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  1. EE

    July 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    any Bali travel tips? Love the shots

  2. CC

    July 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm


  3. carole

    July 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Wow…she is beautiful. A future fashionista!

  4. Zyx

    July 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    just opened this before getting down to work — and it makes my morning. That smile, that radiant little face. Thanks.

  5. Name*

    July 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    so pure and beautiful <3

  6. Charlotte

    July 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I hope she gets to see this photo!

  7. Sarah Stone

    July 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    so pure + beautiful <3

  8. Bleu Poplar

    July 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Wow… I remember that broom. Very beautifully rustic picture.

  9. shadders

    July 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    gorgeous girl

  10. Laura

    July 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    So sweet! Love this photo!

  11. Taipei Style

    July 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful and really sensitive!


  12. hozan

    July 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    hopefully people reading this blog will also focus on her surroundings and not only her clothes. with my respects!

    • Sarah Jessica

      July 20, 2013 at 2:21 am

      I totally agree with you and have posted a comment about the realities of this girl’s possible future. And feel very sad about it…

      • Eki

        July 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

        as a balinese, currently live in big city in one of European country, I do miss the simplicity, rich and glamour life of this girl.. nothing sad about her..

        • Magda

          July 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

          Nothing sad about her!! absolutly TRUE! we should forget our “western” and worry mind and enjoy the moment

  13. Anna

    July 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Lovely photo what a pretty girl!;

  14. [email protected]

    July 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Very sweet shot!

  15. kelsey

    July 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    a beautiful image, love her expression
    kw ladies in navy

  16. Hapsari

    July 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    shy smile from Indonesian little girl, make my day <3

  17. Chantal

    July 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    The contradiction between the last two photos and the difference of look of on their faces on the site is grand.

  18. Cissy

    July 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I hope she gets to become like the girl in the Dior pic, right below. I wish her a sunny and better life.

    • barbara seiler

      July 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      I hope not! The young balinese lady looks happy and in peace with herself and the world; the other lady in the Dior picture looks rather unhappy.

      There is more sun in Bali than in Dior, it seems.

      • Mag

        July 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

        There is more sun in Bali than in Dior!! YES!

  19. julene

    July 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Gorgeous shot! What a cutie pie! This stood out to me because, oddly enough, I have a dress with the same cut and silhouette in my vintage shop in navy/grey/white. Thanks for sharing!

  20. hope

    July 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    She looks soo happy.

  21. Simbarashe

    July 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    She’s beautiful, and seems quite flattered!

  22. Genteel Flair

    July 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I really love that you’re expanding your photography beyond the world of fashion that we all know, love, and sometimes expect. These recent images not only capture fashion in less frequented places around the world but they evoke emotions that transcend fashion. (I feel like I’m been taken in into her world.) Very McCurry-esque. Well done, sir.
    Do visit:

    • kingesquivel

      July 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Oh gawd.

      • Chiamaka

        July 23, 2013 at 6:50 am

        i totally agree with you, fashion, adventure, diverse rich cultures and travels. Nice keep it up

  23. Monsieur Marcel

    July 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Feels like a Dorothea Lange composition…

  24. Missy F.

    July 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Oh! she’s gorgeous. She looks perfectly happy and healthy. While it may not be what we are used to, there is nothing wrong with her surroundings.

    • suzy

      July 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm


    • Eki

      July 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Totally agree. It’s just a fantastic life she has

  25. Dan

    July 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Her smile will totally change my weekend….

  26. Tat

    July 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I like how you placed this photo above the one from Paris. It’s a nice contrast. One looks like the younger/older version of the other.

    • Ms Jane

      July 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Yeah I thought that too. Same serene expressions too. Great pics x

  27. Erica

    July 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Aww, I love this :)

  28. Nico

    July 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

  29. Name*

    July 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I never would have thought to pay attention to what a local much less a child was wearing but that’s what makes you great.

  30. Chahrazad

    July 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Such a sweet girl. And a stunning photograph!

  31. In Hea

    July 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    What a real vintage dress! I am filled with nostalgia for my girlhood!

  32. aga's suitcase

    July 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    She is so cute! Lovely picture

  33. suzy

    July 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    she is adorable and her dress is amazing!! there is nothing wrong at all with her surroundings. its only western eyes that we would think so.

  34. jenny

    July 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    love her

  35. T.K

    July 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Lovely. Simple is the best…

  36. Ganesh

    July 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Innocent, real, refreshing, very well taken…

  37. tor

    July 20, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I’m so glad you’re visiting Asia. We have so much to show you here.

    I hope you’re having a good time. I;m sure you’ve bought extra memory cards already!

  38. Sunny Side

    July 20, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Radiant “Petite Cosette” !

  39. G

    July 20, 2013 at 4:16 am

    She’s beautiful :)


  40. Chael

    July 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I also appreciate that you’re expanding your photography beyond the world of fashion that we all know. I really like the composition with the broom and its latent dynamic

  41. Atsu

    July 20, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Great photo! I miss a simple joint for dining called “warung.”
    Hope you enjoy nasi goreng, too!

