I’m not sure why you were compelled to take this picture. Nothing particularly interesting save the fact that she doesn’t dress for the weather. It almost feels like a picture from your earlier years, when it didn’t take much to grab your attention.
She actually does. Winter in Netherlands isn’t so harsh that a pair of tights wouldn’t fend it off. Sun is shining so I’d guess it’s 0Â°C or warmer – which, actually, doesn’t need any kind of winter gear.
She grabs my attention. And Scott has already said that he didn’t care much about other peoples concerns about how they think one should dress for the weather. Its pretty much obvious that she isn’t a tiny bit cold, so if she is comfy, then she IS dressed for the weather. Just not to your liking. The long sweater, the boots, the red scarf are definitely attention grabbing, and her legs seal the deal.
I would surmise by the amount of underexposed glare in the frame that Scott probably tried to photograph her from the other side first but the sun must have been too bright. This was taken either just after sunrise or just before sunset when the sun is at its most merciless. One can also take into account that when the sun is in these positions, there is so much UV that bounces up from the snow that it’s near impossible to shoot a subject in front of the sun because finding the right combination of ISO/shutter speed will probably result in a loss of significant contrast. As his shadow — he’s surely taken way too many photographs by now for that to have been a ‘mistake’. What often gets lost when looking at street style portraits are the circumstances; all you see is what he snapped. We have no idea how crowded the street was, or who or what was behind him… we just trust that this is the photo he had to take, because he’s a professional who’s taken 100s of 1,000s. http://lordashbury.com
Or maybe he liked the wall. I do. I thought about it too. But decided she doesn’t get lost, the wall helps give more interest to the setting without detracting from her. Maybe its a mistake but one that works better then the correct way.
I live in Amsterdam, and there are plenty of much more interesting outfits than this one, believe me. Scott has not yet explored the city as in depth as it deserves, and this pic is a proof of it. I think it was mentioned before aswell, but this is not one the Nine Streets of A’dam.
I like her in front of that wall. She still stands out, but she isn’t the first thing you see. The wall is. Interesting. I thought photographers weren’t supposed to do that. But its a great picture anyhow. Looks more interesting then if she were standing in front of something plain.
I can just hear my mother, telling this young woman to get those bangs out of her eyes! And, even though I don’t like to admit it, I have to say that in this case I agree with mom. The bangs are a tad too much.
P.S. Mom would also have had a word to say about the bare legs in winter…
I know this has been a bit of a redundant topic throughout your winter weather posts, but bare legs in the winter just drive me crazy! I just find it so distracting to look at. Instead of thinking about how great she looks, I just think about how she’s trying too hard. Living in Toronto, it’s just reminiscent of far too many ladies who parade around the clubbing district half naked in in below zero weather trying to look ‘hot’.
a PS to my last comment: I live for bare legs and have always hated layering in the cold weather, but it’s fun to embrace it as a challenge, like coordinating looks based around tights, or putting great men’s dress socks on instead of having bare ankles in between my skinnies and oxfords.
I think that the effect of bare legs is produced by this little, familiar object called “pantyhose” (which are back this season big time, aren’t they?). .. She is really gorgeous. I particularly love the haircut and the strength she exudes!
I’m very partial to Scott’s earlier images, which always captured something unique about (seemingly) ordinary people going about their lives, and still giving off an interesting vibe through a small detail of their outfit, a pose or even hand gesture. I miss that old, more “ordinary” Sartorialist sometimes (you seem to focus on the super-fashionable jetsetting fashion crowd more these days). This photo reminds me of these older images. I love it!
I love everything about this outfit and this shot. I like the darting on the back of the jacket that creates the effect that she is wearing old-timey bloomers. The hair and boots are kind of tough-looking but the shimmery tights are ladylike. Love it!
You really should go to Antwerp! You go to Amsterdam, to Paris, so why don’t stop in the middle of your trip in the city of Dries Van Noten, the city where Raf Simons has made his first fashion steps? I’m just saying… :-)
Take a look at my streetstyle blog, I would be very honoured because I’m a huge fan of yours!