Often when I run into someone I know on the street I like to watch them for a few minutes before I say “Hi” to see if I can catch them in a natural unguarded  moment.


It’s in those moments that you can sometimes understand their reality better than they do.


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  1. carol

    May 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    wow she is such a stunner ! !! !


    • Daniel Stark

      May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm


      • Martine

        May 18, 2014 at 3:03 am

        Yes, she is a stunner. And the lady behind her looks stunned.

  2. GapToothedGirl

    May 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This shoot is superbe!! I’m addicted to those freaky eyes when in Milan!
    Love, Gap.

  3. supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    May 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    That woman’s reaction is hilarious, but that hair is just stunning braid, color and all! x


  4. Amy

    May 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Fantastic. Pretty perfect caption, too. Nice job

  5. Da Rod

    May 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I love her hair style and dress. I think the stranger next to her adores it as well.

  6. kelsey

    May 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    this image is insanely good. and what a smart sentiment – letting people reveal themselves
    ladies in navy

  7. Cynthia

    May 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This picture is hilarious!

  8. justray

    May 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    This is one of the best shots I’ve seen so far: black and white shot; modern vs. traditional; trendy vs. conservative; hope vs. resignation–this says so much. My hats off to you, here, Mr. Sartorial.

  9. Derrick Mathews

    May 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    The unexpected capture is one of the best elements of this images, the older lady’s face and shocked look, great

  10. andreea

    May 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    a nice little scene! the awe-stricken face of the lady in front of the cool girl! :)


  11. Ana

    May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    ah ah

  12. Shivafeli

    May 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I love your unguarded moments

  13. robyn

    May 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Oh wow! That lady’s expression, the hair do, that dress, her beautiful profile= photography at it’s best.

    Hello from Toronto


  14. Helen

    May 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Without doubt your best photograph

  15. Daphné

    May 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Cette photo est géniale ! Elle me fait penser à celle d’Henri Cartier-Bresson “Brasserie Lipp” !
    Bravo !

  16. jazzy

    May 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Great shot, look like its from another time…as in.. not 2014.
    love the girls style! THANKS

  17. Antwan

    May 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    This photograph is a testimony of truth. The uncompromising elderly is entranced by new age grace.

    • Nai

      May 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

      That is not at all what I read in the older woman’s face. That face translates as serious judgement and intolerance to me.
      Beautiful shot, beautiful woman. Not-so-beautiful mment captured.

      • kissyfur

        May 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        I’m not sure we can “understand their reality better than they do”. Maybe this young woman just elbowed the older lady out of the way because she thought she would be slow getting across the road, and the older lady is reacting in distress and frustration.

        • madison

          May 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

          Quite. One cannot know what was actually happening here without having the whole picture. I am reminded of Johari’s window.

  18. JAZZY

    May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great shot, like from another time…as in not 2014.
    Love her style..

  19. Fawakatube

    May 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    LiFe cHapTERs!!

  20. cchas

    May 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    hahahahaha i love it

  21. debbie

    May 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What a hoot!

  22. JillyFay

    May 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hmm…wonder what that old woman is thinking :-)
    Probably not what I’m thinking which is: GREAT hair!! Beautiful dress, bet she’s got on cute shoes too… killing it!

  23. Hope

    May 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Superb image Scott!

  24. Aya

    May 13, 2014 at 10:52 am


  25. Hanka

    May 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I love this picture!

  26. KRH

    May 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    A very accurate picture of America today.

    • Norman4Law

      May 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Except the picture was taken in Milan, Italy.

    • j

      May 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Picture was taken in Milan, Italy. So maybe an accurate picture of Italy today?

  27. Mer

    May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I don’t if it’s just a coincidence but if love the expression of the older lady and the attractive innocence of the girl. Most times there’s no better way than catching the people spontaneously!!

  28. Liz

    May 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    this is the greatest pic you have ever published


  29. tallulah

    May 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    ha ha – “young people nowadays……”. This is so funny.

  30. Nila

    May 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Something tells me she knows.

  31. Jorge from West Palm Beach

    May 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    “It’s in those moments that you can sometimes understand their reality better than they do.”
    WOW. Would they agree with your statement?

