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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Just My Luck...

With all the great things happening for me lately, fate was bound to soon step in and slap me around.

Friday it rained sideways almost all day, everyone looked miserable, and I ended up getting no shots at all, plus I dropped my blackberry down an elevator shaft. The screen was still lit so I could watch it fall the whole way down - painful.

Saturday was beautiful, i got a lot of great shots but when I got home something happened to the card and all images were corrupted. In those shots was an image of Michael Stipe of REM. I am a huge REM fan so losing that shot really hurt. The fact that he knew about my blog and looks at it occasionally was the only highlight of the day.

So wish me luck today. I know the blog has been a little men's heavy this week but women's collections just started so the mix will even out this week.

Go Giants!!

Comments on "Just My Luck..."


Anonymous Elit Alice said ... (10:01 AM) : 

bad luck about the blackberry... good luck about michael stipe! wow!
it all evens out. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:07 AM) : 

If you haven't used the memory card much after finding out it was corrupted, you may be in luck still. Program called "Undelete Plus" does wonders at times, so give your luck a shot.


Anonymous fawn said ... (10:08 AM) : 

sorry to hear about your misfortune, sart! ;_;


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

You should try using some photo recovery software on your card as soon as possible. They're actually pretty reliable at getting pictures back


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:14 AM) : 


Re-format the card in the camera, down load Phototorescue 3 or higher and run the cad through the data rescue, you will not save all the images, but you may save many!

Good Luck!



Anonymous Alexander said ... (10:23 AM) : 

Everybody please ignore the comment above, if you format your card it will be much harder if not next to impossible to retrieve any pictures... Just take to card to your IT specialist or maybe even a data specialist, they'll know what to do with it and retrieve your precious pictures.


Blogger momo said ... (10:30 AM) : 



Blogger Suzan said ... (10:38 AM) : 

Sorry to hear about that! Let's just say things need to go up and down like that. No sweet without the sour ;)
Take care!


Blogger tintin said ... (10:41 AM) : 

Try some film, D76, Fixer and stop bath. Oh and lose the BBerry (you aready did!) and try the IPhone.


Anonymous concupiscence said ... (10:51 AM) : 

that bites, so sorry. i've enjoyed your latest series of entries tremendously though. hopefully good fortune continues to be on your side. best of luck today!


Blogger Baby Girl said ... (11:00 AM) : 

Sorry about you bad luck. They say bad things come in 3s. I'm sure everything will work out in your favor.

I love coming to your blog and viewing your pictures. Thanks for sharing with us.



Blogger Versi said ... (11:18 AM) : 

So sorry for your bad luck!


Blogger S t a r m | s t said ... (11:24 AM) : 

*ouch* about your blackberry..

hope the coming weeks will be better!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:39 AM) : 

Hope this cheers you up.
I LOVE, LOVE your blog.
It's really inspiring.
Great pictures.
And what I love about it, everyone is chica at their own right.

so Thank You!
Wish to meet you someday in NY :)


Anonymous charmschool said ... (11:41 AM) : 

Oh, I do hope you are able to rescue the photos - esp REM. You must have been SO pleased to get the shot and even better that he is aware of your blog is fantastic.
I'm heading to NYC in another week and am hoping to swing by Danziger Projects.
Keep up the good work - it will all swing back toward productive and pleasant.


Anonymous Hailey said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Sorry about your bad run.


Anonymous Diane said ... (12:00 PM) : 

I love when you are heavy on men's. I have dragged my husband to the computer to show him the gorgeous and/or original men's looks here and we went shopping in December and, I have to say, he looks more stylish, original and handsome than he did when we married over 20 years ago!

Keep on keepin' on!

Luck changes. May you be blessed this week.


Blogger Andrew said ... (12:02 PM) : 

You don't need perfect luck, just continue what you're doing. I still marvel at the simplicity of the blog and its bewitching beauty.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 PM) : 

From Massachusetts.... sorry to hear about the blackberry -

Go Pats!


Anonymous Robertait said ... (12:12 PM) : 

Sart, these things unfortunately happen. Don't let these trifles dishearten you. Go ahead, after all, tomorrow is another day.

Good luck!


