Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street…. Florence, Italy


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  1. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    It is amazing how people wear colour in Italy. You rarely see black on black. –T

  2. Niki

    January 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    And I thought I was brave by buying my first paif of teal jeans. I love the colors!

  3. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    STUNNING… Must be something in the Italian air– your skills are sharpened to their fullest potential in these portraits. Sublime.

    I’m in love with the strong dynamics between the old-world street corners and the modern, fluorescent colors fleeting by. So surreal, like a painting.

    Looking forward to your book– the “bespoke” edition, of course ;-)


  4. The Clever Pup

    January 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    This is a beautiful and serendipitous photo. A nice echo is happening between the two subjects.

  5. tailorstitch

    January 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    love the lighting

  6. J.

    January 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I love the orange trousers! Very cool shot…

  7. jessica

    January 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    this is one of your best!!

  8. Brian

    January 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    In California, his pants are the color of prison-issue jumpsuits. If he wore that here, people would think he had just escaped from prison and shoplifted his getaway jacket & fedora from Brioni…

  9. Benedicte

    January 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Brave ol’ man for wearing orange trousers, though I’m not sure he’s aware of how similarily dressed as the garbage-man he is:p Think this pic is kinda ironic. And well shot. This is litterally being at the right place at the right time. Nicely done!

  10. mau

    January 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    really love the photo
    the most is bot wearing orange! :p

  11. diane

    January 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I think the old man looks slightly modern; good for him!

  12. Marta L.

    January 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    First time I have seen this photo, I have thought..what??where is the look?
    But at the second time I have seen not only a old man and a worker. I have seen the colors, the light, the simetry..
    It is an aparent normal momment, but this photo let you to enjoy it.

    pd: sorry for my english..

  13. Fluff Chance

    January 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    such a great image. I have a few pair of orange trousers in a mix of fabrics. I’m always a little self conscious about wearing them, but these men look so right, and the color is so joyous. We need a bright light here in NYC. I think I’ll pull out my suede ones and take a walk on the wild side. All of your images on this trip are very compelling and provocative in the most unassuming way. I like your eye!. Congratulations on your upcoming book. I will anxiously await it. Enjoy your trip!
    Fluff Chance

  14. A Feira

    January 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    fine! love it! ;) – sabrina- brasil

  15. m e l i g r o s a

    January 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    excellent timing scott. light, colours and the energy of these beautiful men. gorgeous!!!

  16. Emily Rose

    January 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Beautiful lighting in this photo! and I love how both men have similarly colored outfits on, yet are so different.

  17. Ashley

    January 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    it’s interesting to see that fluoro orange is for uniforms around the world

  18. theselvedgeyard

    January 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    great shot, makes you wonder what’s going on.

  19. Dan in Richmond

    January 13, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I won’t be adopting these fashions, but another lovely photograph. Regarding your book (YEAH!!!), I don’t know if I will be able to afford the bespoke edition, but I’d certainly like it in hardcover- I’m sure it will be one to keep. I’m glad to know that it’s forthcoming.

  20. Anthea

    January 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I love the contrasting colors. I took a photo of a construction worker here in Japan because their uniforms are so unique. They are blue with white borders. They look like school uniforms! Hope you are enjoying your time there!

  21. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Only in Italy could the fireman’s pants be the perfect length. Or is he a gargabe man? Even hotter!

  22. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    The symmetries here are awesome, what a magnificent slice of time, color and observation. Great shot.

  23. eachkey

    January 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    This is what I wating for!
    That’s why I love your weblog.
    and I just wondering,
    Do they know that shooting by you Mr.scott?
    Is this reportage?

  24. Nico

    January 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I love the fact that you were able to capture in one shot the extremely different reasons for such similar looking pants. I wonder whether the bag-carrying gentleman considered this juxtaposition before he left the house.

  25. Emily

    January 13, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    This is AMAZING. Complimentary colors all the way! & the composition…… just beautiful


  26. Ivy Lane

    January 13, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Super cool shot!

  27. elphink

    January 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of orange but this shot is fantastic; the colour and placement of the bag make the picture I think.

  28. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Mr. Sartorialist,

    Nevermind the clothes, it’s really amazing to see you develop as a photographer. Keep it up!

