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  1. Liz

    October 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    such a cool picture

  2. SueM

    October 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    God, your eye Scott. Outstanding.

  3. jane

    October 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Amazing photo.

  4. Jane

    October 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    That is a beautiful picture. He is lovely to look at and makes me feel sentimental.

  5. anonymous

    October 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This looks like a Rembrandt!

  6. M

    October 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Wow! The decisive moment comes alive!

  7. ol'doc saunders

    October 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Actually… not “cool” unless this man gave permission to have this private moment put on film.

    • Ines

      October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

      i thought the same.

    • barbara

      October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I do agree with you!

    • M

      October 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I disagree. The photographer saw something from the street. The gentleman chose to go to an open window, where he was in public view. Flapping the shirt drew attention. And the shot was intended as an observation of a beautiful moment.

      I think the shot was taken within ethical boundaries.

    • Carissa

      October 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      You are incorrect. He gave his permission as soon as he chose to do something where everyone c an see him. Private moments are done in a private setting. You are simply trying to make a fuss. There is nothing wrong here. Just an interesting public moment now immortalized on film.

    • Sookie

      October 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      I imagine this man doesn’t care if he is photographed semi naked or not. He looks ok with his age and show us his integrity although in an old body. When I look at him I have the same good and respectable feelings about what people are writing here, I see the same poetry Jon Marie wrote and I thank Scott for this beautiful photo.

    • E.

      October 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Interesting discussion. I for one don’t agree with the comment that, because ‘everyone can see him’, he has no right to privacy. First of all: he’s not on the ground floor, you’d have to look up to see him. This could give him the illusion of privacy. Second: I feel there is a huge difference between someone seeing you and someone taking your picture and publishing it. This discussion very much reminds me of the recent one about the Kate Middleton topless sunbathing pictures, taken with a long-focus lens while she obviously felt not being overlooked. I don’t want to compare Scott’s pictures with an extreme example of voyeurism, I really don’t, but they could both raise the same similar: what are the boundaries of privacy when you are in a place where others can see you?

      Having said all this: perhaps this man just doesn’t care, or Scott asked for his permission to publish the picture. Who knows?

  8. djh

    October 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Jesus, best shot you’ve posted in ages. Phenomenal.

  9. Carolynne Gordon

    October 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Love the skin you’re in. That’s what having a great body is – one that works and is productive. The show of strength, and simplicity in this picture is what is so captivating.

  10. Tonia

    October 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Beautiful shot, but this feels a weee bit intrusive to me. Nonetheless, as always Scot, your work makes me wonder about the person – their personality, likes, dislikes etc. I wonder how he spent the rest of his day.

    • LIZPR

      October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I love your response to this photo … my mind was sort of rambling in how to form a response – and you did so, beautifully, better than I could have.

      Thank you.

      • Tonia

        October 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

        Thank you so much. I grappled with the response for a while myself. I did not want to minimize the beautiful artistry of the photo, but I felt a bit voyeuristic too.

  11. Jessica

    October 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I love this picture

  12. Kat

    October 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Just recently I happened upon your site, and I find myself coming back to it so often. Your work is truly a pleasure to see. And I learn so much from it…thank you

  13. Jon Marie

    October 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Like wind… like water…
    there are elemental truths.
    Fire springs from rock.
    Rivers seek the sea.
    Time carves us deep…

  14. cynthia woodyard

    October 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Love! This is fantastic. Perhaps he is an elder model for Armani…….X, CW

  15. TeMo

    October 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    The colors, light, soft shadow, composition, movement of the man’s body and gesture, everything is stunning.

  16. Matilde

    October 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing shot!!

  17. Daisy Nguyen

    October 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    This photo is ART! LOVE all the details, colors, composition and subject of this pic!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  18. elizabeth

    October 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Pure genius.

  19. Leo

    October 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Very human that photograph..!!!
    Love it .!!!

  20. nora

    October 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    The photo is beautiful. Judging from the hairstyle and gesture, this gentleman looks as neat as a pin. It would be fun to see how he dresses when he’s out and about.

  21. Jules

    October 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Stunning! His musculature speaks volumes about his life. This seems to be a man sound in body and mind. Thank you for this.

  22. Girisha

    October 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    This is the best photo you have ever taken.

    I love it.

