WOW!!! My alltime Favorite. Perfect shot. GREAT!!!! the lines of the tram, the graphic quality, the way he stands out, the coat, that silent elegance, the composition, the mood, just amazing. Strong. Bravo.
Stunning photograph, Scott! The contrast of black & white is so dramatic. I really love the way this sophisticated gentleman is walking against the track as opposed to with it. There may not be anything to it…just an interesting little message that I personally found in this image. Thank you for this inspiration!
Scott, you are truly a gifted photographer. This is an amazing shot and should be hanging in a gallery. He is so sexy and so stylish, seems to glide rather than walk. This photograph gives a feeling of Europe many years ago. Your contrasts are incredible. B & W sometimes translates a feeling in a way color cannot touch.
It's all about the textures and contrast in this photo isn't it? The light coat is such a matte and soft texture. I can feel the slipperiness of his black shined shoes! (And the winking streetcar light gives you a bright white.)
!!!! I love the use of black and white here. . If not for his clothing, this could be a hundred years ago, and yet even though his clothes are unmistakably modern, they are also anchored in history. His face and his pensive expression are wonderful. How do you do this? Most photographers are happy to get one shot like this in a life time. And yet, every time I pop in here there's another amazing image to feast on. This is so important, what you're doing. You're documenting our times in a way that no one else is. Decades from now sociologists and anthropologists will spend many hours learning from these photos. Don't ever stop.
i never comment but i could not resist here. this is such a striking image. the grace in his stride, his pensive expression, the perfect light of an overcast day, the composition effortlessly guides my eyes around the image. B&W was a fantastic decision.
I live in NY, and today I realized that I start looking at people on the street as if I were looking at them through one of your photographs. I guess this means that you have a very specific style and way of capturing people…more you're able to capture who people are through their clothing, but the angle/composition/lighting remain quintessentially yours.
I don't know what that means, but I happen to like the phenomenon.
THIS IS THE COVER OF YOUR NEXT BOOK. AT 18 I WONDER IF BY 2070 WE WILL ACHIEVE SUCH GRACE AND ELEGANCE.I DOUBT IT BUT AT LEAST WE'LL HAVE YOU TO THANK FOR CAPTURING THESE MOMENTS,FOR THE IPOD GENERATION FOR WE WILL BE LIVING VIRTUAL ELEGANCE. THANKS FOR THE SHOTS OF OLD MEN THEY DO INSPIRE EVEN AS WE EXPERIMENT WITH BONDAGE PANTS TEES AND BIKER JACKETS.
For a black and and white image how strange that in ones minds eye one can see so clearly the colour and drape of the vicuna coat,the sharply creased winter white calvary twill trousers,polished brown beluti crossing the silver tram tracts onto tne cold grey brown cobble stones with the orange tram and the milanese greybage facade in the back ground.Your's is a true talent to be able to convey all the above from someone whos has not been to Milan in 25 years.
The atmosphere of this photo makes me remember why I love the centre of Milan. That feeling of the old trams, the buildings, elegance, solitude and crossing the street where you should not really be going… All that is just perfectly captured in this beautiful moment.
This is beautiful! From the composition to the wide range of grays. The rail road tracks and the perspective of the buildings vanishing out of sight comparing to the verticality of the man is just rich. I love photographs like this… combining the raw of the city plus the luxury of the people that live in it. May I add, this man has a great profile too. So happy to see B&W photography.
classic and magical. you really captured an inner pensive moment. The mood of the man and the black and white of the photo and his white pants and shiny black shoes perfectly complement. love the cobblestones and trolley in the background and how he is crossing the trolley track. brilliant!
i think this is definitely your best image on your blog. obviously you dont often use b & w (for good reasons!) but it totally works here. the sharpness of his his is great and the leading lines strong.
absolute elegance. i've been reading your blog for a while, scott, and have been stunned at so many shots; this one tops them-this is moving. and the black and white picks up the contrast, his agedness, yet stills time and freezes his movements and the motion of the trams in the background. remarkable. -candice
Wonderful. This is really one of the best photos I have seen you take, It is introspective, it talks more about what is going on inside the person, although the outside is also immaculate. I love it. Its philosophical!! Great!!
Dear Sartorialist, I really enjoy your photos of people going about without seeming to notice you. You have such a great eye for a beautiful shot, and your blog is a welcome study break a few times a day.
There is something unmistakably wonderful about elegance and age. Many times when we think of a person over the age of 60, we don't necessarily think that a man over fifty can be strikingly debonair. It is a rare phenomena, but when you see it, it is amazing. Maybe it is something that only happens in Italy. It is hard to find a current reference for it in the US.
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