Thursday, May 13, 2010

Garance’s Birthday at Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

Recently, when we were in Australia we spent Garance’s birthday at a really great resort. The rooms, the spa, and the food were all wonderful, but all that interested me was mountain biking around the resort’s grounds.

When we told our Australian friends we were gong to the “outback” for the weekend, they laughed when we told them that it was Wolgan Valley and said that the REAL outback was another hour away. After a few more incidents like this we stopped calling it the “outback” and started calling it the “halfback.”

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This is Chris, Garance’s assistant. Everywhere we turned was another photo-op. With the landscapes, animals, and food, this place truly made me fall in love wth the idea of photography outside of the big city.

I took this picture while riding my bike very fast, too fast in retrospect, on a bumpy dirt rode. I’m surprised that I got even one shot in focus.

Self-portrait of my shadow at sunset. The great/scary thing about these little grass-covered paths is that your bicycle moves so quietly that you can sneak up on a group of kangaroos before they even notice you. I wasn’t particularly interested in surprising any kangaroos, so we spent a lot of time singing very loudly while we rode. Human League anyone?

I know that I’m a total city kid and I’m sure that some of you have wrestled bears and hunted dinosaurs, but for me, being this close to wild animals while on a mountain bike was pretty cool.

My primary reading material while flying to Berlin was a book on shooting better landscapes. Hopefully I will get a chance to shoot a few more soon. Maybe the Amish countryside could be cool?


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  1. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Well as an avid dinosaur hunter myself…I can tell you that the Amish countryside is actually a very beautiful place. A bit on the dry and boring side though. I would actually suggest anywhere in Alaska though. While the winters are disturbingly harsh, it gets in the 90s during the summer. Plus an upside is seeing some of the interesting "fashion" Alaska has to offer. No lies. Musk Ox wool is 20 times softer than the best cashmere…and it's waterproof. :)

  2. Chaucee

    May 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I live in Amish country and it's beautiful. It would be nice to have a great photographer show it's beauty.

  3. Astrid Helene

    May 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    wow, love these pictures:)

  4. O Bernas

    May 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    great pictures !

  5. iferneinez

    May 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    i believe the best surprise shots come when you're riding. thanks for sharing!

  6. Gravity Must Love Me

    May 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I love how pretty it is there! The self-portrait on the bicycle is my favorite, though.

  7. Emily

    May 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I'm in love with your bike shot. So vast and going so quickly. You must've felt overwhelmingly free!

    Harvard Style Blog

  8. waterlemon

    May 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    as a student (that hopes one day I will be able to define myself as an artist) your photographs are truly inspiring; I've been admiring them for a while. But these landscape images really compelled me to comment and say thank you! :o) Now I have Australia, on top of thousands of locations I hope to visit and photograph, to look forward to as well.

  9. Lachy

    May 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    The Australian landscape is truly rugged, nothing really compares to it. It is truly overwhelming at times.

  10. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I too live in Central PA and it is incredibly beautiful, especially during the spring and the fall. I think you also might like the city of Lancaster- it's admittedly small but it has tons of cool old places to visit, like Central Market, which is gorgeous and always full of interesting people.

  11. a:n

    May 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I say Zion Canyon, in Utah. I know the American Southwest has been photographed to high heaven, but it is so, so, SO beautiful out there.
    And, if you get lucky (like my family and I did), you may have the honor of a mountain lion marking its territory near your tent in the middle of the night.


  12. Sarah

    May 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Australia reminds me of southern Utah (Arches National Park), just with more plants. :) All that red rock…

    and I have to agree that Alaska is absolutely breathtaking. It is so vast, and everywhere you turn there's something else that needs to be photographed. I went there last summer and took way too many photos. If you want landscapes and wildlife, I can't think of a better place.

  13. benjamin.mcgregor

    May 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Scott, if you ever find yourself in Montreal (which you should do! It's the Paris of North America. Don't quote me on that) you should check out the Biodome. It's 4-5 simulated natural ecosystems all in one large pavilion that I believe was left over from the Olympic Games. It's pretty surreal for a city dweller to be able to walk into a building downtown and be in a real jungle, with 75 foot trees and parrots and sloths above. Certainly a huge step above any other "zoo" experience.

