Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Different Lives, Milan


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  1. Mardi

    January 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Love the contrast!

  2. zauberei

    January 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    this is artistically brilliant, and what makes you a true artist.

  3. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    How gorgeous.

  4. whichonespink

    January 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    if i could buy a print of this and hang it in my living room i would. like this second. :]

    amazing. breathtaking artwork here.

  5. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm


  6. Alice Olive

    January 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Fantastic photo! Love the inferred elegance of Ms Incognito.

  7. Kel

    January 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Can’t stop wondering how dangerous full dark combinations can be and how much attention is drawn to the face – woman should just not have one like that. Never.

  8. Ashton goes to France

    January 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    nice layers! give me more of this!

  9. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Incredible photo Sart, you just get better end better!
    One could write a poem looking at this two women.

  10. Stefanie

    January 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I love the juxtaposition!!

  11. Dave

    January 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    great shot. i love the contrast between the dark and the colorful. well done!

  12. Je suis Amy

    January 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    The juxtaposition in this photo is incredible.

  13. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Who cares about the fashion when the shot is this perfect? Nice work!

  14. Alysa

    January 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    A modern-day Caillebotte! Love the contrast and the sense of alienation.

  15. Jamie Watson

    January 23, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Yes, this is an outstanding photo!

  16. Andrew

    January 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve never commented before, even though i check the page daily. I’m always stunned by the choice of Scotts subjects, how the pictures seem off the cuff and perfectly composed at the same time. this being one that does both to a stupidly high level!!

    Keep delivering these amazing moments Sart!!

  17. Monkey

    January 23, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    a magical moment or a magical eye?

  18. Rachel

    January 23, 2008 at 8:16 pm


    I would hang this in my office.

  19. Miss Elizabeth

    January 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    What an interesting dichotomy! I love this.

  20. Lita

    January 23, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful shot…I get a feeling that many years from now we’ll look back on your iconic images like we do now on shots like “Kiss at the Hotel de Ville”….and this one will be among the best of them. Congrats!


  21. Cornelius Von Fudgington

    January 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Wish this had been on the wall last night!

  22. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    gf in the front is looking a good deal like late great I. Blow. represent.

  23. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    great contrast! great angle! great picture! just perfect!

  24. Jack Daniel

    January 23, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Oh yes, this one is your most original picture you’ve ever made.

  25. Johanna

    January 23, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Top three, Scott.

    This is *so* well done.

  26. Jessie Beauchaine

    January 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    What great drama. Love. it.

  27. citizen

    January 23, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Nice. NICE. The almost perfectly mirrored silhouettes and different picture planes make the stark contrast even better.

  28. Princess Poochie

    January 23, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I love the contrast between youthful and colorful that maybe less expensive vs. older and more conservative but perhaps with more money.

    When were you the happiest?


  29. emily

    January 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    This is such a Cartier-Bresson “moment”.
    Bravo for you, Mister Sartorialist! And congratulations on your big opening/party, too.

  30. tomassocroccante

    January 23, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    A nice short story there …
    the younger woman in red holding her own, slightly battered yellow umbrella (and maybe a look of disappointment – did soembody stand her up? Can’t she get into the show?), and the slightly older or more privileged woman in black, with someone catering to her – but possibly also waiting for someone who may or may not arrive.
    They could be the same woman ten or twenty years apart. And ain’t that life?

  31. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    this is astounding. the image takes my breath away, and i second whichonespink — i want to possess this. *love*

  32. lane.robbins

    January 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Very different from your other photos, and I love it.

  33. Han

    January 23, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I’m going to have to say that this is my favorite shot of all of your shots.

  34. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Wow. What a great picture. It took my breath away!

  35. Elizabeth

    January 23, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    easily an all-time favorite.. exquisitely composed – to the step – from the noise behind the woman in red to the black & white silouhette..


  36. kookaii

    January 23, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    dammit, i’m insanely jealous of your knack to notice serendipity. excellent capture!

  37. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    well, this is fucking brilliant.

  38. couturealisme

    January 23, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Stunning juxtaposition. I love the red boots!

