I just love this image. I don’t know why. I’m actually thinking about making a print and hanging it in a cute corner of my apartment.


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  1. Everything about this….


  2. 3 by 3 app

    December 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    The shoes!


  3. Fashion Snag

    December 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    There is something about it!


  4. Avan

    December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I love it too. Maybe it is the juxtaposition of the shoes with the dhoti…east + west… and the the juxtaposition of the crisp, new dhoti with the tattered shirt (old + new)…and then the wooden vest. I’d love to hang this on my wall too.

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  5. Mimosas and Me

    December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I’m curious Scott, was your trip to India the most moving trip that you have taken? By moving I mean was it like a complete different world to you? All your photos are so different than photos from previous trips.

  6. marie

    December 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm


  7. From The World With Love

    December 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I found it interesting the shabby /worn cloth and the well done good quality shoes ..it seems like the shoes are not part of his everyday life…how did he got the shoes ……people have really hard life in India ..
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  8. lm

    December 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Great photo. I think what’s so striking about it is that it actually resembles the ubiquitous street fashion photographs of stylish young women with artfully layered ensembles, except what is happening in this photo is not the result of careful deliberation before attending a social function but just the (perhaps) accidentally fabulous result of someone getting dressed in the morning. These types of people and photographs speak the most to me as there is something very raw and honest and unexpectedly pleasing and surprising all at once, as they capture that very “je ne sais quoi” that many try to emulate but cannot because at a certain point, trying hard to look effortless defeats the purpose.
    Love the direction this blog is going in.

    • ak

      December 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Great comment, I think you really nailed it–and this is applicable to many of the recent photos taken in India.

    • bonnie

      December 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      So agree with what you said – helped me understand why I like it so much – yes the outfit follows street fashion without the slightest intent to do so. Maybe this is where designers get the start of their ideas, sometimes

  9. Librarian Lavender

    December 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Another beautiful photo, your trip must have been quite impressive…

  10. Moxa

    December 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    The fading blue in the white ( dhoti) robe comes from overuse of whitening agent used in India called Neel . Google : George cortinas rendering of this look in Miami, he wears indian sandals as well

  11. TeMo

    December 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The textures the layers and the elegance of the hand on the fabric, the sense of movement of the man and his clothing. It is so stunningly beautiful. I love this photo too. Thank you.

  12. Davy

    December 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This image makes me sad…very sad indeed. I am not seeing much hope or beauty in this image but it’s been a long day.

    • sibs

      December 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I feel the same way about it.

      • SC

        May 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

        I’m Indian, not being able to afford high fashion doesn’t automatically mean unhappiness…most Indians live surrounded by family and friends,celebrate every festival and grow old playing with their grandchildren….rich or poor….we have a social structure of support…no old age homes, no lonely lives, no struggle to maintain relationships,no frequent break ups, no hunting for meaning coz life is so full…so do’t pity us too much

  13. all-in-the-silhouette

    December 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I just returned from extensive travel through Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and lastly, India. To click on Sartorialist and see your beautiful photos is doubly pleasurable for me. So much of what you have captured mirrors the impressions and images I took away from the trip. Beautiful stuff, Scott. More, please. ;-)

  14. milex

    December 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    These pictures really makes me sad but these image is so inspirational piece! love the layering.


  15. Taj

    December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    The tried and true longevity of oxfords.

  16. Mo Like It

    December 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Eye engrossing color & texture – bony limbed male grasping soft lavender tinged fabric, knuckles, ankles, strong ochre, wire spoked wheels, cerulean blue, serious sturdy man shoes all expressed in an appealing mathematical visual order.

  17. Yao

    December 12, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Its really sad image, are we consume the poor people ?

  18. jlove

    December 12, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I love the balance.

  19. TeMo

    December 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I cannot stop looking at this image. The comments have made me look again and consider other elements.

    In terms of the shoes, I suspect they are old but sturdy and kept in good condition. I have been to only India once and for a couple of weeks but I have lived in developing world countries in Asia and Africa for over five years. I have noticed the care given to shoes especially, the polishing consistently and rubbing away the dirt. In places with few if any paved roads. There is effort and care put into presentation even in and maybe especially due to difficult economic situations.

    I also love the way the legs of the man, mirror the wheels of the cart. And the beautiful but chipped vibrant blue. Your eyes keep moving around the image. Lovely

  20. Sarah Parham

    December 12, 2014 at 2:52 am

    They say every picture tells a story, it’s a stunning shot in it’s own right with composition, texture and colour and he is walking with such purpose – it’s people like that that you want to sit down with and listen to what makes their world.

  21. Leo

    December 12, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Now that’s layering

  22. Valerie

    December 12, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Love everything about this picture, Varanasi is my favorite place in India!

  23. Lis

    December 12, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I am loving the rickshaw in the background…the layers of color and time passed exposed. Same with the layers of cloth this man is wearing. India=layers. I remember my last rickshaw ride I took…it was taking FOREVER. I kept asking the driver to speed it up. When we arrive at my destination I go to hand him his money ONLY to find out he ONLY had 1 hand!! WOAH! Man I felt like crap for telling him to speed up… =(

  24. Monica Sors

    December 12, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Nice shot!!

  25. Denisbdy

    December 12, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Fabulous picture with so many contrasts, very different from your usual work

  26. Beate

    December 12, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Great and without any doubt worth printing.

  27. Lou et Swann

    December 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Moi aussi je la trouve très belle cette photo!
    La photo ça ne s’explique pas en fait, c’est de l’ordre des émotions, c’est comme l’amour en quelques sorte!


  28. Suzy

    December 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Am I the only one who sees a face? (Wheels = Eyes, legs = nose…) maybe it’s the symmetry that’s catching your eyes

  29. lindy702

    December 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    The Best of this series, nice crop and edit!

  30. thesocialmask

    December 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

    it doesn’t take a lot to look like a million dollars.

  31. Ellie

    December 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Perfect composition.. per usual. But this one especially sticks out to me.

  32. Liz

    December 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    love the colors



    December 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    What is the story of this man? That is the mystery in this photo. It’s beautiful.

  34. j.c.

    December 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Beautiful image — makes “fashionistas” look ridiculous. The most amazing looks are so natural and the use of color.
    How does on acquire a copy/print of this photo?

  35. Juniphe

    December 13, 2014 at 3:38 am

    …he’s probably wearing the family shoes as a lot of families do not own enough shoes for each family member/job.
    So they are sharing. This is why you also often see boys or men in India with shoes that are too big for them…

  36. Nada

    December 14, 2014 at 5:32 am

    love your pictures and check your blog on a daily basis: such a getaway. i went to varanasi and loved it: i found there the India i was looking for. ciao from beirut!

  37. Sylvia

    December 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I find the picture compelling as well. There’s a lot of pathos in it, the fact that the shoes
    are overly large for the man’s body and the realization that in parts of the world, one can be
    so happy and proud to have these shoes, no matter that they don’t quite fit.

  38. Paget

    December 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Colour, texture, movement, a passing moment in time. Every time one looks at it, it reveals more and poses more questions. A perfect.picture. I would be very happy if I had taken this picture too.

  39. Ivy Lee

    December 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Good choice. Lovely reminder of the Kali yuga. Saturnian, nevertheless.

  40. Paula

    January 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    this picture is gripping . . . it should not be diminished by being placed in a cute corner of your home . . .

  41. Annika Tibs

    January 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    love it! has a rodarte feel!

  42. mark

    May 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Are the shoes worn on the wrong or opposite feet? The shoe at the front of the person appears to be closer to the camera than the shoe behind. Indicating that the front is perhaps his right foot.


    November 29, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Great shot!

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