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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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?
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…
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…itÂ´s more the fact that you simply wonÂ´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!
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.
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!
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!
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.