this little urchin wins best pose of the month. the glasses have such an incredible ability to turn her from waif to student, or at least someone in control (they instantly connect her with medical care, literacy, knowledge). really very interesting.
DonÂ´t fancy this one.She has the figure of a little girl but her face looks older. A different style of dress would suit her better.This one would look better on a taller woman.The choice of footwear is odd.
Nice style, not only her simple and basic clothes, her hair to, with the proportional glasses and that she have let the fringe setup, that open her face and gives a perfect entirety expression to her face.
The first thing that struck me about this image was the light striking her exposed breastplate. A dear friend of mine, a very petite fashion designer, eats a severely restricted vegan diet. I was surprised to learn one day when she explained that her diet and its effect on her body was, for her, just yet another design decision. That is, her bone-thinness, tiny breasts, etc. fit her aesthetic and that of the clothes she produces. And on reflection, of course! Don’t we all make choices about what to feed ourselves, how much weight we carry, in part, at least as an aesthetic decision. So I disagree with you on this one, Sart. Size reflects, at least in part, a decision we all make on some level that reflects our aesthetic, our style. Assuming they are not mean-spirited, comments pertaining to size can certainly be relevant to a discussion of an individual’s personal style.
Wow she is RAWKIN’ Cool!!!! What incredible insight and mix. This girl takes great risks with an amazing payoff, A stunning look! Take Notes kiddos; This is called style, and this young lady has it in spades. This is what real fashion is about, setting your own course ad owning it. Sart, you never cease to amaze me when you capture such individuality from behind that lens of yours, Cheers!
This is so interesting because I really can’t tell how old she is. No matter what her age, it’s a wonderful photo and she has such style. But part of me hopes she is as young as I think she is…because if she has such style at such a young age, just imagine what is to come!!
um, pdog, you can’t let one extreme example define everyone’s physical body shape in your mind as a conscientious choice, not at least taken to such an intentional and aesthetic level. i was thin like that back in jr. high and high school. as my mom says now, “scary skinny” (does that help? no. lol). it was metabolism, genetics, whatever. i ate like a quarterback. if you don’t know a person, isn’t it always best/safest/most civilized NOT to judge? is this a site about art/fashion/style/photography? yes. let’s stick to the visual, it’s more than enough. the subjects in these pictures don’t owe us a single explanation or apology. and i totally disagree – the vast majority i think do not consider their weight to be part of their aesthetic/style.
mr. sart, i really love hearing your feedback (i wish you could add more), and i also enjoy it a little too much when you put someone in their place, but it seems like you’ve been “speaking up” on the comments page more often lately. i could be totally wrong, but are you feeling a little jaded lately? it sounds as if you’ve recently taken on quite a few exciting projects, and maybe you’re stretched a little thin. but please, please continue to post as regularly as you do now, and also please don’t remove the comments page, as some blogs have resorted to. your work is so inspiring to so many people, and i have enjoyed reading much of your readers’ opinions and extra commentary. i’m sure this site is pretty time-consuming, as is reviewing all of the comments before they get posted. and i’m sure a lot of it is frustrating, dumbfounding, and sometimes just plain dumb. but it’s sooo worth it.
this is a really strange photo. i like it but the girl sometimes looks to be a 12 year old in a granny’s clothes and her own shoes or a 65 year old who forgot to take her medication. and that’s what makes it interesting.
SART…..Don’t You Dare Forget This Image or The Posting!!!!!! What this image represents is your eye as a photographer and what resignates with you. That is FUNDAMENTAL! What the public says is critical. Critique and Art are two separate categories. For someone like me this image means everything, Everything! I am very whipped into a frenzy about this hardness you have expressed. To me an image like this one is more important than ANY editor, fashion plate, or Model of the moment you shoot. This girl is out there, in life living her vision. She is an inspiration to the world of fashion. She is the kind of girl who inspires stylist and designers a like. To you MEAN SPIRITED & Judgmental People ~ GET A GRIP, GET A LIFE, AND GET OVER YOUR NARROW MINDEDNESS!!!!!
