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Friday, March 16, 2007

Handball....Brooklyn, New York

Comments on "Handball....Brooklyn, New York"


Blogger Butch said ... (9:12 AM) : 

Muscle striations are going to be big for spring, on dit.


Blogger gila said ... (9:42 AM) : 

that's an old image isn't it?

amazing what his body's doing


Blogger Billsworth Esq. said ... (9:53 AM) : 

One of my all time favourite shots of yours. Love how the blog is growing, wishing you all the best from London.



Blogger Dave said ... (10:19 AM) : 

He reminds me Iggy Pop :-)


Blogger michael said ... (10:35 AM) : 

with the exception of subways what's more new york than handball?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 AM) : 

Didn't you post this photo a long time ago? Wasn't it in Chinatown?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 AM) : 

Seems to me that if you are going to repeat photos from previous years you should say so. You posted this one last year.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

this is a spectacular photo.


Blogger Rafe Totengco said ... (11:20 AM) : 

What a great action shot. The foreshortened anlge is unsettling to look at because his arm looks distorted. He must do this everyday from the look of those muscles.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (11:29 AM) : 


I did post this photo about a year ago but it has been off-line as a draft for quite a while.

The blog has grown so much since I first posted this image that i thought some new viewers might enjoy it,

Any harm in that?


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (12:19 PM) : 

That is a fantastic shot!


Anonymous jocelyn said ... (12:57 PM) : 

cool photo! i'm glad you posted it, i haven't been around this blog long enough to have seen it before. :) some people are so nasty!


Blogger Cut of cloth said ... (1:10 PM) : 

One of the army of
Haven't seen this shot
So pleased you posted it again
Very strong and powerful image


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:01 PM) : 

Love it! so "summer in NYC" on such a wintery day---and I don't mind at all that it's an older shot. What's with some people? pick pick pick.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:08 PM) : 

That's a great photo! I'm new to the site also, so haven't seen it before. And some people are probably negative all day long.


Anonymous Laura said ... (4:09 PM) : 

Lovely shot.
It almost looks like a choreographed dance, especially with the expression on his face. Very graceful.


Blogger Tenebrist said ... (4:25 PM) : 

I thought it looked familiar.

I don't think there's anything wrong with re-posted photos. However, I think a small notation might help ease some of the confusion for people that have seen them already.


Anonymous Andrew said ... (5:50 PM) : 

If your posting old photos, I have a tiny request of sorts.
A man in a cape, tied at the collar, which is an excellent shot.
I think it was posted slightly before this one was posted first time.


Blogger slantdenchanted said ... (5:58 PM) : 

this is my favorite picture of yours, even though it has nothing to do with clothing. i loved it the first time you posted it and i'm glad you posted it again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 PM) : 

That's so New York. It was a sure sign of Spring when the shirtless boys played outside my high school! Thanks for the memory!


Blogger d. chedwick bryant said ... (10:28 PM) : 

great shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:02 AM) : 

How do you call this sport? Handball? Isn't it rather the "bare-hand" version of the "pelote basque"?


Anonymous Jessica M. said ... (6:45 AM) : 

I think it's a beautiful photo. The calm, dancer-like expression, and the almost frightening exertion in the body.

The only thing about reposting: It is nice for us who follow your work to have some context for the progress of the fashions that catch your eye. When it comes to photos like this, you are an artist. And it helps to understand an artists work to know where, in their career, they were when the art was rendered.

Lastly, as a somewhat new reader (only 6 months, or thereabouts), well, I liked your photos so much that I went back through them. Particularly, I wanted to know what people were wearing when the weather was similar to what it is like now (Portland weather is just slightly different). How were people you saw dealing with chill, or rain, or what-have you, and still looking interesting. WIthout a date, it's harder to know what I'm looking at!

That's all.


