Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Lido with My Workshop Students, Venice

As I mentioned yesterday I am in Venice conducting a workshop with local Venetian students. A few want to be photographers but most are aspiring fashion designers.

Explaining to the students the hows and whys of the way I work has been a real refresher for me. So many of the things that I do are instinctual, but verbalizing it to someone else really helps to restore my focus on the fun of my job/art.
The first day here we walked around Venice trying to shoot people in a similar way that I would in New York – it was a disaster. No one interesting to shoot, very hot and the students weren’t really motivated. After a while we all sat down as a group and I tried to find out what they like to do when they have free time. Most all of them said that they like to go to the beach. So the next day we went to the beach.

I wanted to them to see that you don’t have to separate having fun and taking pictures. I take pictures walking around on the street because I find it very relaxing and fun. What each student needed to do was to find what they were passionate about and try to capture that passion with images.

I tried to explain that if they want to become a fashion designer they should try to take photos that will inspire a certain feeling of a season, or a gesture, or a mood. The pictures that I took above are, to me, the essence of Summer. If I was a designer I would look at photos like this at the beginning of the spring design season, just to remember what it is that everyone loves about the sun, warmth, and vacation.


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  1. Oh Dear Charlotte

    July 2, 2009 at 8:04 am

    im always so interested when you write lots in your posts. its a rare treat.

  2. Cucho Olivares

    July 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Scott, these pictures are amazing, I must say, perfect. Light, framing, subject attitude. Are these girls your students? Beautiful.
    Could you please give us more technical info?, I mean, time of the day, camera brand/model, speed etc.? were originaly taken in b&w. or it's a post process?
    Thank you.

  3. dominga

    July 2, 2009 at 8:11 am

    noooo i wish i would be there tooo :(( milan students are waiting for you to learn as much as possible from you!!!
    PLEASE keep us updated:)

  4. Eric Hegwer

    July 2, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Inspiration comes from the most unusual of places. How very creative to take what the students thought would be {fun} and turn it into a life-lesson. Well done indeed.

  5. Sinatra's Shadow

    July 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I wanted to ask you about how you take the photos wandering around the streets. Do you simply walk up to people and ask if they are willing to have their photo taken? Do you take the photo and then ask? How do people usually react when you ask?

  6. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

    So graceful shots, I love how you get in tune with a true feeling and surrender to it. Sunny Side

  7. Alex

    July 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I'm following you blog for quite a while, actually without being strongly involved in fashion and so on.
    These pictures are amazing and make me wanna have sun/beach instead of office and hot berlin around me.

    Thanks a lot for that short getaway..

  8. Melinda

    July 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    The water in the last photo looks amazing. Interesting post.

  9. Charlotte.

    July 2, 2009 at 8:28 am

    These photos are beautiful and feel very much like summer. Some great shots here. =].

  10. kiKo

    July 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Very interesting.

  11. Clare

    July 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Very beautiful photos – you're lucky to have such attractive students, your job could've been made much harder!

  12. Kyle

    July 2, 2009 at 8:35 am

    So you took a bunch of attractive ladies to the beach? You sly dog.

    Also, the photographs turned out very beautifully. Depicting the epitome of summer.

  13. miss milki

    July 2, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful photos – they really make me want to be there, splashing about in the sun. I love the second photo, the shape her hands make is so beautiful and elegant and I love the boat in the background.

  14. Merci Beaucoup

    July 2, 2009 at 8:37 am

    This was probably one of the most beautiful, inspiring articles I've read in a long time.

  15. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

    that second one is WOW!

  16. patti

    July 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    these are amazing.

  17. nasne

    July 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Wow! Sorry for my lack of vocabulary. I decided to go to beach today instead of shopping. Great photo as usual!

  18. The Khaki Crusader

    July 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Fantastic. Need an intern?

  19. dora

    July 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

    oh, how envious i am…

  20. Ruhvana and Flanelli

    July 2, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I leve these. They immediately make me smile. They are so happy and relazed.


  21. beba

    July 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Now I just can't wait sea next week.
    Sorry for my bad english (:

    Peace and love!

