Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On the Street….Morning Flower Market, Mumbai

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  1. Fashion Snag

    November 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Love this shot!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

    • andreea

      November 21, 2014 at 6:38 am

      she looks beautiful! it’s a pity children work at such a young age…

      http://littleaesthete.com

      • Martine

        November 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        She isn’t a little girl, is she? I think she is a grown women. Just small.

  2. Mimosas and Me

    November 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This photo really makes you think..
    very meaningful
    http://www.mimosasandme.com

    • Summer

      November 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Hard work and yet so much pride expressed through her outfit. Beautiful little girl.

  3. Nico

    November 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Even if she is working (as I guess, maybe she is just helping her family!), she is full of accessories, pretty cute!

    GIVEAWAY on http://www.lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it

  4. linda

    November 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Beauty and child labour.
    Poverty ,bare feet,burdened.
    Coloured bangles perfectly tone with flowers on dress
    So many questions and contradictions that are at the very
    heart of fashion ….exploitation,consumerism,but so endlessly creative……
    Thanks….another great shot….

    • Linda Elena

      November 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

      I totally agree with your comment, I like it.

    • Clare

      November 20, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Beautifully said, Linda. Agreed.

    • Abizera

      November 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I don’t know how I feel about this picture at all!

  5. Martin

    November 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    …very captivating shot… she looks almost like a grown-up and must still be a very young child… she seems to accept her place and status in society with pride and she also seems to do her work with great concentration and seriousness… at least that is what I feel looking at her… she reminds me as well how much chance I (we) have in life… take good care, unknown little Indian flower market girl…

  6. S @ Modern Granola

    November 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This is beautiful. I love all of these pictures from India. They are so stunning!

  7. Celia Fernandez

    November 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    AMAZING PHOTO…..! So inspiring and real!

    Best,
    Celia

    http://www.thejournelia.com

  8. bonnie

    November 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    A great shot. However, looking at the faces of the 2 children, in the previous photo, who are excited, radiant and going off to school and this young girl who is working and appears downcast, I see 2 sides of India. My heart goes out to this child, what is her future to be?

  9. Lili

    November 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    For having lived in India for half a year working in a NGO helping women empowerment in the society, I am perplexed and troubled by both the picture and the comments. Maybe because I am strongly biased. The picture is indeed beautiful. This kid is indeed lovely. But I have never met a young girl enjoying working in the street more that going to school or playing in my 6 months in India. They were proud to help their family, but were dreaming of dolls and books. I feel that the comments here are quite naive and shallow. They remind of a picture published on this blog a few years ago of an homeless man with duct tape on his boots. People were saying how stylish that man was…When your life is about survival, you don’t dress a certain way to be stylish, you do so by necessity. I wish life treats her better than that in the future…

    • Horizon

      November 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thank you!

    • Lynn

      November 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

      I completely agree, Lili. I was perplexed by the comments to this point and was happy to read yours.

    • Judy

      November 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

      At last, the comment with actually making sense; omg, this is child labour, that the rest of the world lives on… how can you even comment about style!

    • Maria

      November 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Lilli, I agree with most of what you said.
      I disagree wight you saying that when your life is about survival don’t dress a certain way to be stylish, you do so by necessity.
      People no matter the socioeconomic status care about how they look. They do care to be stylish!

    • me

      November 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Very well said. This picture makes me sad.

    • effie

      November 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      happy to read a sensible comment.

    • h

      November 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Poverty and child labor can be aestheticized just as anything else, but it doesn’t make it any less painful for the object of the viewers’ gaze.

    • Lucy

      November 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Yes – couldn’t agree more. There’s no part of her life that’s pretty. There’s something troubling about turning her life into an aesthetic experience for a privileged audience.

    • berenger

      November 21, 2014 at 5:34 am

      He wasn’t homeless, he was a labourer. A well paid job in the West, which is where he was shot.