  14. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I love these photos, the light is wonderful down under. Are kangaroos dangerous then? I particularily loved the photo of Garance in black and white.

  15. [email protected]

    May 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, I've been living in Sydney for 16 years and never knew this place existed. My driving trip would usually stop in Blue Mountains. I gotta get out more often.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos and I am definitely going to Wogan Valley this weekend. :-)

  16. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Scott for these beautiful photo's and thoughts on my gorgeous rich country, I have moved to Southern California this year for approx 2 years, I miss home but I'm discovering new countries and places is good for the soul!

  17. The Ladies

    May 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Next time if you're in Australia around April/May, you should try and get to some little towns in Victoria, Beechworth and Bright are about 3 hours from Melbourne, and are AMAZING…

  18. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I'm always on the hunt for beautiful Aussie vacation spots. It looks blissful.

    You were right not to surprise the roos. Yikes!


  19. Just me...

    May 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful photos capturing nature.

  20. katiecrackernuts

    May 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    This is my neck of the woods. Actually, used to be. We moved to the coast, about four-five hours, from where this is, eight years ago and I still miss it. It's stunning isn't it? The light on that sandstone. The colours of an Aussie autumn, the big clear skies, the stars, the smell. That crisp clean morning air that can make your lungs smart if you suck it in too quickly. Happy birthday Garance, that's one hell of a way to spend it.

  21. ♥Lola

    May 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Gorgeous! I've lived in Australia all my life and have never had the pleasure of going that far inland :) I'm definitely going to make a trip there.

  22. Jack Daniel

    May 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Nice that you even blog about this. It's getting more personal than ever before.

  23. Justin

    May 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Try the Arizona desert in late summer it will be really hot (105+) but the monsoons make for some amazing sunsets. Plus with all of the rain the desert is in bloom! Sedona, AZ is always a good choice.

  24. Danny

    May 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  25. battlingthedinosaurs

    May 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    haha halfback. i like that.
    this is such a beautiful place

  26. Caroline

    May 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    you need to slow down! amish countryside is beautiful. as is the Q line in the mornings.

  27. Bear

    May 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Nice work!

  28. Elizabeth

    May 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    May I recommend San Benito County? 100 miles south of SF, 45 miles northeast of Monterey, once you get on our back roads it IS the old west. Grassy hills, oaks, the occasional grayed redwood barn. (oh, and wineries).

  29. gluttonforlife

    May 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I live in Sullivan County–you've got your pick of black bears, eagles, hawks, wild turkey, deer, porcupine, racoons, river otters…etc. C'mon up!

  30. [email protected] [email protected]

    May 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm


  31. Mimi

    May 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm


    Great photos- coming from Australia- i would consider this almost outback! I am a city girl too : )
    I was just wondering what camera you primarily shoot with?



  32. yas

    May 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    sounds like you both had a great time & nice break there.
    love your b&w photo, Garance with a mag!

  33. Erica

    May 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  34. Carla~カルラ~

    May 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    so amazing!!!!! i love ur blog! i think i remember seeing u in teen vouge or harper's, I can't remember. but so cool!

    ur soooo lucky!!!! u get to travel a lot and take cool pictures!!

  35. Holly

    May 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Great shots and wonderful setting. Thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday Garance!!!

  36. Em

    May 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    This is where I grew up! Beautiful photos. And yes, relative to the size of Australia, this is an outer suburb of Sydney :-)

  37. enrique

    May 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Urban landscapes can be just as sublime as landscapes of Yellowstone Park. The photos' subjects might be different but both nature and urban settings, if properly executed, capture the energy and the feel of either. Your portraits of NYC are just as 'cool.'

  38. Lee Oliveira

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    You make my country so much more beutiful with your photos!
    Thank you, i really love your work Scott.
    hope one day i get to meet you.

  39. HAL

    May 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    So gorgeous … the Amish countryside is not too far from here, and it's pretty much boring as hell, plus they're super mean.

  40. The Photodiarist

    May 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I am a total city person too . . . but this is fantastic. Bloody fantastic!

  41. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    This is cool photos Scott. You make halfback looks amazing.

  42. C

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I would loved to have sneaked up behind some kangeroos although I read that they can be pretty fierce too! Closest I came to living next to nature was 2 days in Kruger park which was wonderful.

