Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On the Street….Astor Place, New York



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  1. Irache

    May 15, 2013 at 9:02 am


  2. Simbarashe

    May 15, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Yep, it’s that time of year… Although maybe that warm sunlight was too good to pass up.

  3. Rachelle

    May 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’ve done this so many times, great shot.


  4. Fabio

    May 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I definitely feel like her right now

  5. cristina

    May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I see the young woman and I ask me what she is dreaming, who she is, why she is sleeping. And a world is opening in front of me :-)

  6. YO

    May 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Good night. Sweet dreams.

  7. kelsey

    May 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    i often feel as if your images look like they were shot on a play set as they’re so perfectly lit and accesorized!

    • emilia

      May 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      totaly agree,can’t sayin’ better

      • Soo

        May 17, 2013 at 6:01 am

        I agree, wonder what she’s reading? Who is she? tired or blissful?!
        Loving these stories…

        • lilredrobinhood

          May 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

          she’s reading The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

  8. Darrell

    May 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Sleeping beauty.

    P.S. When Starbucks no longer works, it’s time to hit the hay. School can wait.

  9. Gian Luca M

    May 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

    very nice urban capture…

    Gian Luca M

  10. Costume De Rigueur

    May 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Now that’s a stylish siesta….


  11. almu

    May 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    It’s a great pict! so relaxing! almu

  12. carol

    May 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

  13. Susana

    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    LOL!!! So appropriate for finals week! Any library or Starbucks is full of these “poor” and tired students! Now, pictorially, that’s a great photograph…love how you capture lights and shadows. It’s always visually compelling. The light and darkness of knowledge…very cool!

  14. irene

    May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    omg this shot is gorgeous!

  15. Iseedeadpeople

    May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am


  16. Taipei Style

    May 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    So peaceful :)


  17. Jucinara

    May 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Sleeping beauty :)

  18. Kate

    May 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

  19. FripperyVintage

    May 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Stunning photo.

  20. Laura

    May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh, this photo is so nice! I love to catch great moment like that!

  21. Matt Archibald

    May 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Great shot Scott!

  22. CBC

    May 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    did u ever tell her u took her photo…..great photo..invasion of privacy?

    • Darrell

      May 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      And exactly WHAT is your expectation of privacy in a public place?
      Still I’m thinking that Scott got a signed model release just in case this moment in time makes its way into another of his books.

      • tonia

        May 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        Public space or not; would you like to have photos of you splashed all over the internet without your permission? I sure as hell would not. We are all in the public space on a daily basis, but we still have some right to protect our image. There is a matter of what is legal and our right and what is just fair and polite. Sometimes the latter should prevail. Having said that, I am sure Scott got her permission for this exquisite photo.

    • Issy

      May 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I know Beautiful, but I wonder the same, Did she know about that photo?

      I know it is a public space but you’re not expecting that somebody is taking photos or videos to you, would be nice to let her know I’m sure he did :D

      Or maybe I think too much about the limits of privacy :P

  23. Nicoletta Italian fashion blogger

    May 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    So sweet…

  24. Flor

    May 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love the light in this photo.

  25. Nico

    May 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

  26. comme fraiche

    May 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

    there’s nothing like a good book to put you asleep

  27. Capt. Lesgate

    May 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Looks like a Skip Liepke painting….very nice mood.

  28. clymdraws

    May 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

    A beautiful shot – the light and almost divine trance-like atmosphere reminds me of The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Bernini..


    May 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Nighty night! So cute

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    Xoxo Cory

  30. Jennifer

    May 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Haha everyone needs a break sometime!

    xo Jennifer

  31. Ms. Pea

    May 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This is a beautiful shot, but I, like ‘CBC’, wonder about the privacy issue here. It seems wrong to photograph someone when they’re sleeping and vulnerable. I hope you got her consent…

    • Sanatha

      May 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      I understand your concern and I somehow share your thoughts.
      However, and as the lady was obviously asleep, I doubt Scott interrupted her to ask for her permission… and let’s be honest, it would have spoiled this “slightly” intrusive, yet candid and cute moment.

      • Issy

        May 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        I agree with CBC and Ms. Pea (about privacy and vulnerably moment)

        and also I agree about ruining the moment by asking her for the pic, but, still think would be nice let her know after that, but how to? hehehe Somebody takes a picture from you without your consent and then interrupts your space awaking you hehehe. Hmm I don’t know. I would rather know.