Sart, Please continue to be inspired by these wonderful visionaries you come across. Please continue to highlight Individuality every chance you get. You are a voice sharing a vision of style from around the world. Thank you, Jamesy
I respect your work very much, and I hope you understand that. I know this comment probably won’t get in, because it concerns the deletion of past comments. I am not one of these people who thinks the anonymity of the internet means one should be as mean and rude as possible. At the same time, I think that an honest reaction to the material presented is not something that should be censored excessively.
You are an excellent photographer, and, for the most part, an adept arbiter of taste. But this woman’s emaciated-looking chest, and possibly the angle from which the photograph was taken, has somehow overshadowed her chic-ness.
And let’s face it: When have you ever even attempted to use overweight people in your posts? I mean, aside from GF Ferre. Your curvy women all appear to be under a size 8. I don’t really have a problem with that. But I do not think that this instance of a general outcry regarding this woman’s bony form is really comparable to possible anti-fat sentiment.
I can’t say I like this dress at all. I know what she’s trying to do and all, but the hemline, sleeves, shoulder hem thing, neckline, and waistline all fall just slightly weirdly to my eye and it misses the mark… and to be clear, I would be just as perplexed by the garment with some heels and more streamlined glasses. Maybe with that sweatshirt on, the attempted casual teen vs. vintage juxtaposition would be neater, but I think the hemline would still bother me a bit.
This is the sort of vintage dress I would recommend passing over when thrifting, but that’s just me.
She is so mysterious! It is impossible to tell how old she is – granny yet girlish dress. Heavy glasses but playful shoes. And yet, playful clothing but aloof glance. Bookish but lady-like old-fashioned urban wear?
And what beautiful pale skin.
People must feel terribly insecure about themselves if they have to come online and make snarky comments about a woman’s size. Or, in other instances, the price tag on a woman’s coat/dress/etc. As a poor student, I feel envious sometimes but I try to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Sart’s streets without carrying agendas or baggage.
“But this woman’s emaciated-looking chest, and possibly the angle from which the photograph was taken, has somehow overshadowed her chic-ness.” –Only for some, like you rebeccacalvetti. I think this girl is lovely and didn’t think twice about her size. Many young Asian girls are that small- who cares?
The responses on this post (and the fact that Sart had to “defend” himself twice) makes me sad. Perhaps I have vision problems, but I didn’t notice the girl’s thinness at all until I started reading the comments. What I saw was an inspiring fashion photograph of an Asian girl of indeterminate age, the pairing of a lace dress with bare legs and undone chucks, and the girl’s expression.
Is this blog about weight or age in fashion? This blog features high style and street style, style found in a diverse range of ages, cultures, and yes, body types. In ALL his posts his subjects appear healthy, at ease and self-possessed. I have not seen a single shot where there is a glamorization or focus on any element remotely unhealthy, unhappy, or anyone who looked like they were in any way weak, ill or passive.
Sart, I am curious to know what these deleted comments might have contained, if there may be more scathing than what some might have said here. Perhaps being an Asian made me overlook the size issue that may have stopped some people at their tracks. It was her deliberate 80′s haircut, vintage frames, chucks, the facial expression. It was her personal style that got across to me and compelled me to comment on this post.
I don’t understand the preoccupation with her age and her relative body size. If some don’t already know, the average adult East Asian woman is of that height and built anyway. Since they are born that way, what’s wrong with dressing up in a way that they are comfortable with? If she was displaced to an East Asian city,her dressing sensibilities would be totally acceptable because people there are comfortable with seeing people of this size.
Anyway I’d better stop my comment here because it’s causing me to overanalyze which could only serve to erase charm of this great photo.
i don’t think her thinness can be ignored…but people who are commenting for the purpose of pointing out her size are wasting their time. it’s about what she is wearing. and frankly, it’s a great outfit! it’s not that unique in my opinion though, a lot of indie kids are mixing the vintage dress with chucks and black frames. though this girl adds a class to it, i think it’s her effortless hairstyle and pose.
One seems to forget what a photo is meant for: TO BE LOOKED AT! How can someone be criticized for commenting on what they saw first, be it her clothes or her body? We make sense of what we see visually and can’t control what affects us initially. Let’s not subtract everything else but the clothes, what do you say?