Wednesday, August 8, 2007

On The Street…….Greenwich Village, New York City

This is what I always thought Greenwich Village would look like – quirky intellectuals sitting around playing chess all day.

You might recognize these two guys from one of my first posts back on Oct 30th 2005


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  1. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 9:09 am

    They seem to be related?

    Regardless, a nice lifestyle shot.


  2. Iheartfashion

    August 8, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Great photo! I especially love the curio collection backdrop and the way they seem so engaged with each other in conversation.

  3. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Sart-the picture is an illusion of reality.

  4. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 9:36 am

    oh i love it! it such a story in this picture. wow sart, you are my idol. and what about those blue slip-ons :D

  5. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 9:48 am

    his purple keds just tide me over

  6. Carlene

    August 8, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Well, gee…my dad passed away in the late 80s, or so I thought. Apparently he is alive and well and happily holding court and playing chess in Greenwich village.


  7. angela

    August 8, 2007 at 9:59 am

    My money is on the old gentleman. The trim-brimmed hat, the canvas boat shoe, the strong eyeglass frames– he’s got Sixties cool cat style. All he needs is a guayabera.

  8. atheniangirl

    August 8, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Wonderful photograph! This is the side of New York I adore…

  9. Mer

    August 8, 2007 at 10:33 am

    I’m in love with the older gentleman’s glasses! And the rest of him as well…:)

  10. Butch

    August 8, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Great guys; great (unconscious) style.

  11. Carolina Lange

    August 8, 2007 at 11:07 am

    How nice! Great photo!

  12. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    What a beautiful frozen moment in time.

    This makes me think of Stanley Kubrick, who started out as a photographer and who, IIRC, helped fund his first short films by hustling chess games in Washington Square Park.

  13. Tasha

    August 8, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    The guy on the right is gorgeous.

  14. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    I love it! They’re so normal, yet seemingly with so much character!

  15. Candid Cool

    August 8, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I especially like the chess shop behind them

  16. Stacy

    August 8, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    I love this shot. I wonder what Anonymous @ 9:35am means by ‘the picture is an illusion of reality.’

    This photo seems very real to me and I would guess they shared many more ‘real’ moments when the camera wasn’t pointed at them. No?

  17. cordelia

    August 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Feels like home, timeless, with the beauty of old age… and summertime.

  18. d. chedwick bryant

    August 8, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    they look nice and cool and casual on a hot day.
    you’ve captured a moment in a friendship –it feels like that.

  19. john m

    August 8, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I wonder whether the old guy keeps up with fashion, or whether fashion finally caught up with him.

  20. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Love the man on the left’s outfit from be-hatted head to cornflower blue toes. “Old man style” indeed.

    What a lovely photo, too.

  21. Jingoist

    August 8, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    This shot simply oozes. By that I mean it oozes positively, inherently, simply so many different impressions that I find the men’s style is almost secondary to the scene- the backdrop, the location, the lighting, even the positioning of the men themselves. Not to mention the longer I stared the more I loved the subtle contrast of the muted colors (when have you ever seen natural blues, grays, and browns look like they pop without even an accent of another color)?

    Which is to say, Scott, you have a great eye and I think this is the type of scene you tend to capture very well- even better than your “person-on-the-street-stop-and- shoot-fashion-pose-drive-bys”.

  22. Josefina

    August 8, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    your photography has really progressed since 2005. love the shot

  23. zuccotto

    August 8, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    I think they may be related too. In any case, great photo, and they look like interesting people. Great discussion clothes…

  24. The Stiletto Effect

    August 8, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    amazing photo! love it

  25. tanya

    August 8, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Seems like such a great neighborhood/community to be a part of.

    I tried very hard to learn chess when I was 9 but I never got better.

  26. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Do you ever go to the hamptons on L.I. and take pictures there?

  27. ricpic

    August 8, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Once you’re sucked into the blue slip-ons stage there’s no going back to laces.


    August 9, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Grant? Astaire? or the two guys from 10/30/05 and 8/8/07…hmmmmm…it’s a toss up. Great photo.

  29. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 3:14 am

    Great picture.
    Sure it is an “illusion of reality”.But that´s life for you.
    Try living without illusions and faking it a little bit and reality
    will knock you down.Who wants that?

  30. ula

    August 9, 2007 at 4:18 am

    this is why i’d love to go and see NYC :) so laid back

  31. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 6:01 am

    john m, I love what you said: “I wonder whether the old guy keeps up with fashion, or whether fashion finally caught up with him.”

    This is exactly what I I think sometimes when I see an older person with an über-chic piece of accessory, shoes etc. I think it is a lovely idea that fashion catches you up eventually. Thanks!

  32. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 6:08 am

    The thing is, they’re not actually playing chess.

  33. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I did a double take…the man on the left looks like Allen Ginsburg post-giant beard!

  34. AnastasiaC

    August 9, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    i love this natural shot….reminds me of lazy summer days in
    the inner city…we dont sit and talk

  35. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    The guy on the right looks like Morgan Spurlock, no?

  36. riz

    August 11, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    awesome photo – the older guy looks better than the younger guy – perhaps not surprisingly!

  37. Mr. Trill Batersbee

    August 12, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    great photo sart. the gentleman on the right is quite a well dressed young man who i believe runs that infamous chess shop. i’m loving it, more nyc plz!!!

  38. Nathaly

    September 2, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    The old man strongly reminds me of Ernest Hemingway. . .

    He just looks darling

  39. M.N.

    January 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    a photo with the whole story
    Like it so much!

  40. voplstudio

    July 10, 2017 at 11:40 am

    They don’t have any chess, but they have a spirit of the place

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