      I think it’s unfair to discredit the style is some people just because they are poor, like this child is. We all know about child labour, we wear it every day. So why pretend it isn’t happening here on this blog? Maybe people are being positive out of respect for her human dignity. Nobody wants pity…

    • Wilfried

      November 21, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Yes, I sensed all this. So glad you expressed your take on the young miss’s situation.
      Yet you see the flicker of her self esteem in her dress, hair and jewelery.
      We can only hope she, and many others like her find good opportunities to have a better life. The new president may yet have an impact where his predecessors have done poorly.

    • Guido

      November 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Well, the stereotype is true and fashion can be very shallow. I like your comment, and as I said below, the picture moves me because of the sad expression and the fragility of the girl.

    • melissa lee

      November 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      You are correct, many of these young girls are also raped and molested starting even as babies…. So, it is probably better to write about the truth, rather than a make up story of her dress and style…

    • jfox

      November 24, 2014 at 3:45 am

      Thanks Lili for that comment. You hit the bull‘s eye.
      This child is a victim and definitely not a fashion victim.

    • CBC

      November 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      well said

  10. Katie

    November 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Wow. Stunning shot.

  11. kelsey

    November 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    great photo of this in-motion
    http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

  12. LEE @ Modern Granola

    November 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    This is kind of sad. Her outfit is the last thing I think about when I see this shot, but it is great photography.

  13. BethS

    November 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    What linda said. What Martin wrote. Eliza Dolittle around the world.

  14. Jung T/

    November 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    One of my favorites so far, soooo gorgeous and sweet! It is captivating!!!

  15. Helen

    November 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Beautiful image but it makes me so unbelievably sad…

  16. *sP

    November 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    this feels more old-school photojournalism than fashion journalism.
    this v. the two school kids, this one is a bummer regardless of her cute outfit.

  17. Ade

    November 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    So beautiful and yet so sad all at once… Almost feel guilty to enjoy the beauty while the subject may not be enjoying a few of the basic things we take for granted.

    Not sure how to respond, but it’s a wonderful depiction of life… so real!

    Sent from Sartorial List for iPhone
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  18. Juliette

    November 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    You’re making child labour look esthetic. It’s not.

    • Rebecca

      November 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I am also not comfortable with this photo being shown on a style blog.

      • David

        November 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        You’re absolutely right. Pictures like these should never be seen, ever, or if they are, they should be posted only in places where we won’t have to look at them.

        There’s a remarkable pattern I’ve noticed with the commenters here — whenever they see something that makes them feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, they lash out at the photographer, as if they are incapable of processing anything other than superficial fashion images. “How can an image be both “pretty” and make me uncomfortable? The photographer must have made a mistake!”

        A work of art can and should embody contradictions. If that makes you uncomfortable, good.

        • berenger

          November 21, 2014 at 5:39 am

          Absolutely David. The truth hurts but that’s every reason to show it here.

        • Jess

          November 21, 2014 at 6:08 am

          Well put David! I’m surprised by what so many commenters think this blog ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be. I suspect the problem is that they come here hoping for a bit of escapism and are unprepared to be challenged. What’s wrong with investigating the role clothing plays in diverse cultural and socio-economic settings? Is awareness of beauty a privilege reserved for the wealthy and elite? As far as I’m concerned The Sartorialist is an artist and a photo-journalist – I visit his blog daily to find stunning images which push me to question my preconceptions about fashion, beauty and what it means to dress thoughtfully.

        • Clare

          November 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

          Well said, David. That’s how I feel too.
          This beautiful image of a little girl who had no choice about where she was born and what opportunities she started with in life has made a lot of us uncomfortable – and now we’re wondering about her life, and thinking about the rights of the child, politics, aesthetics, ethics, economics, cross-cultural attitudes, gender issues… A brilliant photo on a website loved and accessed by many – great photojournalism.

        • JessieBerlin

          November 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

          No, David, they should be shown, but in the right context or with an explanantion that places them in the right context.

          • David

            November 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

            What is the “right” context? A poverty blog?

            It seems as if people think this is some kind of dangerous image that needs to be segregated to some backroom somewhere, have special warning labels attached to it, or have an “explanation” by the photographer to thoroughly demystify it so as to spare the viewer of any independent thought.