  22. Rico

    July 2, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Breathtaking photos. I especially love the second one, with the ball aloft. It can be a profound thing to speak about one's own work because, as you mentioned, it makes one more aware of his/her process, motivations and habits. You're so right, these are iconic images that transcend time and place. Bravo.

  23. véronique

    July 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    You do habe sexy students ! Great pics,I would love to go to the beach today… The City is too sticky;

  24. Moi

    July 2, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Works for me!

  25. Laeti

    July 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Wahou !! I would like to have a photography teacher like you ! It must be very cool and interesting !!

    Lucky Venetian students !

  26. Christina

    July 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

    These are great tips. I've had a fascination with fashion since I was younger. It took me a while to learn that what people design and what people sometimes wear stems from moods, places, feelings, not just a necessity to put something on in the morning.

  27. heleen db

    July 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

    A very interesting post, and I totally understand how verbalizing ideas and motives can restore focus on them.

    These pictures are indeed the epitome of summer.

  28. 5ft0

    July 2, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Beautiful photos Sart! You've definitely captured the essence of summer in the picture =)

  29. sadiqeh

    July 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    All of the photos are beautiful but that second one is so graceful; even in the midst of play. I love it!

  30. Cypriotchick

    July 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

    wow that sounded not only like you had a good time but that u r obviously very passionate about ur art and about conveying that passion to others! what lucky students you have!


  31. diane

    July 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Great advice. They say that being self conscious is the death of fashion. The same is true with photography.
    Love these shots.

  32. C.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Absolutely great photos.. And your ideas are so inspirational!! You should consider teaching at a university… I wish I could take part in that workshop because this post trully encourages motivation!

  33. ziolele

    July 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    second from top is amazing!

  34. Victoria B

    July 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    how imspiring :)


  35. Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I think you are so right to advise them to take pictures of what is inspiring. I get asked very often where is my inspiration comming from in creating new designes. I always say – ispiration can come from anywhere: a cup of hot chocolate, blask & white cinema,unexpected romace, aroma of rare parfume…It is very valuable advice -to collect your inspirations.:-)))

  36. The Curateur

    July 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Absolutely stunning photos and just what I think of (or hope for) in summer.

    May I ask what they're shot with?

  37. dutchbaby

    July 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I adore the second photo. It achieves your goal by conveying summer fun and it is a great composition: her symmetric hands, the ship in the background and, best of all, the water, so liquid, reflecting her shadow in the foreground and mini bubbles hovering about.

  38. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful photographs! Vintage style and really inspiring!

  39. greendress

    July 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    That is such excellent advice Sart: try to do what you love. If work isn't a chore, you just might succeed in doing it.

  40. kayang

    July 2, 2009 at 9:36 am

    those photographs are so great…The first one is perfect.

  41. robert ballew

    July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I really appreciate you sharing your thought process. I totally get it ! Best, Robert Ballew

  42. Rachel Power

    July 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Such beautiful contrast in the shots. Water takes on a whole different quality in B&W–like something solid. What lucky students!

  43. Jack Daniel

    July 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Great post.

    I would invite you to my school for a lecture if I was the head of a university.

    Fashion should ALWAYS be combined with a certain passion for something.

  44. Hanneli

    July 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I love the pictures! And the explanation as well.

  45. Matador Lucida

    July 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

    i love your work. i admit i have only recently begun following what you create via these collected images. however, i say with certainty that these photographs move me.

  46. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    beautifully stated!

  47. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    For me, the most difficult part of shooting strangers is to get them to act naturally. so many people dont want to have their picture taken or become uptight because they are afraid that their picture will look ugly or not the way they perceive themselfs…

    any advice?

  48. non-no

    July 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I love the images and text. The first picture is specially beautiful in my opinion. Thank you. :) Have a great summer! (and mild winter when in SĂŁo Paulo)

  49. old lady in a shoe

    July 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

    As a teacher, I loved your reflective approach to a "disastrous lesson." But most of all, I loved your advice to designers for inspiration about summer: your pictures were wonderfully molten.

  50. Mr Christopher

    July 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Awesome photos Scott – I especially like the top one. Black and white beach shots look so stylish.

  51. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Those images are absolutely stunning …
    I really enjoy the way the sartorialist approaches fashion – through the eyes of an artist, not a marketer.
    A true inspiration.