    • Dgirl

      May 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I agree – do any of us have any idea about another person’s reality? Or even our own? For me, the caption sounds a teensy bit smug and also patronising.

    • p

      May 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      uh. i had commented in here, i think…weird…but, yes,i d said i thought that was weird too. the assumptions, on that level of certainty”…

  32. Angela

    May 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Excellent. Really excellent. Thank you.

  33. melissa

    May 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

    That look.

    Great shot!

  34. Rougeuse

    May 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

    This is golden! x


  35. Abizera

    May 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    The old lady in the picture just made my day! Thanks a lot for capturing beautiful pictures.

  36. Ma numesc Bucuresti

    May 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Great contrast!

  37. lno

    May 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This picture says so much — the comment is on point. The photo and its main subject are absolutely beautiful. The timing of the photo really captures a piece of her reality.

  38. Babs

    May 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Now I NEVER comment on blogs but I just had to with this… priceless! Made me laugh out loud at work like a nutter. Brilliant shot Scott.

  39. WOWS

    May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

    She looks lovely…and has and amazing hairdo.
    But the most shocking fact is the elder woman looking at her ;)

    Kisses from http://www.withorwithoutshoes.com

  40. Sylvie Sourit

    May 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    That’s the best picture I’ve ever seen for a long time.
    It make me think about all these photographers from the mid century that knew how tell us a story.
    Thanks Scott.


  41. Zuzile

    May 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The gran and the it girl

  42. doo doo

    May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    confused nonna!

  43. selva

    May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    i think people will look at this in 100 years and then capture a sense of the place and time, the variety of worlds, lifestyles, cultures, ideas that we as a society live with right now. these photographs make this blog much more than a fashion/style blog.

  44. ursula

    May 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    how wonderful her hair is!!!!

  45. Natalie Avery

    May 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, what a great moment you captured! The woman on the right is seriously beautiful– I love the sculptural, scarf-like way she did her hair. And the grandma on the left, priceless!

  46. Katy

    May 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This is amazing

  47. Francesca

    May 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This pic is great! I love the expression of the granny behind this beautiful girl

    Francesca http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

  48. Francois

    May 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This is an excellent shot, beyond fashion and beyond time.

  49. Black Girl White City

    May 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    As a tall east african woman, with a peculiar style I recognize myself in this image. A lot of my non-ethnic friends have said they notice the glares and the looks when I walk in, but the fact that Scott recognized apart of this this young woman’s daily life is still reassuring.

    • Jen

      May 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      I wondered about the racial dynamics at play…

    • MollyBloom

      May 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Well, I wouldn’t say your friends were non-ethnic. We are all ethnic. We are all from somewhere.

      • BGWC

        May 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        Totally get that, by ethnic I mean a minority…it was poorly used slang, but you get the jist of it.

  50. Orangeufunny

    May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    If this lady knows you, you must have taken a very scary photo of her at sometime. She looks very afraid :)

  51. C.Michol

    May 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is a great capture, Scott — but I assure you that she knows her reality (the reality you’ve captured here) very well.

  52. Jyoti

    May 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is a really interesting photo. My very first response is to judge the older woman. However, I’m sure there are moments that I look like her when I meet with things that are foreign or new to me. I wonder what she is thinking.

  53. Emily

    May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This photo is just awesome, on all counts. And timeless. A great catch.

  54. James W

    May 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    This photo transcends fashion – it tells such a brilliant story of two women from different worlds. I imagine it will go viral very quickly.

  55. Schwarz

    May 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Sart, this photo says more than we can get at once. You are right: a capture of reality. Besides, the stoic stance of this beatitful girl says even more. Great shot!! Congrats…

  56. Thierry

    May 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Super hot, Magnificent, Breathtaking.

    Cheers !

  57. Suzy

    May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    So powerful – thank you

  58. Zahra

    May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    this is amazing.

  59. Gary

    May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Everything is fantastic about this pic : the beauty of the girl, the black and white quality, and of course the look of the old lady. Priceless.

  60. westcoasttiger

    May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This is a perfect example when Scott’s photographs go beyond fashion commentary. I live in Southern Cali and am witness to the debacle that is Donald Sterling, so this photograph has a bit of poignancy – the generation gap… I wonder if it decreases with time or does each aging generation find itself surprisingly out of touch?