Blogger chloe said ... (12:54 PM) : 

sorry for the bad luck
i am anxious to see the picks from New York Fashion Week
cheer up¡¡


Anonymous Dulcie said ... (1:11 PM) : 

Sorry to be off topic (I would offer you advice, but my technological knowledge is non existent), but I was wondering if you were coming to London for Fashion Week this season? I see why London isn't attracting the big guns; all our more established labels move to NY as soon as they get some recognition, but what most of the magazines and stores are missing out on anyway is that fresh, unique vibe which London so fantastically represents. So yup I'm just trying to say it would be really cool if you could come for Fashion Week sometime...hope to see you here
p.s and I hope that the rest of New York Fashion Week is a bit more lucky for you


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

With a bunch of bad luck comes a bunch of good watch out for it! I wish you all the best...and go Giants!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 PM) : 

whoa ! no, DO NOT reformat the card ! just use some recovery software, and do what the instructions say.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Dear Sart,
sad to hear about your misfortune. Hope this was all of it and that it starts getting better from now on. So far this year has started with so many bad news... wonder what is going on;)
Good luck!


Blogger Look said ... (1:42 PM) : 

...go Patriots...


Anonymous Sarah said ... (1:42 PM) : 

I'm so sorry! Hopefully you'll have a really good day sometime soon to make up for it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:44 PM) : 

I was going to say the same thing re the data recovery. If you use a mac, I recommend Photorescue Wizard. It's saved me a few times.

I would not reformat first, as Allen suggested. Run the program of your choice, pull off all the files.

Then, run through the images, when you are OK with the files, reformat. I would not re-use the card, they are so cheap you can just buy a new one. In my experience the card is probably going to corrupt again.

In the future - don't fill up the card to the max, cards seem to corrupt more easily when they are packed to the max (again, in my experience, doesn't matter what card or camera I use) so I tend leave quite a lot of space on cards and make sure that put the pictures on my computer at the end of each day...

I hope that helps.



Blogger skiwi said ... (2:20 PM) : 

must have been really painful to see your blackberry drop like that!
But a terrible day usually means a really good day is to come!


Blogger pretty kitty publishing said ... (2:25 PM) : 

Having just recently purchased my first smartphone - a BlackBerry Pearl - I empathize with your loss ...

Regarding Michael Stipe - Hey, it's still cool knowing that he reads your blog!

Better luck next time ...


Blogger suzannemarques said ... (2:43 PM) : 

am i the first one to say this? Everybody hurts.... sometimes....

poor sart. :)
that would've been fun to see what michael stipe was wearing


Blogger Randall said ... (2:48 PM) : 

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Blogger matthew said ... (2:54 PM) : 

do not reformat the card! do not write to the card by using it. get photorescue (even the demo will let you see if you can get the images back).


Anonymous Lola said ... (2:56 PM) : 

Everybody hurts, sometimes... Just hope you dont loose your religion.


Blogger lily said ... (3:11 PM) : 

oh that is tough, but from the sounds of the comments above you might be able to sort out the memory card problems


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 PM) : 

Well I think Michael Stipe said it best.

If you're on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
when you think you've had too much of this life to hang on.

Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes.
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on.


Blogger bopsy said ... (3:29 PM) : 

i too have had one of those days. It must mean another good streak is coming your way soon. Will look forward to some great photos of the ladies!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 

go Pats!!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:45 PM) : 

sorry about all the misfortune
fate can be a cruel mistress


Blogger Rebecca said ... (4:55 PM) : 

Ouch! So sorry to hear about your bout of bad luck! If it makes you feel better, all the shots you've posted over the last week have been really excellent!


Blogger miss_vogue said ... (5:00 PM) : 

i can't wait to see what you find at the women's collections...hopefully this bad luck will be short lived.
Although I have to say watching a blackberry tumble down an elevator shaft sounds pretty rough. Sorry about that.

And indeed, Go Giants!


Blogger Tania said ... (5:20 PM) : 

Go Giants!
My brother-in-law is a huge fan too.


Anonymous Laura said ... (5:44 PM) : 

i think you mean go patriots!


Blogger ilovesecondhandsmoke said ... (5:57 PM) : 

So sorry about the Blackberry! I dropped mine on a concrete parking lot and the trackball actually CAME OUT. I just pushed it back in and luckily, all I needed to do was restart it in order for it to get working again.


Anonymous Daiana said ... (6:18 PM) : 

Ohhhh it sucks!!! If Michael reads this blog then there's a big chance you run into him again ;)


Anonymous Amy de Wit said ... (6:25 PM) : 


while you haven't formatted or reshot the info is probably still there. It may still be there if you have formatted it, but more likely to have gone. Formatting erases the memory. Photo rescue is genius, don't worry if your images dont show up on the preview on your mac, mine didn't and it was still ok.

Robert Adams wrote, and I loosely paraphrase, that being a photographer is almost entirely losing the best photo you've ever taken, breaking very expensive equipment and falling over in public. Good luck, hope you get the photos back.