  52. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am


  53. brandt abner

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful pictures!
    The first two remind me of the things I love most about Bresson and Cecil Beaton…

  54. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Your photography just gets better and better over the years! These are fantastic.

  55. lis

    July 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Wow, this photos are so stunning and very inspirational. I wish I could take your workshop..

  56. JC

    July 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Wow…that 2nd shot is amazing.

  57. The Glorious Nosebleed

    July 2, 2009 at 10:18 am

    The Gritti I suppose…
    And congratulations : you captured a perfect summer day !

  58. RW

    July 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Great shoots as usual. Will you be having any workshops in NYC? I would love to attend.

  59. Gabriela

    July 2, 2009 at 10:30 am


    I'd have never thought of summer as a b/n picture, but these have really changed my point of view, they really work!

    Glad to see that you're having such a great time, to get payed for doing something you love is the way to go!

  60. GabrielEstefano

    July 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

    The pictures are beautiful, but what you say is very true, you can find inspiration in any image, especially images taken by the inspiration seeker himself… your images always move me

  61. Voon

    July 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

    The first shot almost-dive capture is such a great summery shot!

    The second shot is absolutely breathtaking and beyond excellent — The white mini ripples around her waist as she is slightly raised after hitting the volleyball… her graceful hands (as if she was doing a bird shadow – but hands apart) is almost like a beautifully choreographed dance moment. The ball in midair and the texture of the ocean ripples completes this flawless picture. It even has a boat in the distance for added ambience.

  62. Jonathan Henson

    July 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    thank you. this is really inspiring!

  63. Amy

    July 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I took a photography class once that really taught me to focus on a goal, rather than fly thru rolls and rolls of film (those were the days!) trying to catch the perfect shot. We were asked to study a friend for several days, then try to capture the perfect photo of them that expressed how we felt about them. While "study time" isn't always practical, it was a great exercise that forced me to understand what I loved about photography and how to look for that special moment.
    If I wanted to be a designer I think I would do the oppposite: take lots of pictures and use them to help me "study" others…how they move in clothes, how they wear accessories, how bodies are shaped, what colors people are comfortable in etc.
    I can see how you are caught in both worlds!

    Thanks for today's post!

  64. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 11:03 am


  65. Jem

    July 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

    thank you for the wisdom, as an aspiring photographer it helps to learn from other photographers about ways to shoot. gorgous photographs btw… i love the second one so much!

  66. Nikki - - Monomestile - -

    July 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Your photos are like looking at a memory.
    What school do these venice students go to? Because I'm jetting this lame school and jetting over there.

  67. Hanna Persson

    July 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I really like the second photo!

  68. Soren Lorensen

    July 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

    the top is my favourite, because of the sense of community I get from it

    and the hands in the second photograph down are…terrifying, really.

  69. Little Red

    July 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Amazing photographs!

    I love how you said, "What each student needed to do was to find what they were passionate about and try to capture that passion with images." That is so true with photography.

    These pictures truly are the essence of summer.

  70. -h

    July 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

    i like these!

  71. Em

    July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I love the diagonal line created in the frist picture…great composition, great post!

  72. Diana

    July 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Your "Girls of Summer" remind me (the colors and lights) of Don Henley´s Boys of Summer….
    I don´t know why…it is only an impression..

    Lucky lucky students….

  73. Corinna White Charlton

    July 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    i am so touched by this blog post. thank you for putting images to an emotion, and for reminding us to always make our passions our life.

  74. keli *

    July 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    amazing pictures, fabulous post!

  75. James Taylor

    July 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I'm surprised these girls want to be designers… when they make such great models!

    These photographs are timeless. When I saw the first one I thought it was from an old book you'd found. The second photo is my favorite. I've never seen water look so inviting in black & white.

    It's true what you say about verbalizing your craft. I used to teach English to Italians in Florence, and talking at length about my life actually proved very therapeutic for me, and fascinating to students. Their responses helped me recognize things about myself I might not have realized on my own.

  76. kpeach

    July 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    These are utterly stunning, and have made a rather dull and grey day that much brighter.
    You are inspirational.

  77. funeral parade

    July 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    i am a designer dedicated to my next adventure & the one thing i was taught in schooling and by my mother [who is also a seamstress] is.. you know you are a true designer when you look at anything and can create something beautiful from it. inspiration is everywhere. i truly agree with this post. i love love love this.