  39. T.McD.

    January 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve read your blog for months, and this is the photo that made me post a comment. You’ve taken seldom a photo that surpasses this one. Truly brilliant.

  40. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    this is one of my all time favorites… brilliant.

  41. T.McD.

    January 23, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Wow. Truly inspirational. This is the photo that made me post a comment after months of readership.

  42. marumaru

    January 23, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    love it

  43. dorkpanda

    January 23, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Like a painting, with some fashion on it.

  44. AnonymousJK

    January 23, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    The contrast in colours, lives and style is captured beautifully!
    Nice life if you can get it!

  45. Kelly

    January 23, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    This picture (and its title) makes me smile and want to laugh out loud. Wonderful.

  46. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    unreal picture… i love it.

  47. Blaise

    January 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Very interesting shot, Sart!

    The other one is colorful and I could clearly see the face, while the other one is in an all-black ensemble and cannot be identified..


    January 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    This is meeeeannnnn


    - YC
    “The 1st Quarter Baby”

  49. the quarter rat

    January 23, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    You should direct movies – you tell a story in a single frame!

  50. rebeccacalvetti

    January 23, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Sometimes, your work really leaves me breathless.

    This is one of those times.

  51. H

    January 23, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    great composition.

  52. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Wow… that is a stunning photograph.

  53. meli

    January 23, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    nice composition. muy nice.

  54. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Your lighting is always impeccable, and it really stands out in this shot.

    Re: the glasses on the woman on the right. I can’t help but think we’re going to be seeing a lot of people looking silly with these new big glasses.

  55. Q

    January 23, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Wow, what good luck that you stumbled upon this juxtaposition.

  56. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I wanted to know their names… but I am am happy to look and make up my own story. Very Well Done, Sir.

  57. Anonymous

    January 23, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    This shot reminds me of Caillebotte’s Paris, Rainy Day.

  58. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 12:10 am

    absolutely gorgeous…

  59. sulasophia

    January 24, 2008 at 12:15 am

    that, my friend, is what photography is all about.

  60. Laguna Beach Trad

    January 24, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I don’t see the significance of this photo, Sart. Were you hungover (from the previous night) when you posted it? That said, the red coat on the young lady on the left is such an amazingly rich colour. Her boots, gloves, and yellow umbrella look fantastic. Only a few people could pull this off. Your photo really captures it. It’s a pity the mysterious young lady on the right somehow crept into your shot. Well done nonetheless.

  61. Cami

    January 24, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Absolutely, completely, and 100% stunning.
    Wonderful job, Sart.

  62. Ironika Beaverhausen

    January 24, 2008 at 12:23 am

    that you could see this, and capture it… magic. thank you for showing us the juxtaposition of all of us together. you are a truly talented chronicler of people, and i enjoy visiting ! thank you thank you !

  63. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 1:07 am

    this is photographically what i want to aim for! i love the complexity in lighting and color contrasts, as well as thematic contrasts. specifically, i love how the woman on the right remains in some anonymity whereas the younger woman on the left has an outfit that screams “here i am!”

  64. Chris

    January 24, 2008 at 1:09 am

    WOW… I’m speechless! ;-) You absolutely captured the moment… The picture clearly defines the binary opposites…

  65. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I study art in school, and so much of what we discuss circles around color and contrast. The clothing aside, the photograph is a beautiful shot. Well done!

  66. urbnstyle

    January 24, 2008 at 2:24 am

    simply great photo!

  67. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 3:04 am

    as far as photographs go, this is positively cinematic.

  68. voodoodolls

    January 24, 2008 at 3:22 am

    as a writer…
    this one shot is enough for me to write a whole story…
    why do i even need to wrtie a story when the pictures screams a whole novel!

  69. d.h.roark

    January 24, 2008 at 3:28 am

    this just fabuslous. like it begs a story.

  70. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 3:45 am

    what a awsome pic
    one of my favourites until now and I read your blog every day.

  71. Sylwia

    January 24, 2008 at 3:51 am

    wow, amazing, my favourite picture.

  72. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I agree, I’d also like on my wall!

