Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On the Street……The Dancer, Melbourne

I think he is so unusually beautiful. The posture, the masculine neck, the small almost elfin ears, and the way his clothes hang on him.

I’m often asked in interviews what I look for when I’m out shooting. I reply that I just try to keep my mind open so I can see what I’m not expecting. This is a perfect example. I would never say I was looking for this type of shot, but when I see it I can’t pass it up.


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  1. FiL

    May 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

    WOW…So different & so interesting…


  2. Talk Pretty To Me

    May 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    This is one of the most interesting shots I would have to say because his beauty doesn’t just come out and strike you its very subtle. He has great lines. He just looks so sad. Love the emotion of this shot.


  3. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    If you cover either side of his head, he looks so totally different on both sides!! Nice.

  4. Jenny Peterson

    May 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Beatiful shot. And thanks for explaining a little about how you work.

  5. -h

    May 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    there’s something about him, he has that je ne sais quoi.

  6. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    He reminds me of Link from Zelda.

  7. suzanne nelson

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I agree, he is incredibly beautiful. he looks like a renaissance sculpture or if he’s just stepped out of a painting by Botticelli. thanks for seeing and posting this, Sart.

  8. Larapixie

    May 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

    very special look!i like it!

  9. Jack Daniel

    May 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Great find. The perhaps the greatest? Compared to all the other people on your blog, this guy is the most fashionable person without even trying.

  10. essyevian

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 am


  11. e.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:20 am


  12. loveroffashion

    May 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

    he is lovely!


    May 27, 2009 at 10:24 am


  14. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

    He looks so peaceful.

  15. Iria =]

    May 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    so, so different..
    AMAZING, i totally agree with suzane. thanx for seeing and posting this, as u always do =)

  16. Sara

    May 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Yep, pretty boy, like the masc. neck as well.

  17. Blanditiae

    May 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Yes, he is! He is perfect and magic.

  18. pRiyA

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    his face could be something out of a renaissance painting and his ears are spock.
    this is a face i could stare at a long time…

  19. My Fashion Frenzy

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Interesting. I like…

  20. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    he looks very tired – like he has given his body and soul over the past few days.
    that’s what’s i find so beautiful about dance!


  21. Hanna Persson

    May 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Is he working as a dancer?

  22. JP

    May 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I’m getting that hairstyle!!! amazing!

  23. stephanie-sarah

    May 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

    he definitely has grace :)

  24. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    i would have guess he is a guitarist than a dancer because of his pose. but i love his resolute lips

  25. crimzonite

    May 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    His head looks in disproportionate size to to his neck, and vice versa, it’s definitely unusual. I wonder how he would look with long hair? Hmm…

  26. Soren Lorensen

    May 27, 2009 at 11:00 am


    he looks so angelic

    but then rough about the edges

    i want to see him dance.

  27. CAYA F

    May 27, 2009 at 11:08 am


  28. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    He’s wonderful – makes me want to dance! Angela from Victoria

  29. MM

    May 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    He’s amazing, inspiring .
    I might paint him , is that okay ?

  30. doingtheunstuck

    May 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Wow. Is this the Australian Eminem?

  31. an

    May 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I love this shot… He’s got a very interesting face, and I agree, unusually beautiful.
    And a dancer?
    Can I get his number, please?

  32. norawoah

    May 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    wow, these kind of photos is why I started reading the Sartorialist in the first place. Stunning!

  33. emilyjayne

    May 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    He’s definitley got something about him, and agree that it’s a beautiful shot. But to be honest, Great outfit if he’s just on his way to/from studio, but not so much for every day walking about?

  34. Ashley

    May 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    He’s very striking. I love his hair!

  35. Jazzbuff630

    May 27, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Very striking facial features.

  36. Jeremy

    May 27, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Do not like.

  37. kayang

    May 27, 2009 at 11:59 am

    He is beautiful.
    I always prefer an unusual beauty to a typical one. lol

  38. Stephanie Clayton

    May 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    He IS beautiful in an ethereal way. I do like the hair very much. Captivating photos.
    Now this is how you do minimal deconstruction, without trying too hard.

  39. jo

    May 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    there is something about him, isn’t there. love the shoes, btw.

  40. Kamilla's crystals

    May 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Perfect! Love the way his clothes hang on him as well.

  41. plast!c

    May 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    gorgeous…Sometimes I feel like he is looking at me…nice shoots!

  42. Brianlul

    May 27, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    This is nice to look at. Dig the platinum blonde. I don’t see it pulled off too frequently.

  43. miss sophie

    May 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    great photo – i like his unevenly cut shorts.