  78. Renata

    July 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    there are BEAUTIFUL

  79. Sarah Y

    July 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I love your posts, always have and they always remind why I have always loved photography. Have only ever been a hobby of mine, nothing more and even though I never used to be into the fashion side, this blog has lead me to look into street fashion much more.
    Such a delightful post. Thankyou. :D

  80. ZombieLace

    July 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What lucky students, who wouldn't love to do a workshop on the beach? Beautiful images and beautiful words accompanying them!

  81. whyioughtta

    July 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Wise words and beautiful images…the second shot looks like a strange, lovely water creature…

  82. Mailee ♥

    July 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    The photos are gorgeous. I love the posture in the second one!

    …you wouldn't happen to be holding a class in the San Francisco area any time soon, would you? :)

  83. Ashley

    July 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful photos. I love that they're in black and white. Its refreshing to not see posing and just natural gestures and genuine joy.

  84. Maria Confer

    July 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! Your post is awesome. It's wonderful to be able to learn a bit about what inspires an artist and how they view their work!! I really enjoyed this and learned a lot!!

    Thanks!! XOXO

  85. esther

    July 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    that first shot looks like "more bars in more places." maybe you and AT&T can strike up a deal…
    love these.

  86. sofia

    July 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I was in Venice today!! I was hping to see u while I was walking to the university!! Bad luck :)
    Love the photos

  87. rosemary

    July 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    love these, but where are your shots from berlin?

  88. The Calvin Show

    July 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Scott, you are AMAZING. I'm definitely digging what you've said about finding your passion and trying to capture that through image.

    That second image is gorgeous, btw.

  89. Zepequeña

    July 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Lovely photos!


  90. Shelley Noble

    July 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Brilliant advice and insight. No wonder you are successful.

  91. robinbenito

    July 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    maybe redundant, but kudos for these shots! especially the first one!

  92. denny wong

    July 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Amazing pictures! They are so beautiful o_O

  93. Le Fashion Intern

    July 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    So true, these photos really inspire the feeling of summer; people who are out in the sun and just relaxing and having a blast. I'm an aspiring fashion designer so I will totally think about what you said! Love this post :)

  94. dd

    July 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Amazing pictures! i love the light, dark, shaddow, black, white…you can almost see the air in them…just great!! thank you

  95. Antonio Acuña

    July 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Have you thought about doing a workshop in London? I would love the chance to take it!

  96. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    "If I were a designer I would look at photos like this at the beginning of the spring design season, just to remember what it is that everyone loves about the sun, warmth, and vacation."—n.b., subjunctive conditional.

    Pedantry aside: these photos are super awesome!!!

  97. Aim Green

    July 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Mister, you are brilliant indeed…I'm truly amazed…thank you for such an insightful post…your pictures are captivating as always…I shall return

    Aim Green

  98. Jeannie

    July 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I think it is your ability to capture emotions rather than "an outfit" that inspires all of us. Thank you for doing what you do.

    I also love reading your thoughts. They are as captivating as your photos!

  99. Xris

    July 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I truly admire your work. You make it look so easy.

    BTW- Came across this.

    Wondering if you would like to comment on the guy in the BG? A sartorialist captures The Sartorialist.


  100. Roth and Ko.

    July 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    The top photo could be an ad for AT&T ("More bars in more places.") Killing two birds with one stone, Sart?

  101. Florenz

    July 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    The black and white is really different from you, but it's great.

  102. JFK Jean

    July 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Great words of wisdom….and photos to boot. The black and white just makes it more nostalgic.

  103. Sputnik

    July 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    especially like the second picture, they're amazing!

  104. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I have to say it's a beautiful photographer's philosophy. Thank you for your advice and beautiful images.

  105. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    simply amazing!!!

  106. Lapetitefille

    July 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    i like this pictures!! i think i see you in givenchy show at Paris.

  107. chahal

    July 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    These pictures are art. Beautiful.
    And if I think of what pictures from my day at the beach usually look like. **cringe**

  108. Nick Leonard

    July 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    That second photo is so epic…wow.