            This blog regularly depicts, and is consumed by, the very wealthiest people on Earth. A pair of shoes worn by the some of the people in these photos could feed a family in India for a year. How is that not offensive? Why shouldn’t that be considered obscene?

            This blog is exactly where this photograph belongs. It reminds the viewer that there are realities of life that are very different from those that preoccupy people who attend New York Fashion Week.

            The photo asks who “beauty” belongs to — is it a privilege that belongs only to the world’s 1%? Beauty for the rich is about status, but for the poor it can be about more than that — it can be about dignity and pride. To suggest that this child should be hidden away like something shameful is to rob her of her humanity. To fail to ask these questions, and to focus exclusively on displays of obscene wealth, would be an exercise in decadence.

          • JessieBerlin

            November 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

            David, I applaud your attitude, but not your conclusions. The problem, as I see it, is that many of the people who visit this blog do not seem to look beyond the merely aesthetic aspects of the photos: “Oooh, cute, what a pretty dress!”, people who will not question their superficial evaluation (or entire lack of evaluation) till somebody, in this case the photographer, tells them, no, folks, that’s not quite what I was trying to say. Perhaps it’s due to my limited language skills (I’m not a native speaker) that I can’t get through to you, which I think is a pity, because I can sympathize with your anger – the world needs pepole like you. Again, I do NOT believe this photo ought to be relegated to a “poverty blog”; I am NOT criticizing the existence of the photo as a reminder of the omnipresence of poverty and social injustice. I am criticizing that many readers obviously don’t “get” it, and that imo they never will as long as the photo stands uncommented!

          • steve

            November 24, 2014 at 7:06 am

            The right context as some of the comments including your own make it not the right context to put it in. As said this is a fashion blog and the exploitation of a poor girl in a bright dress shouldn’t be here. As a reminder for the rich ? These people know about slave labor, fur industry and exploitation by LVMH in Bangladesh..Does that change their consumer behavior in any way? No because they are still looking at the pictures of dries van Noten the same way as they do this .. So yeah keep it in the range as it clearly states that this blog has fashion as focal point and not human dignity and animal welfare..

    • Joana

      November 20, 2014 at 2:31 am

      Juliette: thank you. Apparently no one else sees it. It is sick, completely selfish, and to go through the comments makes you think how far from reality these people are.

    • JessieBerlin

      November 20, 2014 at 4:49 am

      I have a similar problem with this photo, wondering whether it really belongs on a fashion blog – no offence, Scott. On the other hand, I am aware that you often post potentially controversial photos that get people thinking – which is not a bad idea…

    • Luca

      November 20, 2014 at 5:35 am

      completely agree with you.

    • Dorota

      November 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Let’s not jump to conclusions.

      I guess that we as a society are so used to see children as being only due free time after school, watching tv/browsing the Internet and so on that we tend to forget what value in terms of upbringing and character shaping is helping the family with some work. In the past all households relied in some measure on the work the children could do around the house, taking care of younger siblings, etc.

      I don’t think the girl is overburdened with what sems to be some flower remnants, maybe her mother just asked her to dispose of it to keep her trade place clean? Don’t we ask our children to remove trash bags from our houses? Aren’t these bags huge? Imagine a photo of a girl carrying a huge trash bag, wouldn’y she look overburdened too?

      PS. The shot is great, by the way :-)

      Dorota from Poland

      • Judy

        November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

        You wouldn’t be taking your trash bag out barefoot … the man behind this girl is wearing sandals (at least!)…

        • Dorota

          November 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          Firstly, I guess we are presuming much about this girl. Isn’t it a little racist or shauvinistic of us to presume she is Indian which makes her a child labourer? I can see she is clean, well dressed, it is a hot climate, I guess a lot of kids – poor and rich – are going barefoot at some time. I do not think she would go to work with all these bracelets and a necklace on, I think they would somehow get in the way.

