Saturday, June 2, 2012

Re Post: On the Street….27th St., New York

Hey guys. The other day when I posted this photograph, I got an interesting comment by one of the viewers. Here’s a paraphrased version of what she said:


She mentioned that in looking at my previous posts she was, “transported to another place”. She says, “your previous posts contained something intangible, but this photo? There is nothing special in this one other then that she is skateboarding”.


I think the points that she’s making are interesting. I understand them but I don’t agree.

Because I’ve been traveling so much internationally, when I come back to New York I see the city with very fresh, clear eyes.

I see more easily what makes this city unique.

Yes, this photo is a common sight to this commenter because it’s in her own backyard.  However, you can’t take a photo like this in Paris, Milan, Morocco or Tokyo.  Those cities might have some skate culture but not with the authenticity and pervasiveness that we have in New York.   This photo might not transport the commenter but it does transport the readers of those cities.  So many times I’ve heard Garance look at one of my shots and say “that’s soooo New York”.  To me, this is one of those “so New York” shots.

I love how travel opens my eyes to other places and cultures but it also shakes me out of the day to day numbness of seeing my own culture and how special it can be.



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  1. Votre Amie

    June 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I agree whole heartedly

  2. Gone

    June 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I completely agree with you. I’ve been following the blog every day for two years and this shot is surely one of my favorite so far. So cool and so NY!

  3. Natasha Fatah

    June 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I thought you re-posted this yesterday?
    Anyway, I love this photograph and I think for women all over the world where this kind of freedom and liberty is just a dream, it does take you to a wonderful place.


  4. San

    June 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Interesting points of view from you and the other reader.

    Personally I think skateboarding to get from point A to point B in a city is actually a trend, because I saw several people do it in Leipzig too and that was before you posted your skateboarders. So I figured that you were picking up on a current global trend and not on a “sooo New York” moment.

    Enjoy your weekend and then your big day.

    • anh

      December 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      skateboarding has been a part of american culture for a very long time and hasn’t really gone away.

  5. Stephanie

    June 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Very well put!

  6. Jason

    June 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the perspective. I’ve never traveled outside of the US, so thanks for the insight. Something you might find interesting is that I actually like your US photos more than the international ones.

  7. Thomas

    June 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I absolutely agree with you. The things that you pointed out are the main reasons why most of the people visit your blog. The freshness of something different from what people are used to. Seeing the same surroundings every day takes away the magic of looking at it in a curious way. Very often, especially when I can’t leave my city for a long time- I try to look at it as if I was a tourist. Looking at world in such way makes you notice a lot of great stuff that otherwise would slip away from your attention.

  8. Monika

    June 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Święta racja! Bardzo nowojorskie zdjęcie

  9. Yasamin

    June 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful. Writing.

  10. Ellie

    June 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I agree with you. Great pic.

  11. Lillie

    June 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love that you took and posted this photo, and that your eye for ‘street style’ goes beyond a bag or pair of shoes. Thank you for consistently pointing out personal style that isn’t defined by a recognizable brand or label. I’ve been following your blog for years and appreciate this photo as much as any others. Thank you, Scott.

  12. Gentlemeter

    June 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I missed to comment on this photo when u first posted. I should have said “nice back!”. But after reading your point of view I noticed the wonderfully placed yellow cab and other unmistakably NYC details. Good one…

  13. WhiteCloset

    June 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Men skateboarder are cute, but women skateboarder are hot! :-)

  14. lintmag

    June 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    To me it just seems there’s nothing much “sartorial” about her. Cut offs, Vans, messy bun – kind of boring outfit in a place where there is so much more interesting and also “so New York” going on. I’m sure there are skaters with more style than this if you really wanted that aspect.

  15. Angélique

    June 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I completely agree with you. I’m from Paris and absolutely loved this photo. You would definitely never really see that in France and this kind of shots makes me want to go to New York even more. It might not transport her to another place but it transported me. x

  16. deadwood

    June 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I agree. Especially since it’s not even downtown.

  17. T.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I love the picture an all it conveys.I bet you can also take a photo like this one in Madrid, a fresh wonderful city, that has really changed in the past years

  18. Charlotte

    June 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Agreed! When I was planning my trip to New York two months ago I was flipping through your book and looking on the pages of your websites…and every time I had that feeling: This is what it must be like! Thank you for giving us your always up-to-date (or even sometimes a look in the future) of every fast-paced city.

    And one more thing: Thank you for reading the comments! It’s always good to know that bloggers actually make use of the options their blogs give them.

  19. Kim

    June 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    beautiful and insightful post.

  20. melissa

    June 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Great way of seeing with you heart not just your eyes….


  21. ida

    June 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I love this picture and it actually made me NYC homesick!

  22. Chetna

    June 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love this picture! It’s certainly not something you see in India where I live… Have you ever been to Brighton? Think you’d love it there & this reminds me of the place.

  23. Joana Madeira

    June 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I do understand. I´m portuguese, and visit your blog every single day, because I found here other cultures, other points of view, other perpective about a simple jacket, I don´t know… what is common for you, is not for me here in this side of the world.

    Congratulations for that.

  24. Keilla

    June 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Me encanta que ames tu cultura, porque es esta tu costumbre y la que ayuda a forjar tu carácter y personalidad… felicidades por esa respuesta!

  25. Top Moumoute

    June 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I tend to agree- for someone who has never been to New York this gives me a taste of a style thats linked to a skateboarding culture that I never really knew existed there.

    For me this girl exudes a certain type of cool precisely because she is on a skateboard.

    Thank-you for posting such a diverse range of photos and styles!

  26. Joshua

    June 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m wondering if what the commentator was picking up on is the fact that the background in this image is out of focus. While not a fast rule, the background in your photos is often as crisp as the subject(s) in terms of focus.

    In this image, the sense of place or context that we normally get from your photos isn’t as strong. For instance, compare this shot to the two photos from 31 May. There is a sense of solid place in those images. Now, they could really be in any city in the world, but the people and their surroundings are in sharp focus. There is a potential for context and story beyond the style choices of the subjects.

    That may add to the the original commentator’s sense of being transported somewhere in most of your photos. The Rivington ST photo from 31 May for instance is compelling for its mix of subject and location (beyond the woman’s command of color, texture and rhythm).

    I think it may also be difficult to find oneself transported in this 27th ST photo because the subject is facing the out-of-focus background which is actually her own foreground, i.e., her future…a future into which she is clearly heading. Perhaps the original commentator was not comfortable going into that blurry future with the subject in this photo and thus resisted being transported.

    Personally, I’m there with the woman in this image, on a bike, soy latte in-hand.

  27. moba

    June 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Sart, Disagree with you here. There is nothing especial about the whole picture or your explanation. You can find this picture in Alanta, Seattle, Chicago. Your pictures are also becoming so generic. I can understand this because one can capture only so many. The photograph must have a charm, of course with the proportions, cut, fabric detail etc. But street photography is mass volume is leading to a dead end. You might consider taking some risks and exicting your followers.

  28. KETTY

    June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    great bag, great skateboard and GREAT SHOT!!

  29. Mike Mayes

    June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    You don’t ever need to defend yourself.

  30. ETC...

    June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I love this photo. A lot of what NYC is about. Love the beat up Vans and cut off shorts…


  31. Deirdre Lewis

    June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I agree. I also think of your photos from a historical perspective. In 50 years (in 10 years!) this will be one where the details will pop even more: Look at her back-pack! Her skate-board! The keys with the swipe cards! Her bare legs! and (especially) the pony-bun on top of her head!

  32. Kit

    June 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I see nothing’s wrong with this shot, I love it. It’s interesting what this skate boarder wears, dirty shabby plimsoles, frayed denim shorts, tank top and a heavy backpack assuming it contains her office? Simple and chic, which we rarely see in London.

    What strikes me is that she’s not wearing any protective gear?

  33. Michelle Lee

    June 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I find uniqueness in every photo and every look, lifestyle
    I love all your photos :)

  34. Shonna

    June 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I agree with you. Being from Vancouver, the week I recently spent in Soho showed me, once again, how distinct the NY style is. There is an artful dishevelment to NYers that in other cities simply wouldn’t translate. It reflects the beauty and grit of NY it’s self. Of life lived, not inside their tiny apartments, but out on the streets and in the cafes of the city itself. As a stranger I was very aware of being given a glimpse into residence’s everyday lives through their comings and goings on the street.

  35. Roberta

    June 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Totally agree with you!
    You know what ? I don’t usually comment your pics, but I did it with this one too!
    Have a great weekend!

  36. George

    June 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    In regards to what the other viewer said its strange because I really feel this photo does take me to another place. As you say the fact that she is so comfortable on a skateboard in a city says so much about NY.

  37. alexx

    June 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I had a very similar response as the commenter before. Now as you’ve explained yourself, I understand completely.

  38. Athina Valyraki

    June 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Beautiful post! As a Londoner I can vouch for that!

  39. Yuka

    June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    love it.
    it makes me wanna go to NY! xx

  40. Elena

    June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

  41. Anna

    June 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I absolutely love this!

  42. Josefina

    June 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Scott, coudln’t be more agree with you. I’m from Chile, Southamerica, and this image is actually strange in my city. Women don’t do skateboarding that common, and even less in the street as a way of travelling. The self confidence of this girl is also very ‘new yorker’, because is not in the cloth, not in the shoes, but in the atttitude. Great pic!

  43. Dora Panariti

    June 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Dear Scott,

    Well, indeed your pictures are our online passport to another world. Sometimes to the world we’d love to live, others to the one we’d only stare.

    I totally understand your reader’s comment, it’s true, sometimes looking at our own city is boring and almost feels blank (if I can say so). Like when I feel looking at pictures of people that wear socks with sandals, which I find repulsive (sorry for the expression, it’s just my point of view).

    But I suggest this, to myself and all readers who think the same way about a certain category of shots:

    Why don’t we try to see them as a “breath of fresh air” in-between our visual travel? Like the water-break that wine tasters do between tastings, in order to clear their palate!

    Ok, I’m being over the top descriptive, but after thinking about it for a while… I found out that these “blank” pictures could work perfectly as an eye-cleaner.

    As the perfect preparation for the next journey!

    Take care,

  44. Stella

    June 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I finally see in your blog the simplicity of life, real people, without unnecessary vanity. Cute.

  45. Simbarashe

    June 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I love taking photos of people on the go in New York. You’re right, motion is completely different from city to city.

  46. Martine

    June 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Its a beautiful photo. The light behind her, the slant of her body, the yellow cab. I have not been to NYC for many years now, and it makes me miss it. So I certainly get your point. I also actually think she looks great. Maybe not dressed up, but lovely anyhow. And I dig her beaten up Vans.

