I saw this young lady doing fashion sketches in Union Square the other day. I thought there was something so charming in how lost in her own world she was while she worked.

 

I just stood there for a little while, watching and trying to figure out how to capture the moment. Suddenly, the clouds opened for a few minutes and the sun bounced off her white notebook, lighting her face perfectly and basically creating the image for me.

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  1. Simbarashe

    May 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Just a good city shot.
    http://lordashbury.com

  2. Jen Wilson

    May 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Great shot!

  3. ire

    May 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

    truly love the shot.

    http://www.ontomywardrobe.com

  4. Rachelle

    May 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

    you captured a perfect scene, she looks so focus.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  5. kelsey

    May 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

    love this dark, literary style.
    kw ladies in navy
    enter our giveaway!

  6. LOLA ROSE

    May 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love those magical moments happen!! that’s what we photographers live for!! Great moment!!
    http://www.tokyofaces.com

  7. LesFleurs

    May 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    She’s creative and focused, yet mindful of her handbag.
    Stolen moment; inner life. Theatrical lighting.
    You seem to be going through a Vermeer phase.

  8. DonnaRose

    May 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I love the story behind the picture…awesome!

  9. almu

    May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

    love this pict! almu
    http://www.mavieenroseblog.com/

  10. Which me will I be Today

    May 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This photo is magic! I also like the way she is caught up in her sketching not paying attention to her surroundings but she seems so content.

    http://whichmewillibetoday.wordpress.com

  11. FripperyVintage

    May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Just beautiful, reminds me of my 8 year old son and how oblivious is to what is going on around him when he is focused on something. Very sweet.

  12. Susana

    May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    She’s so beautifully abstracted in her world! I love it when you give a bit of a commentary on how and why you make your pictures…it gives us great insight into your thought process.
    xo,
    Susana
    http://www.akeytothearmoire.com

  13. Denisa

    May 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Very nice photo.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  14. Edgar C

    May 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This reminds me of all the young, usually female artists doing sketches outside the Uffizi in Florence. So lo-fi and so awesome.

  15. Edgar C

    May 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Oh and her Brando-esque (a la The Wild One) ensemble is pretty great

  16. Lola O

    May 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

    It’s a beautiful image. She looks so set apart and wrapped in her world of imaginings that it’s almost as though she’s superimposed. Magic!

  17. Dea

    May 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Perfect shot! I love how lost she seems.

    http://www.timelessdifference.com

  18. Laura

    May 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    You caught a great moment, lovely photo!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  19. Diva In Me

    May 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    That’s a beautiful image. It’s exactly like how you describe it. A glow on her face and lost in her own world.

  20. justRay

    May 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    As stated earlier, a magical moment*****

  21. carol

    May 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  22. bellaconscience

    May 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love little descriptions about each shot…I could have imagined a million things she was writing in that notebook but the truth is so much better

    http://www.bellaconscience.com

  23. Digby Jones

    May 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    That’s the beauty of NYC! So many captivating sights to capture on camera. Of course, some of the credit goes to Scott too, for shooting such a stunning image.

  24. Monsieur Marcel

    May 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Sketching Union Square,
    sun shining on her notebook:
    inspiration flash.

  25. Nico

    May 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  26. Eva

    May 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    The perfect place, the perfect time, the perfect photo. Love it!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  27. Diego Aragón

    May 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Great shot

  28. une chatte grise

    May 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful photo of a beautiful person. The look on her face is wonderful–she’s clearly having what Csikszentmihalyi would call a flow experience!

  29. Chahrazad

    May 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Wauw. Stunning shoot! And indeed, it looks like she is in her own world. Perfect.

    x
    http://www.thecherryfactor.com

  30. Jennifer

    May 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Love this photo

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  31. Ivonne

    May 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Hello Scott I hear you today at Martha’s Debayle program it was so great wellcome to México

  32. Sarah

    May 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I likely when you write a few lines about why you captured a shot and what the image represents. Thanks for sharing your work and your thoughts.

    • Sherion

      May 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Agree, pure street..

  33. Nika

    May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    It’s genuine

  34. Gian Luca M

    May 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    nice capture…

    Gian Luca M

    http://laterzapagina.net/

  35. Sherion

    May 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Like the perspective, chilled..