    • Martine

      May 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Except there is no reason to assume privacy out in public. Thats simply silly thinking. If someone feels vulnerable being looked at when they sleep then they best do in somewhere where everyone is not free to look at them. I hope he didn’t bother getting anything like permission for something that she is obviously permitting everyone on the street to do. I also hope that people start thinking a bit more and “feeling” a little less. Nothing is intrusive about taking a picture of something that is out in public for everyone to see. For some reason your “concern” feels very incorrect and un Constitutional.

      • Sandra

        May 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        I agree with CBC and Ms Pea, this is invasion of her privacy as beautiful as the photo is it is clear that we are NOT allowed to use peoples pictures or videos without their consent. That fact isnt rocket science and Issy your comment about thinking more and ‘feeling’ less is offensive, because if you ‘think’ more you would know why candid camera’s make you sign consent forms n so on. Her sleeping in public is not her asking for her picture to be taken…

      • --

        May 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        I know, is silly to expect privacy on a public space (totally agree and understood), if you dont wanna be seen asleep or in embarrasing situasion like this then don’t do it or at least try to avoid it and even more now that seems we live in a exposed world.

        It just like, for instance, somebody dies in the middle of the street, the graphic journalist are in their right of taking pictures (although you dont like it) , is their job, but I just feel sorry for the family and for the person who have to be exposed in that horrible moment. Is a public space.

        So I know public is “public” but deep inside me still would like some politeness from people even in public spaces hehehe.

        But this is a fashion site, so yes, I do love the picture and of course the outfit :)

        PS. I sure she don’t give a damn about it.

  32. Caroline

    May 15, 2013 at 11:12 am

    this is a really beautiful shot !!!

  33. Mililicoo

    May 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

    L’effet de ce “sun halo” peut-être…

  34. filippo

    May 15, 2013 at 11:27 am


  35. Jarusia

    May 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    oh It’s so strange sleeping in the cafe for our country.
    does she really sleep?

  36. sue

    May 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    great photo! love everything about it.

  37. Kacie

    May 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This is a beautiful photograph. I love this moment… the mood, the light, the subject.


  38. thomais

    May 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Απλά τέλεια!

  39. roman

    May 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    right out of the subway station at starbucks

  40. HG

    May 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I recognize the cover of her book–it’s The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

  41. Monsieur Marcel

    May 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    The morning light reminds me of Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning. I don’t believe there’s a privacy issue, what with surveillance cameras EVERYWHERE. The Starbucks she’s napping in also has her image, but not so well-composed and aesthetically pleasing.

    • Sevan

      May 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      My thoughts exactly !

  42. marilyn

    May 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    …the coffee ain’t strong enough?
    Then surely better needs to be found.

  43. Denisa

    May 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    That is really great photo.. I like it.

  44. kelseybang

    May 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    this would totally be me…I fall asleep everywhere! but she looks good doing it :) love her cute blouse!

  45. Anna

    May 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Ahh this is so something I would do!

  46. sandy

    May 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    she looks like a little girl, so cute :)

  47. anonymous

    May 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is beautiful. No one has really commented on her outfit, though, and since this is a sartorial site, I thought I’d mention it. I love the dark colors and the casual dress, the slouchy shirt and tights. Its a nice look right now. Dark colors for summer are refreshing from all the pastels.

  48. Noemi

    May 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I totally understand her, I would like to sleep 10 hours a day! Beautiful photo!

  49. jean

    May 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    This is a shot!
    and she’s super cute!

  50. Lindsey Renee

    May 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I bought that novel solely for the cover art. I love it! I’m glad you caught it in this photo. This image makes me think fondly of finals week in college.

  51. blaire

    May 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    this might be my favorite pic you’ve ever taken. this is amazing and perfectly captures nyc life: her style, the busyness, learning, everything. love the lighting too.

  52. Thami Khumalo

    May 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Simply but lovely

  53. emilia

    May 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    stunning picture,so tender

  54. DStone Magazine

    May 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Looks like me! She must be really tired…

  55. Femi Yusuf

    May 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    These kind of photos are more interesting, I think. As opposed to the photos of people simply standing facing the camera (although I’m not saying I dislike that kind of photo). There was another photo recently of a girl holding a mirror which I liked because, like this one, there was a real sense of spontaneity.


  56. The Viewfinder

    May 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Scott, it almost looks like it’s staged …I mean the moments and lighting is perfect and when do you see such a beauty sleeping all the way like that.

    Great shot. I would love to shot such a moment for my blog!

  57. Judith Budapest

    May 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm


  58. Eva

    May 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Such a lovely and sweet photo!

  59. Sondra

    May 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful Capture! So Soft.

