy’s expression and pose; the silhouette of the other farmer and the other ‘textures’ of the setting which you captured perfectly :)

    I’m really waiting for the day THE SARTORIALIST will come to visit us here in the PHILIPPINES too! I visit your blog everyday and even have both of your books :D All the best!

  36. CWM

    July 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    What is being grown in that field?

    • Terry

      July 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      It’s a seaweed plantation…

  37. LIZPR

    July 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Oh, what a cute kid!

    I look forward to your pictorial of Indonesia! I visited a cousin there many years ago …. I was so struck by the vibrancy of the colours in the fabrics and batiks. And the Balinese dancers’ costumes!!! Can’t wait!

    http://www.lizpr.com

  38. Laura

    July 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    You have every reason to be proud, this photo is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see the other photos!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  39. Sunday's child

    July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Touching! This is LIFE captured!

  40. Cavandownunder

    July 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    The shots you take of people who didn’t get dressed to be on a fashion image blog – the best… More please

  41. piotr

    July 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    sorry, but there is nothing to be proud of, it’s quite easy to go to an emerging nation and to take a picture of cute, poor children, who arouse compassion. white European man with his camera worth more than the whole property of this boy’s family.

    • The Sartorialist

      July 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

      so i should only take photos of people in my income bracket? seems a little small of you.

    • westcoasttiger

      July 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Piotr, the point is not so much what the photographer should do with his camera but rather what the viewer of the photograph takes away from the subject matter.

      Don’t kill the messenger.

      • Joanna Fursman

        July 20, 2013 at 6:16 am

        Your blog is about the curious and evolving world of fashion, absolute fashion moments are captured in your amazing photographs. But this image is very different. Could you have projected a western viewpoint/gaze onto this young person? The pose looks very constructed and very similar to how fashion magazine editors choose to present clothes on models. Your concluding comment under the image fuels the idea that this is useful for you and your blog.

  42. Melanie

    July 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I think the picture is lovely. But I don’t like your title. I think it juxtaposes privilege against the boy’s humanity. I have followed your blog for months now. You have a great eye. But it seems sometimes that you are in a bubble and perhaps not cognizant of the world outside your chosen field.

    • The Sartorialist

      July 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

      the title comes from the tee shirt this little girl was wearing

      • Melanie

        July 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Yes, I understood that. But I think it makes a larger statement than that.

  43. Eva

    July 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Totally get why you’re so proud, it’s beautiful!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  44. denton

    July 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely, but isn’t this a reminder that fast fashion ends up in bales in places like Bali?

  45. Edgar C

    July 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I loved your Morocco shots, so I’m sure you’ll do Bali justice. Cheers!

  46. carole

    July 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    So simple, so beautiful!

  47. Julius C

    July 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Seaweed Garden !

  48. MAr

    July 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    A really great picture, love it!!

  49. westcoasttiger

    July 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Scott, when I see a photograph of yours like this and the bit of effort it must have taken to stand in the water-logged field with your subject, I see you as a photographer first who just happens to admire and record the style/fashion of the day. The great irony of this shot is that the boy probably will never realize he was for a fleeting moment a single degree of separation from the fashion circles of Paris. It’s not your responsibility to raise the living standards of those perhaps less fortunate (I can only assume from the photograph) but it is your talent to record the spectrum of how and why people get dressed each day.

  50. Vessel

    July 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Simply arresting.

  51. WULU

    July 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Amazing photograph.

    Kudos.

  52. gatita

    July 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I love Bali!.. I’m moving there next year :)
    I can’t wait to see what you post!

  53. Noemi

    July 16, 2013 at 1:56 am

    It’s a beautiful photo but it’s also sad, because I guess she’s working there, and children are not supposed to do it, anywhere.

    • Zakiah

      July 17, 2013 at 12:52 am

      she is might not be working, kids in indonesia (especially kids in the villages) mostly playing in the rice/seaweed farm. They’re usually looking for fish or bugs. If she’s working, she will have some basket or her t-shirt and hand must be full of mud :)

      It is became a common activity here. Some playground even put rice/seaweed farm full of mud so the children can play role like a farmer and then they will appreciate the job and their food later.

  54. cynthia

    July 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I think the child is a girl..she’s wearing earrings. Beautiful pic btw..great contrast with the dark looming clouds in the background.

  55. Bergère

    July 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful shot, very McCurry. I’d love to see more of these from you in the future !

  56. justray

    July 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Out of all the photos I’ve ever seen on this blog, this has got to be the most candid, natural, and “inviting our imaginations into this little world” shot. Now this is REAL. KEEP THIS UP!!!

  57. bee

    July 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    This is truly a wonderful photo–to the point of moving out of aesthetics of fashion and into photojournalism–almost ethnographic :)

  58. Up

    July 17, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I really like his outfit. This photo shows what I love the most about fashion and style; that literally everyone is involved everyday, wether they think they are or not. We all make a decision to wear what we wear, with the exception of those who literally have no clothes. But to me this child totally strikes me as the kind of person who does think about it, and tries (with whatever limited resources he and his family might have) to put together the best outfit he can. If this outfit was on some skinny tan model looking person, half these commenters would be oohing and aching how chic, or retro, or some other overused hip fashiony term.

    • westcoasttiger

      July 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      You’re thinking too much. Obviously the irony of the tee shirt is lost upon you.

  59. Berkshire Mems

    July 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful, touching, evocative. You at your best!

  60. Nico

    July 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  61. chio

    July 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Whatta’ great picture :)

  62. Lola

    July 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

    A photograph of contrasts. Most of us get to select our clothes to sort of communicate something, brands target their productions to very specific markets. These clothes have randomly ended up on this cute kiddo, and is like the opposite of intent. COOL pic, love it. And I dont understand how people can say this kid might have an unhappy life or be less privileged, is not money that make us happy, right?

  63. Naomi

    July 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This one’s gorgeous.

  64. lua

    July 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh my God people it’s clearly a girl

  65. Dorian

    September 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

    For those with post-colonial hang ups, Scott is just capturing the moment of contact between two human beings from different world curious about each other – In Indonesia, a westerner (or half westerner) person could be an object of curiosity on the street.

    Yes, Indonesia is a very messy place in all aspects of its being, but one visit there will show you that most of it are of their elite’s doing – just like in many African countries. So, please don’t blame the visiting westerner.

    Trust me I know. I spent childhood with my father there.

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