          Maybe she is helping her mum, like many of us did in our childhood, and then later in the day she goes to school, dressed in a uniform like these two from the picture before?

          What does it say about us that we are so quick to presume so much?

          • Gloria Van der Hoog

            November 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

            This photo was taken in Mumbai, one of the poorest cities in India. If you see a small child barefoot, lugging flower remnants in an urban area in India, it is safe to assume that this child is not going to go home and get dressed into her school uniform to go to school later in the day. Mumbai has an exceptionally high rate of girls who do not have the opportunity to go to school.

            http://www.plan-uk.org/what-you-can-do/project-donation/forgotten-children/india-mumbai-slums/

            a beautiful photo of a beautiful girl. She looks well cared for. Really bad context for this photo though, I find it hard to negotiate the information it delivers on this blog, where the image gets quickly translated into western clichès of poignancy, which seem weirdly voyeuristic in the context of fashion.

    • Augusta

      November 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you

  19. Liz

    November 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    what a beauty

    giveaway on my blog!

    http://hashtagliz.com

    • Wendy

      November 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Are you for real open your eyes

  20. marie

    November 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Beautiful picture : you really captured the soul of that little girl so deep yet so young

  21. Milex

    November 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    My big, mans heart broke…

  22. Nobody

    November 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Sad picture… maybe she has a beautiful life, maybe more beutiful then us in the west, maybe she doesn’t mind walking barfoot and carrying loads of vegetables on her little back, but that’s maybe just me trying to see it differently, but I’m so saden by her cute face and her stare, looks like she is in sort of a deep thought.

  23. Tardigrade

    November 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    We don’t know much about this child’s circumstances. Is she just helping her parents? Is she carrying something for her mother? Or has she been kept out of school put to work for pennies a day?

    Working in the family business was not considered “child labor” in the recent past. It was part of growing up for most people in the world until very recently, and it still is in all but the wealthiest nations. In many “primitive” societies kids have responsibilities from an early age that would be unheard of for children in the states.

    Hard to make a judgment either way. But it does invite reflection, which is a good thing.

  24. MyGoodEmporium

    November 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I’m a long-time fan of The Sartorialist, and it’s really wonderful to see your perfect compositions and eye for colour and mood in India. What I guess I probably will say of this photo is the sadness of this girl. You must know that so many children, and young women especially, are employed in sweatshops making the clothes that I admire in your photos. That seems a tragedy to me, and I hope one day we know that the clothes that are part of your subjects’ iconic style are made as they should be – with fair wages, at the right age, and in good conditions. The quality and price doesn’t change, but the lives of those that make our beautiful garments does, and they too can have a love for fashion.

  25. Ai-Ch'ng

    November 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Ohhh… so poignant!

    The contrast with this photo of the bowed little girl, with the previous photo of the tow smiling children on their way to/from school is incredible: two sides of the same coin of life.

    Agree with *sP, in that this photo feels like “old school journalism”: I really like that it is that old style.

    With these kinds of photos, I like that we feel part of the journey into aspects of India we may not necessarily ever experience, as well as viewers to the high-fashion side of this country.

  26. Pothik

    November 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Tasteless and sad. Can’t you see how your privilege is blinding you to her reality?

    • Martine

      November 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Her reality is more then just your political opinion. Whoever she is, and however old she is she is purposefully trying to make herself look nice, she is wearing jewelry, a pretty dress, and fancy sandals, and SHE cares about her appearance, which makes her appearance a fashion statement. Her life isn’t anything any of us can change unless you know of a way to make all of India use birth conntrol and get their population down to a reasonable level.

  27. Souly

    November 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Fashion exist in the struggle not just in the good life.

    • Maija

      November 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Coming from a culture where dressing up is considered more a statement of richness and prosperity and many times deemed as something “unnecessary” unless practical under the climatical conditions, it was such a pleasure to see the colors in the streets of another country of another continent, where divisions between the wealth of the people differ tremendously. I could not see a difference between a poor and a wealthier person, because being clean and caring after looks was part of everyday life for most citizens in that place. Even though this image awakes feelings of awkwardness, it also tells the story of clothing and culture. Even when life is hard, taking care of the outer appearance bares some meaning. Where I come from it isn’t so. The ones doing poorly look dirty and poor. And it is all right. I, however, think like you- being poor does not automatically, or at least, should not, automatically exclude feelings of worthiness and dressing up.

