Friday, July 13, 2007

Florence, Italy

This feels like a 30′s movie still to me – the little movement of the window curtain real makes the photo for me.

please click on the image to view at a larger size – the tones and contrast are better


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  1. Alice Olive

    July 13, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Immediately makes me long to be in Italy! Beautiful shot and yes, the black and white is simple and perfect.

  2. Macthomson

    July 13, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I find it best when you comment on your shots and, as in this case, give us some of the context.

    For what it’s worth, back in the sixties, at least in London, straight guys talked to each other about fashion and style at the drop of a (Locke) hat. A ‘find’ of authentic American button-downs was news!

    In David Bowie’s first hit “Space Oddity” this is reflected in the line “…and the papers want to know whose shirts you wear!” At the time celebs and wannabes belonged either to the tribe who had their shirts made at Mr Fish or the clan who preferred Blades as their supplier. (I still own a tie which matched on of my Mr Fish shirts.)

  3. Jesse

    July 13, 2007 at 10:39 am

    This is really a brilliant photo indeed.

    The font, the shadows, and composition are all super.

  4. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Great photo, the larger shot really tells the story. I have a question though, did you shoot in black and white or color and then convert to black and white in photoshop?

  5. easylowdown

    July 13, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Fantastic shot. Your artistry is made so much more valuable by your understatement & reserve; speaking not through agitation but through holding very still.

  6. The Sartorialist

    July 13, 2007 at 11:24 am

    thanks for your kind words

    When I am traveling I always feel bad that i am not able to write more but I am so tired from shooting all day then correcting etc all night that I am mentally drained.

    It is great to be home when it is a little quieter so I can write more and participate in my own blog!!

    You’re right that men use to discuss style more
    I was just watching a Fred Astaire movie – I think Top Hat- am they were very earnestly discussing square or butterfly bowties.

  7. Candid Cool

    July 13, 2007 at 11:51 am

    well captured

  8. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    What a beautiful photo. Working on a book soon?

  9. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    I love your sign shots. Please give us more! And it would be great if you could tag all your previous signs so we can easily access them. Thanks!

  10. Butch

    July 13, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Remarkable! You’ve caught the subtle movement you describe….

  11. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    You are absolutely right. Without the curtain in that way, the shot would be all very hard-edged and abstract. It still is to a great extent-and very beautiful in that way– but the curtain also adds a “real effect” that makes it all the more interesting.
    You’re very good.

  12. Richard

    July 13, 2007 at 2:41 pm


    This shutterbug wants to know.

    1. What rig were you using?

    2. What was the setting used?

    3. Any post production?


  13. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 3:48 pm


    Is it just me or is it a bit over exposed in the sign area? I think this is why it is nostalgic, to me; it appears like an old faded photograph from the 60′s.

  14. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Lovely and evocative.

  15. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    you should make a book… I’d buy it

  16. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 7:55 pm


    what is the shadow of on the street in the photo? you?

  17. gap

    July 13, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful shot.

  18. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    I love seeing the world through your eyes! The pictures of people are fascinating and fun, yet this is like a fine sorbet between dinner courses.

  19. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Nice pic!

    Looks like this is a continuance of Sart’s “font phase,” y’all.

    Sart, you need to start selling signed copies of your pics off this site. (Although it depends on what kind of waiver your subjects sign).

    You can’t tell me your biz friends haven’t mentioned this to you yet!

    I’d get some/several/ALLLLLLL!


  20. kristen

    July 14, 2007 at 2:02 am

    It’s so lovely to see a bit of typography sprinkled into the Sartorialist. A marriage of two of my loves: fashion and good old typography.

  21. cordelia

    July 14, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations, Sart! This is an incredibly good photograph. Photos like this one – mainly in b&w – are precious to photographers/travellers, as they catch the aura of the place.
    Doesn’t surprise me…

  22. Sherry

    July 15, 2007 at 3:27 am

    This is so beautiful.

  23. alex.j

    July 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I love the shadows cast on the building- makes me wonder what time it was when this photo was shot..And the stone flooring just strike me that the colouring of the stone is probably the same whether the shot was done in black and white or colour…The hanging curtain was indeed a comforting contrast against the solid surroundings.Beautifully serene!!!:)

  24. gila

    July 15, 2007 at 2:51 pm


  25. Mimi

    July 16, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Long admired your website, first time writing in. I like the way your photos not only highlight the style of your subjects, but also capture aspects of their personalities.

    This Pellicerie photo is so rich in nuance and moodiness. Great shot!

    Have you seen the Foto exhibit at the National Gallery in DC? It’s terrific – many similarly complex-textured black and whites.

  26. Mimi

    July 16, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Long admired your site, first time writing in. Love the way you capture your subjects’ personalities as well as their style. And doesn’t that highlight the self-defining power of fashion itself?

    Great shot of the Pellicerie – so nuanced and moody. Have you seen the “Foto” exhibit at the National Gallery in DC of Central European photography 1918-45? Lots of richly textured black and whites.

    Thanks for your thought-provoking and inspiring blog!

  27. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Dear Sart

    The photo is pure Edward Hopper; two or more sources of light, the sharp angles on the architecture caused by the light sources, and the ambivalence of the moving curtain.

    Thank you for sharing this …

  28. el guapachoso

    July 16, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    beautiful shot.
    i’ve got the same question as another fan…does your camera have the ability to digitally switch from black and white to color, or do you do that in post?

  29. Thomas

    January 18, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Quaint. I’m quite fond of the back streets of Florence.

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