  36. kelseybang

    May 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    thats so neat she was sketching! I love union square! I used to live there and miss it :)

  37. Designer Style Handbags

    May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome shot, brings back memories.
    http://www.handbagmadness.com

  38. Sevan

    May 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    High state of concentration.

  39. Jill

    May 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Really digging her bag and boots!

  40. milex

    May 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    When I look at her I kind of miss my purple hair…
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  41. Mund

    May 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    LOVE IT!

  42. fashiondrogue

    May 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Perfect click!! Loved her boots though :)

  43. Joanna Dodds

    May 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    It’s a relief to see someone not holding a phone or a fag (that’s a cigarette in Australian). I was begining to wonder what fashionable people did before texting or smoking were invented!!

    • Aura

      May 17, 2013 at 3:12 am

      A great picture and a nice laugh because of your comment :)

  44. leo

    May 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    perfect!

  45. Felicia

    May 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Curious as to whether or not you would be flexible in exploring fashion in other parts of the United States. The Pacific Northwest, perhaps?

  46. piya

    May 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Sounds like Magic !!!!!! :)

  47. Ashley Kennedy (lovewilde)

    May 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I love hearing the back story of your photos. Awesome photo.

  48. CJ

    May 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Great single moment!

  49. Leah George

    May 17, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Such a great photo. You’ve captured what I imagine is the essence of her. A strong minded person who has no time or interest in what people think of her. Her life is her own, period.

  50. rosmary

    May 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    so rock…

  51. Namrata

    May 17, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Can i sit and sketch too? And not get runover by people and cabs?

    Namrata
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

  52. @prgirllondon

    May 17, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Nice shot Scott! x

  53. Elena

    May 17, 2013 at 6:26 am

    You captured the perfect moment! She really looks lost in her own world
    http://dcinstyle.com/

  54. Irene

    May 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Great picture!! Love how you captured her!

    http://www.ireneweekly.com

  55. Filipe da Silva

    May 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Love this shot.

  56. Michael Scott

    May 17, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Wonderful shot. The Xs on her bag, shoelaces and body language all say, “please do not bother me.” She created her own private space without walls.

  57. Fashion Envy

    May 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Beautiful image.

    Ps there’s a new girl in town… http://www.fashionenvy.com.au

  58. Margaret

    May 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Such a nice reminder about the value of patience. I feel like so many of us fail to give ourselves the opportunity to be patient – too many things to rush around doing.

    I also love the pop of her laces!

  59. bp294

    May 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Instantly drawn to this pic, too. It really captures the city — both as it always has been and how it is, uniquely, at this very moment. Love her “drag!” The eternal uniform of urban youth, female division. Mightn’t a young artist in Berlin of the Thirties or Paris of the Sixties have dressed very similarly!

  60. Meadowlark

    May 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Love the bright blue shoelaces on her Docs!

  61. Marla Martenson

    May 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love it!!!

  62. Jen

    May 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    So curious to know what she’s writing! And those boots are killer.

    -Jen

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

  63. milex

    May 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    how exceptionally!
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  64. Nanna

    May 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Suddenly the sun broke through (see the sun).

    I turned around she was gone (where did she go).

    But I knew (I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
    she had made me happy (happy, happy)

  65. Ivy Lee

    May 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Gosh… you could read so much into it; is she an art student on a grant, is she afraid for the future, or just enjoys the present moment… Is she a coffee of tea person, post-punk or electro pop music lover…

  66. Sarah

    May 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Wow – yes! What a great moment and capture.

  67. Γιώργος

    May 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Guys…ok I don’t mean to hate but this is ugly.

    This is not a nice outfit, she’s like a homeless punk, come on I’ve seen alot better in the Sartorialist…maybe it’s just me, I don’t know . -

  68. Joanna Julia { Fashion4Ever.pl }

    May 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    This is such a nice post. And this girl has really something in her. Maybe it is this passion for her work!
    I love the Union Square. It has this special atmosphere!

  69. Cramer

    May 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I like a pretty skin and like how she is dressed. I like fashionable things. http://t.co/nFk8F3BhLA

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    May 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

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  71. שעון כיס

    May 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

    awesome!

  72. Taciana

    May 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The pics are awesome! But the descriptions complete the eye on the capture time. I love it!

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