Anonymous cordelia said ... (6:27 PM) : 

Good advices from your friends/fans. Cheer up! Keep my fingers crossed. Main thing is: your blog is good is good is good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:31 PM) : 


as long as you haven't formatted or reshot the info should still be on the file. Photorescue is genius, don't worry if the preview shows blank on your mac, mine did but I still got my photos back ok.


I have probably posted this three times in an attempt to get this to work. Am now attempting to see if being anonymous works better. sorry, I'm really not advertising photorescue or anything, just lost some photos recently and still reeling with excitement that I got them back.


Blogger loup said ... (6:47 PM) : 

sart, i'm sorry you've had a horrid couple days... hope the sun will shine more brightly tomorrow, in all sorts of ways!
demain est un autre jour... and i continue to look forward to each new thing on your blog
thank you -


Blogger Lynne said ... (7:21 PM) : 

mercury retrograde.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:39 PM) : 

oh wow what a brutal couple of days. many hearts go out to you.

you don't hear about elevator shafts much in real life; sounds like some especially bad mojo. have you angered gypsies lately?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:40 PM) : 

no worries, menswear is big these days, anyhoo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:44 PM) : 

Hi Sart,

Sorry to hear about the bad luck, hang in there!

Go Patriots!!


Anonymous LWLK said ... (7:58 PM) : 

I feel your pain, Sart. Hang in there! I'll bet the next photos you snap are even more brilliant than before!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:02 PM) : 


You poor thing. I think you need a hug. - hug -

Cheer up!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:12 PM) : 

No tech help here, but just wanted to say I'm soz for all the bad stuff happening on ya side.

Sending you lotsa good vibes and luck from Singapore!


Blogger stylePOVist said ... (8:20 PM) : 

Mercury is in retrograde till 17Feb. visit for details.


Blogger Angela said ... (8:25 PM) : 

bummer! i saw you at the alexander wang show, and i was really looking forward to seeing what you got! ;( perhaps you'll be at phillip lim??


Blogger Angela said ... (8:27 PM) : 

bummer! i saw you at alexander wang & i was really looking forward to see what you got from the crowd there! ;(
perhaps you'll be at phillip lim?? more luck to you this week!


Anonymous sg said ... (8:41 PM) : 

Sorry Sart. That's rough.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 PM) : 

I've been looking through your archives, and it's funny to note that once upon a time (which was hardly long ago) each picture you posted received only a couple of comments, whereas now you get dozens and dozens.

And I think I've discovered why you are so successful. It's as simple as this: you are passionate about what you do. It shows in every picture, every caption, every post you make.

And that, in itself, is more inspiring than you can imagine.


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

Sometimes it's good to let things go that you really loved.


Anonymous easylowdown said ... (9:11 PM) : 

Harsh! But don't worry: Many good things ahead. At least you got to find out more about your celebrity following right? Keep it up. You're bound to lose a blackberry or a day's work here and there. It's all part of a larger and so far totally amazing process!

(BTW there's something wrong with the comments. I'm typing this into an uncharacteristically ugly popup window...)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 PM) : 

I am a big REM fan too! So sorry to hear about your bad luck, maybe Mr. Stipe will read your post and send replacements?

- las vegas


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:32 PM) : 

this is life.. something hurt u.. whereas something still sparkling.. GOOD LUCK TO YOU*


Anonymous kip said ... (10:36 PM) : 

well on the bright side the GIANTS WON!

life's failures are the condiments to lifes success
- truman capote ( i think that is how it goes)

i always admire your work...keep at it...


Anonymous Heidi said ... (10:38 PM) : 

I've come across a few tempermental CF cards in my past, and know the corruption problem all too well. This RescuePro software has saved me every time.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 PM) : 

aw, sorry to hear about all this
i hope things turn up from this point on! i would have loved seeing that photo of stipe :(
have a good week sart!



Anonymous Jasmint said ... (10:48 PM) : 

Not that I believe in astrology, but when mercury (or is it mars?) is retrograde (whatever that means) everything electronic or technical just goes to crap.
And it'll keep happening until February 17, apparently. :|


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

Yay for Giants!!! Woo hoo!!


Anonymous m- said ... (11:21 PM) : 

damn what a day!!!!

i suspect something spectacular is coming soon that will make up for your "loses"

i like when you are "men's heavy" we see women's fashion ALL THE TIME in our daily the more men's you can have to inspire, the better.

thanks again for your site

btw, you still have not given me your opinion on alligator shoes.