  43. Miz.November

    May 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Forget the Amish country. Come to western North Carolina. Stay in Asheville. You are a short drive to the most beautiful scenery in the world (I may be a tiny bit partial) and you can stay in one of the most vibrant, artistic, energetic cities in the country. Natural landscape beauty plus some of the most eye-catching fashion you can imagine. Trust me on this one.

  44. Miz.November

    May 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Btw, I wasn't kicking the Amish country. It is indeed stunningly beautiful. And your pics of the "halfback" are gorgeous as well.

  45. rachel

    May 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I'm so glad your found our "halfback" inspiring. And it's also very comforting to know that even a photographer as skilled as you is still learning things. Perhaps once you've mastered landscapes you can come back to the REAL outback!

  46. Bec

    May 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Love that your photos show the Aussie carefree lifestyle even away from the beach…

    greetings from Adelaide, Australia

  47. rachel

    May 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I'm also very intrigued by this Musk Ox wool mentioned above by anonymous!!

  48. chibi

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    i was half-expecting a photo of a kangaroo lol
    sounds like you enjoyed the halfback!

  49. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    You're right Scott, this is indeed a very beautiful part of the world; and I for one consider myself very lucky for growing up not very far away – although the area I grew up in was very much a "soft" area of the bush with lots of fruit, crops and wine being produced.

    Alas though, the idea the outback is only an hour or so drive further away is a little off the mark. The Wogan Valley of Australia is barely the country, barely having left the metropolitan areas of Sydney.

    If you were to travel another hour further on you will reach some great wine and fruit producing areas. You would need to go another three hours west to get to the bush, and then perhaps another three hours further to get to the beginning of the outback.

    This doesn't take away in at all the beauty of this part of Australia at all. There is, however, a whole other part of Australia that would give you a whole gamut of other photo opportunities.

  50. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for coming to visit our beautiful country. Australia is an amazing place and I am very proud to call it my home. I am originally from a rural area but have moved to the city in recent years. It is astounding the amount of beauty, that you can find in both places — contast as it might.

  51. Beny Ricardo Sadewo

    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Uh Oh!!! i just can't wait for this post in Garance's Version…. ^^

    Beny Ricardo Sadewo

  52. Dani

    May 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Great shots I have had loads of fun at the halfback in the past.

  53. Julie Anne Rhodes

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Ah yes, photography in wide open, wild life filled terrain is a revelation! After a trip to East Africa I was forced to believe there had to be a great creator above. Even this imbecilic photographer managed some pretty incredible shots alla Peter Beard in my Out of Africa blog posts (archive September 2009).

    Your photos are always breathtaking in the city or not.

  54. beths

    May 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I so enjoyed this series. Not only because I've got cabin fever and a trip to the country next week, but also because of your rich commentary.

  55. Fazal

    May 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I'm CraZy about the photo of you & your image on the

  56. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    These photos are totally deceptive, I live in Australia and have been all over the country to places like this. I'm not saying you're portraying unrealistic views, because The Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa obviously exists. Though People of the world, only about 1% of the Australian countryside looks like this. The rest is a barren, dusty, sunny, dry, boring wasteland.

  57. Eva

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Yes! Come to Pennsylvania! We have cheesesteaks!

  58. Dusk

    May 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    You seem to have developed a bit of a complex after the Russian girl "Queens" post… you're apologising for being an insular city boy all the time now!!

    It's okay! be whatever you want to be, just don't stop exploring and you are STILL a brilliant photographer and getting deeper and better as a chronicler of human expression.

    These are wonderful photographs. Next time you should do the extremes of Australia… the real outback :), the 'inback', the snow back and the sinback…

    ps. I'm a hunt dinosaurs kinda gal. This can also be done in the big smoke.

  59. Liya

    May 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    these photos are beautiful! i have lived in Australia for 10 years and havent been to the "halfback" or outback yet..

  60. AllyL

    May 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

    A gorgeous part of the world. I grew up in 'the Blueys' (Blue Mountains – Katoomba in fact!) and never tire of the breathtaking, overwhelming beauty – the sounds, smells, sights and SPACE – of this amazing place. Tops photos!