  47. sara

    June 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    dude scott, this was so nice. everything you said is true, this picture encapsulates something that is “so new york”: someone (myself. ha!) dressing for themselves, comfortable, doing their own thing. H8RS GON H8. i like to dress for myself, not to impress fellow classmates peers or anyone else. doin my own thing, you got a picture of it. loves it.

  48. Martine

    June 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Plus, I’m sucker for pale skin in the summertime. hers just about glows its so pearly perfect.

  49. Vang

    June 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I agree with you. When I traveled to five different Asian countries while in my college years, I learned just as much about my own (United States) culture as I did the Asian cultures.

  50. Peter

    June 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I just moved to New York, and I already see the distinct New York-ness. Love how simple and comfy this is. She better put away those keys, though, before they get lost.

    x Peter @ http://low–

  51. Judith

    June 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    So glad that you re-posted this one with the commentary. I have been rolling a similar theme around in my head for my own blog.

    Living in suburbia, with a routine that feels as though it borders on a rut sometimes, I have been working hard to look at my garden and our surrounding environs with fresh eyes. This is a good reminder that what may seem ho-hum to me, might be eye-candy to someone else.

  52. Magda

    June 2, 2012 at 11:28 am


  53. kitchen afternoon

    June 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    That’s soooo Seattle. Applications change, theories remain the same.

  54. hanis

    June 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

    agree with you scott. each country has their own signature

  55. Lisa

    June 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Agree, so many people take for granted the magic and uniqueness we have right here. Thanks!

  56. en_b

    June 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    The only New York thing about this is a narrow point of view

    When I see a picture of someone on a skateboard, the last thing I think of is New York.
    Hardly a city known for its skateboarding.

    Someone in a notable outfit and on a skateboard… maybe that’s New York.

    Cutoff shorts and raggedy slip on vans, and on a skateboard, is California.

  57. DD

    June 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I think the point she’s trying to make and what I’ve noticed lately is there is not “style” in your street style photos lately. They are a person on the street but they aren’t wearing anything nice or even clean sometimes. I miss the fashion and uptown people you used to shoot. I don’t even think you come uptown anymore which is a shame.

  58. Candice @ NotesFromABroad

    June 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Here in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the skate boarders are alive and well and on one hand, look much like this girl in NY, but they are in Buenos Aires, so they have their own look.
    Gee, if I started thinking like that – “they do it here so it is not special” .. then I need to get out more !
    I don’t think it is about the skateboard so much as a jaded view some people have ..

  59. jen

    June 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    so true… appalled with your reader’s comment.
    at least i dont get to see this from where i’m at , at all …
    glad you bring out the essence of travelling to your daily doings…

    this shot without the front face of the girl.. is even more liberating. no judgement … of course, aside from my judgement of “hey, that’s pretty cool … ”

  60. Elisse

    June 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I live on the west coast and I have to say that this photo transported me and it’s within my own country. Even though you can easily take a photo of a girl skating in LA, it will never look or feel exactly like this. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Jerri

    June 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I agree with you, Scott. I’ve been in NYC only since October and I felt a rush when I saw this. I still stop and gasp here when I see a woman on a skateboard (or even holding a skateboard) and this was no exception.

    On Christmas eve, I was short on photos for my own blog – and felt lame for posting a shot of skater boys as it’s such a departure from what I do, but readers had a positive response. Even though a few might not respond well, I think your photos always resonate somehow with the majority. I personally love that you’re getting grittier people lately to juxtapose with all the perfection.

    PS – It was fun to finally meet you in Nolita. I always hear of Scott sightings in Soho and finally spotted the unicorn.

  62. Jenny

    June 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, I feel silly for being one of those commenting on the blandness of the shot. Thanks for bringing in some worldly perspective to this photo.

  63. princessglee

    June 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    So? Was my thought when seeing the photo for the first time. Skateboards are quite common transpo in LA too. I look at it from your POV and see that Americans can be unique and I like it.

  64. Thomas

    June 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Nice photo – I like it. The other day here in Lund, southern Sweden, as I was out walking early one evening a young woman, dressed up, stockings, make up, came rocketing towards me on her skateboard. She looked like she was going out on a date so her mode of transport was quite unexpected, but cool nontheless

  65. Sefe

    June 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This was actually one of my favorite shots on the site to date. I’ve never commented before but I’m in NYC too. I liked how relatable and simple the image was because it is something you see all the time here. Well said.

  66. A Merry Mishap

    June 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Beautifully said!

  67. Amaia

    June 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I agree with you Scott. I haven’t travelled as much as you’ve done but living in London and being Spanish I know that this photograph would be difficult to get in the UK or Spain, in particular if it’s a girl who is skateboarding.

  68. [email protected]

    June 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Not only that, this is a beautiful photograph. The way the light strikes the subject makes her appear to glow. It’s superb.

  69. debi c

    June 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    honestly scott this was one of my favourites of that series..i live in india and i haven’t seen anything like this…so it does make me wonder how amazing it would have been if it were me!

  70. Sevan

    June 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Scott, I agree with you.
    I’m from Paris and been leaving in the States for many years and I can
    tell you that there is something unique about New York that I never found anywhere else, so West Side Story.
    You have an eye for quickly detecting a subject in the right environment that is, always, complementary, either a crisp one or a blurry one like this photo that gives me a sense of movement.
    I’ve been following you for a while and I’m addicted to your site because I know that everyday, I’m going to be surprised by your posts.
    Thank you and good luck for Monday.

  71. Azalie

    June 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    What stands out is that she is travelling very efficiently and ecologically, looks really relaxed and comfortable and healthy, but is hip at the same time. Her bag is ergonomically part of her – it must be easy to carry a good amount and skate – so as seen in this one moment she has done some serious EDITING in how she lives = the most contemporary modern fashionable way to live on the planet – yeah for that young New Yorker!

  72. Mariatru

    June 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    From Russia: you are absolutely right, Mr. S.

    Even the sunlight on the road and the blurred taxi in the distance are some things that can’t escape the foreigner’s eye…

  73. Amelie

    June 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    And… I would add that we come here to see have another angle on fashion and lifestyles. Not only to see the cute girls 2 times a years during fashion shows. Personally, I come here to refresh my eyes and my mind. And thats what makes The Sartorialist different: you keep following your guts and not what people thinks what fashion is. We need to be feeded with more than that. And you offer it, thank God!

  74. Ola

    June 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Maybe, but…. I see this all the time here in Sweden. Longboards, skateboards everywere and all ages. Casual? Im a bit fed up…

  75. sara

    June 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    anyone can wear and ride anything they want! so cool to see people from ALL OVER THE WORLD dig this. rock n roll!

  76. Aga

    June 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I totally agree with you! Myself, I have a blog about the things I do/see in NYC and around. The blog is mainly for my family and friends in Poland…but when I want to show NYC “things”, sometimes I need to very careful to not oversee anything interesting. Often I feel, like bllah, who wants a picture of that …but then this is sooo NYC, and the love it , but still for me is my everyday life!:)

  77. Patricia

    June 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I agree. I moved around a lot (just move from Paris to Houston!!!), but I still remember this guy I saw at Chelsea 4 years ago. He was skateboarding with a 6-pack under his arm and carrying a grocery bag in the other…. as Garance says so NYC!

  78. Anita

    June 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I completely agree that when you’ve been traveling out of the US for a while and you come back everything that you normally take for granted now looks fresh. However, skateboarding I feel is not “so New York”. Skateboarding and it’s culture was invented in Southern California and therefore feel it is so California : )

  79. Michael Smith

    June 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Travel always gives us fresh perspective on home. Just ask Dorothy after her trip to OZ. I love the photo.

  80. Professoressa

    June 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I hunt for shots of women doing things that are mainly associated with men, but that may be because I have travelled and lived in countries where they are rarely seen and definitely not heard.

    So it is all very beautiful and meaningful to me. Not to say I don’t get tired of the overly casual style of Vancouver because I do begin to long for couture.

  81. HMS

    June 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Disagree. This is a typical high school kid from every city trying to be typically cool, trying to blend in.

    Yes, skateboarding has been cool since the 90s and rolling around a big city on one is a life style statement, yes.

    There is no perspective to this photo, no fashion to this photo, one can not see the background to put this in perspective to make this a NYC shot.

    This could be Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Quebec City, San Diego, Ottawa, Calgary (all cities I spent time in) and I presume any other place in North America.

    The only thing of interest is the ‘Rishi knot style bun that this young woman is wearing which has become a serious trend of late.

  82. Reptilia

    June 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    totally agree with you! I love this photo


  83. Erin

    June 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I agree Scott. Some may think California when they see the skateboard; but her pale skin, wearing black with dirty white Vans, holding her keys- is completely NYC to me.. Love it.

  84. jen

    June 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Not to jingo out, but this looks very American, could be any big city in the U.S,

  85. Karen

    June 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for my whole life, I can’t see this picture as quintessential NY. Girls on skateboards, looking exactly like this girl, have been a common sight for as long as I can remember — and I’m 39 years old. When I was younger, I was one of those girls.

    Skate culture has historically been closely connected to surf culture, which is more strongly associated with the west coast than the east. Later it became closely linked to snowboarding culture.

    But I can’t imagine any even slightly urban area in the US not having its share of skaters. And that is not a new thing.

  86. Michael

    June 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    if that picture is so New York, then NYC is losing its edge because the photo could be SO Edinburgh, so London, so anywhere in the Christendom . . . It’s just a kid on a skateboard.

  87. Marguerite

    June 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Skateboarding? That’s so LA.

  88. agnes

    June 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    i love this picture too! it’s very inspiring!!

  89. Can

    June 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    It wasn’t the first thing that crossed my mind, but I indeed thought “That’s so not Turkey” when I saw this.

  90. Filippo

    June 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Your pics bring New York in our houses. Keep doing that.

  91. DSTONE Magazine

    June 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  92. journey

    June 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    What i love about your blog is that it isn’t all about some wealthy woman who has the latest “it” bag, or trendiest shoes or sashaying about in a head-to-toe designer outfit. Instead it’s about how an individual combines articles of clothing to come up with their own unique outfit. The person in a Scott photo may be rich or may be poor, the only constant is their creativity in making their look their own. Scott is as much anthropological observer as he is a fashion guru.

  93. Harpy

    June 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Ehh… As a student at NYU I see this every day, multiple times. There’s very little style in this photo. I do not consider pretty synonymous with stylish, and while this girl is pretty, I don’t really see anything that I couldn’t see from other skateboarders. But that’s just me. I’ve been a little bit disappointed by your tendency to take pictures of people who would look good in anything.