  23. Patrick

    October 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Nice shot

  24. *sP

    October 2, 2012 at 12:47 am

    the position over the ad looks like he’s shaking out his things onto the model’s head while she smiles.

  25. Edgar Rebolledo

    October 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

    gorgeous photo!

  26. Ross

    October 2, 2012 at 1:18 am


  27. Ross

    October 2, 2012 at 1:21 am


  28. Lindsey

    October 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Nice shot! Love the different color contrast

  29. Debbie T

    October 2, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Wonderful pic! however I hope you got his permission first. Imagine how he would feel knowing the amount of people that will see his bare torso !!

  30. Ty Walter

    October 2, 2012 at 2:08 am

    This is so unique photo you have ever taken! I’m sure the old man didn’t have any idea about his skinny body. Oh God, he looks really interesting!

  31. Sandy blair

    October 2, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Absolute cracker, and so stylish!

  32. flo

    October 2, 2012 at 2:16 am

    this is why i love Sartorialist!!!

  33. Lelli Family

    October 2, 2012 at 2:41 am

    We love Navigli and its people …. this photo is art ……

    xoxo Lelli, italian fashion family

  34. Vicki Fields

    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Oh my that old grandpa is so skinny! I like the funniness and uniqueness of that photograph, he is really serious and I fail to understand why he’s throwing his shirt through that window! I just love the shot,amazing!

  35. vasilieva

    October 2, 2012 at 3:25 am

    wow, that’s a strong shot. so graphic and really does tell a story

  36. Loulou

    October 2, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Powerful! Well done

  37. Mira

    October 2, 2012 at 3:31 am

    That photo is so powerful. I hope he is okay that you post it here. I would be really pi…. if someone took a pic of me in my undies and post it online!

  38. LOLA

    October 2, 2012 at 3:36 am

  39. juan cruz

    October 2, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Yo, Scott fantastic! This character looks like he belongs up there in Michael Angelo’s paintings of The Sistine Chapel.

  40. Nath

    October 2, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Sublime !

  41. annabella

    October 2, 2012 at 3:52 am

    It is a beautiful shot, but my gut reaction was that it was invasive. He may have known you were taking his photo shirtless , but perhaps not that it would go around the world.

    I am projecting, but my 87 year old father would not have understood this. I feel protective of this gentleman’s privacy and possible vulnerability.

    • debbie

      October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Doubt my comment will be published, but I agree. It’s not as though the man was walking down a public street without his shirt on. He assumed (one would surmise) that he was in the privacy of his home and as such, was not presenting himself on public display for a photographer to shoot him.

  42. Bobbie Hurst

    October 2, 2012 at 3:53 am

    This shot reminds me of my grandpa!

  43. Guy Sandström

    October 2, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I really like this shot!

  44. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

  45. Matteo

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 am

    that’s te italian milanese Gandi……


    October 2, 2012 at 4:44 am


  47. M.N

    October 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

  48. Sunny Side

    October 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Waooo it could be a “Lucian Freud” old guy ! bravo …

  49. Laura

    October 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Unexpected but nice!

  50. Shopaholic in London

    October 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    This photo made me stop and think, really great shot.

  51. Madelin

    October 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I agree that this is a beautiful shot, but am too uncomfortable with i being published online without the subject’s consent. This dignified gentleman who obviously takes pride in his appearance deserves to control his own image. If this was a young woman in her undergarments, I doubt you would have published this shot. Does this man not deserve the same respect?

    • Martine

      October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      When you put yourself out a window where anyone and everyone can see you, you ARE giving your consent. Its not like Scott is using a long distance lens! Be sane, please. I swear some people here are just constantly looking for a soap box. Well…look elsewhere. What is public, is public. What is private is done indoors.

  52. fashion.doc

    October 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I’ve been at Navigli too. It’s so different at night and in the day time!
    The pic is something new from street style.. totally anatomical painting of Milanese!

  53. dbegumA

    October 2, 2012 at 7:09 am


  54. christian

    October 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    It looks like Carvaggio!.Well done!

  55. Lindy702

    October 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Wonderful juxtaposition with all the fashion, amazing image Scott.

  56. kp

    October 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wow. I can’t take my eyes off this picture.

  57. Grant Wentzel

    October 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Perhaps the best shot yet? And what a story… behind/after the fashion? It should be the back cover on some future Sartorialist book.