  61. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

    What about Australian outback said "Amish Country"? I'm only curious because I grew up/am half-blooded Anabaptist (aka Amish).

    And when you say Amish Country, that pretty much covers the whole greater Midwest. Chose very wisely. Holmes County, Ohio is the best, in my opinion. Ohioans are very friendly, and you would have to search long and hard to find a mean Amish Ohioan.

  62. ionablu

    May 14, 2010 at 12:31 am

    come see the country side here not just the Amish, but the old order Mennonite schools and churches, the old stone houses and 19th cent manor houses – also the Esprit Quilt collection is here

  63. Ronan the Librarian

    May 14, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Glad you enjoyed! We aussies revel in our great open spaces as we cling to the edges of this huge island…it made a pleasant change to your regular uber urban scenes. Come again…

  64. M

    May 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

    that pool!!!

  65. Dawn

    May 14, 2010 at 1:38 am

    lovely, thanks for sharing it with us!

  66. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Thank you from one very homesick Aussie!

  67. ruya tabirleri

    May 14, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I really like the pictures you've drawn
    :) thanks

  68. Gabrielle

    May 14, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Oh Scott,
    as a natural-born Melbournian who has been living in Paris for the last 4 years, these photos have made me rather homesick. I want nothing more than to take my Italian husband to the Outback and show him natural beauty in its most ruggard state… happily, he too looked at these photos with piqued interest. It's sad as we spend so much time exploring bits of the northern hemisphere together and yet so little on what was my own 'back yard'. Just now we are finishing packing to go and visit his family in Venice … such a different world to that glimpsed in these photos.

    I both thank you and reprimand you at the same time.

  69. florence

    May 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Great Shots!!!
    How would be Corsica from your camera eye? I guess gorgeous…

  70. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I hate resorts… I like to search for more authentic accommodation


  71. EtoileLa

    May 14, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Or maybe the Swedish lakes?

  72. soralunii

    May 14, 2010 at 3:14 am

    those really are some very beautiful landscapes

  73. kimricosays

    May 14, 2010 at 3:18 am

    the first shot of the poolside is great.

    i love the almost black and white look to the other pictures of the fields.


  74. Anna

    May 14, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Stellar stellar stellar stellar….!

    A man of many talents, to capture the urban and the wild with immaculacy, O to be gifted! The charmed are bashful, they bat their eyelashes, fingers crossed to simply catch the energy being exerted from the talented! Tease on, we'll keep smiling.

  75. Kinetic Frames

    May 14, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I love the last black & white shot. It's reminiscent of the photos of my favourite photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue who was always compelled to do self-portraits (but only ever of his shadow).

  76. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Scott and Garance, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your sojourn down under…. a lovely choice of resort!

    As 90+% of Aussies live in the city, the outback, half-back, mid-back, etc is often an exotic place to be even for us locals.

    If you can I suggest next time heading to the far north Queensland, like Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation for some tropical wilderness with maybe some fashion possibilities too!

    I recently listened to your interview on the Treatment, and really loved the way you talked about looking for people with style, rather than those following fashion and the photos you publish empowering your readers to be inspired to see their wardrobe in a new way….

    thanks again for what you do.

    Phillip Jones
    Canberra (not a place to come if you are looking for style or fashion!), Australia

  77. mispapelicos

    May 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Thank yo for your beautiful photos. A real pleasure to wakwe up to.
    Sacramento from Andaluc

  78. Henri

    May 14, 2010 at 3:53 am

    love the black and white photography!

  79. Modou Fox

    May 14, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Dammit, Now I feel homesick for New Zealand. London parks just can't cut it all the time.

  80. Sara Bentley

    May 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

    These are so gorgeous!! I'd say you're already pretty talented at landscape shots!

  81. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 4:49 am

    i think you need to work on this quite a bit more, there are many good books out there though i doubt a book holds your answer. Your focus is off probably because in the portraits the focus (model) is obvious, these really lack the feeling and intensity that your best portraits have.

  82. John Wesley

    May 14, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your experiences beyond strictly sartorial observations.
    Re: Landscapes and countrysides…
    It does raise the question: How many interesting clothes are you going to find in the Amish countryside? (If anyone can… Scott Schuman can!)
    Could we (just once-in-awhile) get a shot of you on location? Am always curious to know what you are wearing.