Blogger | veronica | said ... (11:27 PM) : 

Real New Yorkers like the Jets ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 



Anonymous miyoku said ... (11:32 PM) : 

Ouh, I feel so bad for you! It´s weird how you get so small amount of comments when probably millions of people read your blog everyday from all around the world! This is an awesome blogg and you do exactly what I´d like to do too, take pictures of stylish people in the best cities ever!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:35 PM) : 



Blogger Nathan said ... (11:42 PM) : 

PhotoRescue PhotoRescue Photorescue. Don't shoot on the card any further until you have used PhotoRescue.


Anonymous Robin Claire said ... (11:50 PM) : 

that really sucks! if that happened to my card i wouldn't know what to do with myself. hopefully one of those programs works...


Anonymous Jannuzzi said ... (11:51 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 AM) : 

i hate the giants so hard it hurts.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:13 AM) : 

Maybe the Giants winning will turn your luck around!


Anonymous kjig667 said ... (2:00 AM) : 

i swear i think i saw you today....!

giants won! viva new york!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:58 AM) : 

Michael Stipe embodies playful and curious androgyny. He is a vocal powerhaus and an elusive style icon.

Love him & REM (especially their early catalogue).

I once asked if I could take his photo when I ran into him by himself, but he said no! So, lucky you for getting a snap of him... even if it didn't work out.

Kinda perfect that. Some moments aren't meant to be solidified in a photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 AM) : 

ouch... i'm sorry you had a rough couple of days.. but it's sure to turn around, it always does.


Anonymous Iole said ... (3:54 AM) : 

After the rain, the sun always comes out...
Kisses iole


Blogger Terrorista del Amor said ... (4:24 AM) : 

I just discovered your blog due to a blogger-friend who recomend it to me, and I can see it´s really fantastic, I will try to visit you with more time in order to coment some photos I see.



Blogger Lobster and swan said ... (5:17 AM) : 

sorry to hear you had such a rubbish day, I just love your blog, so many bad things in one weekend! Surely that means only good things to come.


Anonymous Kei.S said ... (5:55 AM) : 

Sorry to hear what happened to you. Those days with serial accidents are familiar to all of us! At least you have got support from people who care(like me) and I truly wish you good luck on everything from now on!

Really love your work!


Blogger Lauren said ... (6:45 AM) : 

Michael Stipe isn't the only one from the little town of Athens, GA that reads your blog! Keep it up, Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:33 AM) : 


I am staff photographer at a large daily paper, I have run data rescue over about 50 cards as people come in with crashes. It tends to work best after a re-format. The key is not to shoot a single new frame on a crashed card. I have no idea what the instruction booklet will say, but in real, time, that is what has always recovered the most clean data.

If the thought of this makes you nervous, run it before reformatting, and then run it again after reformatting and compare the data that was recovered.

Every crash is different depending on what made the card crash in the first place. It is always a gamble, do you get everything back? Sometimes everything less the one frame that cause the directory to go bad, etc etc. Worse case scenario, all the images look like a kaleidoscope. That is a bad crash.

Once you run it over, and reformat the card, you can 99.99 percent of the time, the card is fine and can be reused, just test it once before shooting another job.

Generally speaking, the card is not what is shot, it is the directory files.

Good luck, hope to see an image from that shoot on the site soon.



Blogger Barbara said ... (7:43 AM) : 

Good Luck this week!


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:06 AM) : 

Oh my gosh, the Blackberry falling - I can feel your pain!


Blogger Deb said ... (10:17 AM) : 

Dear Sart,

No wonder I like your blog so much! I have loved REM for years. The fact that my husband knew and liked the band is the only reason I agreed to go out with him. I do hope all the photo rescue tips from the other commenters is able to help and you can restore the picture. I'd love to see your photo of Michael Stipe.


Blogger angie said ... (11:08 AM) : 

It sucks! Last week I found myself crying the whole night...I had just lost ALL the pics in my pc, due to hardware crash. I'm recovering little by little -unfortunately, no luck with the pc - but it still hurts because I feel like a part of my life has gone to pieces...Anyway, as lauren said...Let's keep it up!:)


Blogger simplyolive said ... (11:51 AM) : 

so sorry about the blackberry...and the photo card...
maybe you can "stage" a new photo shoot with michael.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:02 PM) : 

well, at least the Giants won! it could've been worse, sart, it could've been worse...


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

sorry about your luck. i was there on friday myself. i could only withstand the rain for about 30 minutes. it was too cold! i took a few action photos but that was about it. i was hoping to run into you to meet you but i heard you were gone by the time i got there on saturday...! oh well maybe next year!


Anonymous Erica C. said ... (4:33 PM) : 

I LOVE REM!!!! Michael Stipe is the greatest. And I agree with Lauren, I'm a faithful reader of your blog from a small rural town in South Carolina!


