Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On the Street…The Misshapes, Paris


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  1. Hopbell

    November 14, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Cough, cough…

    • Simone Fraser

      December 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Perhaps it’s worth getting cancer when cigarettes are so useful in posing for photographs.

  2. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 10:32 am

    yes! gray, white, and black always rock, and he’s pulling it off with ease.

  3. josh

    November 14, 2007 at 10:38 am

    what a stunning photograph. well done, sart. beautiful.

  4. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Well that is some thick smoke.. Unhealthy man..

    On another note, i love the look. Specially the grey tank (?) under the white shirt

  5. kavi

    November 14, 2007 at 10:47 am

    wow. brilliant.

  6. Brazilian Girl #7

    November 14, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I like this picture. You can imagine a lot of things.

  7. Anna-Lyssa

    November 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Mercy. I think I’m in love.

  8. Elsa

    November 14, 2007 at 11:10 am

    love this pic, love this man. who is he?

  9. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Again with the smoking! Besides the ciggie, I don’t find his get-up appealing. It’s too… too.. Misshapes for me.

  10. zuccotto

    November 14, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Neat photo – I like it. I take it as droll humor between the photographee, who also photographs, and photographer, whatever practical value the obscuring smoke has re recognition potential.

    His clothes are fine too, showing a kind of elegance-mixed-with-what-the-hell.

  11. Stacy

    November 14, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Great shot!

    I so want to see his face…and at the same time I love NOT seeing his face.

  12. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 11:26 am

    There’s something very mysterious about this picture; the obscuring smoke, the dissociation between the guy’s very hip clothes and the outdoorsy-family setting, the little girl’s innocently pretty sparkling dress. It’s like a beautiful illustration to a very strange children’s story. One of the most haunting pictures posted so far. I wonder what the atmosphere was like that afternoon? Well done Sart.

  13. Laguna Beach Trad

    November 14, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Great photo, Scott! I am sure the puritan Americans will scold you for featuring a cigarette smoker (O the horror!), but I like it. Cigarettes are great at setting a mood or conveying attitude, which this young photographic professional does to singular effect. Not a fan of his tight trousers. I do think he looks a bit like Jarvis Cocker or Ian Curtis, with elfin ears. Broken biscuits, indeed.

  14. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    I love the sparkly skirt and shoes on the little girl in the background. This should have been a picture of her instead.

  15. Club and Fang

    November 14, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    inspiration; The Darjeeling Limited.

  16. Asian Models Blogger

    November 14, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Errr…didn’t you say something recently about not posting photos of people who smoke?

    That said, awesome capture!! The blurriness from the cigarette smoke makes this a spectacular photo.

  17. soignee

    November 14, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    hm, this is more about the photograph than the man’s style, non?

  18. Juviann

    November 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I like it!

  19. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Actually the smoke is so dense that I can´t make anything out of this photo.

  20. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    what a picture…gorgeous.

  21. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    ooooh i likie, dead man walking or is it 007, hmmm is that a gun in his hand very scary and “artistic” ;)

  22. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    the skin showing-wrists, chest
    combined with messy dress shirt is very charming. I am a firm believer in messy-chic, and he’s killin’ it

  23. urbnstyle

    November 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    this is such a great capture, very mysterious!
    another photographer with style :)

  24. maggy

    November 14, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    i really love this picture for some reason. his outfit is subtle.

    maybe it’s the little girl’s skirt in the background.

  25. Anna-Lyssa

    November 14, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    soignee said…
    hm, this is more about the photograph than the man’s style, non?

    1:13 PM

    “the photograph” (by which i assume you mean his posture, the smoke, etc) IS the man’s style. fashion, clothes, what we wear, should be a marriage of “the photograph” which is our life (oh coco chanel, enlighten us) and the clothes on our backs. you need “the photograph” in order to make art out of the sartorial.

  26. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    The disaffected auteur waiting to be inspired for his next shot.

    At least it looks like a camera in his hand …

    Again, great picture!

  27. jkrnyc

    November 14, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Super pic, Scott! Well done!

  28. Rael

    November 14, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    the smoke gives some kind of alure to the person behind it. we can barely see his face, which makes it quite misterious, but we can make out enough to understand this mans face… but not clearly… i like it!

    its a big blur!

  29. pearlescent

    November 14, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Amazing shot! I love the fact that we can’t see the man’s face! Leaves a lot to the viewers imagination..

  30. Emma Lifvergren

    November 14, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    i like the anonymity of this picture…very magritte-esque.

  31. Butch

    November 14, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    I’m trying to figure out his his …ensemble works. Cropped shirt with athletic pants with gray waistband? Cropped shirt with longer grey undershirt? Pants with improvised cummerbund into which shirt is tucked?

  32. we could grow up together

    November 14, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    dont hate me y’all, but sometimes a ciggie is the best finishing touch, fantastique!

  33. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Defenitely more interested in that little girl’s outfit…

  34. notanotherblog

    November 14, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    I’m not so sure about what the MissShapes look is anymore, but this looks doesn’t strike me as hipster. It’s a simple classic look with a morning after interpretation.

  35. laura

    November 14, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    i miss men like that in madrid streets

  36. Jayce B.

    November 14, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I know that everyone that reads The Sartorialist freaks out when they see someone smoking…

    …But trust me, The Misshapes could care less about what you think. How is it that know one here knows who this is? Fashion oriented people, that is.

  37. Liz

    November 14, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Misshapes is a band… a bunch of hipsters love these guys. The girl in the band is always dressed really cute I forget her name… I think it’s Leigh or something.

    and ENOUGH with the ciggarette comments already. It’s getting old.

  38. Ily

    November 14, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Okay…so what?
    This man would certainly get second looks here in San Francisco, but I expect a bit more from Paris :-)


  39. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    looks like my lover; think i’m in love.