  83. Kenza

    May 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Great moments ! great pictures !
    love you both !
    Garance is soooo fun ! lucky you !:)

  84. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 6:26 am

    A poet once called these mountains "high and more fair than any earthly city – the walls of sapphire, the towers of burning gold". Thanks Scott for sharing the beauty.

  85. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Chibi, there are several kangaroos in the last pic.

  86. Alyson

    May 14, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I enjoy an occasional visit to your site, Scott, as I love the variety of your photographs and comments. To my surprise today I discovered the Wolgan Valley where my father was born. Apart from its beauty, it has a fascinating history, including an experiment in shale oil mining towards the end of the valley. Lovely photographs.


    May 14, 2010 at 6:52 am

    great location…fantastic

  88. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 6:57 am

    How about Greece? i know it doesn't seem the best place to visit right now but we have beautiful scenery :)

  89. defythewind

    May 14, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Nice change of perspective, I'm looking forward to see more landscapes with a Sartorialist twist. If there's anybody who could find something fashionable out there, in the wild, that would be you.

    Apart from that, I hope American Apparel is paying you an outrageous amount of money. Otherwise, I won't see the point of poisoning your watcher's eyes with horrid outfits and unprofessional photo sessions every time they check your blog and look for a bit of inspiration. You really should move that add, it gives me the creeps. Sorry of writing abut it, I just couldn't stand it anymore. :P

  90. Matt

    May 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

    You make the Aussie countryside look sweeeeet. Tasmania in mid-summer and mid-winter are well worth a look, too.

  91. Benoit

    May 14, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I enjoyed this visit on your blog, see you soon Scott!

    ps: I wish one day it would be for real, at some street in Paris

  92. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for warming this cold Aussie in London with these lovely pics of home.
    PS so Garance has an assistant.. if there's a job going to be yours I'll be first in line! ; )

  93. the_eye_collector

    May 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I've lived all over the place, and I have to say that for me there's nothing to match Namibia. The cities aren't much to write home about (apart from Swakopmund, which is very strange and amazing – they filmed the new version of The Prisoner there), but the country is stunning and there are hardly any people. Plus, there's wildlife like you wouldn't believe – elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra…

    The best thing about it is that because there's hardly any towns or cities, there's very little light pollution so the stars are breathtaking. When I first moved there I wondered why there was always a cloud in the same place in the sky every night, then my parents told me it was the Milky Way!

  94. Javier

    May 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Wonderful landscapes!

  95. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Wonderful Australia, outback or halfback! I wish it was just a bit shorter flight from Europe..

  96. Christina

    May 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

    So cool! Thanks for sharing!

  97. Nina Bonita

    May 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Landscape and wildlife photography is an art by itself. They're both challenging and requires a lot of imagination. But your shots are great though. The kangaroos are really cute!

  98. MELISSA Z.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:49 am

    wow! What a beautiful place! Great pics!

  99. nerdy vintage girl

    May 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Awesome pictures! :)
    I love how you managed to catch this special atmosphere.

  100. Katie

    May 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Maybe you could try the hudson river valley or the catskills. I've always wanted to go to that Oleana place.

  101. J. Rizke

    May 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

    soooo pretty!! i'm a big fan!!

  102. Poivre Monkey

    May 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

  103. Foxy

    May 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I love your bike shot. The scenery looks beautiful. Wish I was there.

  104. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Happy that you didn't mix up the GPS and went to Bogan Valley instead.

    Love the outback, should go to northern Australia next time, visiting the Kimberley, the Kakadu etc. Amazing that the majority of Aussies do not know what a beautiful and inspiring country they have in their backyard and travel to Europe and the US instead.

  105. ultramaryna

    May 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    beautiful photos! i'm a real fan of your blog and the pictures you add.

  106. Lana

    May 14, 2010 at 10:37 am

    To me, Virginia piedmont is absolutely gorgeous, lots of vineyards and old houses tucked away that feel like treasures when you come around a bend in the road and find them. Rolling hills, gorgeous horse farms, and vineyards. To me it can't get any better, but I may be biased!