  44. JMitchell

    May 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    i am in love with this photo. he’s beautiful and his outfit is so cool. this is one of my favorite shots. everything just works so well and he just grabs my attention.

  45. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    In your comments you didn’t critique his clothes, you discussed your work methods. I don’t think it’s really fair to comment on someone’s looks. It’s ok to mention hairstyle or clothing choices but people can’t help what they were born with, you know? This comment meant for post-ers, not Sart because your remarks were appreciative and positive but I do think this is dicey territory.

  46. cami falcão

    May 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    wow!!! i absolutely love this.

  47. playcrib

    May 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    greek god dressed in dance clothes.

  48. Mo

    May 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    gorgeous. very right what u said about him.

    much love from los angeles

  49. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    he makes me feel like its okay to be a long neck..


    May 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    He is so unusually beautiful, but he’s look it’s too over the top! :P

  51. Zepequeña

    May 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Really different!


  52. TheMinx

    May 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    wow, his face is so arresting. I love everything about this.

  53. Maike.

    May 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    your photos are just the best.
    you’re my biggest inspiration.

  54. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    i dont like it that much to be honest..only different thing about him is his features…

  55. Arlenesfelt

    May 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    This is a great post! No comment necessary, except, “yes!”.

  56. The Traveler

    May 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I can’t stop staring at that face.

  57. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    wow … and look at his graceful hands. great shot.

  58. Gabriela

    May 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I love when you post photographs with comments… it all makes sense there, and not just depends on what is established or common… Thant’s the real contribuition of the Sartorialist: the uprising of the other, the different, the alterity… divergences over mainstream.
    And congratulations for your 98!

  59. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A few days ago, I was wondering how an angel might look like and there it is!, right down to the calm demeanor and the uplifted gaze.
    Very beautiful.

  60. thomas grayling

    May 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    such expressive eyebrows and such worn shoes ! i too would like to see him dance!designerbuilder

  61. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    masterful hybridization of the masculine and feminine. it’s befuddling.

  62. S.I.Q.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    i completely agree with you!

    -architectural designs in runways
    -not famous amazing designers

  63. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    he’s got a freakishly long neck, i should know, I’ve got one .

  64. MaxW

    May 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Slim Shady?

  65. christine

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    this is so absolutely fantastic. he is beautiful!

  66. Krystal

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    elfin and very whimsical, it is so gorgeous x

  67. StilettoSundae

    May 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Oooh. He’s Cute and has great style. Apparently I need to go to Melbourne and hangout with dancers.

  68. Kelly

    May 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    i literally just stopped breathing

  69. daniqueconijn

    May 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Oh… yes!

  70. The Calvin Show

    May 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Two words: In. Love.

  71. Romos

    May 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Yes – totally a fantastic shot! I wonder however, is he extremely tired? He appears to be maudlin, morose, or very fatigued. I guess the life of a dancer is one of endless hours, and poverty too. These elements can wear on one’s appearance.

    Keep up the great work!!

  72. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    i think i just fall in love with him..

  73. jeannieLy

    May 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    he would -fly- as a model in japan!

  74. Erin

    May 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Is he actually a dancer? He almost looks a little skinny to be one, male dancers are pretty built…I’m mostly just curious, because even if he’s not it’s a perfect title/description. “The dancer” is exactly the essence you get looking at him. Supple and fine but totally masculine.

    …regardless, I’m obsessed. Contact info please.

  75. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    These photos capture something essential that I love about Melbourne and its people. I think it is the combination of physical beauty that just exists of itself (not for the sake of outside attention or glamour) and an interiority with complex shadings – you feel like it could lead you towards something interesting and vital in life.

    I doubt that I am expressing myself well, but in his appearance, I find someone with a style (a way of being in the world) that is far more captivating than someone exhibiting their knowledge of the lastest fashion.

  76. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Dancers are interesting people, theyre edje but still beautiful in some way…

  77. Rootbeer Racinette

    May 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    what a beautiful boy. he could wear anything and make it look great.

  78. Hannah

    May 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    He’s beautiful! I love everything about these shots.

  79. Marvin

    May 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    This reminds me of Prada this spring..Long tee shirt and shorts. I am a dancer too. Finding cool mes dance wear is hard. One has to improvise as this guy did.. This is so inspiring. Thanks!

  80. Yusha

    May 28, 2009 at 12:04 am


  81. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 12:52 am

    What beauty! He has such a captivating face.

  82. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Honest and beautiful….

  83. the surge mob

    May 28, 2009 at 2:27 am

    he looks like a beautiful vampire. black eyed angel from radiohead’s ‘pyramid song’.

  84. Diana

    May 28, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Wow, Tilda Swinton as a young man!

