It’s such a shame in my opinion that you moderate comments, since we cannot comment on others’ views and compare. I rarely get time to come back to see them posted later. Just a thought … community spirit and all that.
Yes. Yes, this portrait reminds me that your subjects tell a story. Each individual is a living artwork. This man’s use of layers exemplifies the post-jazz age. The hoodie is a nod to American Hip Hop culture. The “po-boy” cap celebrates the spirit of industry. The blue blazer, class, bearing, presence. And to cap it off, a dazzling blue Hermes’ scarf, a nod to the aristocracy. The rings, the fist, the gorgeous visage make me want to know this man. Is he a professor? An artist? A musician? A revolutionary? Who is Hugh – a man of mystery from Milano?
As others have said, this picture is truly stunning. Yes, it’s the subject matter, but your framing, your sense of light…You seem to be capturing some inner essence of the person. Something’s been shifting in your images lately, Sart…. I’m curious to see where it goes.
love how you and this man have captured our imaginations. i’m also enjoying that he paired plum with his skin tone – it brings out all of the beautiful purple undertones. the colors he’s wearing fit his the mood of the photo so well. very neat work!
I adore your blog. I could almost say, that it is the best of all! Anyway, you give me, so weird way pretty much energy! This foto is amazing. You send the energy and feelings via your fotos. I can almost feel the feelings and be there.
I have a question for the satorialist.. Are you always in Milan?? I know you have taken a couple trips there.. but alot of your pictures are a mix of Milan and NY.. Are the Milan pictures you are updating now just old pictures that you’ve had?
You have the most sensitive, amazing eye and I thank you for sharing your gift. Your photos and sensibility have heightened the way I view my fellow humanity each time I step out of my front door. The beauty of the world is right in front of us each and every day, and your photos are a true expression of this.
Did anyone notice that this man seems to be the muse for the Dolce & Gabbana a/i 2008-2009 collection? The hat, the scarf, the mix of colors etc?And the woman below at the Cavalli show could also have been inspiring the D&G people, no?
By the way Mr. Sartorialist, I prefer the shots on the blog, nice editing!
Nowhere to comment on the jeans–the Charlotte Gainsbourg stylee- that you have been documenting on the streets of Milano. It is not fun to leave comments elsewhere!
I agree with what many others have said. This photo encapsulates many of the reasons why I spent time I don’t really have reading your blog. What a great shot; light, composition, and subject all aligned.
Yo! All you folks that don’t like the scarf and hood – I’d like to see you try to convince this gentleman that these don’t work. Go ahead and try. This gentleman is _totally_ working the scarf, the hooded sweatshirt, blazer and cap. The man knows who he is and where he is. So totally well-played.
BTW, the hooded sweatshirt has been around long long before rap as a prep/urban American icon. Rapsters have done nothing but refreight an old American icon with new and different energy. The icon is still open to anyone who can work the shot.
as many of the comments above have suggested, this photo has character. His fist & his eyes, and the way in which his mouth is frozen. He’s looking at us… He’s been through things, he’s got stories to tell, but I don’t think just anyone would hear them. I love the color composition of the whole photo its truly, appealing and “deep”. The light blue is subtle in contrast to his facial expression…and only adds to the depth of the other colors by offsetting it. you never disappoint Mr.S & neither does Milano ;)
This is a classic portrait. Perhaps you don’t run into too many people like this man, but it just emphasizes the point that it’s not just the clothes, and it’s not just the person, but the combination. This is pointing out the obvious, but this portrait is special. More, More. And thank you for one of the most intelligent blogs in the blogosphere.
We project so much on him. Most think he is making an angry fist, one commenter notes he is grasping his lapel, while I thought he was holding a bag strap running under his lapel! The man clearly has taste, and looks relaxed and unfazed.
Absolutely fantastic photo. Absolutely fantastic scarf. I’ve been looking around this blog and I’ve noticed that, while there is no dearth of excellent pictures of fashion statements from Paris, Milan, and New York, there is certainly a lack of Los Angeles chic. Speaking as a proud Angelean, I think you should come over to the west coast and check out some of the cool people over here… We’re not all crazy like Paris and Nicole.
This guy looks interesting. The whole picture is what does it–his expression, the jaunty little hat, the clothes, the colors, the rings, the clenched fist…Makes me wonder about him. He looks bad-ass, but in a cool way.
I still love the hoodie/blazer look, but my husband has tired of it. So I had to call him in to look at this fresh twist with the richness of the colors — especially that lightning bolt of bright scarf.
I call the color of the hood Mahogany – as a composition (photo or fashionwise) it’s a great choice with Hugh’s skin tone.
The red in the scarf (drawn from that mahogany via a kind of alchemy) is as important as the blue – red changes everything. Imagine that blue with a yellow accent, or with blue’s opposite, orange. The whole composition shifts.
This photograph epitomises the strength, power and richness of character of an authentic and universal black male….especially that fist, it is as firm as it is definitive. While we are shaped by our surroundings and environments, we are neither defined by nor limited by them….LOVE IT!
I didn’t like this series of photos at first…too dark and couldn’t quilckly asses with small boy at knee, but then I realized that they all have a wonderful subtltey of blue, black and something glossy
This is soooo beautiful. Can’t be a pocket square, don’t think that would go around this man’s neck. Looks to little for a full sized scarf. Two pocket squares tied together? How did he tie the scarf (scarves)?
what to add? what is the power of this image? the photo or the subject or the mix of the two? Hugh, you are looking forward to be in advance of the tomorrow, which is always a yesterday, for you. Whatever I said, I would never want to be hit by your rings :) grande!
This photo has been up for several days now and I find the wide variety of comments to be quite interesting reading. I love the photo for exactly what it is. I’m not making any assumptions about the man or his style. It speaks for itself – beautiful shot, handsome and fashionable man. Love it. I keep coming back to look at it. And look. And look.
Man, I am completely addicted to this blog. Pictures like this hook me. Your photographs all depict people whose clothing looks like it could be an acurate extension and representation of their personalities.
You’ve created a superb photo of an incredible photographer, Hugh Findletar, whom I’ve known for over 20 years. I have to agree with many of your bloggers – you have captured his strength, sensitivity and beauty. Congratulations!