  29. wilsonian

    January 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    lol… you could not have possibly had better timing :)

  30. Tony

    January 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    i thought it was a contrast between a garbage man and a elderly man. not that i disapprove.



    January 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Looking forward to your book!
    what kind of camera are you using now? Did you get the Canon 5d mark 2 yet?

  32. Naka

    January 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I love how he matches the worker behind him! Was this on purpose?

  33. The Concrete Commentator

    January 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Yeah…nice colors, nice lighting, and love his hat.

  34. Chloe

    January 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Old Italy and New Italy together. Both so different, yet they are united by color. The old man’s style is fantastic. It’s daring and classic at the same time.

  35. SHIMO

    January 13, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    makes me think of Operations

  36. Starck Mad

    January 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    This is SUCH a cool photo. Like two Braniff jets in the 70′s, taxiing on a runway.

  37. SDG

    January 13, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I love that punch of color on both the garbage man and the gent carrying his bag home. Nice contrast.

  38. Jessica Park

    January 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I love how both men are wearing the same color combination. One as a pedestrian and one as a uniform for work. Amazing candid picture!

  39. Zensurfer

    January 14, 2009 at 12:04 am

    ditto on the clever pup, quite fortuitous indeed. Also can be looked at as the “country” style and the “sporty” style =)

  40. Andrea-vanguarda

    January 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Tudo chic! kiss

  41. SalĂłme

    January 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

    This is such a wonderful photo. Seeing two people being so different but nearly identical at the same time without even noticing.. it’s lovely.
    Made me laugh and think.
    Thank you for that.

  42. christian barnard landscape studio

    January 14, 2009 at 12:32 am

    the range orange coloured hues in this shot is interesting. The building, rubbish, pants and bin.

  43. Annabelle

    January 14, 2009 at 12:32 am

    What!? It’s not right! How do they make orange pants look so good! Amazing Italian style.. great one sartorialist.

  44. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:36 am

    my goodness. What a picture.

  45. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Never would I dare to try to pull off orange pants- but this man looks so good in them I think I’ll have to now.

    Not only is the outfit great (I’d like to see whats under the jacket though) but it’s a great photograph. I especially like the construction worker’s pants in the background in comparison to the ones the old man is wearing.

  46. Jacinta Montgomery

    January 14, 2009 at 1:00 am

    The colours and the light in this photo are superb.

  47. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Ah orange pants. How cool. I especially love what appears to be duct tape around the gentleman on the right’s pants. Very interesting.

    On another note, Sart, did you ever do that makeover on the student? I was kind of looking forward to it.

  48. Petulia

    January 14, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Orange trousers are huge this year among Italian and French sophisticated men. I have bumped (and photographed) a couple in Rome and Paris just a few weeks ago!
    I love the pairing done here.
    Sarto, your pictures seem more artistic when you are in Italy!

  49. Eugénie from Paris

    January 14, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Oh, the light of Florence in winter… I miss it (and I miss the Italian man I once loved madly, too).

  50. Rose

    January 14, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Superbe photo !

  51. artadviser

    January 14, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Scott i´ve always liked your images, but some of your late photos, like this one, are just impressive!

  52. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 5:37 am

    OMG this is perfection and also the first time I comment after reading and looking at your blog for over 2 years!!!

    what I first noticed was the combine in their outfits and the second thing was that the garbage man is walking into the shadow and the other one into the light!!!

    B R A V O.

    Gudrun from Iceland

  53. Mr.Right

    January 14, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I keep watching characters like this here in Barcelona, I just saw yesterday an old fancy lady with two colorfull pieces outfit with a textile bag of Harrod’s in green, isn’t it great??

  54. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 6:42 am

    There’s a story being told here in the angles of their bodies, the surefootedness, straight back of the younger man, the gingerly step, slight bent of the elderly gentleman. Two people, having something in common, much not, meet for a moment in time, then pass, likely without comment. The younger man moves purposefully toward the light–he has work to do, a life to live. The older seems headed into the shadows… If asked to give a title to this photo, I’d use the opening line from Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium”: “This is no country for old men.”

  55. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 8:25 am


  56. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Besides the amazing juxtaposition of these two men, I love how the double stripe on the workers pants are echoed by the double stripe on the dumpster. Excellent shot.