  28. Wendy

    November 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Child labour plain and simple look at her face there is no joy there,.. I see grit and determination which is what you need to succeed in life My heart goes out to you little girl

  29. joshylola

    November 20, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Pretty little girl…but she looks sad :-(

  30. Susanne Mc Donald

    November 20, 2014 at 4:30 am

    This is kind of heartbreaking. What does her future hold. I looked at her serious face, bare feet, bangles and dress in that order. I wish her luck.

    http://www.fashionfloats.com

  31. Sunny Side

    November 20, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Wow your shot is unbelievable ! The mix of absolute beauty and the symbol of slavery children. Unicef should make a poster with it.

  32. Roland Buhrs

    November 20, 2014 at 5:08 am

    This is the sadest shot I ever saw on this great blog.
    There is nothing to add , because child labour is not “cute”, not “so gorgeous and sweet ” and not “inspiring”, it is just sad.

    Roland

  33. Luca

    November 20, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I think It’s a shame to post that picture. I’m really sorry to say that because I really appreciate Scott Schuman and his work.
    I believe that it is a big and bad lapse. The Sartorialist deals with fashion, style and trends caught on the street. I’m really sorry but when i look at that picture I cannot see anything about them. I just see a sad girl, walking down the street without shoes, while she is carrying on shoulders a big shopping bag with difficulty.

  34. Dilara

    November 20, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I love nearly all your work and your website is even set as my homepage! This is first time I’ve commented however … this image makes my heart break.

    It took me 3 looks to notice the (ironic) dress.

    A truly stunning shot but I hope people don’t think this is cute. But I do hope that the joy we find in feeling good and looking good, the pride we gain from looking after ourselves; even the simplest form of being clean, the joy of the beautiful world which we sometimes live in, that is beyond fashion are present in her life, today and all the tomorrows.

    As for the anklets – may the bells sound your happiness as you walk through life.

    Namaste

  35. Agoprime

    November 20, 2014 at 5:26 am

    AMAZING PHOTO!
    http://www.agoprime.it

  36. Clare

    November 20, 2014 at 5:46 am

    This photo is most likely depicting child labour and therefore doesn’t belong on a fashion blog.

    • berenger

      November 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Even though child labour is rife in the fashion industry….

  37. Charikleia

    November 20, 2014 at 6:25 am

    This is a very shocking and controversial shot, it almost brought me to tears. I dare not further comment, as it would take me pages to argument both sides. I would thus appreciate one or two words from the Sartorialist on the rationale behind posting it.

    • JessieBerlin

      November 21, 2014 at 4:09 am

      So would I! Normally I’m fine with letting his photos speak for themselves, but in this case, I agree that a few explanatory words about what prompted him to post phots like this on a blog that is primarily devoted to depicting fashion and style would be helpful.

  38. gigi

    November 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

    She is a beautiful little girl :) I hope she uses her obvious creativity to blossom and enjoy it for the rest of her life.

  39. Lis

    November 20, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Whoever is BLAMING needs to wake up..Its India. They have a very IRONIC culture. Caste System and Religion create a lot of bittersweet perspectives. Not saying its good or bad…it…just….IS. So stop ranting and go over there and become a missionary for example.. I’ve done it before…Juarez, Mexico to be exact. I helped build a house for a poor unemployed family. So DO. STOP ranting. DO something to change the world. Scott, ENJOY your journey and take pics of it all…the black, white and grey areas of life…. Pictures are your gift to give the world. AWESOME. =)

  40. From The World With Love

    November 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This image is strong and sad..it shows us the basic idea of a clothes as a fabric that cover the body…
    this is the hard part in India seeing so many kids that are working to live ..and have really just a fabric to cover their body….maybe we should think more of that while buying clothes…
    buy less choose well…………
    xoxo
    Yael Guetta

    http://www.ftwwl.com

  41. Anna

    November 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Is child labour and poverty a fashion thing now? No amount of bracelets or flowery dresses can change a dire reality: this girl should be in school, should be able to afford shoes and should NOT be working.