  94. Johnny

    June 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    AMEN to that!

  95. Kathy

    June 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The past few weeks I’ve thought that your photos were all about the neck — specifically the nape: hair up, head turned. Short hair, neck angled. Riding away from the camera, skating away from the camera. Swan-like necks. Men’s necks, women’s necks. And most without a scarf or necklace or chain in sight. A beautiful neck is a gift of youth. And the graceful line of a beautiful neck is like nothing else in nature.

  96. Fiona

    June 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Surely, the whole point and pleasure of reading someone’s blog – and I have read yours from the start – is that their point of view introduces you to new things and opens your eyes to the world through a different lense? It seems illogical to chastise someone like you for not conforming to one’s own perspective; it’s your baby – you post what you damn well like! You saw something you wanted to capture in this shot – that’s enough to make me look at it with interest, whatever I end up thinking about a particular shot.
    I have thought about this recently as there is an American guy on Pinterest who has posted a few pictures of England and specifically London that have really made me see the places I walk past every day in quite a new light.

  97. Elaine

    June 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I completely agree with you. When I came across the picture there was something simplistic about it yet so easy. Not being a New Yorker but one who now visits each year and would drop everything and move from Canada in a heartbeat, New York is a special place. The people, their street style, passion, food, history makes me come back time and time again. It has become my second home and who knows, maybe my first. The picture makes one see the simple things in life. Thank you for the wonderful pictures you inspire me with.

  98. Sofia

    June 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love the fact that you capture not only elegant, fashionably dressed people. The photo is really beautiful, this girl looks fresh, young and free. And very stylish as well, although she wears the simplest clothes. I’ve never been in NY, but I almost can feel the atmosphere of this city looking at this picture.


    June 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm


    Bravo for your comment.

    It’s another of many millions of reasons why I admire and love and look to THE SARTORIALIST.

    I admire the way you stand up to ‘the haters’ and educate them to a broader world, new views. You very respectfully ‘agree to disagree’ and make excellent points as to why.

    I love this skateboard shot–and indeed there is so much fresh and creative style there. This is a young woman in New York, comfortable in her own skin, wearing the perfect functional outfit, and with perhaps a very pulled together business outfit in her backpack! She’s dressed perfectly for the danger, the romance, the life of a city skateboarder in summer, and I think she has a neat J. Crew pair of white pants and a white linen shirt and flat white sandals in her backpack.
    You have a great eye for seeing trends, ideas, concepts, perfect expressions of personal style, and I am certain there are many in the fashion industry who (as often happens) –see your perfectly edited image here, and say at their next meeting ‘Look at what The Sartorialist posted last week. We should do a line of classic skateboard outfits for woman, the skateboard look for aspiring city and urban girls’…something like that.
    Keep on shooting…my daily inspiration.

  100. Monsieur Marcel

    June 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    i enjoy identifying the location of your shots. This one, for example, she’s skate boarding on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology: the classroom buildings to her right, the dorms to her left. Someone who’s not privy to this local knowledge may be not find this photo interesting; that’s understandable. But I feel, which Melissa commented, you photograph with your heart; if people can’t see that, they shouldn’t knock you for it.

  101. Norma

    June 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I agree with you 100%. The way one see your pictures should not be limited to the understanding of a few. We all take away something different from the images you capture. What may be everyday in the eyes of one person can be almost unbearably profound to another

  102. Sarah

    June 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I totally agree with you, I love this photo, such an interesting photo!

  103. Mayse Regal Maia

    June 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi, Scott. I’m brazilian and everyday I follow your posts (Garance, also). I love the way you turn simple and normal things in great photos. Looking your posts I “travel” to many places. Congrats!!

  104. loulou

    June 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I live in Toronto and a couple times a month I do a post showing photos I’ve taken while out and about around the city. It always surprises me how well received these particular posts are by those living else where. Seems that no matter how plain or common a sight is to the person taking the photo, there are others who find the image exotic. In fact, even some pictures of robins I posted the other day received comments about how our robins are so different than those found in Europe. It’s the beauty of reading blogs written by people who live far away … it allows one to expand their horizons.


  105. Hillary

    June 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I actually disagree that this photo screams New York! or whatever because it looks very much like ME as a young adult growing up in California and it looks also very much like what I see downtown Austin, TX on a regular basis lately.

    However, what I find special about the photograph is that it’s very representative of youth; jagged cut-offs, carefree bun, old slip-ons, giant keychain, backpack, etc. It IS stylish, a very specific youth-oriented style that is completely 100% effortless. The obvious backlit sun-in-hair-ness of it just drives the photo that extra distance to say “youth in the summer, GOOD TIMES.”

  106. Edward

    June 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    fuckin tell em bro.

  107. Sea Change

    June 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    You know what? Get over yourselves you churlish “bored” (sic) board-weary naysayers. This image made me happy. I took one look and was immediately wistful for a life I’ve never even lived. Golly I envied her. I really did. That insouciant free-wheelin’ bird. I picked every element of the image apart and yearned for that lovely thrown-together coolness, that no matter how much we protest, is the preserve of the young. Hair scraped into a bun, feet shoved into ancient filthy Vans. I wanted to be young with a ruck-sack full of books on my back, sticking it with big fat badges buttons just cruisin’ down a sun-dappled side-street in the magic hour in that New York state of mind. I envied The Sart as always -for this is a great photo, pure New York in spades. If you think The Sart – or street style in general for that matter – is all about improbable giraffe-like women plonking about Paris in Prada, you are simply wrong and are confused about what constitues ‘style’ -and great photography to boot. See thing is, everybody in the world in fact isn’t a a student at NYC, used to this sort of scene every day. Trust me, you could stalk the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland for a lifetime and you will never see a cool free-wheelin’ skate-board chick just cruise by in cut-off black shorts with the lights on bokeh and a a NYC iconic yellow cab filling in the background. A great photograph takes you somewhere else. And for a delicious New York minute I wasn’t just there, I was her.
    Bitching that there is nothing special about a girl in shorts on a skateboard in NYC is extremely narrow-minded and presumptuous. The presumption being that everybody lives your life and sees what you see every day. As if your life and your visuals and your evening light were the only ones on this planet and therefore ‘boring’. Your daily visuals aren’t mine – this girl and her style is as exotic and interesting to me as any veiled henna-stained mystery National Geographic might reveal. Which is why this is exquisitely observed street style photography and intelligent documentary of the really. beautifully. ordinary.

  108. reginahny

    June 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I love this photo and your New York “naturals”. However, my hesitation is around the fact that as you move further away from “fashion” looks you still work within a thin, white aesthetic. I live in Manhattan (always have) and I know there are so many fashionable people who are not thin , or causcsion. I know, I know — you sometimes feature thin brown / black skinned new yorkers. The main point being thin. We are not all thin. All thin people are not fashionable. Not all real or larger sized people are unfashionable. I know you know this. You have the privilege to travel around the world. If you are taking your work to a different, more real level — please, please present some women and men who are not fashionably thin. Otherwise this whole thing is just another. well. nothing.

  109. Robi

    June 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Interesting. When I saw this picture, the first time it was published, I remember that surprised me the fact the girl be carrying those cards/keys in hand and thought: why she did not keep them in her backpack? And I also thought about the sunlight passing through just one of her legs. Photos of everyday life can be quite interesting.

  110. Lauren West Village

    June 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I totally agree. Skateboarders coming down my block remind me of high school when i would sit and watch them with my other girlfriends (we always had crushes on a few of them). They make me smile…especially when i’m returning home from my ‘corporate’ job.

  111. Marianne

    June 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love the way people make places home. Undetachable from its identity.
    Aside from that this picture can leave you humbled in the sense; fashion and very stylish people can be intimidating. Looking at this picture the atmosphere is very approachable and relaxed. This picture can be inspiring in that way.

  112. CultureShockArt

    June 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    If I don’t feel a picture I just don’t comment on it, but since you indirectly asked… I have to agree with her observations, just not the delivery. I live in CA, so I grew up with girls that had Powell Peralta decks (so I’m old school too). What I appreciate here are the comments that others have made about not seeing or experiencing this, so from that perspective I think it’s great-it’s all about sharing. You shouldn’t have to defend your shots, nor should a reader have to defend his/her take on it.

  113. Scott G.

    June 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Skateboarders would hate this photograph due to her unnatural foot placement and awkward gait.
    If one wishes to keep their foot behind the back truck, it should be in the ollie position. Ball of the toe close to the center of the board, no toe over hang. The exception would be to turn the back foot sideways and closer to the middle of the board, on the front most set of hardware. As Peter (the Asian skater) was doing.

    It worries me to think skateboarding is somehow immune to style critique and gets some sort of blanket pass because it’s now cool no matter what.

    The composure of this photo is great, but she needs to bomb a couple hills and retake this.

  114. Tonia

    June 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I must admit that I initially had the same reaction of the viewer you are referring to. However, after reading your thoughtful comment my mind opened up. I used to live in NYC and now I live in Toronto – this scene is fairly common in both of these cities. As such, it did not feel special to me. But I now appreciate how novel and interesting it would be to someone outside of NYC or Toronto, or any city with a strong skater culture. With a new lens I see how lovely and carefree she is. And now you have me thinking about her personality. Thank you for taking the time to respond. I pride myself on being able to see things from various view points, but I dropped the ball on this one. Keep up the excellent work !

  115. Bianca Beauvale

    June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I love the fact that you wrote so much. When I first saw the picture (I didn’t see it before like your other reader), I must admit I felt the same way … I was like … that’s not Scott’s shot, he wouldn’t post something like that… what’s so special about the backpack???, I thought. Plus, I feel it’s so much different than what you normally post. But I love the breath of fresh air and your explanation!
    I totally agree with you on the fact that traveling opens up one’s eyes, it definitely opens up one’s soul, too and makes us more understanding.
    It’s funny how something normal can turn into something extraordinary just by the way you look at it.
    Cheers from Vienna,

  116. Julia

    June 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Absolutely. I think the great thing about this is that skateboarding (longboarding maybe) is portrayed as natural and transport. Here in Buenos Aires, you see a lot of skate girls and boys, but you don’t see many girls skating (I mean, without the elements that would make up the quintessential skater, except the vans ;))

  117. anna

    June 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve never been in NY, but you’re right! You cannot see scenes like this in Italy! I love this photo!