Blogger Viv said ... (4:39 PM) : 

Hey Sart -

All is not lost! Take it to a pro store, where they'll charge you a bit to recover the photos. That's one option if you're desperate to get the photos back, and fast. If you want to invest in a photo recovery software, that'll work too, and you can do it at home by yourself!


Blogger citizen said ... (5:38 PM) : 

Aw, I'm sorry. I hope you get your photos back (and maybe your Blackberry incident will be a good excuse to get a new iPhone!) ;)
Michael Stipe is beautiful; the fact that he admires your work would be enough to brighten up anyone's day!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:15 PM) : 

How tragic!! Sorry for your streak of crap luck. But don't worry about having too many mens' images. Your blog for me (as a woman) is all about shapes and colors, more than gender specific fashion. A beautiful outfit is a beautiful outfit.


Blogger FireBrand said ... (10:00 PM) : 


Sorry about the blackberry. I lost my mda and treo twice in 3 years. I know the feeling. Ouch. all my contacts gone.


Blogger ellastica said ... (3:08 AM) : 

REM changed my life!

as a 10 year old kid this band really made an impression on me and introduced me to the world of 'alt-rock.'

Michael was my first singer crush.
He's a phenomenal artist as well as one snazzy dresser.
He gets sexier by the year!


Anonymous adda said ... (5:23 AM) : 

so...did ya get the pics back?


Anonymous dadadoom said ... (8:42 AM) : 

Hey guy! Ask to a SpeciaList of digital images. Maybe your shots are not definitely lost.
There are many methods to take the original pictures from a damaged memory card.
Do not worry it is possible!

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia


Blogger PLATFORM said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Go Giants! (um...even though I didn't see the game).

Your kids must be some stylist kin with having such a stylish papa.


Blogger Milena Jesenska said ... (3:52 PM) : 

Sometimes life take away something in return for all the things that brings everyday. Just don't let your inspiration fall through an elevator shaft and gonna be fine!


Blogger delaware... said ... (8:59 PM) : 

guess it is all a matter of perspective. the rain made me so happy on friday. i stood in the middle of tompkins square park taking pictures of trees and puddles for an hour. but i had the luxury of not having to be anywhere or do anything.

sorry about your blackberry (mercury *planet of communication* just went retrograde). now you have an excuse to get an iphone... att is not so bad.

The best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Blogger amy said ... (5:20 AM) : 

i see michael stipe in the town i live in pretty often. you should try to make it down here (athens, ga)if you have a reason to.


Anonymous veggiebear said ... (1:44 PM) : 

Sometimes when we win some... we lose some. You busted your blackberry, but your team won the superbowl. We all try to take the good and the bad in stride. Congrats on MR. REM reading your blog- that's huge... maybe you could inspire a song with one of your pix:)


Blogger Calenna said ... (1:13 PM) : 

Oh Sart! So sorry to hear about the Blackberry. I left my cellphone in the dressing room of Scoop the other day, and just about LOST it. Luckily they had it for me though.. whew, close call. I hope you're having brighter days again!


Blogger Pat Com said ... (11:31 PM) : 

sorry to hear, but keep up the good work


Blogger stacy (la, ca) said ... (10:40 PM) : 

A horrible day, Sart, for sure. As a Michael Stipe fan, I grieve the loss of his image more than the awful loss of your Blackberry.

On the other hand, ... this could be your opportunity to get the wildly superior iPhone (the 16gB model just came out).

You can enjoy other phones, and yes, even the Blackberry is versatile, ... but if you're like me, you will discover a torrid and ecstatic and passionate love for your iPhone!


Anonymous Cate said ... (6:15 PM) : 

Michael Stipe used to date a friend's mom!

I don't know if you will see this or not, because it's on an older entry, but your shots are great.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 AM) : 

Sart, I am so sorry about the wacky series of events...and the blackberry...I have nightmares about this...All the best to you and please know that we all love what you do and you inspire me and make the world a better place...


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

Mercury AND Saturn Retrograde. Can't be helped. Bummer about the Blackberry & CF card.

Take care,



Blogger bridget said ... (12:07 AM) : 

The thought of losing my pictures makes me sick to my stomach.
I empathize.

Please make a stop in Athens, Georgia.

I can promise you, Michael Stipe will be hanging around.
Also, the fantastic fashion here makes my life happy. So many of the girls and guys read your fabulous blog.

I also once dropped my keys down an elevator shaft. After I got over the shock of such odds, I grieved 15 more floors of hearing them drop.

Adore the blog.


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