Friday, March 14, 2008

The Shave, New Delhi


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  1. T

    March 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    that is one sweet ‘stash…he also has a very distinguished face. i can see why you took a picture of him. =)

  2. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Wow!! you are up pretty early…i have been checking the blog frequently today..cant wait to see what you put up..: )

  3. (0v0)

    March 14, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, must delurk because he is so good. A moustache like this needs no accessories.

    He goes from suspicious of an intruder to amused and insightful with just the smallest softening of the brow. He’s deflecting in the first shot, looking through you in the second.

  4. Olive Duster

    March 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I have this dream where I’m late for my final exam and when I finally arrive I realize – I’m the only one in the middle of a street shave. What does that mean?

  5. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    What I love most about the shaver’s look is that (for him) it’s not about fashion at all- it’s just what he wears because perhaps, in New Delhi, that is what’s available to him. He’s obviously not following trends or trying to create a ‘look.’ However, his relaxed, unkempt and comfortable ensemble is a combination hipsters and trend setters world wide try to mimick on a daily basis!

  6. OndrejS

    March 14, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    And you didn’t want to take touristy pictures… Nothing against it. It is a very well taken picture and also there is an interesting man there. But I think you shouldn’t feel manipulated by any comments to put pictures capturing the “essence of India”. I come here because I like what you are doing. For the rest, we can just go see National Geographic…

  7. Laguna Beach Trad

    March 14, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful picture, Sart. I like this gentleman’s moustache and haircut. The strategically-placed blood stains (?!) on the shaving towel are a nice touch.

  8. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Great photo, if a bit touristy “exotic”. ;-)

  9. T

    March 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    i don’t know how i feel about your comment ondrejs. i don’t feel that art should be that focused. if it’s clothing that catches your eye, it’s clothing at that minute. if its someone’s face another minute, then so be it. i feel what you’re saying though. this blog is good the way that it is… =) don’t change a thing, sart.

  10. citizen

    March 14, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I love it.

    To ondrejs: you seem to be convinced that he’s taking “touristy” pictures – and he might well be, but it seems to me that he’s doing the same thing over there in New Delhi that he always does anywhere else.

    He captures interesting people who seem to exude some kind of sartorial magnificence, whether it be the colour of their scarf, the ease with which they move, or the tiny quirk of an eyebrow. What I love is that he also captures great moments as well as great outfits. Who says that just because he’s in India, he can’t photograph local people going about their daily lives in the same way that he catches people in Manhattan doing their own thing? I see nothing wrong with that.

  11. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I am crazy about those black slippers! They are so suave and pointy, and they look so comfortable and well worn.

  12. Duncan

    March 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Grooming is a very important facet of style, and I think this man has a fantastic mustache.

  13. Jake Troth

    March 14, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    i love how simplistic the man being shaved is, compared to everything surrounding him (the cloth he sits on, the trees and brick behind him). Compositionally it sure is interesting. I’d give anything, well most things, to be able to grow a stache like that!

  14. Blue Floppy Hat

    March 15, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Class act indeed…but nothing on the moustaches of Rajasthan IMO. And I don’t feel like this is a ‘touristy’ shot at all, Sart- keep doing your thing and never mind the PC bollocks.

  15. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Note the contrast in the facial expressions of these two men! Bemused and WTF were never closer!

    If someone wanted to photograph me at work, I would tease them a bit (gently, I hope!). Then I would ask them to have coffee with me.

  16. bomb.ass.ting

    March 15, 2008 at 2:11 am

    You have a really great way of getting the moment in pictures. I love it.

  17. Mariposa

    March 15, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Trendy mustache ^_~
    The fashion is beautiful and entertaining…I love this blog

  18. Jessicafied

    March 15, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Such an amazing photo, makes me wish I was there.

  19. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Handsome moustache and haircut. Lovely street. After a lifetime of haircuts indoors often with BGM I’m not particularly fond of, the idea of an outdoor barber is refreshing!

    This gents’s slipons are brilliant. Cheers for the photo.


  20. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 3:18 am

    sart!!! i did spot you at the wifw.
    love the photo of this most distinquished mustache.

  21. Muriel Mercurial

    March 15, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Wow, these are beautiful.
    And that mustache is incredible.

  22. Chic Too Chic

    March 15, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Congratulations sartorialist, is a new fantastico step in your work. Congratulations!

  23. Janice

    March 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

    i love your work. not only do you have a poignant taste in style and fashion, you have a really good eye for organic photography as well! keep em coming, sart =)

    .ps. what camera are you using, if i may ask? thanks!

    a big fan,


  24. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Now that is a bad-ass, Daniel Planview, Wyatt Earp-esque moustache. My upper lip quivers with envy …

  25. Mark T

    March 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Hey, hope you’re having a great time over there. I really like the atmosphere of these pictures and as you know I have nothing against your occasional travel journal shots. Far from it. But what I really want to know is: did you get a shave?