  109. Caity180

    July 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    These photos are stunning. You've definitely captured the moment. xx

  110. Rowdy and Chic...

    July 2, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Inspiring insight.

  111. Clarity

    July 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Is that the quintessential Summer for you? I must admit you captured the light, the shade, the unposed laughter.

    Summer for me is reading a book in a hammok and turning the pages with pink-stained fingers from eating strawberries.

  112. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    These are stunning photos. They are some of my favorite photos from your site. Absolutely beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing them with us!

  113. robyn

    July 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    these pictures are absolute perfection.

  114. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm


  115. Allan Bacon

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Scott – I love your style and your eye for interesting people.

    Tell me more about "how you shoot in New York" – do you interact with your subjects? do you just take their photos on the sly? what do you say to them to get them to pose?

    Keep up the great posts – I open every one!

    - Allan Bacon

  116. cathy

    July 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    thank you for sharing such smart words.

  117. Bombshell Kitten

    July 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    The shots are amazing and truly epitomize 'summer'. Your students should be honored to have such a great mentor!

  118. Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    horrible volleying form

  119. allison

    July 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    so gorgeous!!


  120. Stephanie Clayton

    July 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    summer in all its warmth, sparkle and spontaneity, perfectly captured here in black and white.
    i certainly enjoyed reading the story behind these images.

  121. noelakadjtambour

    July 3, 2009 at 12:11 am

    as they say…all work and no play…

  122. hellomeowmeow

    July 3, 2009 at 12:20 am

    these are my FAVOURITE on your blog!
    better than all those chic photos of people on the streets.

  123. Craig Curtis

    July 3, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Smart Words. Smart Pics. You're The Tops!

  124. Teresa-Victoria

    July 3, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Beautiful photography, I love the first and second images. x

  125. Brigadeiro

    July 3, 2009 at 1:45 am

    What a gorgeous post! And it's not just the beautiful pics…love it! :)

  126. Mai-Thi

    July 3, 2009 at 2:13 am

    thank you,
    for this.

  127. veeanna =)

    July 3, 2009 at 3:19 am

    i'm one of your fan from Indonesia. :)

  128. Red

    July 3, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Job well done. But an un-named cell phone company might try to buy or copy the first picture. Scott, I think this is a great set of pictures. They are free and full of life and energy. Thanks for sharing!

  129. travelbug

    July 3, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I would like to take one of your workshops!

    How do I find out about them?

  130. Steven

    July 3, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Purely amazing! So much fun portrayed through these images. :D

  131. Gi

    July 3, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I love these pics Scott! I also took what is for me essence of summer in my blog, 2 cute young boys surfing in French west coast.

    Thanks for making your work public.

  132. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Why do you never answer any technical questions posed on this blog, like camera model, lens, aperture, post production etc? Some of us really follow this blog to learn photography, so it would help immensely. Are you trying to keep it a trade secret, or is there another reason? Would love an answer.
    I use alot of b/w photography, it really sticks out amongst all the color photography around. Has a different impact, a feel of the past. These are REALLY good!

  133. Olviya

    July 3, 2009 at 5:56 am

    so nice to have such teacher like you… that can help just to realise some simple but important things…

  134. TootyLaCoquette

    July 3, 2009 at 6:03 am

    I have no words to express how wonderful the pictures are….They should be in a book

  135. Agyesh Madan

    July 3, 2009 at 6:20 am

    but you took away the sun, warmth and vacation by turning them into black and white images.. :-(

  136. Neil Sharman

    July 3, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Love these shots, great imagination!


  137. joshylola

    July 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Refreshing pictures

  138. Simo

    July 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

    What about a workshop in Amsterdam????????

    Merci bcp to stop by my little blog ,-)

  139. Gwen

    July 3, 2009 at 8:46 am

    True essence of summer and inspirational. I like very much the idea of capturing a feeling or mood with photography.

  140. ola

    July 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

    The second photograph is stunning. Beautifully composed, and the boat in the background is delightful!

  141. krySalCake

    July 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

    ow, hi!
    i've always luved ur blog and i recently posted one of ur recent pics on my own new blog ..
    obviously i gave credits, hope u dont mind!


  142. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

    the picture of the woman about to hit the ball is incredible…how you captured the positioning of her hands is perfect…thank you.