    Or maybe the older woman is just amazed the young woman’s focus isn’t actually on her cell phone!

  61. Zahra

    May 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    and it’s an important moment too! can i use on fb if i credit The Sartorialist?

  62. Andréanne

    May 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I just love love love this picture!

  63. Selena

    May 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Amazing Photograph! two ends of the spectrum here

  64. leflaneur

    May 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I pause at the young woman’s remarkable beauty, posture and style. I pause at the older women’s unnerved look: What a contrast.
    This is, bar none, one the most rich and revealing photographs I have seen in a very long time. It does what art is supposed to do: move us, unsettle us, make us notice….

    • Niils

      May 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm


  65. ella

    May 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    stunning. her hair and profile read REGAL. It makes you question the look on the older woman’s face behind her.

  66. Kimberly

    May 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Are you sure the older woman is looking at her? It appears she is looking at something past her. This is all under the assumption that your perception was that the older woman was looking at her that way.

    • The Sartorialist

      May 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      when you see the frames before after this frame it’s clear she’s looking at her.

      • mw

        May 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Would you consider posting the sequence?

      • Chance

        May 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

        Given there are people thinking the white lady is perhaps racist, maybe it would be a good idea to have a full sequence of shots on display?

      • Kimberly

        May 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

        Thank you for the clarification. I, too, would love to see the sequence. I imagine it might be a kin to something from an old LIFE magazine depicting racism or just plain shock at such differences. I am wondering if the older woman might be in a state of hair envy!

    • Chance

      May 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I would have to agree too. It’s easy to think the old white lady is shocked by the young black lady.

    • Laura

      May 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

      thanks for asking that (and answering, Scott) cos I’ve been wondering the same thing. whilst the older lady’s expression is captivating, I’m distracted as I try to figure out if the focus of her attention is indeed the younger lady or if it’s something else outside of the frame. for what it’s worth, I’d love to see the sequential shots :-)

    • Nini piccola

      May 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Yes, a sequence would be great! Personally I would not call the older Milanese woman racist – she is merely saying: “ma guarda che roba esotica… Quei capelli son veri o è una parrucca…?”
      Translation – whoa that’s exotic… Are they real or is it a hairpiece?

      • Ricardo

        May 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

        I completely agree not everything is RACISM, I am myself Black European and sometimes I am in a state of amazement about everything that is different to such punks, goths.

        • hmmm

          May 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

          I am African-American and have met many Afro peoples around the world. I can tell you Afro-Europeans are very naive. You all want so badly to be like the European majority you tolerate a lot of racism. Most of the time you don’t even know it’s happening. I have said so many times around Afro-Germans and French wtf!? You just took that! Stand up for yourself or I have had to explain very basic racial things from history that they don’t even know. You all have been brain washed and need to open your eyes more. Just because a White person tells you to get over it, it’s not racist dose not mean you have to believe them.

          • Lalady

            June 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

            Hmm, As a Black woman who have lived in numerous countries and continents including Europe and the U.S. I feel that my perspective may help you understand your fellow Black brothers and sister around the world especially those living European.

            Racism in America specifically Whites towards Blacks, tends to be more overt and prominent than anywhere else in the world with the exception of South Africa. Some historians believe this is a due to the fear Whites living in America have of becoming a minority due to the large population of Blacks brought over ironically by them during slavery. Europe on the other hand had a fewer Black people in population than America, so in general the White European population did not share the same sentiments towards Blacks that the American Whites shared throughout history (also if the have, it was not on the same degree).

            We are creatures of our environment this fashion blog is a great example of that. You may perceive an action as racist where as another person may not. If you grew up in environment of overt racial practices then that would change your perception. The black person in Europe grew up in an environment with far less racial practices and if there were any it was usually converted. Therefore, what you view as racist they can not and will not understand because they weren’t raised in the same environment as you.

