The jacket is well-cut aroud the body although a bit too short to my taste and the trousers are simply too long. But what I like least is the way the tie is knotted – such a bland, straight knot is just boring.
What a catch…eye contact in mid- stride. chic and masculine, with no clutter of a bag. Seems to be that perfect time of day when work is done and dinner/drinks are decided by the patio with most remaining rays of sun. Great Menswear…
This might be my second comment here…I just liked the shot that much…even considered making it my destop wallpaper.
I like it. The suit, the fit, the tie’s know. I like it all. It fits.
I think this shot is made by how the subject and the people around him are caught in the shot. As if they all callborated together and had prior knowledge of the moment to make it happen. Even the other people in the shot seem to be interesting subjects themselves.
You can’t fault this except possibly for being a bit bland. Nice fit, I like the cufflinks, the shoes look as though they’re nice. The pants do seem slightly too long. Surely he could liven up the tie- just a bit? Too conservative for me but very well-done. GREAT photo!
Notice the interesting fabric of the shirt, it is not even a plaid but it has some tiny squares about it. I like the suit, and I like the shoes, which are somewhat pointy without the extremes we have seen in the last couple of years. And yes, the cigarette smoke makes the pic. Jorge from W Palm Beach
This is one of your very best shots. I absolutely love it! I would put this one in the same category as the shot of the mother and daughter first row at fashion week. It’s about more than clothes. It’s just beautiful photography.
The italian james bond opening sequence. James Bond: You Can Never Get Enough of a Black Suit and Blue Tie Combo. Probably the longest movie title ever. Pretty cool photo. The guy is just standing there with no care of the action around him. Looking calm and cool waiting for the villain’s next move with his mission in his hand.
Scott, First…. great shot. Its not just the smoke. Its the whole picture. That girl with the headband is great also! In connection with the smoke reminds me of the elegance of 20s-30s. Second…..Mr Tonchi of course looks amazing. Any chance you can make his profile as you did for some other people? I wanna know who is his tailor. That suit is simply phenomenal. Third… the only thing I am missing in that picture is a flower… cannot figure out where it outgh to be though…. I tend to be obssesed with flowers lately…
The composition of the photo really is top-notch – the juxtaposition, layering truly communicate the ‘scene.’ It does look posed, except that the gent’ in the center isn’t posing at all. In fact he has a distinctively ‘unmodel-like’ expression on his face.
I enjoy this photo for its depth, but don’t prefer the suit for the same reasons diederik noted. The jacket is a wee short, the pants a wee long, and the tie a wee bit “i-found-this-at-a-thrift-shop.”
Very dapper-looking fellow. A well-cut suit is all that’s needed here, and I’m glad he hasn’t cluttered it with gew-gaws or tried to set the world on fire with something outre. As for the pants being too long, I’d rather see them a touch too long for coverage than too short and showing ankle.
The blonde in the strapless black number and the little bandeau hat — pretty classy street wear! I wonder where she’s going?
Another thought on the tie – I’m a fan of patterns and overlaying possibly conflicting patterns (on shirt/tie), but I’ve always heard the patterns ought to be of different scale (if your shirt has a large windowpane pattern, your tie ought to have a smaller, repeated pattern). Since the shirt and tie both have a similarly sized patterns, it appears kind of bland.
Keep the tie, but switch the shirt out for one with a larger windowpane-repeat, or even better – for a solid light-blue spread collar. Personal tastes dictate opinions, however, so feel free to disagree.
Love the photo, though. I think the blonde bombshell stage left is the most photogenic element.
A man is permitted to choose if he likes his jacket a bit longer or shorter. Same thing for the length of his trousers. In this photo, both the jacket and the trousers are fine. People who say otherwise are not permitting a man to dress as he feels most comfortable. That said, I’d prefer a bit of color in the necktie to liven things up a bit. Other than that, Mr. Tonchi looks perfectly smashing.
ACTION JACKSON! I too am most captivated by the mystery woman with her lovely hat and smokin’ physique. Her fabulousness is a nice foil to his matter of factness. Well done all around, def. should be included in the “best of.”