  118. Cam

    June 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I agree with you and now I am missing NY. I used to live there, so close to that street: 28th and 3rd ave, Little Indian, precisely.
    I ‘d never was very attentive with fashion there. But I was always ok. I think everybody are a little bit minimalist, and simple with their ( our) black cloths, navy blues sometimes, and caqui ( I don’t remember the name of this colour like a caramel or brown+-, very Banana Republic colour) and white shirts… Well, next week I will go to Paris, for a research- oh not a fashion research, a mental health clinic research. But I will pay more attention in the cloths people use there. What I remenber from las year is- in Paris, women take care about the details. And I love that: un chapeau, une echarp, choses comme ça. Mais you and Garance you have those eyes. And I love to come here and see your point of view. Ah I would like to tell you that I wrote my first book: “Mulheres Sem Prazo de Validade”. It means something like – women last forever, bu not exactly. Do you know the date the products have of validation? Is like -” Women without validation date”. Something like, it has intellingent life after fifities… Well you never visited my blog. It is on time… See you,
    Pauline Herbach or Camille ( my nick name in my blog)

  119. Louis Pasteur

    June 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    …totally disagree !
    Your photos have a consistent look no matter where they were shot .

  120. Tatyana

    June 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    A few years ago, I noticed that when I would travel, I would be so camera-happy. Every corner, every person was interesting. I didn’t have to think about it, my eye would just go there and I would need to capture that moment, that image. I didn’t feel the same way about my own city. My initial thought was that my city was boring, it wasn’t AS intersting or AS cool as these other places. I realized that I, too, was numb to my surroundings. Of course, I’ve tried to train myself to take myself out of that pattern and really SEE my city and it’s uniqueness. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a camera with me but at least it makes my day a little more interesting. Keep the photos coming!!


  121. lyttlestreet

    June 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Skateboards are the new hand bags, you see cute girls carrying them around everywhere, but when they are actually ridden oohh yeah that’s a killer girl.

  122. Rodelynn

    June 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Well said!

  123. josie

    June 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    i’m not really into street style blogs because most people around the world seem to dress similar, maybe in different elements but there is always a common denominator. But with your particular blog everyone has there own unique since of style. This is the only blog i look up every single day. What i adore about your blog is it’s originality and your unique talent in capturing the story through the lens. Your photographs tell a thousand words and people may interpret different stories from your blog but that’s why i LOVE it. It is life as we know it. Keep up the good work .

  124. lindsey

    June 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    She looks so comfortable and care free.

  125. Tana

    June 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    You said it!

  126. Isa

    June 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    100% agree with you. with the “eye” of this picture. i love your job.
    and yes! this is sooooo new york!!! :)

  127. Ellen

    June 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I agree! You wouldn’t see someone skateboarding along the street very often where I live.

  128. mitchell

    June 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    As a life long skateboarder I appreciate your sentiment. It seems the people on skateboards you take photos of are generally not skaters but people riding skateboards to work etc. except maybe the latest guy, Peter. I don’t expect non-skaters to be able to tell the difference but skateboarders have always been very stylish (exept maybe early 90s) and often are trendsetters. If you want some shots of real skaters go to tomkins sqaure park.

  129. LIZPR

    June 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    When I don’t get what’s unique about the outfit, I look at the rest – I do anyway – in terms of lighting, composition, if you’re capturing a unique moment …. and I know you don’t always shoot what’s stylish in the fashion sense … you also shoot as a commentary on someone’s style, whatever it may be.

    I see this as a NYC street vignette … but agree that it’s not particularly “sartorial”, per se.

  130. Rose

    June 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    What this picture captured for me is the freedom and confidence of the young woman. This is a frequent image in San Francisco, but the black jeans would not be cut off. I like this shot. We sometimes look past the beauty in the everyday.

  131. Kiel West

    June 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I live in Idaho. It transports me.

    Regardless of the skateboard, this is interesting to see a girl with her hair up, a little cuff in her shorts, beat up slip-ons and her keychain dangling from her hand. This is a girl who does this all the time.

  132. Cristina

    June 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I think that this image represents something more “real” than an image of a trendy looking individual covered in designer apparel, and because of that I find it captivating and memorable. For people who pine for the old New York before it was a giant shopping mall, this image is a delight.

  133. Chef Nick

    June 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America, and I’ve realized that each major city has it’s own characteristics. Certain subtleties that define them (ie: the smiles in Quito), is what makes them unique and worthy to experience.

  134. haley

    June 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    brilliantly observed

  135. Bernadette

    June 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Scott, I totally agree. This shot could have been taken in Sydney too. We have a very strong skate culture here also. Absolutely nothing unusual about a girl (or guy) getting around on a skateboard here at all. It can be a magical and very beautiful form of movement/transport (and excellent out of the water exercise/practise for those of us who surf – and despite the rain, that’s what I am about to do right now (water temp. Bondi 21c). Glad to see you are having some warm, clear days at last as we slide into our winter. B

  136. Jaimie

    June 3, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I think the beauty of street fashion is that it is everywhere and there is no standard that validates whether someone is dressed well or not. Outer style comes from inner style and if we begin to make judgements that a certain outfit does not meet some kind of stereotypical standard, then we are ultimately limiting ourselves from truly seeing a person express him or herself. Living in California, this is a shot that I see very often. However, I did not know that this is also a common sight in New York and for a moment believed this was taken somewhere in Los Angeles. More so than being a site that shows great fashion, I think the Sartorialist gives perspective to what great fashion can be. It’s not all about the name-brand clothes or even the most unusual clothes. It is about appreciating the art of self-expression and getting a better understanding of who these people are just from a photo. And I believe you do that so wonderfully, Scott.

  137. Gigi

    June 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

    You make an interesting point. My town (Portland, OR) is crawling with bicycles, skateboards, tattoos, smartcars… I don’t realize how unusual it is until I travel out of town. Even more apparent is the absence of recycling bins in other towns. Here you have to sort your trash into at least 4 categories. :-) I love the diversity you illustrate! Thanks!

  138. Name*

    June 3, 2012 at 1:30 am

    You go Scott. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Great picture.

  139. Joyzee

    June 3, 2012 at 2:00 am

    individual differences might have been the reason behind the comment!.. reality is beautiful.. but strangeness is way better.. maybe the commenter didn’t see any unusual/strange in the photo..

  140. Neatfrances

    June 3, 2012 at 2:19 am

    When i noticed this the other day I appreciated her vans. Anyone who has owned a pair can attest to the fact they come apart inside out and holes abound! I loved that her everyday approach to life was her skateboard and her vans.

  141. Heiley

    June 3, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Every photograph has its own unique meaning in photographer’s eyes
    Photos serem ordinary today may become special in future.

    Have a nice weekend Scott,
    best wishes from Hong Kong

  142. kateaddict

    June 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

    So is this a fashion blog or a travel blog? If it’s the latter, then yes, the photo captures NY, but so have many other photographers before, just as simply. I’m with lintmag and moba.
    As I photographer, I find it hard to keep my photos interesting. Street photography is especially difficult, because you only have a few seconds (if that) to capture the shot and there is no time to experiment.
    As a documentary photographer, you excel and I know that, in decades to come, your photographs will be invaluable for capturing fashion as it is now.

  143. Justyna

    June 3, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I totally agree with you Scott! For example, here in Poland we don’t have any skate culture, so seeing a view like that is a very rare thing. I find it very unusual, interesting and in some way magical. I wish I could see more of those kinda pictures on our streets…

  144. sara

    June 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

    me, chiming in again, duhhhhhh. you all say such beautiful things. its great. everyone has a unique perspective.
    there are no boundaries to describe street style or personal style, two things that i think are key to this blog. its refreshing to be on this blog in the least-intimidating way i have seen. i’m jus doing me, scott saw, and he snapped it. \m/

    ps- scott g: …i just got this board to get to and from school…i am still learning. SO THANKS FOR THE TIPS. REALLY NICE OF YOU.

  145. Jessica Alton

    June 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Simple will always be classy

  146. NsfGirls

    June 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

    This is a very fair point. Travelling out of your city where you live make you realise stuff you didn’t notice before, and you have a different look. It always happend to me when I’m going to Scandinavian cities and then come back to my home, London. And I love this feeling.

  147. This is Belgium

    June 3, 2012 at 4:29 am


  148. Aj

    June 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

    im frm malaysia .we play skateboards but just not so much as a culture/transportations. Tq for pointing that out. love ur photoworks scott.been following ur since the past 2 1/2 years? :)

  149. Anna

    June 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Fantastic, brillantly observed:-) thank you, do much. Dziękuje i proszę o wiecej!

  150. Leesee

    June 3, 2012 at 4:42 am

    I’m from Honolulu, when I even WALK around NYC I get a little nervous at the volume of people, cars, etc. I love to skate, but wouldn’t try it in big cities.

    This photo, DOES transport.

    On a style note – cut off shorts are HUGE here in Berlin! And since summer is peaking, vans slip-ons accompany many people when it’s so hot!

  151. Lou

    June 3, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Hey Scott

    When I first saw this photo I only saw the top half and I knew that this girl was on a skateboard. I love the angle she is at and it really does not make sense if she is on foot.

    I love the movement in the photo and the light, I have never been to New York and can only dream about it, thank you for making those dreams so atmospheric

    Lou x

  152. Benedicte

    June 3, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I love this picture. It is so New York ! And the light is beautiful.

  153. Name*

    June 3, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I never get tired of looking at your beautiful photos, and your extended comments like this open my eyes.Thank you, Scott.

  154. devdee

    June 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

    nice one,too good!!

  155. Frances

    June 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I completely understand what you mean about this photograph and concepts of place in this world of ours. I live in Australia and you rarely see people riding bicycles or skateboards without helmets (our laws make it a requirement) and so in seeing these photographs, however mundane to New Yorkers, I am transported from the other side of the world into the moment you are seeing.

  156. hanna

    June 3, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Morocco is not a city, though

  157. tp

    June 3, 2012 at 6:31 am

    There is nothing “sartorial” about this shot. It could be rationalised but it’s not enough. Please try to maintain your original photographic criteria. That’s why we visit your site.

  158. Rae Rae

    June 3, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for this re post!

  159. eva

    June 3, 2012 at 7:23 am

    sometimes it is a detail, sometimes it is a feeling!

    cities have character and even the smallest village -like the one I am from, and coming back home after a while makes me see these things, they make me so happy and I want to capture them. your pictures capture this and a lot more! they make me happy!

  160. Alice

    June 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I completely agree. I live in London and it’s something you’d see in parts of London (but probably without the sun!)

    Please take a look at my fashion illustrations and art:

  161. ADJ

    June 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

    A really interesting reflection..

  162. CBC

    June 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

    you don’t have to defend yourself……it’s must be hard at times reading these comments…but u loose when u defend your self ….just ask ? what did u mean by that!!!

  163. alessandra

    June 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    As I’ve seen the photo, I said: this is New York, and New York only…!