  42. Kimberly

    November 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I would like that dress in my size, please.

  43. alessandra de leonardis

    November 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

    hope you gave her a pair of shoes as present

  44. diane

    November 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    i want to see this, her beauty, her resilience yet i want her to be home playing with dolls and laughing but maybe this is her reality. i hate that and while i love the picture i hope you and others understand while it really shouldn’t be on a blog such as this.

  45. Stella

    November 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I think people are reading a lot in to this image. Who knows what is going on in this little girls life. It may be tragic (as a lot of people are assuming), it may not be. She may be a child labourer, or she may be just taking shopping home to her mum. To assume she is in some terrible situation because she is Indian is a little bit presumptive to say the least.

    • Darrell

      November 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

      My thoughts exactly–helping her Mom carry home the groceries or clean up–if those are flowers (from a floral seller.)

  46. TeMo

    November 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Important. Thank you.

  47. Natalie

    November 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m sorry but I think this is a fashion blog, isn’t it? Posting such a picture (or pictures showing homeless people) is clearly uncalled for. And even if you wanted to focus on something that is not related to her clothes, you should have written it underneath this photo and here I can see you have nothing to say (or you think that a few words are not needed here). I really like this blog, appreciate your skills of doing photoshots, watch it nearly every day and will come here. She looks pretty in her way, wearing colorfull dress, but it’s not the point, not the first thing people should see here. It is not a documentary blog, by posting pictures like that you make me think that the only thing you wanted to show us is her clothing. But ok, let’s not focus on your moves and please do not take it as an attack, it’s just my opinion which I just had to write. Oh, and if you wanted to goad a discussion, if you wanted to show something else, a secret meaning – just read those comments, comments of people who I think live in a different and their own reality cause they don’t see the problem. Let’s talk about those comments. It’s what I can’t stand here. I never read what people have to say here, but was interested this time. And what I saw just exceeded my expectations. “Amazing!”, “So stunning”, “Beautiful”, “Gorgeus and SWEET” (?!). Wait, is it possible that only a minority of people who wrote here can see that this is a child labour? She is sad, skinny, with no shoes (maybe someone wants to say that she likes walking without shoes in the city, huh?), carrying somenthing, while she should be at school (and i’m sure she’ll never be there). “She must be helping her family”, maybe but there is a possibility that she’s just an “nice looking” orphan (as a great amount of children in India). God… This is poverty (even if you can’t see that directly), you want to make “awww” and “ahhh” guys? So here it is – an internet. Just search for children working on the rubbish dump or searching for a food, I ask you: is this sweet, charming or beautiful? By reading those shallow comments I can’t imagine who could be so narrow minded to write that. Sorry.

    Ps. Sorry for my english. And if you disagree with me, write it without attacking but with arguments which are suitable for people to read them and think you’re an intelligent person, it is our right to freely say our opinion.

    • JessieBerlin

      November 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      I like your post, Natalie. None of us know why Scott Schuman choses to post such photos here. But I agree that an explanatory note would be a great idea – provided there is a message other than “ooh, how pretty”. That is the message many readers are obviously getting; the more I read, the more I come to the conclusion that the Sartorialist is under a moral obligation to state his cause.

    • Sew What

      November 22, 2014 at 4:52 am

      This is one of the few intelligent comments on this particular photograph. The majority of the other commenters are truly shameful. I am kind of mortified right now by how many self-righteous, bullshit comments I had to read over to get to this response.

      I think a lot of really need to check ourselves.

  48. suzanne

    November 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    the artist sees beauty everywhere. every being has the capacity to appreciate and embody beauty as themselves, exactly. to wonder is to not know. Thank you, Scott!