  58. Rachelle

    October 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I love this shot!

  59. Sevan

    October 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    My first reaction is embarrassment. I think it’s a bit “voyeuristic.”

  60. lola and paz

    October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    There are no words. Thank you for not always making it about the shows or the “it” bloggers. It’s a beautiful world out there and you bring it right to our front door!

  61. okissia

    October 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This is art!

  62. Cristina

    October 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Ah ah ah it’s just close to my door! Thank you Scott!

  63. Lizz DeLera

    October 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    well, in response to the voyeuristic=not so good comments – can understand that sentiment, but after all, the man *is exposed to the public domain, since he *is already hanging out the open window in his underwear, and shirtless for all on the street to see, and clearly doesn’t care who sees him ;)

    i respectfully never take photos of those cultures who have a strict taboo about cameras (Amish, for example) but if it’s not a cultural no-no, and you didn’t invade the person’s personal space while photographing…then it seems not so invasive…?

    • Sandra Semburg

      October 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I’m sorry Lizz but I disagree. I really honestly love Scott’s work and I think this is a stunning shot, but I do think it is wrong to post this photo unless this was a set-up kind of shot. Maybe from a public domain point of view you can say it passes so from a legal point of view, but it has nothing to do with that, it should be just common sense to not post a photo that was taken in a private moment like this. Come on he was not running around half naked on the street, he probably stepped to the window for a few moments. I feel like this shot was posted with the claim to be art and to create the kind of discussion we are having now but I do think with the power there is now of using the internet we also need to treat it with common sense and respect to people. Yes, it is a poetic photo, so real, but I catch myself in voyeurism and wish it would be taken down. Sorry Scott, I had to speak my mind on that, I am still a fan of the work but that doesn’t mean I would agree on everything.

      • Stephanie

        October 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        I love Scott’s work, too, and I don’t say this to be critical, but I also feel uncomfortable with this shot. My boyfriend is Italian and I spend a lot of time in Italy. The population density is high relative to what we are used to in North America – people in the cities live in apartments piled on top of each other for most of their lives. I don’t think it’s so much that he leaned out of the window without any concern that he would be photographed as much as he simply wanted to shake his shirt out and didn’t want to descend the stairs to the courtyard or street (I’m thinking of my boyfriend’s parents, who are very elderly and live in a very old palazzo without an elevator (they don’t get out much)). I don’t think this man expected to be photographed and for the photo to be published on a popular blog, and I do think there’s an element of public intrusion into private life with this shot.

      • Sandra Liermann

        October 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        Danke Sandra..hätte es nicht besser sagen können..liebe grüße,

      • Elizabeth

        October 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        Thank you for your well chosen comments. The moment appears very personal and private and while the photograph was taken from a public place it ventured into the private space of another individual and should not have been posted onto the internet. People do deserve privacy. I find this conversation quite interesting since I have just started a course on street photography and this type of situation has been discussed. Ultimately, the photographer made his decision.

  64. Sara Z.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    stunning. tells a story. makes me wonder beyond just a man wring out his shirt. I wonder what he did for living, how is life for him now. such soul.

  65. Karin

    October 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great capture. This is pure life. I Love it!

  66. Leah

    October 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I really like this photo. I thought about ‘privacy’ and how this photo could be viewed as invasive, but if it was a hot young buff dude no one would say anything about these things. Just because he is old does not necessarily make him vulnerable.

  67. Andrea

    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Sembra un personagio di una opera di Caravaggio!

  68. Martine

    October 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    HA! Love this. It deserved to be captured on film. What crybabies some people are. If he wants to complain and knows of this, he can do it himself. Otherwise, you are hypocrites. I have seen pictures of people that are not looking at the photographer, and likely do not know their picture is taken, in every single blog. Not just this one. What makes this different? Because he is older? Surely you are not offended because you are seeing a male upper torso? Men walk around “topless” all the time. So its just his age. And that is NO REASON AT ALL. Otherwise if this bothers you then half the pictures in most street style blogs should bother you. If he is comfortable doing it in public, then he is fine with it. If he was shy he wouldn’t have leaned over a public street!