  164. Radhia

    June 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful picture :)

  165. Mx

    June 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This comment isnt about this post but I have a simple question and since this post seems to be an explenatory one, i wish you answer to this.. Please do not see any provocation or revolt here, I just wonder why do we rarely (not to say never) see any “corpulent” people in your pictures ?

  166. Cassandra

    June 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Completely agree with what you said. Don’t mind what others say, those who knows will understand.

    Beautiful picture anyway! :D

  167. heather

    June 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This makes me really want to learn to skateboard, just so I can pootle through cities so coolly. Round here, I’ve never seen anyone skate on their own or with a bag, it’s just skatey kids hanging around practicing kerb moves.

  168. Heli

    June 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I know you don’t have time to do everything, but this kind of descriptions of typical style/atmosphere in different cities/countries are really interesting! Having never been in NY I had no idea skateboarding is a NY thing. So if you have time, please share more of your impressions!

  169. Tracey

    June 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

    of all the photos on your site, this, for me anyway, is one of the least interesting.
    Just a girl on a skateboard,nothing special,the Rivington Street shot,now that is really something.

  170. Stewardess

    June 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I couldn’t agree more, travelling is a wonderful way to view familiar places with fresh eyes.

    You can rediscover your home town after being a way.
    Great photo by the way :)

  171. Katie

    June 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I agree with the person that made the comment. There is nothing thought provoking or intriguing about this post. I do enjoy this blog but “some” of the posts recently (like this one) have kept me from checking this blog as frequently as in the past.

  172. quigley

    June 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Sartorialist is now a celebrity. He can no longer get the raw street fashion shots like he used to. I’m just getting tired of looking at beautiful people. You can find not-so-attractive people wearing the same thing.

  173. Shukura Li

    June 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    well put, nice to hear you speak more on your photographs man! =)

  174. diane

    June 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    corpulent? that’s awesome and the perfect word for this site. it’s all about what is deemed beautiful by this photographer, so disappointing.

  175. Dana

    June 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Well written and wonderful photo! As a NY native who’s been living in France for the past year – I completely agree. I have traveled around Europe as well as Morocco. When I return to NYC one day I will see it w/ new eyes. Actually, in other countries (like Spain and Morocco) I saw pieces of NYC — it’s really cool to experience (and realize) NYC’s multicultural foundation and influences while abroad.

  176. Olivier

    June 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

    No, it’s just a boring shot. And I’m living on a different continent so backyard eyes don’t apply to me, sorry!

  177. Marton

    June 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    good photo, I love it, especially with this background!

  178. sarah h

    June 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Boring photo…

  179. Cecilia

    June 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I completely agree!!!As I saw this pct I thought this is soo NYC,I am italian,I lived in USA and visit NYC that why I could totally say so :)

  180. Abdul

    June 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I love the way her leg is lit up by the sun, excellent photo!!!

  181. Desiree Choo

    June 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  182. Marcelle

    June 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It’s soooo California, too. But I also think it is many college campuses as well.

    A few years back, I remember seeing a girl in jeans and a thick jacket hunched up against the rain in 40°F while wearing flip-flops and I thinking “that is so California.”

    It’s been a while since I traveled, so I’ve become less aware of the little differences that make a city unique. I haven’t had that kind of thought in a while now. Thanks for reminding me to look around and really see things.

  183. Diana

    June 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    That’s NY, totally agree. Beautiful work as always.

  184. Lili

    June 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I do agree with you that traveling opens up our mind and makes us see our own culture in a new way with its uniqueness, but I don’t think that skateboard is a New York thing. A lot of young people here in Quebec city and Montreal skateboard throughout the city to get to work and to school and that before it becomes a global trend. It might be a North American thing…

  185. Michael

    June 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I agree…nothing special about this photo in terms of the subject matter, but the light coming through her hair is quite nice.

  186. Geoffrey

    June 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    We are so cool

  187. corinne

    June 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful writing. I agree…

  188. amysan

    June 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I was just gazing at this photo dreamily for about five minutes before I read your post on it, and I can definitely say this photo transported me.
    Everything about it is lovely, it’s even mysterious in it’s way. Having never been to New York, to me this photo could have been taken anywhere. I don’t recognize the scenery. I want to know where she’s going, what her back-pack is so full of. I wonder about the keys in her hand, if she’s headed home or just heading out. I wonder if her skateboard is her sole means of transportation.
    And what a lovely day for skating! Soft sunlight, warm enough to wear shorts. The shadows look cool, fresh enough to wear black.
    What I’m saying is, this photo takes my mind on journeys in so many different directions.
    It makes me want to live in the city. It makes me think about the longboard in the back of my car and how it hasn’t been ridden in a while. It makes me want to get off of my computer and out into the sunlight.

    To me this is the perfect picture of tranquility

  189. tld

    June 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    New Yorkers know, that pedestrians rule the streets and not the cars. In other countries I have visited, I can not jay walk or go against the light. I would never attempt to skateboard . Most New York streets are flat and direct, easy to get around.

  190. Patricia

    June 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I think is awesome! From a photographer point of veiw and someone that travels a lot and knows NY !!
    Pateicia Arata Behind the Camera

  191. Mark

    June 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I agree with you and I love your blog!

  192. Isa

    June 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I think what bothers this person about the photo is that they expect a fashion photo, focusing on the clothes, and this is not a fashion photo. Here you are a photographer, not a blogger.

  193. Manon

    June 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    What an amazing picture !!

  194. An-sofie

    June 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Scott,

    We, loyal blog followers, are so over saturated with pictures from trendy cities that this picture at first might not seem super special. Cut-off shorts, bun, .. But then again this girl with her backpack and vans which she clearly has been using since a very long time (and not just bought it cause it’s cool and wore them once) but used them and got her feet dirty skateboarding the streets of NY made it for me clear that this picture is ‘real’. With the yellow cab, her laid-back attitude en the sunny streets I would definitely say this is a picture with personal style, ‘sartorial’. She looks like she’s not really concerned about fashion, but just dressed relaxed and loves skateboarding.

    I feel that blogs have become more en more limited and a uniformity too much influenced by each other and the trends worn by it-girls and fashion editors.
    Also we read so many blogs that we don’t even take a second to analyze an outfit but the thing is that it’s all in the details. We all shop in the same stores, it’s the personal touch that makes it interesting.
    I think you always succeeded in capturing that ‘personal’ aspect of the people on the street. The definition of street style if you ask me. Personality = key.
    And on this picture that isn’t any different.

    Greetings from Belgium,

  195. Denny

    June 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    yes, i agree with you, i love this pic cos it’s so NY and i’ve never seen it in HK :)

  196. Aga's suitcase

    June 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I agree with you it’s so NY.

  197. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Blog

    June 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I agree, totally “so NY”

  198. Dine

    June 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    as always your photo is a great inspirations :)

  199. YQS

    June 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve traveled extensively too. And, while you may not see a girl (woman) on a skateboard abroad, this scene is common place around any high school or college in the U.S. I don’t find it particularly “NY.” Or, fashionable for that matter. It doesn’t have any umph!

  200. nu

    June 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I’m nit sure NYC is so specual about it, just come to Barcelona, you’ll see!

  201. Amyloiu

    June 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I love your shallow DoF in this photo….and that the skate boarder is in such an empty street..keep seeing with YOUR eyes, as only you can do.

  202. ryan

    June 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I live in NYC, and still this one caught my eye earlier this week, I love the NYC skate culture

  203. Eva

    June 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I love this photo, I think it’s awesome! And I totally get what you mean, I agree with you. I love this photo, because in my city, there is practically skateboarders on every street, but I rarely see girls skateboarding. I’m trying to save up my money so I can get a skateboard, because it just seems so fun and I really want to learn!

    xx Eva

  204. sara

    June 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    this was taken on a college campus, FIT. its on 27th and 7th.

  205. CBC

    June 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    corpulent….sorry i have to look it up……maybe it was all your years associate with Vogue! lol

  206. thecircleofit

    June 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    based on the paraphrased quotes, i believe that the ‘viewer’ you are referring to is ‘me’….and I would like to respond…

    first of all, i think very highly of you and your photographs…and we all know that YOU started it all….and that is why i chose to comment in the manner that I did…i wouldn’t have bothered if I didn’t respect you…..

    the grace through which you responded, and the discussion which you have allowed to take place shows what a true professional you are and how confident you actually are in what you put out there….it is a confident person that can handle constructive feedback and people who challenge them….it is easy to feel strong with ‘yes’ people all around….not so easy to be it, when people say ’hhhmmmm?’….

    one of the many things that fashion is meant to be or inspire, is a platform to debate ideas, styles and even opinions…which I believe The Sartorialist intrinsically promotes…

    regarding the people who refer to people who may have a difference of opinion as ‘naysayers’ or ‘haters’, I think is unjust, disingenuous and frankly boring…is that what they think fashion is about? Jumping on the popular bandwagon? I don’t think it helps evolve fashion, style, life, if we all agreed with the same vision…vanilla can get dull after a while…..the photo is what it is and you see it with a different lens and I see it through another….i filtered it through my past, my history, my life, my stories…. and ‘you’ – whoever you are – did through yours…

    we all take something different from your blog…for me, it’s that escape / inspiration factor…this photo didn’t do that for me compared to the myriad that did on previous posts…(note only around 50 comments in original post – most of us would consider that amazing, but for you that was on the leaner side)….

    but that’s ok….because in hindsight, for such a neutral-ish and non-tangible photo, it certainly created a lot of buzz….and in the long run, it turned from vanilla into something more memorable…and made a tiny dent in the world of fashion … my opinion, that is….thank you.

  207. Chaimaa

    June 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Great legs!

  208. Ma K

    June 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    yes, i agree!! you (your photo) transported me from Hong Kong to New York ;DDDDDDD

  209. Vania

    June 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    From Indonesia
    You are absolutely right Mr S!
    the first time i saw this pic i was kind of surprised by the unflattering fashion elements showed but still the surprised is the skate-boarding girl.
    This transporting lifestyle is hard to find in my country and it certainly opens so many eyes.
    thanks for sharing keep up your work.

  210. verlaine

    June 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    @circlofit, nice try, but no! Once you dismissed those of differing opinion as boring you fell into self-defensive posturing, exposing your immature. Self-entitled, disaffected personality. The good news is you’re young enough to grow up. Believe in love.