            Side Note: As a black woman, I have never felt more at home in any city than I did Milan. I am often told in the US “you’re beautiful for a black person” “you’re so exotic, you must be mixed” etc., etc., In Milan, I felt that I was just a beautiful woman who happens to be black –that my skin color was as relevant as the color of my pupils. I have a hard time accepting that this old lady look has racial undertones (specifically because it was taken in Milan). Perhaps she was in shock of the length of her hemline, her hairstyle, her physique, her accent or lack of, her lack of a cell phone or bicycle, or by how she was or wasn’t acknowledged. If this photo was taken in the US then I may say yes, it is a look of racial disgust.

  67. Madeliene Rose

    May 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    This is such a moment to capture! Priceless! http://madelienerose.com

  68. Denisa

    May 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, that photo is peeeeeeeerfect.

  69. Rosem

    May 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Old world/New world.

  70. Mónica

    May 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This photo is amazing!! Love how cool she is in her style (and the old lady’s face is really funny.)


  71. Marion

    May 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    What an amazing photo !!
    Thank you.

  72. Laura

    May 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This pic is so cool! The lady’s look is funny


  73. marie pierre

    May 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    This picture is priceless !

  74. Jim

    May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    outstanding shot of beauty and cultural expression – fantastic hair!

  75. Iru

    May 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    What a moment! It’s so refreshing to see the people you know and love in a different light. I’ll have to try this technique myself! Thanks for sharing. :)


  76. Alexis @ BPR

    May 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    ha, the old woman’s expression is priceless. I do love that ladies dress!

  77. Brown

    May 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    “It’s in those moments that you can sometimes understand their reality better than they do.”

    I agree that photographers offer reality from a different perspective, but to state that you might understand an individual’s reality better than said individual is a tad too presumptuous in my opinion. I don’t put into question your understanding of that particular moment in time, I think it’s beautiful that you managed to capture such candour, however, I don’t think this young lady is unaware of the attention she attracts from strangers. Hell, I don’t think this is the first person who’s stared at her (hair) this way.

    And that’s coming from a girl who gets stares from the voluminous halo on her head every single day.

    That said, this is a magnificent capture. Bravo!

  78. ursula

    May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    both are looking at the same place I guess

  79. Anner

    May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    hi, hi, the handbags!!

  80. Lucie

    May 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Incredible photograph, but I’m thinking the old woman ( who definitely makes half the greatness of this shot) is NOT looking at the young beauty, but rather at something on the other side of the street, which seems to also captivate the girl.
    Definitely what I like the most about this photo are the eyes, and the contrast between the two women’s eyes. Both are extremely expressive. The old woman of course is surprise by what she’s looking at, in spite of all the things she’s been too see in her life, perhaps because the world as she thought she had it figured out has now completely changed. As for the young one, she has the appearance and body of a woman but her eyes are incredibly innocent and almost those of a child. She’s surprised too, but in a more naive way, she marvels at things she gets to discover in this same world the two women are facing. It’s beautiful really, and I couldn’t resist to write about it although my english is not perfect. Merci, Scott.

    • Mol

      May 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      I think you are right, they are both looking at something across the street, each has a different reaction. I lve how you describe their possible reactions

  81. M

    May 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This has to be one of your best shots yet.
    The striking expression on the older woman’s face doesn’t dwarf the effect of the younger woman; instead, it draws attention to her poise and interesting features. Genius!


    • Elisabeth

      May 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

      … so true, this is one of the best pictures!

  82. Linda

    May 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I think the older woman was probably a great beauty in her youth.

  83. Monsieur Marcel

    May 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I’m enjoying the photo not just for its compelling story, but also for the craftiness and hustle (hard work) the photographer shows in pulling-off this shot.

  84. J

    May 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    There have been countless photographs on your blog that I’ve wanted to comment, “This is the best photo you’ve ever posted!” but I’ve been too intimidated to leave anything. This photo though…. it’s just incredible. The juxtaposition of their expressions, her hair, everything- I keep coming back to look at it. Thanks for such an inspiring post!

  85. Chic

    May 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Achmed, the dead fasionist.

  86. Cait Ni Chaoimh

    May 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Which one do you know? They both have beautifully styled hair.