Blogger Jim said ... (11:05 AM) : 

So . . . somehow you've breached readers' trust by having the gall--the gall!--to repost your own photo, on your own, non-commercial site, without noting that you'd offered it last year. How dare you! Oh well . . . it's a really cool picture, and the site keeps getting better and better. Thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 AM) : 

beautiful sculpture


Blogger Yugen said ... (2:32 PM) : 

Sculpture...reminds me of those "écorché" bronze statuettes from the 15. and 16. century...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:59 PM) : 

I recognized the photo from before as well -- once seen, it is impossible to forget.

May I make a suggestion -- instead of just having everything in the archives by date, I'd love to see you catalog some of your favorites by subject matter -- bike messengers, older men in Chinatown and/or Harlem, whatever; couples in SoHo, Spring in NYC, beautiful mature women, shop windows, etc.

As if you didn't have anything else to do, right? Wonder what would happen if you asked us to go through the archives and vote?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:10 PM) : 

"How do you call this sport? Handball? Isn't it rather the "bare-hand" version of the "pelote basque"?"

Try playing it. And you will understand!

Anyway, lovely pic Sart. One thing I love about this site is that it's cultural observation, not just fashion pix. You have an anthropologist's/historian's eye as well as (most importantly) that of an artist.


Blogger Brad said ... (7:37 PM) : 

I also noticed this picture as a repeat. It's fine though, I soon figured it out after reading the comments section!

What is interesting to me is how you captured the contorted state of his left hand. How strange!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 PM) : 

Holy Crap! classic NY Sart! Don't let people try and micro manage your blog! I love that you reposted! Why are there so many whiners...?

- d


Blogger cicc said ... (3:36 AM) : 

I love that you re post some of your work-from your own posts and ones that were posted on
In fact the other day when you had trouble uploading new shots I went back through the archive. Your work is beautiful. The archive is testament to your talents.

I'll happily view any shot one hundred times.
keep it up and post whatever you like.


Blogger andrea said ... (5:03 AM) : 

I have seen this shot, but like re-reading a book you have read
many years ago, it may tell a slightly different story....


Blogger Sarah Katherine said ... (5:35 AM) : 

phenomenal... a beautiful slice of life


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:16 AM) : 



Blogger Vanessa said ... (8:40 PM) : 

Pictures like these go to show how diverse the five boroughs really are. From Madison Avenue to the West Village to a neighborhood in Brooklyn.


Blogger Wintermute said ... (12:53 AM) : 

"The blog has grown so much since I first posted this image that i thought some new viewers might enjoy it,

Any harm in that?"

Nope! Especially when its such an amazing photo that you are reposting. I missed it the first time as I had not yet found this blog.

With that said, God bless the human body.


Anonymous Ebun said ... (4:30 AM) : 

I can actually see the muscles on his face.

Great shot! I am glad you posted it again as I didn't see it before.

Great job this blog is. It's the first page I open on my computer in the morning, and the last before I leave work.

I am a designer based in Lagos and your blog as been very instructive for me to see new lines, new forms and new ways in which clothes are displayed around the world.

Best to you.


Blogger Kits said ... (1:52 AM) : 

I liked the image of his muscles contorting and you have got it at the right moment! Visiting your blog after ages and its made me very happy :)


Blogger fikira said ... (2:36 AM) : 

who the f""k cares that it has posted already, nice pic, final

Ans by the way, it is a favorite, 1, 5 years ago, it stays a favorite!

Keep on the good work, gays like you keep the dream alive

You can change the world with doing something whitout the "education" for "it"

See what you do, and not what you have done for it, just see!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:46 AM) : 

It's his favorites, not the most recent photos, stop being so damn slow.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

his body is equivalent to that of one of our largest icons, BRUCE LEE. Sick photo, it should go in your first show, limited edition, you will sell it out.


Blogger tmalnyc said ... (11:46 PM) : 

amazing photo keep it up


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:09 AM) : 

Wow, what a body... Double wow, what a pic...
You're definitely the best photographer to me. And I love that you posted it, cause I came across your blog just a month ago. This pic is my favourite too.
Keep going with your blog, it's wonderful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:23 PM) : 

Incredible shot. It's fascinating to analyze his entire body's movement and contortions. The foreshortening of the arm makes it look freaky though. Brr.