  211. justsayin

    June 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

    chick’s chillin and her shoes look kinda beat, but the longboard and wheels look fresh, yeah, could be new, but this is a straight manhattan kinda shot. Skate’s got it’s own swag, true, but this is on the fringe getting from a to b side of skating. True nyc, but not in the 5boro sense

  212. ellen

    June 4, 2012 at 12:56 am

    i think this photos is special
    and i am from Hong Kong

  213. oslolook

    June 4, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I fall somewhere in between. As a photographer, I understand that we see meaning in an image, or else we would’nt pull the trigger and save it for all time. Yet, it is our obligation to infuse that image with as much meaning as possible on a larger scale (social, political, cutlural, technological, even simply compositional). I have taken many skateboarder photos myself and they do say quite a but about the culture and the subject, yet they have always fallen short of my expectations to satisfy the above). I felt I had to hunt too long to find meaning in this shot, yet, at the same time, when I did, I felt as though I understood what it was supposed to convey. Even the fact that so many viewers have engaged and responded isa positive thing. It is what photography is meant to do, use an image to invoke a feeling and a dialogue about life…. So, in my view, it served its purpose, as every photo should.

  214. oslolook

    June 4, 2012 at 1:08 am

    One more thing… what the majority of viewers failed to notice is that this girl is riding a skateboard, not a longboard. I have a son that skated professionally, and this is a board for doing tricks, not running around a city. So, this girl, while using this board to get from point A to point B, at least for the moment of this photo, has surely other talents on this board (ie, tricks, kick-flips, ollys) that we will never know about. Or, she would be using a longboard ;)

  215. chic street style

    June 4, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I definitely agree with author, and I like this pics more than your privious photod in France.

  216. mme

    June 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I think some have become such “fashion snobs” that they aren’t able to appreciate something that’s… a little more accessible. She doesn’t have to be wearing something high fashion for it to be “New York”.

  217. peja

    June 4, 2012 at 1:23 am

    i just wanna meet this girl. -boy MTL

  218. arpy

    June 4, 2012 at 1:26 am

    hey i check your posts every morning before i start my day… it’s so amazing!!! how about a trip to Beirut/Lebanon???? don’t we guys deserve a chance?? :)

  219. chris mathews

    June 4, 2012 at 2:07 am

    morocco isn’t a city….

  220. yann

    June 4, 2012 at 2:30 am

    well said. this is why i love this blog and come here daily. I enjoy seeing people from all walks of life. from famous fashion people who’s lives I will never relate with to janitors and street folks doing their own thing but looking good while doing it. thanks for sharing

  221. linda wright

    June 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I am a 64 year old Texas girl and have lived in Paris for 32 years. Cashmere shop owner and always been in the fashion business. I instantly open my computer in the morning and type in Sartorialist. Whatever you put on the page makes me happy. As another commenter put so beautifully, You Shoot also with your Heart and not with your eye. This is what puts you apart from the others…..always has…..always will. That and the fact that you have the best EYE in the business. Not narrowed down to the latest bag and/or IT Girl. I am sure by looking at your photos, that you have a very kind heart. It just shows. That is worth its weight in gold, Scott. ENJOY Pitti…..I will not be there and thus, will not just happen to see you doing your Magic. I send to you a big hug and tons of thanks from this Misplaced Texan in Paris who loves you and appreciates the diligent work done for all of us.
    Warmest regards to you.

  222. Nina

    June 4, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I soooooooooooooo much agree with you. It is indeed soooooo New York this picture and thats what is making this blog so interesting and different from other fashion blogs because you see how people in different metropolis perceive fashion. I have to admit that the New York posts are my favourite, maybe because I would loooooove to spent sometime there.

  223. /marine

    June 4, 2012 at 4:28 am

    hum. i live in france, and this is sooooo french. to me skateboarding is a trend, not a characteristic of a city. but thanks a lot for this interesting debate !

  224. Heidi

    June 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I think this photo says much more than any posing fashionista! Look at the girl, she’s pretty cool, and shows off a young and healthy looking body. She looks like a student, which her choise of clothes probably withesses as well. It struck me the first time I saw this photo, that it inspired me more to reflect on her identity and way of life, more than how she dresses. I think your photography is more and more about identity and personality than style! I like it! :)


    June 4, 2012 at 5:13 am

  226. Marion

    June 4, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I agree with you. This photo is “so New York” . I’d like to meet youuu.


  227. Mark

    June 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Much quicker than getting around by car!

    Mark Long

  228. roelien

    June 4, 2012 at 6:16 am

    apart from whether this photo is sooo anywhere, it’s a great shot, with beautiful light, movement and perspective. the girl looks effortlessly good as well. i like the outfit, unpretentious as it is. this image makes me wish i was still in my teens or twenties… so in a way this transports me too. this girl has her life ahead of her and the lights are green!

    and have a good awards evening with garance –

  229. Ana

    June 4, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Loved your point of view, cultural environment is very much responsible for establishing fashion trends, and I personally think that fashion also doesn’t have to be always about dressing, or dressing nice or about “special”, “different” details. It can be much wider and express it self through behaviours and everyday life in the city imposes you certain habits that become trends, and sometimes you imediately associate a way of being to a certain place.

  230. Ana

    June 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I can assure you that in Lisbon this girl wold be a very rare sight and that her mean of transportation would be interpreted has a very style conscious choice.

  231. sevenseasplease

    June 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Authenticity is a scary word. Chances are, someone will call you out. Like how it is clear that this young lady, although sporting the skateboarder look is really pushing with her front foot. A big no-no. Seen way more ‘authentic’ skaters in Milan. Sorry to be a skater hater…

  232. jolie

    June 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I think that the motif of your blog is let your followers travel and discover with you!

    Tank you for this ;)

    Jolie ;))))

  233. Anita Irlen

    June 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

    It’s a gorgeous shot. The all black, the lean, the hair, the youth, the keys…. gorgeous, and yes, it’s NYC

  234. TaniaPoli

    June 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I think the reader expected another inspirational look in terms of clothing, shoes, something that is very visible. This photo wanted her/him to think what it was about.
    I personally love the photo, the look, the skateboard. To me it’s all about freedom, youth and self-expression rather than beauty and fashion. But in fact it all is the row essentials of great style.

    I’m from London, we don’t have skaters here, true. I once saw capoeira in Leicester Square four years ago and still remember that. I would definitely upload those photos on my blog too regardless what it was about. It was just amazing. Same about this shot.

    This is why I love Scott — he sees and thinks beyond. It’s ok that not everyone understands.

  235. Madrid boy

    June 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I guess that commenter would be Coco Chanel´s granddaughter, and she forgets that the most valuable photos are the spontaneous ones

  236. Mertxe Hernandez

    June 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Completely agree with you Scott!
    Great shot!!

  237. Susie

    June 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I agree – so much of this is perfectly New York.

    Sea and Swank

  238. debbie

    June 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

    What I got out of this photo the first time (but did not comment) was that my favorite thing about it was not anything she was wearing, but her “lean” into the forward motion of the board. Which in itself, to me anyway, is absolutely ‘transporting’, both physically and mentally. If that commenter does not like one of your photos du jour, maybe she should just move on to another blog and not get herself so dismayed about it.

  239. BethS

    June 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

    What you say about travel readjusting what one can see back home is dead on–another way we learn is by listening to your observations about what makes this photo unique–whether we end up agreeing or not. I’m just back from Cuba, which has enhanced my ways of seeing o many levels.

  240. Ilaktionova

    June 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Just awesome!

  241. SARA

    June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    HEY that girl is me, and it is NOT a longboard, it is NOT skateboard, it is a zip zinger! i only use it for transportation, to and from school (YES this is a college campus, we work very hard at FIT and dont always dress to the nines) AND @oslolook I DONT PUSH WITH MY FRONT LEG! i am reeeeeeaaaaaaalllly a rookie on my board, but i know that is a total no-no! i will admit i do see the awkward placement of my feet in the photo, it probably means i do ride my zipzinger a bit awkwardly, but hey! i am learning.

    i was both delighted and confused to see scott taking my picture from behind on campus, because i agree: there is little ‘fashion-y’ or ‘trendy’ in this picture…i am surprised he even posted it.

    but i am so glad he did. i have taken a step back, and instead of seeing this photo as dull or lack-luster compared to his other ‘fashion-shots’, i see it is as just DIFFERENT. and different is better. always, always better.

  242. mery

    June 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

    the point is…what is a blog for? to post WHATEVER you want, whatever you like…I’m sure everybody see different things in each picture, so there’s no explanation needed. Scott I’ve just began a new blog about fashion. I’d love some advice of any on you, readers, so I can make it better. thanks ,

  243. Lindsay

    June 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I have been browsing through your photos recently, and I love all of your shots. What kind of camera do you use?

  244. Hanna

    June 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Because your readers say yes and amen to everything you post anyway, you will have the feeling that you are right anyway. Thus, regarding that aspect this discussion is pointless.

    We all know that these skateboard pictures are not your best pieces of work!So lets just move on and hope for better photographs!


    June 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I couldn’t like this picture more… it’s sooo NY!

  246. Seoyoung Cho

    June 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    cannot agree more:)
    Pretty hard to see this kind of naturally free and stylish skater girl on the street in Asia. (i’m living in Seoul, Korea though)
    I can see what makes NYC so special in this photo^^

  247. Glenn

    June 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The odd thing about stating that this is so new york is that it’s actually so california, from the shoes and shorts, to the skateboard and hair.

  248. Ivy

    June 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Totally agree that it reflects, not just NY, but North America! After living in Toronto for 17 years, I’ve moved back to Hong Kong for 2 years now. Looking at this photo, it totally reminds me of home, Toronto. Especially the fact that she’s holding a Bic lighter that I can’t get anywhere in Hong Kong….

  249. Kimberly Fowler

    June 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love what you wrote in response. I live in Wilmington, NC. It’s a beach and college town so, it’s very laid back attire and a lot of Rainbow flip flops. Normal for me but I would imagine interesting for some of our tourists. Since reading this post, I have been paying closer attention to our local style.

  250. dipset123

    June 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Not true. I traveled extensively. I have seen authentic skate culture in Barcelona, Berlin, Melbourne, LA and other cities Europe/Asia. New york isn’t even the birthplace of skate culture. Hell the vans and long board scream LA!! As a native New Yorker and skater I will admit you can find authentic skate culture/style in other cities besides New York.

  251. ella

    June 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    The amount of shorts and cami tops on young women in the city on Memorial day weekend was just about everyone. Don’t think Paris is doing that look. Ivory sneakers to lengthen the leg. Enormous backpack for a weekends worth of duds. Only accessory keys and some plastic and the hair is perfect, like a little orange halo.

  252. LCM

    June 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    When I first saw the image I admit I felt a little bit of, huh?, but your thoughts behind it make me see it in a new light and it’s beautiful because you saw something beautiful in it.