    • Horizon

      November 21, 2014 at 5:50 am

      I am irritated. Since when is it the job of artists to see beauty everywhere?

  49. Thierry

    November 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t see that blog purely as a fashion blog. Merely a photographer blog. As such this amazing picture perfectly fits this place imo. Also, as already said Indian society is complex and we should be careful in our interpretations. Personally i don’t think i’m qualified to decode this scene.

  50. Gail Anderson

    November 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    This girl appears to be missing an arm, though it’s probably just buried under the large bag she’s carrying. If I saw this pose on a model in a magazine, I would suspect Photoshop. On the other hand, maybe my first suspicion was correct. I have heard that children from extremely poor families are often intentionally disabled by their parents so they’ll get more money from begging. Although this girl is beautiful and has a pretty dress, like other posters here, I just can’t get into any style critique on this one. She needs to be in school and not hauling stuff around like a pack mule!

  51. Lis

    November 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Assumptions will ALWAYS happen if you don’t educate yourself about the culture….its light and dark sides. Girls are seen as a liability in India. Boys are prized. A girl has to work twice as hard there. Call it sexist…whatever. Its a SAD fact. Girls in the west want to be a size 0 to be called worthy. DO we call it first or 3rd world problem? It’s the same thing, no? Scott, I see your message…celebrate life. I HATE suffering. It sux. But one either sees the glass half empty or half full. Life is NOT user friendly. In the END, we are ALL ashes in the light of beauty…. AND on a light note MOST kids I know hate wearing shoes, hats, socks…..All those who have kids no what I’m talking about ;)

  52. Guido

    November 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Beautiful, but a very sad.

  53. Pedro

    November 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    El trabajo infantil no tiene nada de glamoroso. La India es uno de los lugares más espantosos del mundo.

  54. Barbara

    November 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Grazie a te ,Scott, per non aver distolto lo sguardo quando fa male

  55. Mme B

    November 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

    When I look at the photo I feel that I would like to protect this little girl and take care of all her needs. A kiss for this beautiful sadlooking little flower angel and may God keep an eye on her.

  56. hidetoto

    November 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I think this is the SHOT of the year!

    It makes to think a lot about everything. It is beautiful and charismatic, and because of that, it is sad at the same time.

  57. Catrin

    November 21, 2014 at 5:49 am

    this is the wrong place to show this picture. crude!
    you should fight against child labor-instead of promoting!

  58. Wilfried

    November 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

    So lovely. Hardworking, probably poor but that feminine spirit still dresses up so nice.
    Appreciate you showing us life, street scenes and beauty in non Western parts of the world. Some really touching pictures in your latest series

  59. Agata

    November 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I think it is a bad idea to post a picture of a hard working child from a poor/developing country/region on a fashion blog – no matter how beautiful her dress is.

  60. Lauren

    November 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I had two reactions to this shot…

    1) Is she starving? She looks so thin to me. I’m worried about her.
    2) The colors in the photo, as with most pictures on this site, are beautiful, regardless of what is actually happening here.

  61. Rob

    November 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I have always taken this blog to be about style and not fashion – it is apparent in the diversity of the subjects that are presented day in and day out. Equating style and fashion is like comparing spirituality and religion. Style is present regardless of personal circumstance – as this picture so beautifully captures. Speaking from my own life experience of being raised on welfare, my mom spent her time in front of the sewing machine making us recycled clothes that gave us our own style and that we could be proud of and that I carry with me now as an adult.

    Having been to India staying with my friend’s family I was overwhelmed at first by the chaos, poverty and pollution but by the end of my trip the chaos of the traffic had become order and the poverty and pollution became contentment and happiness. A contentment and happiness that I don’t see here in the developed world and that I miss. The reality for the people of India is definitely harsh but they are present in their lives and they are grateful and it shows when you walk down the street – they smile and take time to acknowledge others. I have always heard that one person can change the world – and have always been skeptical – but before we returned home we decided to sponsor one of the orphaned kids at the monastery that we stayed at to go to an English speaking school for what amounted to $250 a year. A year later, the monks have told us how not only has this changed the little girl’s world – it is changing the rest of the children and the monastery as well.