  143. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    These are extraordinary. Really unforgettable. What lucky students you have!

  144. Maria Grineva

    July 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

    This is so beautiful! Thank you very much , it is a good life lesson :)

  145. Maverick Malone

    July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

    This is sooo cool!! Do you do more workshops around the world? Any in the states?

  146. Berry

    July 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful pictures! They make me want to be in Italy!

  147. JamieDOTBall

    July 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    very inspiring and also very great shots! Glad to hear this is how you have fun :) thanks for all


  148. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    ooooh! I would love to take a workshop from you!!!


  149. Nuria

    July 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Great shots!

  150. Joann

    July 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Amazing pictures! Also, I like how you think about photography.

  151. B.

    July 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    oh, The Sartorialist do speaks! : )
    Well, you says so much with yours photos words seems unnecessary but actually it feels so good reading your post.

  152. Gabriela Francuz

    July 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  153. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    i'm thinking bruce weber … divine

  154. Kate

    July 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Great pictures! … and thanks for stating that you didn't see any interesting people in the streets. I'm just back from Venice (Tuesday, almost crossed paths ;-) ) and I found the lack of interesting people astonishing but thought it was my fault not to spot any.

  155. Anonymous

    July 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    You are at Lido di Venezia? I can't imagine swimming there as the water quality is quite poor, even on the Adriatic side. Regardless, beautiful and inspiring photos! -Chiara

  156. cordelia

    July 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Wonderful wonderful photographs! Even more beautiful as you tell us it's the charming lido (we can even see the not so bluish waters) and divine Venice!
    Congratulations, thanks.

  157. Barbara

    July 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    great photos. nice change!

  158. Edos

    July 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    The pics are really great, i like them.

  159. S

    July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Sart, these BW pictures of horizon in the background are simply beautiful. Would love to read more often about tips, techniques and what drives you.

  160. frank adam

    July 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Summer perfection! I love it.

  161. Samantha Adler

    July 4, 2009 at 12:34 am

    i saw this post, and it led me to create my own quintessential summer shot

  162. Super Milk-Chan

    July 4, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I always love your photography, but your skill for artistic composition and contrast really shows here. I'd love to see you do more black and whites like this. It really illustrates your talent in a way that color can't, and the contrast in style is truly fascinating.

  163. proudly says,

    July 4, 2009 at 1:06 am

    This is my first time to visit your site.
    and I'm so inspired after reading you biography.
    I'm a marketing graduate too but I've never really practice my course yet.

    By the way, I love your pictures!
    you're a great photographer too!

  164. Mark T

    July 4, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Blimey, Scott, this are your best yet. They remind me of Jacques-Henri Lartigue's Riviera shots. Bravo.

  165. sophie

    July 4, 2009 at 5:12 am

    such great pictures.. really inspiring!

  166. clémence

    July 4, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Were your pics taken in the 40's?

    It seems so!


  167. Hickers

    July 4, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Sart, your life sucks.

  168. Linn Emilie

    July 4, 2009 at 5:54 am

    great pictures as always :D

  169. Johanna

    July 4, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Love how timeless these photos are. From the look of them, they could've been taken 50 years ago or yesterday.

    Glad you're having a good time over there. Happy 4th of July from the Midwest.


  170. GingerSnap

    July 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    These photos are breathe taking… It makes me want to be there! :)

  171. Tristan Casey

    July 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    i've reread this post a dozen times.
    it so perfectly worded. it's helped me feel even more comfortable in the direction i've taken my career in photography.

    never slow down scott.

  172. seawallrunner

    July 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Your photos are timeless. I don't know if the shots were taken in 2009 or in 1950.

    Reminds me of moments in beautiful old Italian movies. Visconti… Fellini…

    You have captured timeless joy on a beautiful summer day. And now, we share this joy with you.

  173. Maggie

    July 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    heart-stoppingly beautiful. thank you.

  174. Suzanne

    July 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    That first picture is so artistic AND joyful. It makes life seem all the more beautiful to see it captured like that.

  175. Allie

    July 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I think these are the best pictures I've ever seen on this blog. I mean, the streetstyle pictures are fantastic too, but these are so full of life it hurts to look.