  87. Antonio Jose Guzman

    May 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Is fascinating to see how opinionated we are now days , everyone knows all. “Apparently”. This pictures comes from Torino, not your everyday Afro European hang out as london or Paris. But she is there, she knows scott too. I Assume is a model or someone in the industry. That Italians can be conservative and xenophobic is well known. However is not clear to me if the old lady is watching the young one. It looks like. What’s is amazing is that most of the commenters know or are aware of discrimination without using the word as we don’t know is the issue in here. This picture represent to me the coalition of time and generations we are living right now. Scott what do you mean when you say that you understand their reality better that they do? Are you trying to tell us you know more as a photographer about the urban sociological micro moment in space of the person who has been portrait? Or that you understand how complicated is italy when it comes about race and equality?

    • The Sartorialist

      May 14, 2014 at 1:16 am

      what I meant was very simple.

      As a viewer of this scene (not as a photographer) sometimes we see the face that the subject doesn’t see.

      The older lady didn’t look at her (Lorraine) like that while she was in front of her, it wasn’t until she passed behind her that she threw such a face.

      ps. The caption clearly states the image was shot on via Torino in Milan. I fear this is another example of a person that gets all worked up and makes a comment before they clearly consider what they are seeing and reading.

      • Anon

        May 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        He has a point though. There is definitely an elephant in this comments room… perhaps what you meant wasn’t quite so simple, after all. The image captures a very complex, layered moment.

      • stef

        May 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

        what he said it’s your comment sounds pretentious, I really love your photos and it’s quite evident you comment only few of them… this one doesn’t need any comment maybe…

  88. Alex

    May 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Well, this is Europe!
    People pretend to be correct, but… when they get caught…it reveals it all.

  89. milex

    May 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    But the hair ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  90. Lindsey

    May 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Love her style and dress! The older ladies expression is priceless!

  91. Kerry

    May 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Love this shot…brings a smile to my face.

  92. mezzaluna.me

    May 13, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Reminded me of Elliott Erwitt’s work. Loved it.

  93. Wilson

    May 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    One of your best photos, this one is superb.

  94. Greaker Geek

    May 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    That’s right, lady, it’s a black person.

    • Chance

      May 15, 2014 at 2:08 am

      Too bad if the mature lady is simply looking at something across the street hey Greaker?

  95. Trinity

    May 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Priceless expression on BOTH faces…the older lady’s AND the oblivious young lady in the gorgeous dress.

  96. Taipei Style

    May 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    So funny! I love the contrast of the two styles, the young one is just stunning!


  97. Ursula

    May 14, 2014 at 3:34 am

    She looks extraordinary!! and by the way the old woman’s eyes aren’t even looking at her, I think she is looking at something that is occurring in the street, makes me all the more curious

    • Sophie

      May 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I think so too. It looks like they are both looking at the same thing.

  98. Maggie A

    May 14, 2014 at 4:40 am

    She looks mortified lol. I wish there were more moments like this captured.

    Maggie A

  99. Ramona

    May 14, 2014 at 4:59 am

    This should get to a photography exhibition, so expressive!

  100. Elisabeth

    May 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Incredible Incredible Incredible
    What a great picture!!

  101. Simone Fraser

    May 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Freaking brilliant, Scott Schumann. Such sweet humanity, from all aspects present.

  102. Name*

    May 14, 2014 at 7:41 am

    That woman be like,what??? But Damn… am loving her huge braids.

  103. Vessel

    May 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

    To add another tautology (new word!), love, love, and love!

  104. soullu

    May 14, 2014 at 8:40 am


  105. Carola

    May 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

    ahahahah funny pic!!!!



  106. Laura

    May 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    this photo is definitely worthy of a caption contest

  107. Valentine

    May 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

    this picture is INCREDIBLE!

  108. Nansosi

    May 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I love this photo. Two worlds colliding!

  109. Amelie

    May 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for putting a big smile on my face this morning! I love the narrative of this photograph. What a wonderful moment.

  110. Mark W

    May 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    What is the “typical” Milan? This photo asks that question in a rather concise way. Someone who looks like she belongs stares, gropes and kneads with her gaze at another alien while that person is seemingly aloof to her scrutinizer.

    Love this photo.

    • Yong S.

      May 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Q tactile way of putting it. But it works, Mark. Almost like poetry.

      And Sart? Great job here.