  62. Rob

    November 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I have always taken this blog to be about style and not fashion – it is apparent in the diversity of the subjects that are presented day in and day out. Equating style and fashion is like comparing spirituality and religion. Style is present regardless of personal circumstance – as this picture so beautifully captures. Speaking from my own life experience of being raised on welfare, my mom spent her time in front of the sewing machine making us recycled clothes that gave us our own style and that we could be proud of and that I carry with me now as an adult.
    Having been to India staying with my friend’s family I was overwhelmed at first by the chaos, poverty and pollution but by the end of my trip the chaos of the traffic had become order and the poverty and pollution became contentment and happiness. A contentment and happiness that I don’t see here in the developed world and that I miss. The reality for the people of India is definitely harsh but they are present in their lives and they are grateful and it shows when you walk down the street – they smile and take time to acknowledge others. I have always heard that one person can change the world – and have always been skeptical – but before we returned home we decided to sponsor one of the orphaned kids at the monastery that we stayed at to go to an English speaking school for what amounted to $250 a year. A year later, the monks have told us how not only has this changed the little girl’s world – it is changing the rest of the children and the monastery as well.

  63. MJJ

    November 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I think this is such an important and moving photo that absolutely belongs on a style blog, assuming that you are not just looking at it and saying “what a cute girl, what a pretty dress”. Just because we are fashion lovers doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have to think about the world every once in a while

  64. azotea

    November 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This photo of this beautiful poor girl in a fashion context, is a bit unsettling, perhaps just taking it too far, when do we stop.

  65. Jung T.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Well I’m sorry…I didn’t really think this girl was working…I just thought maybe she is helping mommy or walking home, and I am sorry if this is a sad situation….

  66. CarolineJ

    November 22, 2014 at 3:38 am

    She is beautiful and the photo is amazingly taken, but it’s heart-breaking at the same time…

    xx CarolineJ
    http://www.sleevesandheels.net

  67. Rosi

    November 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I also agree: This photo should t being shown on a style blog! This is not cute, amazing, lovely and beautiful, it s sad!

  68. Monsieur Marcel

    November 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Of course she belongs on this blog…wouldn’t that make her smile?

  69. Anon

    November 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful photo. I hope in exchange for taking it you bought her some shoes or at least gave her some money? Maybe bought flowers from her? It’s hard to tell from the photo what exactly the situation was but that’s the thought I get when I look at it.

  70. Liz

    November 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I want to thank Scott for the photo, no matter what people think about the girl, the image has got people taking and thinking. Hopefully we can all take something from that. We are all here together on this earth and if we can all stop and think what that means, then maybe the world be a better place for everyone. I think the photo does what all good art should do and that is to invoke an reponse from the viewer! Your talented photographer Scott, well done.

  71. Leni's Models

    November 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful.

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  72. Tiarra

    November 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Mid-evening grind, caste system, with a twist of sunshine and a memory full of dreams.

  73. mag

    November 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    queste immagini devono essere mostrati, ma non in uno blog di futilità(moda)!!!!!!

  74. modanedio

    November 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I think this is such an important and moving photo that absolutely belongs on a style blog.Thanks for its

  75. Lelia

    November 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Scott, this is a girl working in the market. Unless she does it after school, it means she is working instead of going to school. Her future prospects in India as an uneducated, poor girl are bleak. Whereas in our middle class confort and in our developed economies we appreciate her style, her reality everyday is very different to ours. There is therefore a social issue we need to acknowledge here.

  76. stephanie

    November 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

    This photo walks such an ineffable fine line. It made weep but I also smiled, reminiscing about the many brightly colored dresses I had as a young child. All I wanted to do was twirl around to See how far I could push the hem out. The faster I’d spin, the more the colors would blend. And I wept because I hoped she’d have the chance to that at some point during her busy day.

  77. BTD

    December 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Hope her future will be as beautiful as what she’s wearing. ;)

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