Just found this blog and am enjoying it! Great shots!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I love how that ball is suspended in mid-air. What would last nary a second, is now captured and preserved in a photo. Beautiful.


Blogger Famished4Fashion said ... (2:28 PM) : 

this should be in an anatomy or health publication!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 PM) : 

its amazing how toned a human body could be (of course if its natural)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 AM) : 

he reminds me of the body worlds exhibit, not to be rude.but i do like this picture, it shows the human body in a very different way


Blogger Steve said ... (10:50 AM) : 

I thought this was a street performer doing a ballet or mime until I read the caption and saw the ball.
The guy is so thin; his pleading expression, almost of desperation, are quite striking. Even his fingers and hands seem to express the same emotion.
Very dramatic.
I prefer to view the shot as a dramatic performance rather than a sport performance.


Blogger Não Somos Apenas Rostinhos Bonitos said ... (7:51 PM) : 

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!He is great!


Blogger Ashley said ... (1:01 AM) : 

so beautiful.
his expression is worth a thousand words.


Blogger bug pin said ... (1:56 PM) : 

Geez, people. It is listed under favorite shots and the date is above it. So quick to pounce!

Unbelievable shot-agree with others the arm is almost spooky. Amazing-keep it up!


Anonymous New York Jobs said ... (12:26 PM) : 

Thank you for posting!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:07 PM) : 

This photo is great. I've been devouring your blog at an alarming rate. I love how the ball is caught in the air and how the arm is so bent back, it almost looks broken - even though, I know it isn't. Fabulous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:00 PM) : 

this is terrifying, his arm looks snapped.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:57 PM) : 

this is beautiful... please update your "my favorites" category! :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:02 AM) : 

He has a dancers physique which is almost disturbingly lean, and I love how you have captured the muscles in his chest and torso curving towards his outstretched hand


Blogger Carol said ... (11:43 AM) : 

This is my first visit to your blog. And this picture is arresting for so many reasons. As a student of anatomy I am fascinated by it; the degree of rotation in his right shoulder, the impossible twist in the right elbow, the incredible grace in his posture, the unbroken line of extension through his spine and neck. A trained dancer for the NYC ballet could not do better, and yet, the imperfect lines of his right hand make it so much more interesting. The beatific expression on his face is the icing on the cake. This is a once in a lifetime photo. You must have fallen to your knees and thanked the photography gods when you saw what you had captured.


Blogger Carol said ... (1:54 PM) : 

oops I meant the imperfect lines of the left hand!


Blogger wayanx's said ... (12:36 AM) : 

what a great picture. the detail is so amazing...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:08 PM) : 

this guy has zero body fat...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 AM) : 

No harm at all... Not everyone would go through the archives! Why be so rude about it?!


Anonymous ni_ngal said ... (1:23 PM) : 

An amazing photo! Thank you for posting it again!


Anonymous Office Cleaning Janitorial Services said ... (5:00 PM) : 

Great Picture.
Thank You.


Blogger Apoyando said ... (9:59 AM) : 

Amazing Flick.


Anonymous Tiffany said ... (8:01 PM) : 

This is so wierd. I love the muscles in motion look!

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 


so much movement)) j'adore) more Brooklyn pleaaase)


Anonymous revamp said ... (5:52 PM) : 



Anonymous microsoft exchange on line said ... (6:22 AM) : 

Wonderful image!


Blogger Natalie said ... (3:16 PM) : 

As a doctoral student of physical therapy currently in the midst of a kinesiology course, this is a marvelous example of Wolff's law and the SAID principle. It demonstrates how the body adapts to the demands one imposes upon it. I particularly love the differentiation you can see in this photograph between the sternal head and the clavicular head of the pectoralis major.


Blogger Lorena :: Travel Designery said ... (9:16 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:30 PM) : 

The blog is yours, you post what you want! :)


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