  111. Cécile

    May 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Sur le plan purement photographique, c’est une très belle photo.Quel que soit le contexte, vous avez su capter un instant, et le résultat est très intéressant. Bravo!

  112. Eileen

    May 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you! As a few other people today, it’s the first time I comment on a blog but this is so vital , it just draws you out ! Great picture, really touching and funny , your heart goes out to them yet it’s almost symbolic and above all so true to life. And since I’m commenting, I’ve been following your blog for many years now, thank you for all the inspiration and for the generosity behind it.

  113. Erik

    May 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Such an amazing capture!

  114. Renata

    May 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Afraid???!!! The best pic!!!

  115. Anee

    May 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    The beauty of art is that we all can merrily project whatever amuses us most onto this (indeed quite wonderful) photograph. But please let’s not pretend that we understand anything about the subject’s internal reality, because we don’t.

  116. Karen

    May 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Some people just have naturally expressive faces, I don’t think the lady behind was necessarily shocked at the lady in front of her. Look at the model Lara Stone. She’s even said in interviews that she doesn’t have a naturally smiling face, some people just don’t. I’ve made that mistake before where you meet somone with a particular expression on their face (maybe a mad one or a scared one) but once you get talking to them they seem completely different.

    I love how the lady in front styled her braids!

  117. Daniel Stark

    May 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    WOW – such a great photo. Nice work, Scott!

  118. LW

    May 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I read scorn in those old eyes. And disdain……….I am glad the beautiful lady to the right is unconcerned with the glare. I bet she could feel it though.

  119. Leo

    May 15, 2014 at 1:25 am

    It s so damn Doisneau!

  120. M

    May 15, 2014 at 1:52 am


  121. sandyy

    May 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    You are so talented, it looks like a Henri Cartier Bresson photo :)


  122. TBC

    May 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Wonderfully honest photography…Lovely girl…sad old lady. Living in yesterday. Beautifully poignant shot…
    Thanks Scot

  123. anjela

    May 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    The old lady is thinking “Wonder what is hidden in all that hair” She has such a look of critical disdain in her eyes. But the shot is really nice.

  124. Realeboha

    May 16, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Thats lady is looking VERY “amazed” could be just her geneeral expetion or thw hair thats caught her attention ???? LOL

  125. Paolo

    May 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Looks like there’s a lot of people who think they can read minds, basing on a single stare of one person…
    never suspected the old lady was just minding her own business?

    I found particularly funny the comments about “race” and/or sociological considerations on Italy… give me a break!

    • Niils

      May 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Sorry, Paolo! You’re just straying too far, I’m afraid!

  126. Eleonora

    May 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Wonderful shoot, full of symbolical meanings. It represents the victory of nonconformism that we should see everywhere on the Italian streets. That old woman is the best expression of a typical Italian problem: it’s true, I am Italian and I know that many people of my country don’t accept who is original, however different. It’s very sad that Scott has seen this scene in Milan, that is our main city: in the provinces often happen similar or worst facts (for example, if you love to wear bright colours, you are judged as “exhibitionist” or “irritating artist”, for my life’s experience).
    I love the style of this girl, expecially her elaborate hairstyle that is really royal.

    • Chance

      May 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      It looks like the mature lady isn’t looking at the young lady. But Scott says the sequence suggests this isn’t the case but won’t publish the sequence of photos.

  127. junglesiren

    May 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I’m not sure the old lady is looking at the girl. A picture tells a fractured story and it’s often what’s NOT in the photo that is the most important part.

  128. Jilly

    May 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I live in Rome and would say this is a pretty typical reaction all over Italy. I experience it a bit and am not from a region of the world actively discriminated against and can only imagine how tough the going is here for people from the ‘other’ areas of the world no matter how stylish or beautiful they are.

  129. Niils

    May 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    A wonderful shot!!! Bravo, Scott!!!

  130. rock harris

    May 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Maybe; maybe not. As you know, as photographers we capture instantly exactly what is there and what happened. However, trying to ascribe any meaning is just pure speculation. What we see is an old lady looking at a young, beautiful girl. What she might be thinking is completely unknown. You might know, because you saw the whole scenario unfold. But from this picture, we can’t say anything other than the description above.