    I will go back to my paradise soon next month.

  42. jessica

    July 20, 2013 at 5:38 am

    now this is priceless.

  43. Kate The Blissful South

    July 20, 2013 at 5:50 am


  44. Wander Bug

    July 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Never disappointed…

    wander bug

  45. Elisa

    July 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

    How pretty!!!

    Elisa – My Fantabulous World


    July 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Such a sweet girl. And a stunning photograph!

  47. lindy702

    July 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

    ‘Bali’ is a wonderful series…these images are so personal and simple. The little girl is so charming and you have captured her mood beautifully.

  48. lena

    July 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    really cute and beautiful!

  49. Fashion Snag

    July 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Her expression is priceless!

  50. puherock

    July 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    cute girl

  51. Alessia

    July 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    absolutely cool!


  52. Natali

    July 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Beautiful shot, beautiful girl with that innocent smile.

    I love the patterns, colors of her dress.

    Natali, Mexico city.

  53. Jordan Lane

    July 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    a young Thandie Newton

  54. Erica

    July 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sometimes, when you don’t post all weekend I am disappointed but this time, her wonderful smiling face is very welcome.

  55. Diana Rovanio

    July 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    beautiful picture, the expression of the little girl and the wonderful balinese batik dress :)

  56. Simon

    July 21, 2013 at 4:07 am

    What is see is all poverty. What has this to do with fashion. These people are probably totally unaware what clothes they are wearing. Scott, you can do much better.

    • tor

      July 22, 2013 at 4:12 am

      I was bit taken back by your statement Simon.

      I hope that you won’t compare your standard to her standard. Every person has their OWN normal.

      Who knows her parents own this house. The dress she’s wearing might be hand woven that took weeks to finish.

      One should learn to look at the beauty of things. After all, what one sees is a reflection of ones soul.

    • SF

      July 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      They live in Bali, and a real Balinese is always aware of what they are wearing. In Bali, there are lots of rules and restrictions regarding clothing (well, in everything actually), even more for girls. I am not talking about other Indonesians or foreign tourists, and she looks she’s Balinese. Fyi, what she’s wearing is called ‘ikat’. The pattern of ikat is inspired by nature; waves, clouds, etc. Well-considered pattern (again, real ikat is restricted in terms of pattern), fine material, and it takes long time and high skill to produce.
      It’s not clear if it’s a real hand woven ikat, but even though it’s print, the moment she decided to wear it that day for me is simply showing that she got taste, no matter in what condition she’s living.
      Oh, and no words to describe her smile. It’s priceless.

  57. Angela

    July 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

    This girl might not have all we believe is the minimum necessary for what we consider a decent living, but there is so much beauty and dignity in this picture. I have the feeling it is transmitting more to me on how one can be happy, than the opposite. Nice shot!

  58. Fede

    July 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    such a frivolization of poverty… great picture, but not quite right for this blog.

  59. sammy

    July 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Coming from a developing world country and spent time in neighborhoods such as this one, I am a little torn about this picture because we dont want to aestheticize poverty. I will however say one thing to those who think this is not fashion or worse that ‘these’ people dont even know what clothes they are wearing (@Simon) – they most definitely know! They are very focused on hygiene and being clean [partly because it is hard in the types of homes they live in] and doing their hair certain ways etc. They do have their party clothes, their fancy outfits etc. Fashion is definitely indexed by class and this girl here with this type of house probably classifies as lower-middle or working class in Bali. So someone with less than we think we have isnt automatically ‘poor’ or ‘less than’ or unaware of what beauty is in clothes or self-presentation.

  60. Name*

    July 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The beauty of the poor is not the issue. The issue is whether the privileged should build their professional portfolios with images of the poor.

    • Nadia

      July 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Why not? The way I see it, Scott is not focusing on her life condition, he is focusing on her, the subject.

  61. Denisa

    July 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

    That is soo nice photo and she looks great and cute. Bali must be an amazing place.

  62. moon

    July 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I went to Bali and it was amazing !

  63. The Fashion Fraction

    July 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    owww, what a little beauty

  64. The Style Stalker

    July 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I really like this photo. It’s like… put on the best dress you have and wear your biggest smile!

  65. Martine

    July 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Better dressed then anyone around here, thats for sure. She will grow up to be gorgeous. Even more gorgeous, I mean.

  66. julian

    August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    A refreshing breath of genuine purity and genuine unadulterated beauty

  67. Jessica

    August 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Remind me how pure and happy Indonesian children are!
    Gorgeous pattern and color! Batik and Ikat are original Indonesian pattern. Ikat is an Indonesian language word, which depending on context, can be the nouns: cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric as well as the verbs “to tie” or “to bind”. They are just amazed me with their gorgeous patterns and mix vibrant colors. Every color and pattern has meaning too. I can see how rich and deep their culture from their traditional art.

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