Oh ! The textures, the atmosphere, the colors, the light, the combination of old / new / retro / modern / dirty / clean, the nostalgia spread (or I think the best word for this would be a portuguese one : "saudade")… this cycle is realy fantastic.
New style for you, Sart? I suppose I'm used to your street fashion photos, but this is really surprising and beautiful. :D
Also, this is perfectly unrelated, but I figure you might be able to offer some insight. I'll be starting Fashion Design classes at FIT in the Fall, and I'd like to find work at a fine tailor shop or similar while I'm studying there. I'd love to be an apprentice, but I'd be happy if they just let me be the cashier – I'd learn by watching the tailors work! Sart, do you know of any NYC custom sartorial establishments that are looking for new blood? :D
looks like an anthropologie/urban outfitters catalog. compliment or criticism? depends on your style. i do think it's time for a new concept, though. "pretty, young thing in a big, old house" is getting a little played out, don't you think?
You have been telling incredible stories recently with the series of photos you have posted in the past week or so. I am moved and awestruck by your ability to capture the moment in a person's life, their clothing and the space they invade. Really lovely. Thank you.
I loooove that first photo. Some pictures just make you wanna live in them. Just be INSIDE that image and that feeling. I just want to sit on the floor and listen to her play. I really like the light in this picture.
Wow, beautiful shots. The processing is so soft but has a warm vintage feel and really pulls together the series. I love the quarky objects and your compositions area always so spot on. A beautiful model never hurts either.
Beautiful shots, yes. However I can't seem to get over the fact that this screams lead poising and mold! Vintage is beautiful. Uninhabitable, condemned building with hipster is just obnoxious. This went a little too far for me.
Wow, that first photo is so beautiful.. Everything about it just works – the composition, the lighting and styling. Full of aesthetic appeal! I love the other shots too.. That place looks very atmospheric. Peeling paint, stamps and all! Was this shot for any particular magazine/ comission, or just a personal project?
This series looks painfully mannered and self-conscious to me. I'm irritated looking at it. When you contrast these with the honesty and vitality of the vintage photo contest entries the difference in spirit and merit is embarrassing. I love your street style photos, and the integrity in those shots is, again, echoed in the honesty of the vintage shots. The combination is so incredibly inspiring and I've been enjoying visiting this site so much recently because of it. If this is a commercial shoot or something, I'm sure you nailed the concept 100%, but I don't understand why it's being featured here. I have no patience for a lifestyle shoot when there's real life to look at.
The shots are lovely, but overall they feel forced. I thought I left the antler trend in NYC when I moved to SF 3 years ago….interesting to see that it hasn't died. I wonder what the attraction is? Very intriguing! =)
for Lara 3:19 this was no commercial shoot. Those are her clothes (all vintage or flea market) and this is here place. We shot with just the two of us – no hair or make-up person. For those reasons this fits the honesty of the shots I have always shown. and yes, she is no DJ but she was having so much fun acting like one we shot it anyway.
You should've consulted a DJ before you set up that shot with the turntables. With all the care that obviously went into this shoot, which overall looks amazing, someone could've connected the turntables and mixer properly.
the bulb shaped highlight beneath the boar's head is a wonderful frame for the shadow of the mongoose/cobra battle. and from photo to photo: love the variation in hues (and texture) within such a tight spectrum.
animal parts for decoration yuck me out, but I really like the faded color scheme. I could never imagine anyone sane living in a house as run down as this, though…but when I look at these pictures I think of a runaway orphan who has created a secret sanctuary.
Well, if this is not a commercial shoot then it is even more strange that it looks so staged and, as Lara said, self-conscious. Does not feel authentic to me -even the commercial shoots like the one for Vogue Pelle feel more real and alive. And not relating to any of this: I love your book!!
A study of light and shade with linear complexity that beckons the viewer into the heart of the study,the eye follows the play of horizontal and vertical …I'm almost inspired enough to convert it to a study in oil its so captivating…I would have insisted on a diaphinous wisp of fabric floating on an invisible breeze love the eggshell/turquise/aubergine scheme of things..this last photo is exquisite!
Sorry, can't see the beauty of the pictures, all that taxidermy is really hideous. Can't understand the fascination with dead stuffed animals or, worse, cut stuffed heads of dead animals. Maybe someone could explain the appeal of having them around?
I have seen better places torn down…that can't be safe. The mixers aren't plugged in because the electrical system is not up to code. Romantically aged building looks damned dangerous. Not a straight floor in the place. However, I do dig the shots. Very Artful, Sart.
girlfriend needs to get out of that apartment before she gets lead poisoning or tetanus or something. Also, this whole set of photos is just creepy: an innocent waif who can't see the danger she is in. Just feels ominous and predatory to me…
The sparseness of the flat makes me think of both poverty and freedom. The shots are very beautiful. I do agree with the comments about the DJ photo, though. It was this shot that made me think that the whole thing might have been set up for the shoot – it made me question the authenticity of all the images. Once I would have loved to live like this, now I have too many things, including a husband and small kids, sigh…
that picture of the girl spinning is so rad. I never see homes this empty. It really inspires me to get rid of everything that isnt of a huge importance to me. I wish I wasn't such a jack of all trades and a master of none… well fashion is kinda my thing now but fashion is kinda cluster fuckish
Scott – I met you at your book signing this past fall in New York and spoke to Garance Dore about having an internship with either of you. I exchanged emails with your assistant Tracy but haven't heard anything since about November. I'm still interested if there are any opportunities available!
Anonymous, that was exactly what I was going to say. That shot is SO Joni Mitchell- and I'm so happy to see her style starting to ebb into our modern fashion. She's not quite back. But hopefully, she'll come back around
This post is amazing – the photos remind me of Virginia Woolf's classic "To the Lighthouse". The wild boar's head, the creaking doors, the torn wall paint… the melancholy and emptiness of the setting contrast so well with the girl's youth and vitality!