  40. Anonymous

    November 14, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    the smoke in the face looks perfect
    and the clothing looks flawless

    and for those of you ragging on the cigarette its the new cool(and i dont even smoke)

  41. truc-lee

    November 14, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    two words…OH MY! this man is a god – for all the clueless men out there, this is who to take inspiration from. the obligatory ciggie is an unexpected accessory, and the smoke creates a certain mystery. Simply divine, Sart.

  42. The Urban Naturalist

    November 15, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Futurism goes up in a puff of smoke.

  43. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007 at 1:36 am

    His looks are great, but my eyes are more drawn to the little girl in the background with the cute dress and shiny little shoes…

  44. filoderba

    November 15, 2007 at 3:10 am

    I like misshapes and he can afford it. the too short sleves, the shirt without collar, the tank under the shirt, the hand holding the cigaret, BUT above all the little pink, blond, neat girl with the sparkling skirt.

  45. DeepBlueSea

    November 15, 2007 at 3:26 am

    S’wonderful, s’marvelous…

  46. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007 at 3:34 am

    i LOVE the little girl in the sparkly skirt in the background!!!

  47. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007 at 4:40 am

    It’s an extrordinary picture, truly. The great thing about it is that you can gather the guy’s attitude and sense of self without seeing his face, which is incredible. I love it, and his clothes aren’t half bad either. What’s suprising is the relatively few “no smoking” comments! Maybe I’ve just jinxed it, but maybe a lot more people are able to separate art from health issues (never the two shall meet, I say).


  48. Marion

    November 15, 2007 at 5:12 am


  49. Sherry

    November 15, 2007 at 5:20 am

    I ADORE this. The smoke adds to an air of mystery. I feel as though I want to know who this man is!

  50. Carol Diehl

    November 15, 2007 at 7:42 am

    I am as much against the promotion of smoking as your other commenters, but this is a terrific image–I don’t even care about the clothes–and I love how the background is like a snippet of Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jette”.

    And speaking of smoking and France…I always thought the French ate with their left hands so they could smoke with their right–but my Paris friends tell me now that smoking will be banned in French restaurants beginning January 1. Hooray!

  51. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007 at 9:17 am

    that’s scott meriam, he does all the misshapes photos and shoots for

  52. ricpic

    November 15, 2007 at 9:41 am

    My first thought: Cartier-Bresson.

  53. applevenusian

    November 15, 2007 at 11:56 am

    post-punk goodness. love it.

    “and we’re changing our ways/taking different roads…”

    i’m on a roll with the lyrical comments.

  54. loli

    November 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    canterville ghost

  55. sophie

    November 15, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    My first post…inspired by a beautiful man whose face I can’t even see!

    Utterly compelling composition and gorgeous, crumply clothes…louche elegance mixed with – it’s been said already – Jarvis Cocker. Wondrous.

  56. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    “But trust me, The Misshapes could care less about what you think. How is it that know one here knows who this is? Fashion oriented people, that is”

    “Misshapes is a band… a bunch of hipsters love these guys”

    The Misshapes were over a long long time ago … any N.Y kid with originality & sense stopped going a couple years ago. Thats why their weekly Sat nite died a few months ago – it became far to commercial & the true cool kids left ages ago. They should have all left for London where the underground scene doesn’t become commercial – Boombox has been running forever & still as cutting edge as when it began – Misshapes should have taken note on how to do it properly.

  57. Anonymous

    November 16, 2007 at 1:12 am


  58. Anonymous

    November 16, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Your own version of The Son of Man, Scott?

  59. sophie

    November 16, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Jaded and jaundiced ain’t never good looks, mr or mz anonymous – and that’s a ‘fashion-oriented’ opinion from one who does know very well who Scott Meriam is…and who thinks his identity is totally irrelevant to the arresting vision i see before me. Smoke that – and despite that longest sentence on the planet, i do mean it in friendliness…come on – a good look is a good look!

  60. soignee

    November 16, 2007 at 2:43 pm


    what i meant is that i am more impressed by the aspects of the photo–lighting, composition–than i am by what the person is wearing. the photographer made the photo interesting here, not the man’s style. shrunken blazers and wrinkled white shirts alone is not a compelling visual to me.

  61. Anonymous

    November 16, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    the pic is damn hot. so is the guy.

  62. sophie

    November 16, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    yes, indeedy, you are right to laud the photographer’s lovely and arresting image without falling prey to the allure of the indie-kid as I -ahem- have been. Point well made…perhaps I should cure myself of loving mismatch styling wherever and on whoever I find it…but massive clash, asymmetry and general sartorial muddle is in vogue for the first time in decades (feels like) and I’m going to enjoy it! Yours, in a conscious mess…

  63. daniqueconijn

    November 16, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    woow what a beautiful photo! so mysterious and stylish i don’t know how to say it differently.. there is something about this photo like there is something about mary

  64. Anonymous

    November 17, 2007 at 7:54 am

    i love the smoke obscuring his face great photo

  65. Vanya

    November 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    i like this photograph, because of how you can’t see his face and i like how he seems to carry himself. the outfit is mediochre, though, i think what makes it work is his lanky frame and, again, how he carries himself. good light.

  66. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    i falled in love with this guy……………

  67. Calenna

    November 19, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Forget what this guy looks like – I am in love with this photo! It reminds me of the other smoking photo you shot a while ago – with the 2 young women in Paris. You have a way of capturing beautiful imagery of smokers – and I’m not even a smoker!

  68. Amanda

    November 29, 2007 at 9:29 am

    The photo, the guy’s outfit.. wow!

  69. Anonymous

    December 2, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    i don’t know why but it reminds me of patrick wolf

  70. Brule

    January 16, 2008 at 12:23 am


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