  107. joshylola

    May 14, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Great photos! Nice Australia

  108. MJCK

    May 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Great photos, especially the one with Garance's assistant Chris. It's like spotting other human beings with cameras instead of spotting animals, haha.
    Beautiful pictures. The one you made of your own shadow: every holiday I make at least one or two pictures of my own shadow. Somehow it never bores me.

  109. VisteLaCalle

    May 14, 2010 at 10:42 am

    just beautiful :)

  110. La Creperie des Moines

    May 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Yes! Come to Iowa's Amish country and do our little part of the country some justice. :) Thank you for pointing out the beauty in soft natural silhouettes, both in nature and in fashion.

  111. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I see the colors in the Nature and how they are mixed and i can learn how to combine colors with my clothes with harmony.
    I love your shadow's selfportrait:you on your bycicle like a modern centaur.

  112. beths

    May 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Sart, I'm in complete agreement with Dusk at 9:13 a.m. Be yourself and challenge yourself. It's working.

  113. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

    This artist has incredible landscape inspiration. Check it out….

  114. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

    How about trying the Pacific Northwest? If you go to the San Juan Islands, there are fine bicycle routes, that's true of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in British Columbia, too. One noteable thing about these islands is that there is a big interest in textiles,dyeing, weaving, etc. and it's not hard to key into a community in which folks are wearing beautifully colored hand-wovens. You might be able to see a few orcas while bicyling on the coasts, too.

  115. Jacqueline

    May 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful countryside. x

  116. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

    This, actually, sounds good – a perfect escape from the city. Love the last photo most of all – so peaceful!

  117. Sondra

    May 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    You want Landscapes? MONTANA has Landscapes.
    Come on Over!

  118. Mabel and Zora

    May 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    So inspiring.

  119. Jehane

    May 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Isn't Australia beautiful? It makes me happy that people appreciate it too. Thanks for posting this, I'm living in Stockholm and miss my home country.

  120. Davidikus

    May 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    The picture with the hat is very nice, even if the mountain is slightly cropped.

    A belated happy 24th to Garance, then!

  121. femmefraiche

    May 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    A day out on your bike is always an adventure! Thank you for teh beautiful photographs. Australia has now raised a notch on my list of future vacation destinations.

  122. diana

    May 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Amazing Shots!!

  123. your blog is definitely the best!

  124. Florence

    May 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I always love hearing accounts from 'city kids' so to say, as a kid who spent her entire childhood (and even teenage-hood) with armfuls of frogspawn, tramping through woods, learning bird calls (i only know one :P) and inspecting everything slimy and wriggling i could find :P
    although, english countryside is nowhere near as wild as australia- i'd love to go!

  125. Joanne

    May 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    So cool and looks so exciting! the landscapes are beautiful! :)

  126. Tiiu

    May 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Garance is so cool.
    She has such grace and sophistication.
    I really aspire to her!


    May 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    such a beautiful location and photos.

  128. Art is Living, Living is Art

    May 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    To waterlemon,

    Reading your line "that hopes one day I will be able to define myself as an artist" made me sad.

    You don't need a B.A., M.A., P.H.D, or compliments from a pretentious, "established" artist to be able to define yourself as an artist. YOU ARE AN ARTIST! TODAY! AND EVERYDAY SINCE YOU WERE BORN!

    Don't buy into this dichotomy of art and life. They are synonymous.

    If you are living, you are an artist. Please start recognizing yourself as an artist today <3

    With lots of love,
    A fellow being

  129. Cherry Arceo

    May 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Australia is love! :)) and happy birthday to Garance!

  130. Mejambie

    May 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Yay you were in my home country. But when are you coming to Antwerp Belgium? You know it's a fashion capital and there is a very good fashion school here!

  131. La Feem

    May 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    These are amazing, you're hilarious, I love it. It's cool to watch you expand what you're doing.

  132. mabelmabel

    May 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Where are the clothes?

  133. Bob

    May 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Nice work. Scott… Elisabeth Town (E-town) and the rest of Amish country are very beautiful. But really best seen in the Fall at Harvest. Like your Rodeo shots months ago you might see some interesting "fashion" that everyone in NYC is trying to gloome(sic) on right now. Like those guys wearing LL Bean hunting clothes in Manhattan. And the food and apple pies are to die for. Wait till Fall.