I love how calm, cool, and distinguished he looks in that conservative suit while there’s all that motion going on around him. The cig, the smoke, and the blonde in the revealing dress makes the surroundings even more disreputable-looking and the contrast draws him out even more. Great shot.
very interesting shot, so much going on there. You have this gorgeous girl with her fab black dress, an arm and this COOL subject….it’s like a movie still. Scott, you should be a movie photographer thingy (don’t know what you call it)
Every single detail of this photo is just beautiful – the way the man in the centre looks directly into the camera; the outfit and the pose of the woman on the left; the haze created by the cigarette smoke… Perfect!
Please excuse me for my ignorance, but does every single person dress like this in Milan? I have always been under the impression that, for every immaculately attired individual, there are 9 who are just the dressed like the average folk (not sloppily, but certainly not this well-groomed). Well, in North America, that ratio would be 1: 100…
The reason I ask is because, apart from the main subject, you have three other equally well-dressed individuals seemingly scurrying about in their day-to-day business. The lady in particular is extremely striking and beautiful.
Anyway, the picture is beautifully composed and I would love to go to Milan one day…
I started using this blog while studying my secondary area of graduate study, costume design; but I have found at least as many, maybe more, images that become inspiration for my real job, which is lighting design! You take beautiful pictures, sir!
fantastic shot, sart!! awesome how many fantastic details are caught in this shot and compose a perfect whole. the (seemingly) old car in the background, the italian caf├ę-bits on the side, the gorgeous woman and the man she seems to be following, the cigarette just being flicked and the smoke just being exhaled.. i’m seriously jealous of that pic. congratulations!!
I love the blonde woman, I think she makes this photo so much more Bond — she is sexy and chic, he is cool and composed. I believe her hat is some sort of head band, with a bow? And the sweetheart neckline is classic bombshell. There’s an old movie quality to her.
I agree with anonymous – skinny is the best accessory. It is striking to see so many people in the photos with a healthy, lean figure. In the States, that seems to be the exception, not the rule! That has totally flip-flopped over the past 30 years.
suit for him is spot on, conservative, clean, crisp. I would mix it up a little bit, open collar, ascot with an Etro pocket square or a maybe psycho bunny tie with bright colored socks, I am very much a Derrick Miller and Barker Black fan. Giving the classic suit a twist and making it colorful by ways of accessories would be my ideal suit any day.
nice suit! love the shoulders, especially. love the narrow lapels. by the way, Scott, i’ve noticed that wide lapels on men’s jackets seem to catch your eye–why is that? ok, back to this guy’s suit: no comment on the tie, shirt or pocket square–they’re all fine; yes, the pants are too long–don’t care for that crumpled up look at the bottom–works with jeans, not really with suit pants. cigarette smoke gives the shot a “realistic” effect, but also adds an element of mystery. and wow, that woman crossing in front has a great outfit on. love that hat!
This is an unbelievably beautiful photograph. An instant classic in every way. It’s nearly unthinkable that anyone could possibly take this picture candid on the street in Milan, and yet it is so.
There are six subjects in all in the composition. My favorite subtlety in that regard is the man shadowing the protagonist, carrying a small notepad, whose blue shirt provides counterpoint behind Mr. Tonchi’s left arm. It gives him depth and, in a way, importance, as if that shadow-man is his valet, or perhaps a rival secret agent.
The form is incredibly constructed, from the linear chair legs, blue tie, and shirt collars to the curving bicycle tire, vintage car wheel and female form hugged in the black dress. Then the chromatic composition, playing with blues, blacks, beige, and burgundy.
For me, this photograph embodies the highest ideals of art: intuition, emotion, and technique. It’s pieces like this that remind me why I love to be alive.
So, thank you so much for sharing it. You’ve changed my life in a meaningful way.
I’m so happy I discovered your blog! This amazing shot, entitled Mr. Tonchi, is just an incredible photograph! Much like you, Scott, I LOVE the kind of imagery you capture, especially since I believe wonderful fashion is should never be overlooked photographically! Continued best wishes!