  73. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 5:38 am

    My goodness Sart, your caption was absolutely brilliant and it just about sums up this picture from so many different angles. The care-freeness of the lady in the red, her relaxed and natural stylishness (because she can hold her own umbrella, thank you very much), in contrast to the dark, and although stylish in her own right, tense Madam whose umbrella is being held for her. You could write a thesis on this picture and the caption on it-smart art Sart (hey, that rhymes), you’ve raised the bar with this one.


  74. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Holy crap. Hands down the best photograph I have seen in a long, long time.

  75. lala

    January 24, 2008 at 5:58 am

    it´s so you.

  76. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 6:05 am

    It’s as if the universe sends you presents :)

  77. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 6:30 am

    You can clearly see that it’s all about “the MOOD” in this case, one is bright and colorful and the other one is simply dark and gloomy. Great job! Awesome photo!

  78. GaLiTo

    January 24, 2008 at 6:49 am


  79. Luxeat

    January 24, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Wonderful image… Images like this go into history…

  80. Andy

    January 24, 2008 at 9:06 am


  81. I. Filcovich

    January 24, 2008 at 9:14 am

    One word: noir!

  82. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Your eyes are always open. What a gift.

    The best to you today.

  83. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 9:23 am

    This is art

  84. Anthony

    January 24, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Before the picture loaded, I hadn’t a clue what this picture would be (only seeing the title). This is an amazing photograph, and like others who have commented before me, I would purchase it in a heartbeat to display somewhere in my home.

  85. f l u t t e r punch

    January 24, 2008 at 9:39 am

    hahahaha! i find their expressions so funny!

  86. Carla

    January 24, 2008 at 9:50 am

    What amazing contrast. A beautiful photo.

  87. IHeartNY

    January 24, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I am AMAZED as to how astute you were that you were able to capture this moment so brilliantly. Bravissimo!

  88. odilean

    January 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

    i think this is the best photograph that you’ve taken. it is breathtaking.

  89. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 11:22 am

    now this is just pure visual poetry.

  90. Craig

    January 24, 2008 at 11:39 am

    this is perfect

  91. Carolina Lange

    January 24, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Amazing photo!

  92. anna

    January 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome!!! Love this pic.. One of my favorites…

  93. bopsy

    January 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I love this photo! The contrast is not only about the style, but clearning about the lives of these two women….you continue to amaze. I too would buy this and hang it on my wall.

  94. Thomas

    January 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Demonstrates once again why you are not simply a street style photographer. I am looking forward to the much demanded Sartorialist book.

  95. melenieyap

    January 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    so the decisive moment.

  96. Lee

    January 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Amazing contrast,
    This is a work of art.

  97. S

    January 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful Sart

    one of your best shots… out of many

  98. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    wow, that is art really!

    great work, sart!

    you’ve broken into new ground with this shot.

  99. lis

    January 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I’m completely blown away.

  100. doingtheunstuck

    January 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    what a moment and how poetic. i just love this.

  101. enc

    January 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Sartorialist’s best composition ever.

  102. belleballerina

    January 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    wonderful! you really should make prints – i want to buy this!

  103. Thomasd

    January 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Beautiful, Sart.

    First time I haven’t been able to not comment; gorgeous

  104. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    so ‘the devil wears prada’!!

  105. Anonymous

    January 24, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Andy Warhol, Wes Anderson, Thom Yorke, the Sartorialist ; all some of my favorite artists. :)

  106. thanks!

    January 25, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Hey I ve been checking your blog every day since you started and I never commented before, this might sound crazy but this pic made my cry, it is truly a beautiful image. Thanks!!

  107. Anonymous

    January 25, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Hand down! Wow! I don’t really know who it was you took a shot of, because the lady at the background, with a yellow umbrella, looked interesting. But I love, love, the entire composition of this photograph!

  108. Christian

    January 25, 2008 at 6:27 am

    the difference betwen an artist and someone who take photos… Best photo ever…
    Gratz ! Gratz ! Gratz !

  109. writer

    January 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Amazing photo. I thought of this one by Weegee, which of course chronicles a different world, but it’s equally arresting.

  110. Jonrah

    January 25, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Wow is all I can say about this shot! I love the idea that these two women who are at the same place at the same time, yet seem to be worlds apart!