  134. Angeles Almuna Design

    May 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you to sharing these fabulous photos, you are an amazing photographer with a special fashion sense…..and I love to have a pick of your life-environment everyday!
    Kisses and happy weekend

  135. Beatriz

    May 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Absolutely stunning! This really made me smile.

    Happy Friday!


  136. Sophie

    May 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    The Sartorialist in Amish Country!? Yes please! And you know what that means (well, to me the two are very connected, if not to anyone else), you'll be in Ohio, hopefully south eastern, it would be so awesome to attend a Satorialist event. In Pittsburgh or Cleveland would be awesome. Just putting that out there.
    But to the original topic, I think you could find some great inspiration in Amish country in the Pennsylvania/Ohio area.

  137. the nickel fit

    May 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    only a true city kid, can appreciate something like this :)

  138. Helen

    May 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    It makes me think how magically beautiful our world is, wherever on the earth you go. And its all ours! It is beyond important to preserve the beauty of our natural areas.

    All I know is, I will never be responsible for cutting down a tree, ever. But I will plant and protect many in my lifetime.

  139. katkas

    May 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    these photos are absolutely stunning.

  140. fashionfauxpas

    May 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    The b/w shot with the shadow of you on the bike is fantastic. I am a cyclist, and this shot reminds me of the end of a long day in the saddle…when you are exhausted and happy.

  141. Margo

    May 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I'm curious to see how you branch out or if you do, into landscapes.

    I'm also curious to know if that crack about the Amish is true. I live in Amish country and it is deeply beautiful to me, but it's not always showy in a calendar way. There is real contentment and health here, a true communal spirit for the Anabaptists. I know. I'm a Mennonite.

  142. Vanessa

    May 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    You get such beautiful shots of the countryside too. I agree that you should come out to Lancaster and shoot more of the 'simple life.' Only three hours from NYC!

    And please let us know! I'm not far away at all.


  143. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    this is beautiful

  144. Anonymous

    May 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    landscapes and sartorialist! wow dream come true!

  145. SarahELizand

    May 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    All these photos are beautiful especially the lighting in them, it makes my heart [email protected]
    I don't live to far out of NYC but when my cousins come up they are always surprised to see a baby deer or a turkey, my response is yeah whatever. Just goes to show I should appreciate it more. :)
    that last photo is amazing, reminds me of a tree I see all the time. Oh one more thing if you do, do landscapes go out during sun rise it's the greatest thing to see. There's nothing quite like it.

  146. Lauris

    May 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I feel like I just went on a vacation. Thanks.

  147. pilbaraface

    May 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    The Australian outback is incredibly photogenic, which is nice because even a very very amateur photographer like me can manage some decent shots. Portraiture is much more difficult! Please visit again soon.

  148. fashionweed

    May 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

    wow. it's nice to see you out of the city! these photos are amazing. i love the self portrait.

  149. princess glee

    May 15, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Wow! Reminds me of Monument Valley, Arizona, 'cept there's trees and grass instead of cactus. Oh, and not many kangaroo are found in Arizona. Anyway, the landscape is quite stunning.

  150. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Half-back, I like that. I went to school near here, and we did our Duke of Edinburgh hikes out near that range. We got lost. It was beautiful.

  151. Polly Farthing

    May 15, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Wonderful pictures! I really enjoyed these

    Polly x

  152. Erin

    May 15, 2010 at 5:32 am

    A friend of mine just went on a huge tour through the Kimberly with Xavier Rudd, and she has some AMAZING shots from her time there.
    Australia is just the most beautiful and amazing place that I've ever been. As someone who's moved to Oz from Ohio I really appreciate the wildlife as well. There's nothing wrong with being in awe :)
    I think Amish country is a great choice, there's so much amazing culture to be found there, and it's so different to "normal" western life. You may run into some roadblocks though, the true Amish don't really like having their picture taken.
    But landscapes would probably be okay…
    Good luck! I look forward to seeing what you do next!

  153. lily

    May 15, 2010 at 5:45 am

    the 4th one is stunning!