  60. El Presidente

    May 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Great shot!

    Beautifully composed, interesting subject and the strong linear quality creates some wonderful tension that sets up a bold contrast against the warm earthy tones….I think…ummm. like, what-ever.

  61. milex

    May 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    My mood is exacly the same.

  62. Jessie

    May 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Everyone’s got to have their say. If this lady was really that concerned about privacy, she would sleep and study at home.

  63. Designer Style Handbags

    May 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome look. Love the photo.

  64. Madara

    May 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hehehee… my deadlines for uni is due to tomorrow and this is probably how I will look afterwards hihiiii! :)

  65. Roberta

    May 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Que bella foto !!! love it !!

  66. Erica

    May 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Love this shot!

  67. Sierra L

    May 16, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I recognize that Starbucks, she’s across the street from Cooper Union. Poor girl is probably wiped out from finals- it’s that time of year.

  68. une chatte grise

    May 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

    When final exams attack… :)

  69. gon

    May 16, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Nice photo!

    Have a good dream….

  70. Margaux Shops For You

    May 16, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Beautiful shot, captures style and a moment. Love her all black understated look and the fact that you can almost feel the heat of the sun on her shoulder. Cold do with a bit of that here in Glasgow!

  71. ilse

    May 16, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Looks like she has had a tough day! Sweet dreams girl…

  72. LesFleurs

    May 16, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Well that’s her handbag gone.

    • Ai-Ch'ng

      May 23, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Such a funny response, LesFleurs – just the kind of thing my mother would observe! However, I think the girl may be lying with her arms on her bag.

      I love that you can feel the warmth of the afternoon sun here. It is like you are actually standing across from where the lady has fallen asleep.

      This photo makes me think of the images I recently saw in the Art Gallery of West Australia’s exhibition of photographs from MOMA – very atmospheric and intimate.

  73. Nyrha

    May 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

  74. Namrata

    May 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

    This is me, when I was studying!


  75. kala

    May 16, 2013 at 7:51 am


  76. debbie

    May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    A good nap never hurt anyone.

  77. Wisnu Adi Nugroho

    May 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Very nice shoot. I love it…

    Kisses from Paris, France

  78. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    What a beautiful photo!

  79. mitra

    May 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love your photos of people going about their life. It’s nice to see how people look and move when they are no self aware.

  80. Marla Martenson

    May 16, 2013 at 11:38 am


  81. Suzan

    May 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Awesome pic!

  82. Jane with the noisy terrier

    May 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    This photo reminds me of one of my favorite paintings of Vermeer’s at the Met, “A Maid Asleep.”

    I love this description: An overdressed maid has dozed off after entertaining a visitor. The painting above her depicts Cupid unmasked, an oblique explanation of her dreamy smile. Radiographs show that Vermeer originally painted a man in the background and a dog to the lower right. By replacing these motifs he made the amorous theme less obvious, quite as his remarkable passages of observation obscure his debts to contemporary painters like Nicolaes Maes.

    Vermeer would have made an amazing photographer because, like you, he knows the importance of light in telling a story with an image.

  83. Iriana

    May 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

    this is what finals can do to you lol

  84. Simon

    May 17, 2013 at 3:11 am

    The City That Never Sleeps?!

  85. Jen

    May 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I can guarantee that I don’t look nearly as cool when I doze off in public ;) Great shot!


  86. Daphne

    May 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

    La Boheme’s Mimi

  87. Aleex

    May 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Looks like a painting…

  88. Joanna Julia { }

    May 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Amazing photograph.
    Greets from Poland!

  89. taj

    May 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Lovely light. Works well as a segue into further potential sequels of Steig Larsson’s Milennium series.

  90. m.edwin

    May 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    nice capture! i can feel the sunlight.

  91. Lisa

    May 21, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Sleeping so peacefully, no one to bother her. It looks like you could hear a pin drop! Oh wait, this is NY after all!

  92. Sarah

    May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    This is just lovely. Thank you, Scott!

  93. theKacar

    May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    This looks like ‘Think Coffee’ in the Meat Packing District – great photo.

  94. dana

    May 22, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Great Photo!!

  95. pocket watch

    May 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

    the sleeping beauty..;)

  96. Anders Oh

    May 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful image.

  97. Eugenia

    June 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    it seems a Hopper’s painting

  98. Anthony

    June 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve studied at the Astor Place sbux many times. This shot captures the crossroads of the west village’s more classic approach and the east village’s more grungy approach. I love the juxtaposition. (Also the irony of napping at a coffee shop (it’s one of my favorite things to do))

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