  176. david

    July 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    These are some very beatiful shots. Good Job!

  177. Candace

    July 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    What a great group of b&w photos…they depict summertime in such a simple and timeless manner. I love!

  178. sirikid

    July 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The second and third picture remind me a bit of Leni Riefenstahl. After all – she was a good photographer.

  179. alan nei

    July 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    beautiful beautiful pictures !!
    hugs from sao paulo

  180. SallyO

    July 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Happy Independence Day, U.S.A.!!!!
    O.K., now back to Italy…

  181. maionesetrip

    July 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I love your blog, and your pictures. "I take pictures walking around on the street because I find it very relaxing and fun" – yes, we can see it on your pics, they are so natural and happy! Huge kisses from Brazil!!!!!

  182. whelkpoint

    July 5, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Your photos this month have been superb!

  183. Catherine

    July 5, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Encouraging students to be the best version of who they are (and what they enjoy doing) instead of just mimicking their professor's vision, is an ego-free approach to teaching. High five for getting that.

    And those pictures are slammin', of course.

  184. Rob

    July 5, 2009 at 2:29 am

    these are STUNNING!

  185. alivenkickn

    July 5, 2009 at 2:43 am

    shooting . . . . aiming at – trigger . . . and PENG dead you are . . . .

    to photograph people on the street is – after my experience – easier said than done. actually it s communicating in a very direct, private and intimate way, a way you normaly are communicating with friends. people on the streets are strangers first. and to approach strangers, to overcome psychological barrier´s that might excist within oneself needs time and guts. that s my experience at last.
    once you accomplished that – eye contact, SMILING (the door opener) at the person realising his or her reaction and taking a picture all within a split second . . . . yeah fotographing people is fun.

  186. Mariona

    July 5, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Fantastic editing, your sensitivity, your ability to appreciate beauty wherever you go for me is impeccable and your photos tell a lot about you and transmit !!!!!!!!!!!!! FROM BCN

  187. frannie

    July 5, 2009 at 4:03 am

    So true. These pictures surely do inspire images and feelings of summer. So well put. You're awesome!!

  188. The Velvet Scientist

    July 5, 2009 at 4:28 am

    absolutely lovely – your words as well as the photos. well done indeed.


  189. florence

    July 5, 2009 at 6:23 am

    ooooh! i'm venitian and its so funny to see the Lido from your point of vew! I must say that I'm a bit jealous!

  190. Tiphaine

    July 5, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Those photos are really beautiful !

  191. Anonymous

    July 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Your understanding and connection to the photographs via the written word is important to readers. You are able to capture the moment in a way that I have not seen before. Thank you.

  192. babie

    July 5, 2009 at 11:10 am

    The second and the third photos are ruined (for me) by the inclination of the sea at the horizon. I can't stand seas going downhill:-D

  193. Anonymous

    July 5, 2009 at 11:13 am


  194. Funkidivagirl

    July 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Great photos and great advice to your students!

  195. Chelsea Bryan Knights

    July 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    These photos are absolutely flawless. The lighting is immaculate and I love that they're in black and white, because for me it gives a timeless quality to the feeling of summer that you captured. I'm exploring the possibilities of becoming a fashion designer, and the endless Summer that I see here inspires me to design a swimsuit. Maybe I'll post a swimwear design on my blog tonight!

    - Chelsea Bryan Knights

  196. joanne

    July 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Amazing! I'm extra love the second picture.

  197. Topham Beauclerk

    July 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    More please. (They do indeed evoke Lartigue.)

  198. elina

    July 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I just found your blog and it's amazing ! :)

  199. Karoline

    July 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    This photos are stunning! It is so nice to see some beautiful art, I have missed it!

  200. Anthea

    July 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Love these black and whites and the fact that you are sharing your skills and knowledge with others.

  201. chicmuse

    July 6, 2009 at 12:40 am

    are you crazy. i´m in love with those pics.


  202. Romain

    July 6, 2009 at 6:58 am

    What a great photo.

    You catch in just a picture each step of the diving, confère:

  203. Anonymous

    July 6, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Reminds me of Max Dupain's work. Great stuff.

    Nick L.

  204. Jack

    July 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Wow really very nice and good information you share here. I read your entire post and really superb information you share here on funny stuff. thanks for your information.