    I was hit by this very strongly once when I took a quick shot of my mom as she was looking at me in a car. In it, she has a severe, almost angry look. But in fact, we were talking, Mom looked over to say something, then turned back. I happened to shoot her as she was looking over. When I look at it now, I see the softness in her eyes that belies the severe and almost angry look on her face. But that’s because I am her son and know that she was a kind-hearted and sweet woman. Someone else will look at it and miss that and say she looks like an angry old woman. This picture is similar to me in that way.

    Photographs record things literally. Completely and absolutely literally. Anything we derive from that is our own projection onto the scene. Many of the comments in here show exactly that.

  131. coffee break

    May 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    a sociological narrative: is nonna afraid of differences, angry at diversity, or is it too late for her to enrich(dilate) her concept of Beauty and therefore happiness??
    Bravissimo Mr. Scott

  132. becky harris

    May 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Would you consider selling prints of this photo? I’d love to own one.

  133. Paloma

    May 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Fantastic moment, for pictures like this the all the efforts worth…


  134. Henry

    May 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This picture seems to capture not only Italian history but the world history between the two colors of people.

  135. Ingrid

    May 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Love this photo, so many things to say!

  136. The Dress Mart

    May 19, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Wow! nice hair style there, check out here a great fashionable hair stuff at http://www.thedressmart.com

  137. Tasha

    May 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This photo is epic. It saddens me to read the comments and realize how many people won’t call a spade a spade. Illogical fear is so outdated. And her hair is fierce.

  138. Elena

    May 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Follow their gaze; they are both looking at the same thing across the street. The elderly woman is not staring on shock at this girl, as some incinuate.

  139. Ciara

    May 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Scott, you have stated previously that you obtain permission of the person for the photo, assume that is the case here for the woman in the background?

  140. Matilda

    May 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This picture is so cool, love the black and white. And I love her outfit :)

  141. Haider Guerra

    May 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I Love the phorography, it’s so great, their expresion are amazing…

  142. Mon

    May 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    This is (perhaps 95 %) the decisive moment…

  143. room39.jux.com

    May 24, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Amazing situation!

  144. CA

    May 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    To earlier commenters, I understand there is speculation that the older lady in this photograph is racist. That is incredibly presumptuous and completely without substance. You can’t read someones mind by looking at their face; you can read their emotions. The old lady in the photograph could have just digested this girls beauty, the uniqueness of her hair, or could simply be gazing across the street coincidentally at the moment of this photograph. Why do we as people always assume the worst?

  145. Anon

    May 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    This image has become a Rorschach test… you see what is within you.

    • Lou

      June 4, 2014 at 12:03 am


      I think I recognize the old lady, I happen to work as a cashier nearby. I could be wrong, obviously. But if she is who I think she is, the thought bubble in the photo MUST have been something very different than most people here, Mr Schuman included, seem to think.

      Don’t be so quick to judge people! You might end up with that same ugly look on your face, and for no good reason!

  146. Che

    May 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    We all see what we know and what we have experienced. The expressions of both subjects reflect our and their own views and understandings. The symbolic referential quality of this shot makes it great.

  147. fADF

    May 30, 2014 at 1:45 am

    That expression looks like fear. It is an imposing hair-do to be sure.

  148. Isabelle

    June 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This is a powerful picture..

    Isabelle. T

  149. Sacha

    June 8, 2014 at 2:28 am

    This image is a work of art because it captures an interesting aspect to reality. As someone who has received these shocked stares nearly everyday, I’ve realized that bold afro hair on afro people are somewhat of an anomaly in most parts of Europe. Thank you Scott for this photo. Your blog is now no longer just style/fashion inspired pictures for the public, it’s a memoir.

  150. Alex

    June 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm


  151. cricket

    June 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    i was so catched by her beauty at first i didn’t even noticed the old lady.. but then i couldn’t stop laughing – can’t tell if she’s stunned or scared haha … great capture tho!

  152. Liliane

    August 18, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Beautiful contrast!
    Love it!

  153. Gregory James Farmer

    July 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Obviously, the first time woman on the left ever witnessed such beauty… She probably thinks that the woman is a celebrity or a model, bless her heart.

  154. Hızlı Zayıfla

    January 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Fashion exist in the struggle not just in the good life.

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