  26. OndrejS

    March 15, 2008 at 10:45 am

    To citizen: You are extending my comment a little too much. My point was actually quite different.

    Btw, anyone noticed the thick cloth he is seated on? Would make it into… hmm… awesome low waist ski pants! Would have to get a nice belt with it though. This season I realized how boring ski slopes are! There are like 5 different combinations of clothes altogether. But I am getting a bit carried away here…

  27. Nelson vH

    March 15, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Great shot !
    What is an everyday thing to the gentlemen in white could be considered luyury in our worlds…going to have a shave on the corner ;) Not that is to expensive…it´s more the fact that you simply won´t find a barber being able to do the job properly ;)

    How dandyesque our lives could be….

    Great job Scott! And simply ignore the comments on tourist shots and exotica!

  28. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I have traveled to India 40 to 50 times, this is a pretty common, early morning site to see. The way you captured it is brilliant.
    My only wish is that I could grow the same mustache!

  29. Gabriela

    March 15, 2008 at 11:57 am

    More than about the outfit these gentleman are wearing -which is quite inspirng- I am mostly interested by the scene. Cool shots!

    Sart, I feel curious to see what kind of outfits are you weaning in India, are they the same that you use in NY?

  30. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Where else but the Middle East to Asia can you see a man being shaved or having his hair washed on the street. After a trip to China, I discovered this is common place. In America, we hold these traditions to such high standards and must go into an establishment with a grand reputation .

    The STYLE here is the appreciation of good grooming in a classic style.

    Well done!

  31. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    You know what, sart? Since this is YOUR blog then I say to everyone else that they need to remember that it is not THEIR site, you may do as you will, and they need to remember their manners and say ‘thank you’ for even letting us view and comment on something that is so personal. If they know so much about everything, then they can go start a rival blog. Good luck to them. (sorry I just read the post below, with the stunning woman in black, and was alternately laughing and grimacing in embarrassment. People can be so territorial and rude, especially when it’s not even their space!) Thanks for the amazing work, I am excited as hell to see more of India through your eyes!

  32. Nyala

    March 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Wonderful photograph! His moustache reminds of the moustaches in Crete, Greece – sometimes they can be thicker than that!

  33. SB

    March 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    The color and texture combination of his seat is beautiful and inspiring. Even more so in the dialogue with his white tunic. Somehow the rocks and the blanket blend and become one with his outfit.

  34. cordelia

    March 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for bringing us along to people and places where we get a more focused and wider view. Love everything, the oxygen, the man-with-the-moustache shoes, the simple, sophisticated life.

  35. Ariane

    March 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    This is truly why I love your work. Capturing all of the well-dressed people of this world could easily make someone fall into superficiality and ”light” work. But you keep taking such breathtaking and surprising pictures that I get amazed almost everytime I come here. Please, keep posting deep pictures such as the one below, and amazing part of everyday’s life like this one. Not only are you a very talented photographer, but a very smart and thoughtful one. Thank you for making my whole mind super inspired everytime I visit this blog!

  36. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I can only speak from my own point of view: as an North American Indian myself, in this image I see a very distinguished moustache (unrivaled by the trendy Devendra-wannabe Brooklynites who try to sport the same one!!), on man with a face that looks like he earned it. In that perfect daylight, his eyes are piercing and his skin smooth. I love the stained off-white sheet draped over the slumped shoulders of his blue-white kourtha pajama. *THOSE* classic, pointy-toed black slip-ons. It’s like an Indian take on Yohji! Love it.


  37. A-Dawg

    March 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I dig that ‘stache

  38. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    stunning images

  39. fawn

    March 16, 2008 at 2:52 am

    they look so wary… I might too, though, if someone came up with a camera during my daily ablutions.

    I love this one!

  40. Shaz

    March 16, 2008 at 8:43 am

    In india, a large moustache personifies power and authority, their are many sayings that are symbolic of large moustaches being masculine and authoritative.

  41. Topham Beauclerk

    March 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Love the ‘stache, love the setting, love the photograph. But if those are blood stains on the towel, I’d be a bit nervous if I were the customer!

  42. Kits

    March 18, 2008 at 3:41 am

    When I had been visiting in Rajasthan, my camera ached to find someone with tht moustache :)

  43. lauren ashley

    March 24, 2008 at 12:53 am

    j’adore the GIGANTOR ‘stache on the fellow in the bottom-most pic !

  44. Anonymous

    March 24, 2008 at 10:15 am

    i’m loving the stool lol….
    might be a bit uncomfortable after a while though !

  45. Olimpia Liberti

    March 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    really really good both photos…
    but the portrait of this man… there is something in those eyes… love it!
    i wonder with you want to take a portrait of me!! hahahahaa

  46. Logan

    November 13, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Love it! If you can't grow one here is some ideas on a DIY mustache, for boys and girls!!

  47. lindayoga

    August 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I can relate to this photo. I have spent many a days in New Delhi. I still believe it is my favorite place I have ever been and the people are so lovely and curious.
    Bravo Robert

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