  111. writer

    January 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    The Weegee photo is “The Opera,” and one has to click the title of the photo after going to this link:

  112. Anonymous

    January 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Incredible photo. Excellent exposures and contrasts. A work of art.
    Would love to know more about it….

  113. pearlescent

    January 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Talk about talent!! Color vs. black, bright vs. dark, clear vs. ambiguous, independent vs. dependent, crowd vs. privacy – this picture has it all!!

  114. Anonymous

    January 25, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Is this a real on-the-street found setting that you caught on camera? It is almost too good to be true!! most people never even notice this amazing contrast in a crowd and than capture it as well!!
    Awesome. Thank you!
    The read girl looks so comfortable in her high fashion – she looks like she lives well dressed everyday.

  115. Anonymous

    January 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    nice photo! like the contrast between color and shades… well done

  116. Naki

    January 26, 2008 at 12:30 am


  117. GregnATL

    January 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Simply Fabulous!

  118. Alice

    January 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Its soooo incredible. Its so amazing! The contrast between the dark lady with the umbrella held for her and the yellow umbrella clashes so magnificently. True artwork going on here!

  119. a*

    January 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    besides the 300 other positively inspiring comments i want to make on this perfect photo… how chivalrous. not only is he holding her umbrella, it appears as if he’s holding her bag and she might be wearing his gloves and hat…

  120. abehjha

    January 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Scott, it’s like a frame captured from an Italian film.

  121. Lulu

    January 27, 2008 at 10:40 am

    This is your best picture yet!

  122. Anonymous

    January 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Bravo… wow. I visit your site every day and must say this is the first time I was completely blown out of the water at the artistic composition of the photo. Keep up the incredible work!

  123. lorrwill

    January 28, 2008 at 5:17 am

    This is one of my all time favourite photos of yours. Just brill.

  124. Loulou

    January 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    At the risk of being just another laudatory voice … this is indeed a brilliant shot. Beautiful. So much interesting tension! It’s almost as if the foreground was black and white film, and the background glorious color.

    Wonderful work.

  125. dottie

    January 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    just beautiful! perfect.

  126. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    breathtaking – like so many of the above commentators, this is the photo that has compelled me to comment for the first time. Amazing, and so inspiring. Love it!

  127. elled

    January 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    not only is the photograph beautiful, but i see this all the time living a a dark city (berlin) with a sea of all black and dark greys and then a pop of color just really makes it even better.

  128. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I love this photograph.

  129. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Absolutely brilliant, especially since the contrasting colors are so bright on their own!

  130. Honeybee

    February 1, 2008 at 2:28 am

    It doesn’t get any better than this.

  131. Calenna

    February 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Everyone else has already said it all…. this photo is… INCREDIBLE. Museum-worthy.

  132. Anonymous

    February 2, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I cannot add much that has not already been said. This is art, it is frame-worthy, such contrast between the two, such a story going on in the space. I think I may just frame it! You should be congratulated and proud of such a shot. You were so lucky to have had these two walk by together and your skill is apparent in the outcome of the shot. Bravo!

  133. Anonymous

    February 5, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    This is fantastic! You are brilliant.

  134. The Eyelasher

    February 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    What a beautiful shot! I love the contrast between the person in color and the person in black. Do you wish to stand out or dissapear?
    Best wishes,

  135. paolo

    November 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    whats really funny here is that the guy holding the umbrella is the creative director of GQ, Jim Moore, and the woman under it is one of his editors, Madeline Weeks. All of a sudden the image of the rich woman with her escort type is a little dissipated.

  136. suzie

    May 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    …I just saw all these comments after almost one year…
    so funny
    by the way, I’m the lady in red…
    thanks for the great shot


  137. Anonymous

    June 22, 2009 at 7:37 am

    hahah different lives i get it

  138. the enigma

    January 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

    the picture is breathtaking!

  139. beemint

    March 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I must say this shot is amazing. A true piece of art. Thanks.

  140. Anonymous

    May 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    may 5th 2010. i'm a south african and i've been a dedicated follower of this blog since late 2008. i just randomly went through the archives and stumbled upon this. MARVELOUS. definately top 5 material. if not THE single best photo on here. its amazing. mphuthumi.

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