  57. Diana

    January 14, 2009 at 8:45 am

    The other comments make me unsure, but is the trouser in the foreground really orange?
    The gentleman is standing exacltly in the sunshine, and also the wall is terracotta, so a plain pant can reflect this orange color as well…

  58. Giavanna

    January 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

    wonderful, stunning photo

  59. J.A.F.

    January 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    In a word, and to copy everyone else who has already blogged, “Stunning” pure and simple.

  60. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:33 am

    fantastic picture!!!

  61. Stephanie

    January 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

    oh the color in this shot! complementary colors are so electric. this photo is pure art.

  62. my greatest intervention

    January 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

    symmetry in colors – asymmetric walks of life? you never know. wonder what´s in his bag. fresh vegetables or a book on how-to-make-friends-without-trying-to-hard? great picture! makes me wanna go back to florence. instantly.

  63. Jack Daniel

    January 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Nice shot. Great contrast!

  64. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    isnt it great how captured moments in time make us overlay a story or interpretation…

    did the blue bag man look back at you Sart when you were taking this shot as he seems to be heading straight into the corner rather than turning it or heading down the other direction?

    again, the range of orange hues is great. love the shot, meets the fashion as well as art criteria that we have come to expect on your blog. love it.

  65. OlĂ­via FlorĂŞncia

    January 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    In Brazil it’s the same uniform, and i’ve always liked it! very cool!

  66. Mu

    January 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    What an incredible picture.
    You really managed to catch the light at the PERFECT moment for having the best of those punchy colors.
    I love the way the bright tangerine pants respond to one another, creating a bond between the two man…
    Great great great

  67. Ana

    January 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    This picture is great. It makes an interesting point.

  68. Krystal

    January 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    i love him! adore that shot x

  69. Kiwibella

    January 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Oh, I love this shot! For all the reasons the other commentators have already listed; I have to add my voice to the acclaim!

    I have a vest made of the same fabric as the trash-man’s. It even has the two reflective bands. Next time I am riding my motorbike in the rain, I will wear it with pride and look for you taking my photo, Mr Sart!

  70. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Are you KIDDIN’ me with this shot? The pavement’s colour in contrast to various oranges is insane. INSANE!!! Love it!

  71. Iris

    January 15, 2009 at 3:20 am

    This is so beautiful. I really LOVE your pictures. Thanks for that daily real pleasure. Kisses from Saint Germain des près.

  72. Éclairer

    January 15, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Isn’t it via dei Peppi???? Or at least Via Ghibellina?

  73. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

    This makes me want to go to Italy so bad…

  74. zuccotto

    January 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    A keeper of a photo. (The guys with the clothes look great too.) The photo elements almost dance: the light making the mens’ feet move, the shadows dancing, the red curves holding onto the dumpster, the wall color(s) accepting light, the grates counterpointing, the darks and lights accenting each other.

    On the guys and their clothes – men of a certain age seemingly happy with bold choices. Love it.

    Don’t mean to post this twice – forgot the word verifying the first time -

  75. Anonymous

    January 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’m Ameriacan; went to school in the S. of France in the 70s. I kept seeing these guys in blue frocks…I thought they were chemistry profs…they all looked and acted like Einstein. Turns out they were janitors. Et bain alors, they looked great, just like the Italiano garbage man. Agnelli would approve.

  76. fashion Victim

    January 18, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Lets bring back the colors for this Spring!


  77. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    excellent picture, congratulations Mr. Sartorialist! to some fashion addicts out there: don’t take it too seriously, the man in the right is just at work (an important but not very glamourous one by the way) in his working clothes, I’m sure he didn’t want to set a fashion statement.

  78. Tiger Fodder

    January 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    This is by far one of my favorite pictures you have taken. The colors are so vibrant and just pop off the screen. I wish I was a photographer so I could understand how you did that. As far as the clothes, are the past really orange. If they are I say kudos. I don’t have the guts to do that. I love the hat.

  79. go

    January 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    what a great photo. the timing of the sunlight on the pants, the complimentary colors, the different lives.

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  81. flyer

    May 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    What a great pic!!

  82. Helen

    December 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Bravo !!!!! really nice, one of them is wearing his work-cloths, safe & smart…. just Italy !!!!!

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