  253. martin

    June 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You make an interesting point. We always find the “picturesque” in other places and never our own–until we return from a long absence. Then we see it again briefly, until familiarity clouds our vision. It’s a challenge for photographers to keep a fresh eye and see our own culture as if it were another. Besides, in twenty years … even if you’re from NY, this photo will seem as if from another place. Time has the same effect. Personally, I find a lot of information in this photograph.

  254. pmarin

    June 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’m from Granada, Spain.
    Skateboarding in one of those sports who comes in waves. Recently I have seen more people using the skate for transportation specially with longboards but probably I have not seen more than 10 girls making use of them :(

  255. Colleen

    June 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    To me this picture is so suburban even though it was taken in NYC. Though if you want to transport non US readers to the States why not photograph in suburbia once in a while? It is where most Americans live. I think New Yorkers tend to think that not living in a major cosmopolitan city makes a person less interesting. This is where New Yorkers get the reputation for being a bit pompous. If this girl on the skateboard is interesting to you then she should be just as interesting if she was in Cherry Hill, NJ. That’s just my 2 cents.

  256. NYMango

    June 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I really appreciate the city and skateboarding context, because I didn’t know how New York -centric it was. However, I think this photo stands on it’s own merits. The keys in her hand and slight tilt have the soft energy and poise of skateboarders at the ready. You captured that while photographing her back as well which is another feat. Also for a moment I thought it might be Garance with her signature bun. That just added to the gentle mystery of anonymity; just the way people pass you by in New York, swift, graceful, sometimes on wheels.

  257. anotherj

    June 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Nah…this could easily be Toronto!

  258. jirayu

    June 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What makes this photo very interesting to me is the key cards she’s holding… I think the photo represents the senses on individuality: personal choices, passion, attitude, life-style.

  259. Juliet

    June 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Scott. To me, this picture capture what it FEELS like to be on the streets in NY, and me not living there right now, I really loved this shot and lingered on it. Plus it’s beautiful. xo

  260. Cami

    June 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    the first thing I thought when I saw this picture was: “wow, what a nice shot!” It’s so fresh with a summer feeling…. And she makes an angle with her body and the floor. It’s a very good picture! It’s not a “fashion picture”, but it’s a “behavior picture” and it’s so new yorker! I really love it!

  261. Sophie

    June 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love this photo, not because its style is “sooo New York” but rather this picture captures the style of real life. Real life high fashion is what this blog is all about. This photo has everything high fashion does-from the uniqueness to the coolness, but this photo is a real person not a model in a fashion show (nothing against models!). I never have felt “transported” by Sartorialist photos, but rather reminded of how beautiful we can make our lives right here if we only try just a bit. This is really pedantic I apologize-c’est moi.

  262. >__

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  263. Kelly

    June 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    That’s funny that your thought is that this photo is ‘so New York’. Living on the other side of the world, and not having visited New York recently, I was actually surprised that people would be skateboarding in New York. I live in one of the beach suburbs of Sydney (Australia) and to me that photo could have been taken in my own backyard. I looked at that image and thought ‘that’s so Sydney’. Funny how your perspective alters what you see.

  264. Alecia Stevens

    June 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This is such a lovely point. I live in NY only part time and Minneapolis the rest of the time. I am lucky enough to spend about a month in Italy each year (and Florence at that!) The joy of this is that you are not jaded about a place – you can truly see it fresh – I am in NY and see how sweet it is in the Spring , how luscious! I can see the shift in the Autumn, the serious fashion, the new ideas. And I get completely how NY this photo is! This is not something you would see in Florence (I just returned) or in Minneapolis! It has that edgy quality that women in NY are not afraid of – yet with this lovely feminine hair style – long, loose, up. An attitude of nonchalance, but pulled together – oddly – how does this happen? It is the pulled together piece that is so NY. This is not true of many other places.

  265. Laurice Anderson

    June 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Your photos are amazing! Though I haven’t been to New York but I can sense that it is the place every people must visit!

  266. Julie N.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    You should explain your pictures more like you did to this one. I know you sometimes do it, but not all the time. It gives us more background on your thought process…orr you could not comment on it and leave it open to interpretation. I prefer the latter.

  267. Marcelo

    June 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Sure…this could easily be Rio de Janeiro !

  268. Alicia

    June 5, 2012 at 1:19 am

    i really liked this one, but it’s much more west coast, LA or SF than NYC.

  269. Pedro

    June 5, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I understand your point of view but nevertheless, the outfit that she’s wearing just isn’t nothing special. You could have made an “intagible” photo “sooo New York” with someone skateboarding.

  270. Marina

    June 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Come to Argentina!!!
    You will discover a new fashion world!!! Tus imágenes son excelentes!!!

  271. RKClegg

    June 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I was transported from WNC to NYC so I got just what I was looking for…this is why I love your blog.

  272. jasmine

    June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    It depends on what part of the cities you’re in. This site is common in most of the areas where low to middle class people and students are. If you don’t find yourself in these areas on your travels, and judging by your pictures you don’t, then you wouldn’t realize how common it is. New York is somewhat unique in having people from different classes living near each other in some areas, so you don’t have to travel far to see some kind of diversity.

    Other than that, there’s nothing that says New York about this photo other than the background image (maybe) and the title you gave it.

  273. Erica

    June 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    My father visited me in LA and commented on the sound of skateboards against the pavement that you hear from my apartment window every few minutes. He said that’s not a sound you ever hear in Nebraska. I hadn’t ever thought of the different noises I become accustomed to in the different places I’ve lived. You can hear this picture.

  274. Huong Do

    June 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Im not a frequent commenter, but since this photo is one of my favorite from yours (it has been on my laptop screen for more than 3 days and days to come I guess), I think I should leave some words.
    I do adore and get spired by your work.
    I check Garance’s blog and yours daily, you are different from almost all the blogger I follow. For Garance, I love that feminine kind of feeling when I look at her shots, always bright, always shine, light and tender. For you, it is, more close to the street, the people and somehow for me, closer to the feeling that when you look at a photo, don’t need any description but yet you can still understand. The photos, they are not all about the clothes, the style or anything around the fashion world (of course I do love these), I found here among yours, amazing close-ups, with great face expression put on, or in many times, put aside the style, it is the attitude that make it all. I respect you as a fashion blogger, but above all, a photographer as a whole.
    Come back to this one, again, it is my favorite. I agree with your culture view, we here in Hanoi, Vietnam hardly do any skateboarding in the street. But aside that, I love the atmosphere it brings, the sunshine, being fresh, being young and free, and yes, I see New York right at the first glance. This gave me what I mentioned above, the attitude.
    Keep up your great work.

  275. Jessie

    June 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This photo is unique and interesting to me, as I live in Phoenix. Not only do you have to have a car to get around and commuting by foot/bike/skateboard is impractical unless you work around the corner from your house, but it’s impossible to do six months out of the year. So for someone from this end of the country, this photo IS appreciated, and I’m also envious of those lucky enough to have the luxury of commuting by foot/non-motorized wheels/whatever.

  276. her

    June 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    yes this photo is plain and isn’t really about fashion. it is about what ordinary people wear—a heavy backpack, hair done up, hand holding keys and bandages on her heels. and none of it worn to be ironic or particularly cool. i think the theme of this photo is “practical”.

  277. Zahrazade

    June 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Your comment triggers me to comment on this photo also, scott.. Yes you might call this phote ‘so new york’.. Here you capture the woman, with the ‘oh-so-new-york-style’ and on the new york street. I have never been to new york so i dont know what so new york about this.. So i think people actually can think that there is nothing special in this photo because they dont know the meaning! I personally think that a good photo could capture what the photographer felt, and translate it, so we all could understand what’s the story behind it. This photo Scott, im sorry to say, notone of my favorite..

  278. Erika

    June 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I thought this was an amazing shot actually because not only was it a young woman skateboarding, but a great perspective of her lifestyle and the local culture. Your point presented is also very eye-opening and makes me appreciate the knowledge we gain from traveling even more, thank you.

  279. Jennifer

    June 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I have to say, yes, there is nothing special about this picture. As Bill Cunnigham would say, “it’s should be about the clothes”—I think in the past you’ve done such a great job of finding sartorial gems in the city that it didn’t matter if it was NYC or anywhere else, they were just great clothes and people. Clothes spoke for itself. And that represented your taste and remarkable eye/skills in catching these looks on the street.

    Keep in mind many who like this picture are living somewhere else outside of New York…what about your NYC followers who might encounter this all the time? There is nothing really unique in terms what she is actually wearing. It is great to see you traveling more often perhaps with your career expanding but I feel like The Sartorialist was never about having to know what certain “looks” are for certain cities…

  280. Carol

    June 6, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Wow. I have been looking at your blog for a while now, and always enjoy seeing the photos of different people (even when I don’t personally fancy their outfits). And now I think I like it even more!

    Often it seems people get so caught up in their own little worlds that they forget that where they live is not the centre of the universe. And, without trying to be mean here, there is certainly a perception outside of America that Americans are particularly known for that. It’s refreshing to see someone so aware of all the beautifully different cultures that exist in different cities.

    For me personally, I don’t look at your blog because I want to know what I should be wearing. I look at it because I love to see all different people in all different places and the peek into their lives your photos seem to give. The outfits I think are most special are the ones where people seem to have dressed for themselves, not to be ‘fashionable’.

    One thing I think some people should remember is that not too many years ago, a woman wouldn’t have been able to skateboard down the street in short shorts and dirty shoes. Not without causing a lot of controversy! (And in some places, they still would.) It’s lovely to look at this photo and just appreciate how many freedoms we do have in our lives these days.

  281. anna

    June 6, 2012 at 4:32 am

    wonderfully well put. I love how you always add a story and a meaning to your pictures, it gives them an extra dimension. I think that this is why you are such an interesting and popular street photographer.

  282. gavster

    June 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    This shot would be very new york if the skateboarder in question looked authentic. Here unfortunately she does not. Her stance is awkward and it is clear that she is not comfortable, therefore this photo could have been taken anywhere (overlooking the yellow ny taxi in the background). Sorry nothing special.

  283. velvet velazquez

    June 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I did a little sigh when I saw this photo. As a Cali girl living in Edinburgh this just said home to me. I agree completely with you. Its amazing that something so everyday in one place of the world can be what sets you apart somewhere else. Skater girls Rule, I love the hair in a rough knot glistening in the sun. And the white dirty vans, candy.

  284. herman

    June 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    you’re too good to read your comment streams.

  285. debra s

    June 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    this photo says “I am young, I am struggling, I don’t care what other people think, I am gentle and I am trying to move forward, so peace out”..luv it!

  286. kim - fortyovertwenty

    June 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This is one of my favorite Sartorialist photos ever. I completely agree with you. Period.

