You make it sound so easy! If i was an incredibly talented photographer, with a brilliant eye for fashion inspiration, and great at marketing myself by being totally honest, I could do it too. That a lot of ifs. Thats the first time I have seen Scott’s photo. Very handsome.
I’m truly surprised that you often bring up money and your own acclaim in articles; it’s not a problem, just not to my taste. On a different note, taking care to point out that your ill-worded interview with another magazine is “18 months old” and you only look back on it with “some” contrition does nothing to qualify the cruel remarks you made; why not simply say ‘I’m sorry’, and leave it at that? I used to really enjoy your blog, but those comments, along with others and no real apologies, made me feel differently. I understand that I can choose to stop looking at your blog if I please–this comment was simply to give you some feedback from just another viewer.
I agree with Maggie. You come off as being incredibly vain and over confident. While pride in your work is an admirable trait, overstating your abilities as being unique to yourself is a stretch. Given your circumstances and the same opportunities, who’s to say that someone else couldn’t achieve the same success you have? I enjoy your blog and I love the content you generate but your tone struck me as being quite smug.
I am the type of person who will give credit where it is due.
Your photographs are beautiful, but i have to say, i am not impressed anymore. I would have expected that by now, you would have digressed from your typical well-off, mainly wealthy subjects.
I assume that you know by now that images are powerful tools, with an incredible ability to influence. So then i must ask, why do you continue to showcase fashionable individuals with cigarette in hand?
I believe you have a role to play in this society, given your status, to bring about some good. But it appears, you don’t seem to care, because you continue to promote the idea that ‘smoking is cool.’
Moreover, regarding the topic of ‘curvy women’, which has brought caused some debate on this blog in the past, i would like to suggest spread your wings and see what’s out there. Those girls in your latest Levi’s project aren’t really the greatest examples of curvy women.
Seriously, i was hoping you would be more open and not caught up with all the definitions. Curvy, as i see it, is not a straight up and down pole of girl/guy. There are so many boundaries with size and shape that have yet to be pushed in fashion. There’s no point dipping your toes in the matter. Do something brave with your photos.
You may or may not get to reading this, and may or may not think you have a responsbility, but i believe you do. Thousands upon thousands of people read your blog and admire you.
I hope you read this and consider what i have to say, as something constructive, because for all intents and purposes, that’s why i wrote this.
I look forward to seeing your photos in the future.
I think it is nice to hear the business behind the site once and a while. It is a little bit of a push of encouragement or inspiration to readers like myself who may just be starting out to blog, fashion related or not.
It takes creativity and tenacity to turn a blog into a multi-million dollar business. I am impressed. Having seen you in the trenches, I see that while the life looks glamourous, it’s really hard work. Forget the naysayers who call you vain and smug! You have a legitimate right to be proud of yourself. In addition to an artistic talent, you have the instincts of a business person as well — a fairly uncommon mix that has served you well. As a follower since 2005, when you posted shots about the Fulton Fish market, I’ve been thrilled to watch your progress.
Excellent job, excellent blog such a pleasure to browse at, after a boring day’s work. Inspiring for the most, there is an offer to meet every demand, every taste, from convention to extremities.
Keep up the good work sir, but please give us more everyday anonymus fashion, people who dress for themselves, people who are not showoffers at any price. Remember, class should never be emphasized, if it’s there it’s simply there…
One of my favorite things about this blog, apart from the daily visual feast it provides, is the fact that it’s interactive. In making it so, Mr. Schuman provides a place for regular people (like myself), aficionados and industry people alike to comment on his work and to learn from each other’s comments, but he also opens himself up to criticism of the proprietary sort. That is to say, viewers of the blog feel that because they’re invested in following it, they should be able to dictate the sorts of things Mr. Schuman not only photographs, but also what he says and does, (ie the gripes about smoking and what constitutes a curvy woman and whether or not he is arrogant or should apologize for stating his opinions.) Important to remember: We are outsiders looking in as one man documents aspects of our society that are interesting to HIM, and that he is offering up for the public to partake. He photographs things because they are visually compelling, not because they will make us more or less healthy or make us feel better or worse about ourselves. He’s not going around sticking cigarettes in the hands of his subjects and forcing them to smoke. He’s not going around making women put down their sandwiches. He’s showing us humans being humans. I don’t get to see Paris or Milan and I rarely get to New York anymore. Barring some unforeseen miracle, I will NEVER get to see Fashion Week first hand. I love having the opportunity to sit on Mr. Schuman’s shoulder and see what he gets to see. If ever he starts listening to those wishing to influence what he photographs, I’m quite sure I will lose interest. View, comment or don’t. But please don’t try to tell him what he should or shouldn’t photograph. It’s one of the few pleasures I can afford these days, so let’s not ruin it.
Mr Schuman, i think you forgot to mention something important in your life…Garance’s presence….she has such a good taste, that i feel she comunicates it around…and both of you mutually feed you back, isn’t true? good luck in your projects!!
Very interesting; as always in any job and in any field, it takes, at least, lots of time and effort to achieve good and long standing results (and I am an Italian lawyer).
When I saw the pic I said, hey look at Edward Burns! ahah! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0122653/
In response to Leveret – Im tired of this “curvy” woman debate. I see no problem with the subject of a woman who displays a healthy figure. However, celebrating “curves” makes me crazy…because in most instances, these curvy women are actually — overweight and unhealthy. why is it that we want to celebrate unhealthy figures? it makes just as little sense to me as celebrating an unhealthily skinny woman. society has a warped sense of ‘figure’ — i think in the 1990′s (minus the waif/grunge moment) we were celebrating healthy bodies…let’s go back there. where a model wore a size 4-6 rather than a zero. and ‘overweight’ women stopped complaining about not being celebrated, and got “healthy” as well, because cigarette smoking isn’t the only thing that makes someone unhealthy.