  85. Elvira

    May 28, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I wanna marry this dude…

  86. Jesses Mess

    May 28, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Awesome shot. I love how you discover people and places in the cities we live in that we have never noticed before.

  87. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 3:55 am

    he looks like a girl

  88. gbarbie

    May 28, 2009 at 3:58 am

    when fashion trends create “extra-sexual allures”…

  89. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 4:54 am

    eL grECO

  90. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 5:16 am

    he looks as if painted by duncan grant…
    charming photographs

  91. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

    … his hands, the tone of his skin, the melancolic eyes, the shelfconsious pose…

  92. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Mariacarla Boscono( fall '06 -> short blonde hair), the male version, right?

  93. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    He is very ethereal and serene…. yet he is very confidence and comfortable… he is a very beautiful with inner peace.. thanks for capturing him to us…

  94. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 10:30 am


    This shot captures the personality that most dancers have. This guy may or may not be a dancer, but i have friends who live their lives as dancers and this shot pretty much sum some up. Comfortable “this works for me so whatever” outfit in breezy monochromatic colours.

    Not all dancers are or have to be built. Most are pretty lithe..

    He’s got beautiful skin and a very nice skintone. Interesting features too. I could be wrong, but he looks like he’s of part-asian descent..

  95. incubi.

    May 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    never commented on your blog before..but there’s this incredible subtle beauty in this picture that is just.. very captivating. the close’s almost like his separate features don’t match up, yet it seems natural and in balance at the same time. don’t know how to put it. just very amazing, thank you for that. lovely discription too in the post.

  96. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    He has something of Botticelli’s beauty. Especially in his eye look. Very nice.

  97. S.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    “you feel like it could lead you towards something interesting and vital in life”

    I totally love what Anon 9:48 said but would add that you can find this not just in Melbourne but anywhere. It is just rare and has to do with following the ecstatic life. That’s one of the great things about the performing arts. And yes, his hands are beautiful, too.

  98. Anonymous

    May 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    he looks like cristiano ronaldo

  99. Anna Sigrid

    May 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    He’s extremly beautiful and attractive. Haven’t seen anything like him. He’s unique.

  100. Gaelle

    May 29, 2009 at 2:46 am

    wow! and his lips…

  101. Anonymous

    May 29, 2009 at 3:04 am

    you’re right, so beautiful.

  102. ~~:Julzen:~~

    May 29, 2009 at 4:37 am

    The Hair Style and Color.

    The Shirt

    The Pant

    And His body gesture!

    Obviously u cant pass it without snap it!

  103. KonTen

    May 29, 2009 at 5:56 am

    love it!

  104. Bitte gib mir nur ein Wort

    May 29, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Everyone has said it already, but he’s really, really beautiful.

  105. Violent Violet

    May 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    yeah. really something.
    but i wish i could see him wearing any other kind of clothes of his.
    like, i wonder what else he would put on…

  106. arms.akimbo

    May 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Good work matching the shoes to the blouse. Love that swan neck.

  107. Metro Profiles LA

    May 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I like your explanation of why he is compelling. Nice. Personally though, I don’t find him so. His look is too sloppy for me and his neck too wide for his features. But that’s just me – I like how subjective beauty is.

  108. Anonymous

    May 30, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I just decided I’m going to print this and put it on my wall.

    “Why I plan to marry a Japanese man.”

    I’m convinced he’s half Asian. And if he’s not I want him to be. Ughhh so beautiful

  109. Chip Bell

    May 30, 2009 at 4:25 am

    ya he IS good looking and I love the hair. But those ears it’s like OMFG! a blond Vulcan lol

  110. Anonymous

    May 30, 2009 at 7:21 am

    yes, his hands and pose are so graceful, i can believe he’s a dancer

    love that his ear is pierced too – everything is understated but powerful

  111. Anonymous

    May 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

    he looks really scary, but still peaceful and beautiful. wonder if he ever laughs..

  112. Anonymous

    May 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

    HAHA hey guys. this pic is of me lol thanks heaps for the comments i appreciate it so much. If u like u can add me on facebook my name is Adrian Spuria.

    thanks babe.

  113. Anonymous

    May 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    this guy is magical, and the focus is perfect

  114. Magsli

    May 31, 2009 at 7:04 am

    The most beautiful face. One of your best i think.

  115. Desiree

    May 31, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    OMG! He is BEAUTIFUL! =)

  116. Gemma

    May 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    He is phenomenal.

  117. Amber

    May 31, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I like how fluid he is. it’s like you can see he’s a dancer just in his stance. Beautiful

  118. Mavis

    June 1, 2009 at 1:12 am

    nice. he looks other-worldly.