  287. Denny Wong

    June 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love it so much! I look forward to see you capture some “so Hong Kong” shots :)

  288. Rachel

    June 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love the independence and self-confidence this image conveys: she is literally On The Road, a skateboarding Jack Kerouac! Her life on her back & she can go wherever she wants, whenever she wants. And talk about style! Those flat shoes means no limping or truncated activity and all that bare skin while on wheels means super self-confident. Style is how you move, how you live, what your sights are set on – clothes and shoes and hair can add, but mostly they are just the exclamation or question mark at the end of the sentence.

  289. Daniele

    June 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    There is poetry in the mundane. Girls on skateboards are just cool, too.

  290. Thulasiram

    June 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Nice answer… exactly the way in which people see things in different perspective. For me this photo was amazing because i am from a different country.

  291. Dian

    June 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    You definitely won’t be able to take a photo like this in Manila! I actually stopped scrolling down when i came across this one. :)

  292. Annette

    June 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

    The first time you posted this picture, I did not understand your point of view. In fact, since I am from the NY area, I felt this was common and uninteresting. I read your answer in your repost and it stuck in my mind so much I needed to comment. This time I looked at her again and tried to see it through your eyes – and I get it. She is true example of a New Yorker, doing exactly what one does in NY, in the manner of a New Yorker – which is everyday for me and had lost it’s uniqueness. So the reason it stuck in my mind was simply because it caused me to pause and scan the world around me to see the uniqueness in the common place. Hmm, amazing how your explianation caused a domino effect.

  293. Jill

    June 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    The skate culture in NYC is nothing compared to the culture in San Diego and L.A. It’s barely existent in Manhattan and Brooklyn! Always love your photographs, btw.

  294. Chelsea

    June 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    You haven’t been everywhere if you think this is ” so New York”. Even though it is an interesting picture, you could come to Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) and see the same thing. When I see the photo I see a one way street and someone skateboarding in the middle of it. It doesn’t scream New York, at all. It impersonates someone who has great legs and a n active lifestyle who lives in an urban population. There are many of “her” in many places.

    • Stace

      August 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I have traveled a lot and lived abroad. I find this so very part of the big city of New York. It may exist elsewhere, but not like this. Just like, what you see in your world cannot be replicated it other areas.

  295. Mel

    June 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    As an alumni of FIT I understand the context of this scene which made me appreciate this photograph more. ID tags, messy bun, love.

  296. Akrep

    June 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Interesting… just recently, another first-hand account of the phenomenon of visual adaptation appeared in a blog post on Discover’s website. (What a neat thing to happen to a visual artist!) Olfactory adaptation is probably more familiar to people… you put on perfume and eventually don’t smell it anymore, but people that you run into still comment that they like the scent.

  297. LAURA SK

    June 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    sooooooooooooo coooooooooooooool!!!!!! xxxx

  298. Manoela Calabresi (Brazil)

    June 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    As a world traveler I might say I totally agree with you!

    I love this quote:

    “Why I travel: to learn and grow, to challenge myself, stretch my limits and foster an appreciation of both the world at large and the chair waiting in front of the woodstove back home”

    In other words, it’s amazing to see different cultures but it also feels good to be back to the things that belong to you.

    Congrats for the blog… it’s fabulous!

  299. Bryan Fu

    June 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    New York is one of my favorite cities to skateboard especially at night time. It’s calming and chaotic at the same time.

    Traveling always inspires me to appreciate my home more.

  300. Joni

    June 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    You’re forgetting one thing. Your blog.

    It’s TheSartorialist, not the “new york life” or “people of the big apple” blog.

    How this photo is falling under the umbrella of “creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.”? Would she make it to your book?

  301. Tupppi

    June 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    This is interesting: not just the clothes, but the paraphernalia of this woman’s life, the big bag, the keychain with swipe cards attached, the need for speed and the sporty shoes. The whole assemblage is geared towards a lifestyle, not a look. Even the hair is practical. It’s very different from anything you would have seen even 10 years ago. When I was her age, you could not have even imagined this! There’s definitely a laptop in that bag. She has ditched every unnecessary accoutrement to allow herself to get where she wants to go. She doesn’t need to answer to anyone about how she looks. What power and optimism! This girl has plans. She might be getting dressed up to the nines for a night on the town tonight, but for now she can metamorphose into a traveller.

  302. Eric Lim

    June 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Good pics i love girl skaters since i can’t skate :p

  303. Courtney Jines

    June 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    New York isn’t really a hotspot for skating…I think skate culture is more pervasive in California (especially the outskirts of L.A. like santa monica.) For this reason, I’d have to disagree with you that this picture is “so new york,” and I have seen more interesting and stylish ladies skating, so I’d have to agree with the commenter you are referring to :/

  304. Livia

    June 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I am so sorry, but it`s very, very Rio de Janeiro too…In Copacabana Beach we can see a lot of girls and their skates…

  305. owallace

    June 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t think the commenter was referring to the subject matter of the photograph, but rather to the quality of the photograph itself.

    Truth be told, it just doesn’t have that je ne se quois of your other photographs. It lacks the sharpness, the contrast, the movement, the life, the otherworldiness of your other photos. It’s bland and pedestrian and looks like it could have been snapped by any amateur photographer with a cheap digital camera.

  306. Flinthill Chick

    June 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    She is going some where her way!

  307. Amy

    June 9, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Agree, agree, agree! I live in Normandy, France and moved here from New York City. The originality of NYC is the New Yorker, to be an individual through expression and creativity – such as fashion. Just as each day is new, each person is different. Scott, thanks for letting me looking through your window from a distance. ;o)

  308. Celia

    June 9, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I hadn’t see your comment about the other comment I loved the picture. On one hand you are shooting New York City like it is in real life. On the other hand, the picture has got a move, that makes you also move. I don’t know how to say it in english, but the “profundidad de campo” is also incredible.
    Please, shoot more New York shoots. It is amazing.

  309. Brandon S.

    June 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Being a Californian (where currently I’m enjoying 71 degree weather and a beautiful sun) this photo is a common occurrence. But what I’ve come to really understand is that a point to the photo is that its about PERSONAL style and not the style that imposed upon us (or them). Remember, style is completely subjective (as is art, luxury, design….). Like the girls of Harajuku or rock stars or hipsters, the subject has chosen to embrace her own style, even if it isn’t flashy or elegant or….

    I’ve come to realize that the Sartorialist is about capturing not just the outfit but the personality. I personally feel the photo captures both equally well.

  310. ling

    June 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    well said.

  311. cris

    June 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    You can see such girls in Zurich anytime. Don’t think there is any thing special about this pic.

  312. Madison Montgomery

    June 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I love this picture! I think it’s awesome!

  313. Verso

    June 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I loved this image when I first saw it…everyone has their own opinion but sometimes you need to appreciate the most simple things in life and take it for what it is… just cool.
    Plus, it made me want to learn to skate.

  314. Manuela

    June 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I sooooooooo agree with you. I am a brazilian girl who recently was in NYC and definitely see this picture as something ‘so New York’. It’s an ordinary action – skateboarding, but is something that you only see, at leat this way, in NYC. It definitely transported me back to NYC!

  315. Brad Altemeyer

    June 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I like it, too often the ordinary is exactly what we miss out on noticing- and we miss the art of simly being when and where we are in life and in the imagery- so, while I enjoyed slowing down and reading a few comments here in multiple directions- it simply is there.

    -skate board commuting is not something I’ve done since long ago as a teen- but could be a part of transportation shifts in the future. In 1998, I did see what I thought odd- a person rollerblading home in a suit with briefcase in hand (downhill though, perhaps they took a bus or metro up to work).

  316. Kristin

    June 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I completely agree. There is a look and feel to New York that only exist here and that makes me really happy. I come back from another place and I automatically feel more at home because I am surrounded by people with so many layers emotionally, ethnically, and stylistically. Thanks for this image and all the images. I love knowing these people walk the planet with me.

  317. HonarDust

    June 13, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I’m Iranian and i agree with you. Here what you photographed means freedom and the top of womens wishes. When i see this photo my hole body shakes. It’s a very big motivation for me to want more freedom.
    Thank you for showing me freedom.

  318. LadyM

    June 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m from Romania, and I’ve been living in Denmark for two years now and I’ve never seen anything like this, except for movies. I love it! It makes me want to go to New York and experience that!

  319. Ariane de mini-jupe

    June 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    As a parisian I completely agree with this post! completely transported to another place…somewhere in the unknown…

  320. Jeff Weiss

    June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I agree with your take on the reader’s comment but I look at it from a different perspective. I live in California where everybody skates and it’s clearly not special here. Seeing it in New York feels like my worldview has been transported to New York.

  321. Stella

    June 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    In Barcelona there is a lot of people, women, men, old young sakteboarding

  322. Gwen

    June 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Sometimes, people failed to see anything special in this image beacause this is a normal everyday scene in NYC. The appreciation of everyday life/beauty is diminished. But i see more than beauty in this captured image…it invokes a wonderful feeling!

  323. Maria

    June 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    What Scott says is true – when I first saw the photo (before I’d even seen the text beneath), my reaction was to realise I truly miss the sense of freedom it depicts. And that feeling came more from the unselfconscious and practical style of dress than from the skateboard.
    (Londoner living in Istanbul)

  324. Lauren

    June 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I come from a city that has such a small central business district and such widespread outer districts that this would be an almost unheard of sight. I think it’s beautiful, something wonderfully New York, something I would never bebablento see in my home town. Thank you for bringing this wonderfully New Yorker image to lonely little Perth.

  325. CC

    June 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I live in Malaysia, i was attracted by this picture, i can feel life, in Malaysia it’s very rare to see people skateboarding on the street. New York is an big apple, especially to people from the creative line. I’m still a student, not able to travel to New York yet. It’s great to see these street scenes!

  326. Michael G

    July 9, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Actually…this is also SOOOO Long Beach California.

    I see people of ALL ages from 14-50 riding skateboards every where here.

  327. sosborn

    July 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Sartorialist: Thank you for this photo and your comments. As with one’s own fashion, it takes a keen (and free) eye to truly see one’s self. This photo is SO New York, and so America at large. You’ve captured something so prototypically mundane, yet in so doing, you’ve summarized so much of who we are.

  328. mary manese

    July 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    …I agree with you. I think the beauty is in the simplicity and the everyday, plus the photo’s technical straightforwardness, depth of field with the traffic lights in the distance makes this so interesting, as if it could be the cover of a book or magazine. The fact that we don’t see her face, but what she “sees” make it unique and a nice departure from your facing the camera shots.

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  330. go

    August 9, 2017 at 3:50 am

    This was really an interesting topic and I kinda agree with what you have mentioned here!

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