You must have a thick skin to read and post some of these comments!
This is what your blog has done for me: It has broadened my horizon. It has taught me something about clothes, but not much. More, it has taught me that having a feeling for style is something I enjoy having–and, not being a globe trotter, it’s fun to check in on that every day. Yes, there are a lot of street style bloggers out there, but your sense is more mature. Of course, what sets you apart and is I think the key to your success is that you only photograph what you really like.
I visit your blog every single day and it never fails to inspire me. It has so much soul and now I have more of a clue about why: âIâm not reporting on a bag; whoâs carrying what bag and whoâs wearing what dress. Iâm not reporting on people,â he explained. âWhat I am looking for is a certain grace.â
Endless thanks for enriching my life. You deserve every moment and ounce of success you create for yourself.
You’ll never regret an all-navy street uniform. The individual pieces, particularly the blue jeans, suggest a certain casualness, but paired together there’s a dressy synergy that occurs. Great look, merits copying.
I WOULD DARE TO SAY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING AND ABSORBING FASHION SINCE YOUR EARLY YOUTH AND IT SHOWS IN YOUR ABILITY TO LOOK AS YOU DO..
I WOULD ALSO SAY, THAT YOU HAVE A VERY ITALIAN FASHION LOOK..
VERY PUT TOGETHER AND CLASSIC.. MAYBE WITH A TWIST…
I think it’s inapporpriate for the naysayers to view their opinions on this blog it seems rather ungrateful. What a wonderful site this is and it keeps us all in the loop – i’m in little new zealand aotearoa and just love seeing what’s happening elsewhere. It does strike me that many of the negative comments are only a reflection of the people making them, where’s the love?
With all due respect…this is Scott’s blog. If someone thinks its important that we see big women on fashion blogs, or non smokers, then they need to start their own blog for health related fashion images, or whatever else they want documented. No one is stopping you. Scott had absolutely no advantages over anyone out there, except for his own talent. Besides it would be impossible to please all of us. If you put up a photo of a person with a wacky thrift store style you get arrogant people who complain about it being too sloppy, and “too” fashion. If you put up a photo of a well put together person with a more luxurious look everyone assumes they are wealthy and skwaks about that. If the outfit is just simple and lovely but not fashion brand, then people hurl about how ” everyone wears this”. So what Scott does is genius; He just stays true to himself, and in the process gets the love he deserves. I see nothing wrong with him being a real human being with actual opinions. As for the whole “curvy” thing ; Obesity is the number one killer of women in the USA and England. That is what causes bad health and health care expenses. People have never been bigger in all of history. Its odd that no one worries over that. But truly the thing about great style is that bigger women don’t look that way sometimes. They play with proportions, and get a great a longer, sleeker line, so often posters don’t realize the women are quite large. I especially noted that in one of the Levis photos.
If one should ask, I’d say talking about fashion is a bit like talking about how to ride a bike. Both are not very interesting subjects, they are best known by participation. Still, your picture in navy looks great!
I have to agree with 82Brute, I love the interactivity of blogs and I am always open to a debate.
Iâd like to get a few things straight.
Firstly, I understand that I am just an outsider looking in on Mr. Schumanâs life and his profession. However, like everyone I am entitled to my own opinion. In no way do I want to dictate Scottâs work. I know this is Scottâs blog, I get that. But by setting up a blog you are saying âhey, hereâs what I think, like, do etc. and what do you think?â I assumed people wrote blogs to get feedback from others, and use it to grow and develop in their own right. I wrote my comment piece as a suggestion. We should not stay stagnant, there is nothing wrong with change and being open to new things, that applies to everyone in all professions.
Secondly, for those of you thinking I am on some crusade against skinny people and in favor of unhealthy obese people that is definitely not the case. There was one woman in that Leviâs campaign who actually looked curvy. I concur with all of you; we are becoming a greedy, obese and slothful society. Obesity is a significant problem and I am not one of those people who think we should make adjustments and embrace a fatter lifestyle with bigger plane seats and whatnot. I think obesity is a big worry for all of humanity, with diabetes being todayâs silent killer.
But seriously, Martine, with bigger women looking skinnier in photos, I agree it could be because of smart and deceptive styling, but really would that be all? You and I know perfectly well that thereâs this thing called photo-shopping.
Perceptions of what constitutes as big and small will vary from person to person. I acknowledge that, but really, what I want to see more normal people. I want to see more Asians, Indians, and Africans etc. there is no point inserting a few token examples here and there.
Thirdly, smoking kills â shock horror. I donât hate smokers and I donât judge them for their choice. But why do we have to photograph them posing purposefully? We shouldnât reward that behaviour with photographic recognition. I mean featuring on Scottâs blog is a big deal in the fashion circles.
Lastly, we live in a society where some have more money that others, some are more beautiful, some have better clothes. There will always be someone who leads a life that is more privileged than our own. I love surfing the net, peering into the world of the fashionable, because like you 82Brute, I am never going to get to go to fashion shows etc. and it is nice that blogs like Scottâs allow us to peek in. I am grateful for the internet in that sense, for providing us with that opportunity.
I hope Scottâs work evolves with him and this world, at his own pace and as he wishes.
And for the rest of us, letâs all rejoice in the diversity of our opinions!
your interview is SO inspiring. it’s great hearing a blogger talk about taking things really seriously and considering every step carefully. what you’ve built is really exceptional and it’s so interesting to hear how you got started and what kinds of ideas you came up with in order to be able to work legitimately.