  154. faina_yablochkina

    May 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

  155. chrystyna

    May 15, 2010 at 7:08 am

    great photos! x

  156. Daoud B

    May 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Thats just so awesome pics! Like a dream almost!:)

  157. kids boots

    May 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Awesome pictures. You never cease to amaze me. Great! Awesome! Spectacular!

  158. agirlastyle

    May 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Just beautiful, I can almost feel that i'm there (it's actually making me a little homesick for Australia).

    Miss B xx

  159. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    The things that dreams are made of?

  160. New Orleans Photographer

    May 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    rural photography is often a more peaceful experience

  161. Anan

    May 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Come visit the Indiana Amish!

  162. Ian Milliss

    May 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I live just up the road from here (Wallerawang) and the sad thing is that this valley is actually surrounded by coal mines. Nonetheless it's all very wild and beautiful but not at all outback, more like the furthest outer suburb of Sydney. The real outback is in fact about another three hours west.

  163. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I am bursting at the seems. I grew up in the area and seeing the familiar mountains on your website is a real buzz. You are captured it rugged beauty magnificently. Glad you enjoyed the break there. Oh, and the outback would be about 4 more hours by car from Wolgan Valley : )

  164. Maria

    May 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Come to Maine. It is more magical than you can imagine.

  165. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:47 am

    You really should get to the outback sometime- its beyond fantastic. The aboriginal art matches the landscape; even from the air one can see the patterns which go into fabrics and artwork.
    As for Amish country; it is truly beautiful, in a soft kind of way, but the poor Amish won't be photographed. However, there are conservative Mennonites who will allow their pix to be taken- if you go you can get the details on the difference… beautiful, bucolic times.
    As for other pastoral scenes, how about The Netherlands in early summer? lovely….

  166. Christine Scott

    May 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

    As Matt earlier said, Tasmania is definitely worth a look for a special Australian experience. Not at all like the mainland. Hobart alone is great to get a culture fix, especially over summer. I can't wait for MONA to open in Jan 2011!

  167. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I grew up in a small town in country NSW called Mudgee and later moved to Sydney for school. These are familiar sites to me as I drove past this valley all the time. Thank you for capturing my home so beautifully.

  168. handh

    May 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    nice to see some landscapes and totally agree about the outback. IT'S GREAT.

  169. Ruthie

    May 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Halfback?! Scott that's only quarterback in my book!

    For a surreal and very beautiful Australian outback experience try the opal fields of Lightning Ridge – a portrait photographers dream.

    That said, Wolgan Valley is just to die for. The light is really something…

  170. Lalalalla

    May 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Come back to Australia soon!
    Sod those who say it's not outback. It's outback enough!
    The photos are beautiful.

  171. Allie

    May 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Gorgeous shots!! Nature is just as fashionable sometimes as people :-)

  172. Jd

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Yes!! The Amish got it goin' on too, maybe some Philly shooting while your down here. I can't be certain, but don't some of the Amish hand-tailor their clothes as well? It's worth the investigation good sir.

  173. ...

    June 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I love that you appreciate the natural beauty of Australia, a country so often overlooked in the art world. Your photos from Sydney always have me double-taking, "That's not Australia…?"

  174. Anonymous

    June 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I live in Australia and we have many beautiful places… I used to live in the nations capital, Canberra, and occassionally when I rode to work I would see kangaroos or wallabies as they bound past. Captivating.
    Also, we have the best beaches IN THE WORLD ( well at least the whitest sand)
    THanks for the beautiful photos.

  175. Tiffany

    June 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Awesome shots! I would love to tour the outback! …or halfback =}

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  177. Anonymous

    August 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    how about the amana colonies in iowa outside of cedar rapids… mmm? you'll see why i need pages like yours to get fashion inspiration, because I'm definitely not getting it around here!

  178. childrens footwear

    September 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I missed going for a vacation.The pictures were really cool.The place looks very relaxing and the mountain biking ride is a great activity.I think i have to schedule a vacation at the province.

  179. Vancouver Spa

    November 10, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Your pictures is very fine..i like it also that is one of the best place for vacation. Great Post

  180. plumbing

    May 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I am studying hard because I always dream to travel to some place like that. Very inspiring and peaceful.

  181. double glazing

    June 11, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Your photos are truly amazing. This adventures really makes me smile.

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