    • dcinDC

      October 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you, Martine, for your most reasonable response. The picture sure packs a punch. Interesting just how bothered so many people are about this one. I think it’s because he is older AND shirtless. If he were dressed and just leaning out of the window, I don’t think anyone would have given it a second thought. If he were a YOUNG, shirtless “stud”, the only bothered that people would have been would have been HOT and bothered. He came to the window willingly and is, in fact, beyond it. What is “private space”? Where does it start and end? Why do we feel we “own” famous people, and can insert ourselves into their space, but not this regular guy? Interesting discussion…

  69. elena

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    very sentimental photo but I felt the lack of privacy the moment I saw it.

    It’s a vulnerable sight and I am sure the man didn’t want his pic taken like that… he was not on the street- he was inside his house!!

  70. Dora

    October 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Bless his heart

  71. Lena

    October 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I also feel this is intrusive and voyeuristic. I feel as if this man’s private moment was invaded. Has nothing to do with his age or physique

  72. Name*

    October 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I find this reminiscent of Steve McCurry’s photography

  73. Monsieur Marcel

    October 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    If the man was fifty years younger, there would not be an “invasive/voyeuristic/ethical” issue. Instead, there would be comments about how hot the guy is.

    I’m with Sunny Side.

    • Norma

      October 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      So do I!

  74. Lisa

    October 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

    This picture is truly amazing!

  75. Sandra Joyce

    October 3, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Powerful photo Scott! Great composition, contrast.

  76. Reem

    October 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    sometimes i just don’t get it, where is the fashion in that ?

  77. crossing-sweeper

    October 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This is a fabulous picture. Such a relief to see this moment of humanity after all those angular clothes’ horses tottering through international fashion weeks in their heels.

  78. eatittoo

    October 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    This is why we love your blog.
    We are super over saturated with photos of the same people at the same fashion shows such that they really don’t inspire anymore.
    This photo however captures beauty of form and something sincere.
    Thank you/!

  79. guy jansen

    October 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    This has made my day thank you Scott.

  80. Stefania

    October 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    It feels wrong. That seems like a private moment to me.

    • Lola

      October 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      I completely agree with you! This is not a fashion, this is not a street style! The only way that this picture could be made public is to get the permission from old man…I’m disappointed.

  81. Betsy

    October 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

  82. Cleo

    October 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    This photo conjures up all types of sentimental feelings. It simply shows that we are all beautiful humans.

  83. Becky Bedbug

    October 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Wow. This is so striking. It’s such a powerful image. Amazing.


  84. Maria

    October 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful picture!

  85. Laura

    October 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I truly love this picture. One of the best I’ve ever seen on this site!

  86. Kodachi

    October 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Reminds me of Matisse Le Serf. Beautiful!

  87. C SATHAL

    October 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    SUBLIME !!!

  88. Alexandra

    October 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Bellissima! Thank you!

  89. MamasBoy

    October 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Great shot Scottie

  90. De

    October 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Its only good or pretty or correct if we are seeing some projected and build up reality?
    This picture shows real life, in opposite of some just random and repetitive
    States and mood, all around fashion and the obsession on the young, (just to be clear
    I do not have anything against fashion)
    To me, this picture, at first seems sad, but apparently that man has lived quite
    A life and he is doing what he feels! Its nice to keep us on our feets nice gut dear sartorialist!

  91. nonsequitania

    October 17, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I love this photo, and I assume Scott would have got the subject’s consent, as I assume he does with all his photos.

    Here’s a proposition for you: it’s not what someone is doing, or whether the photo will be published, or where you are or where they are: it’s that you’re photographing them at all. People have all sorts of legitimate reasons not to be photographed, including in a crowd and/or on the street (religious, professional et al) and you simply cannot decide for a stranger what is legitimate.
    I think if you can see me, then you’re close enough to ask my permission to photograph me, and therefore: you should. Just as a human courtesy. Every person has a different set of feelings and standards about this topic, and you simply have no right to assume that someone else feels the way you do. Always, always, ask.

    If it’s a ‘candid’ shot and you can’t ask first, then take it, show them, and ask if you can keep it or publish it or whatever you’re planning- and abide by their decision.

  92. Oscar Ortiz

    October 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I love this pic. The only way to get to be this ripped and energetic at that age is either by genetics, discipline or combination. Bottom line is, this gentleman embodies what every man wish to be when the senior years arrive.

  93. mvarrin

    October 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Beautifully, wonderfully fashion free.

  94. Ewelina

    January 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

    so true, so simple, so human, so special…

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