  119. gordon Tiemstra

    June 1, 2009 at 3:34 am

    is he wearing a maillot or just a skinny?

  120. Made to Measure Suits

    June 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Lovly Picture

  121. Holly

    June 2, 2009 at 1:37 am

    totally agreed with Diana’s “Tilda Swinton” thingy!!! totally angelic!!!

  122. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 3:31 am

    well, well limit androgyn and russian artist.

  123. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

    is he Kate Lanphear’s younger brother??
    i saw this

  124. Gosia

    June 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I just fall in love with this guy. For me, he's extremely handsome. simple clothes+ variety of shapes, lengths etc+ dyed hair= <3
    another reason to go to Melbourne

  125. HEK

    June 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    He is gorgeous!
    I think I’m in love! :)

  126. Amanda and May

    June 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    absolutely amazing.

  127. tricia campbell

    June 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    should dancing not work out for him i think he could model.

    as for my anonymous friend, i’m doubtful that he’s mixed with asian but he is handsome nonetheless ^_^

  128. lia

    June 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

    just fell deeply…

  129. Izati Ngaliman

    June 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    on "This is a perfect example", I don't usually say 'I agree', but today I will.

    He looks somewhat non-human.

  130. Anonymous

    June 5, 2009 at 12:33 am

    wanna kiss him so badly!

  131. Sarah Julie

    June 5, 2009 at 6:34 am

    He really reminds me of Link from Zelda. Who I had the biggest crush on when I was 10. Amazing subject, amazing photo. He looks so sad and strong at the same time. Dreamy.

  132. Anonymous

    June 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I absolutely agree. He is elfin and beautiful. The beautiful contours of his neck and head just make me wanna pick up some charcoal and DRAW!!! You, Mr. S, have a most wonderful eye. Your blog is a great thing… you see and appreciate how beautiful, interest, and nice people look, as opposed to only fashion and trends. In that, your blog has a great sense of honesty. Honest appreciation of beauty and intrigue in the people around us.

  133. Marleena Hills

    June 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Wow absolutely stunning.
    He's got something from La Joconde.
    He has "un certain charme". He looks so quiet and… dangerous at the same time.

  134. Anonymous

    June 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Damn.. He is beautiful.. I am speechless

  135. Mary

    June 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm


  136. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Only an artist could really potray his hidden beauty ;)

  137. Ethan M.

    June 15, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. He's a young St. Sebastian (no, not the singer.)

    I wish he'd ditch the sorts, though. I understand the motivation, but the long shirt does it well enough.

    Little black book is fantastic.

  138. Anonymous

    June 21, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Thanks for the shot – this is why I view the Sartorialist! True photographic art – wow.
    Could be the best picture yet? He has that relaxed yet effortless Melbourne style – full of grace and inner spirit.
    His blk shorts bring it all together – and you know what, he wouldn't have even tried!

    Contemporary dancer? ;-)x L

  139. Kristina

    July 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    This man/boy is so beautiful! Those lips and the nose…I just want to kiss him!;)

  140. Anonymous

    July 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Funny. just as i was looking at this and before reading your write up… i thought to myself wow he is so beautiful and intriguing. a special uniqueness for sure.

  141. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 12:24 am



  142. Yap

    August 11, 2009 at 3:51 am

    His eyes touching me that i tremble

  143. Anonymous

    August 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you for such inspiration photos, I love them and i am going to Melbourne to find this dancer.

  144. Anonymous

    December 8, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I've seen him around! He looks amazing every time I see him out on chapel street in melbourne. He is also quite an amazing dancer, having seen him do a group dance once.

    Pretty awesome to see him here!

  145. Jules, London

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I agree with your comments Scott. A perfect character to photograph. I also love his style and colour choice. He obviously chooses comfortable yet purposeful clothing to suit the demands of his dance-related lifestyle. He has a beautiful and unique look to him and looks perfectly serene and at ease with his place in life.

  146. Megan

    August 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Very peaceful looking…rather thick neck and jaw! Interesting face

  147. Bear

    August 11, 2010 at 1:05 am

    This guy is so THERE. So present. He is an alien … a beautiful alien. He SO looks like an elf…..and it's obvious he has style no matter what he wears….I love it when people shine THROUGH the clothing they have on. You captured his grace and his melancholy perfectly. :) Inspiring.

  148. joseph

    April 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    thats my best friend! he is a beautiful person and yes he is a dancer and an amazing one at that! i love him so much!

  149. lindayoga

    August 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I didn’t notice his ears at first. Lovely man.

  150. Jessica.

    April 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

    He dances at Love Machine Sunday nights. Beautiful boy x

  151. mian

    August 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    beautiful young man ………imagine if we could see how he and all the others look today !

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