  205. Maike.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:20 am

    gosh, venice is mz favourite city. And the lida is so georgeous, it is love isn't it?

  206. Anonymous

    July 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I love the one with the ball… I'm saving it to my computer.

  207. Sprockette

    July 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    That second picture is gold.
    I love seeing this photography of yours that doesn't fit with the theme of this blog. It reminds me of the technical and artistic aspects of your photos so I don't just glance through the outfits.

  208. an

    July 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    stunning photos.

  209. Anonymous

    July 6, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    These are beautiful. Timeless. Inspiring. You really captured a moment(s). Thank you.


  210. Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    July 7, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Hi there:) Very vell said! To able to work with your passion must be the best work of all! And it's very interesting to hear how you focus and think when you take your pickture's. These photo's are so very beautiful and they totally gives me the summer feeling. And I think it's preatty amazing that you are able to pass that feeling on with black and white photo's. Your work is great! Have a nice summer! :)

  211. Anne

    July 7, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Amen to that!

  212. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I wish I could buy the second photo. I can't stop looking at it.


  213. DopeGirlVa

    July 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    What impresses me most, about your work, is your seemingly innate ability to create art out of the everyday. You non-intrusively impose your "eye" on the daily drones of NY life. Your photography is fantastic, it speaks to the fashion of the future..and the past. Keep it up!


  214. Timothy Steiner

    July 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    These shots are wonderful, frame worthy! Excellent work. They belong in a gallery.

    I have been reading your blog for years and these are the best photos yet.

  215. The Concrete Commentator

    July 8, 2009 at 10:00 am


  216. Márcia Pires

    July 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    i agree.

  217. MB

    July 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Love the post that went with these beautiful photos x

  218. 6p011571148908970b

    July 9, 2009 at 11:03 am

    i can feel the sea when i look at them! they are wonderful, pure summer.

  219. Priscilla

    July 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Amazing photos.

  220. Anonymous

    July 10, 2009 at 1:03 am

    This images truly capture the essence of summer. They bring feelings of refreshment and fun!

  221. fern

    July 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

    You make me want to dash outside give everyone I see a high five!

    Thank you for capturing the spirit of so many beautiful people and for noticing the details that many might not notice without your eye & your gentle nudge to look more closely at the world.

    Thank you for celebrating the style, expression and earthliness of us all.

    And thank you for demonstrating true intuition, even in teaching. . i think you're on to something there.


  222. Augenblick

    July 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm


  223. Dot

    July 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Bravo!! Couldn't have said it better myself. But then again, I am a fish out of water. I think perhaps these photos are your best yet, and I passionately agree with what you wrote, which has inspired me to comment. Thank you. Hope it's all going swimmingly. x

  224. Serg Riva

    July 11, 2009 at 12:14 am

    that's the way.

  225. Golden Girl Olive

    July 11, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    These photos are gorgeous, Sart! Well done.


  226. Philili

    July 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    these pictures are graceful and it's a good remedy to my actual melancholic mood. ah! summertime, and the living is easy…

  227. Hedvig of Sweden

    July 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    These pictures are so gorgeous! Both me and my fiancy love your blog. We get so inspired! It´s a true piece of art. Thank you!

  228. Jody

    July 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    the beauty of these shots is not that they are perfectly timed, that the subject matter is perfectly posed or even that the shadows and light provide the perfect juxtaposition of one another. the beauty is in the truth that you have captured. specifically the shot of the two young women laughing in the water. not often can women be shot without primping, posing or putting on that oh-so-long perfected smile. you have managed to capture the love that can be found between two women that is so often lost to an observer in the blink of an eye.

  229. Amy

    August 9, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Please please please, can I purchase the top photo from you and frame it – it would be PERFECT in my sons room – just the right combo of water and grown up!! I LOVE it!! Amazing! [email protected]

  230. FashionAddict777

    November 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    C'est Magnifique! I love these

  231. David

    December 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hei, could I have a copy of those?
    Great great pics!

    I am becoming a fan!!!!

    [email protected]

  232. piko

    December 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    "if they want to become a fashion designer they should try to take photos that will inspire a certain feeling of a season, or a gesture, or a mood."

    What great advice, thank you.

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