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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

On the Street.....Urban Camouflage, NYC

So I am just standing on the street talking on my cellphone and right across from me this guy is just standing in a doorway. I guess he is waiting for a friend but he seems totally unaware at how perfect he melts into his surroundings.

The trick here is that the size of the graphics behind him are basically the same scale as the graphics on his hoodie.

I don't know if this is a typical "Sartorialist" shot but when I see something like this I just have to take the shot.

Comments on "On the Street.....Urban Camouflage, NYC"


Blogger Lili Claret said ... (6:17 PM) : 

Men...that's too mucho. it looks like that he is part of it...I'm fliped out with this last picture, but I like this black piece...

I'm getting addict to your blog. I love it.

Big kisses!


Blogger BLOGGGGG said ... (6:22 PM) : 

very cool potrait, particularly striking because of the background. without the setting, however, i'm not sure i would be particularly blown away by his outfit.


Blogger (0v0) said ... (6:27 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 PM) : 

love it! especially with the background!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

please continue to give us your notes and thoughts with your images, sart. the unnecessarily aggressive responses must be off putting, but for a truly vast majority of us your annotations are a instructive and inspiring.
as for this picture, its fabulous. i have become an avid reader of your blog in last month, and am excited to witness your return to street level shots after the beautiful, but rarefied fashion week series.
central to every fashion choice is the tension between camouflage and display. you teach without lecturing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:47 PM) : 

meh.. not impressed. looks like every other graffiti hoodies from urban outfitters


Blogger Anniq said ... (6:52 PM) : 

Veryyy cool photo!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:58 PM) : 

at first i was going to leave a comment about how without the backround, the outfit would be totally unimpressive. then i started to think that much of the sartorialist is about how people fit into their settings. how clothing changes and reacts with its environment. and who am i to say, he didn't stand there all day?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 PM) : 

Brilliant, a great picture.

(And a really great hoodie, did he say where he got it?)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:12 PM) : 

'tis art, sart.


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

great title to a great photo.


Blogger Jael Paris said ... (7:20 PM) : 

Talk about being shaped by your environment! Nice city flavor.


Blogger The Spicers said ... (7:21 PM) : 

Stunning picture! Even without the background, I love the chalk-drawn hoodie.


Blogger Oly said ... (7:31 PM) : 

Hey..have you ever thought about coming down here to the Dominican Republic...I'm a stylist here and I can assure you, you can find some interesting material for your blog...


Blogger Candace said ... (7:48 PM) : 

Very nice...his stance and stare really draws you into the photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

sart, are you going to keep on commenting on your pictures?cause i sincerely hope so. it's fun reading what inspired you and what you think of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:11 PM) : 

Great photo. Completely eyecatching.
I like other peoples comments about his look being formed by his environment. If not formed, it's certainly complemented. Imagine him in a green outdoors setting, he'd be completely out of place looking in that outfit. Here, he looks like he owns the place.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:22 PM) : 

truly amazing. and, isn't that what makes you a great journalist, seeing the moment and grabbing it?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:28 PM) : 

forget have vision! and its great for you to follow it regardless.
ps i might be younger than some of these other people, but i will keep my open for you while you're in the city if you still are, bc i dream of being photographed on your site.


Blogger La Terpette said ... (8:44 PM) : 

This is an awesome pic


Blogger Jini said ... (8:47 PM) : 

it's as if he's part of the art


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 PM) : 



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

Well, I really like the hoodie.

And the shot, the background, your sense at piecing them together -- love it.


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

When I opened this today I thought he was poking his face through a hole in the fence. He's so camoflagued - he fooled me for a sec.


Blogger Nadine said ... (9:23 PM) : 

Stunning shot. Who cares about "typical"? (Or where he bought his clothes, for pete's sake?!?) This is great.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 PM) : 

I can't say much for the outfit but the photo is just brilliant.


Blogger Emily said ... (9:38 PM) : 



Blogger stacy said ... (9:49 PM) : 


congratulations on the props!

i linked you today as the inspiration for a shot i took on sunday.

thank you


Blogger del Carmen said ... (9:50 PM) : 

This time it is not just about the blatant fashion - it is fashion in ::theory::.

Way to break up the "typical" with an honest and genuine image.

Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 PM) : 

Bravo! Great Shot!

(I'd like to hear you talk more about peoples reaction to being asked to stand for a photo. Especially those who do not know your work/blog? How often are you turned down?)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:01 PM) : 

Anyone in their right mind holding a camera would have been a fool not to take the shot. It's a great photo.


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (10:03 PM) : 

u have a gift for being able to photograph people in those perfect moments. everyone u photograph, its like the kind of pictures they would show their grandkids.


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (10:03 PM) : 

and he looks cool by the way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:08 PM) : 

This is truly a Sartorialist shot for all of the above reasons.


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

My eyes immediately widened with surprise and delight when I saw this photo. Fantastic! Way to keep an eye out for interesting shots like this!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 PM) : 

love your photos. who's to say this isn't "typical"? what i like best is that you take pictures of people being themselves.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 PM) : 

love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 PM) : 

good eye!


Blogger Lesley Myrick said ... (10:34 PM) : 

Love how all the elements came together naturally to form one perfect shot. Amazing.


Blogger Thu said ... (10:53 PM) : 

It's not all fashion, people.


Blogger - Susan - said ... (10:57 PM) : 

Wow, this is ART! Fantastic.
What a strange coincidence! (some believe there is no coincidence)
I am wondering what you said to end your phone call.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 PM) : 

amazing! maybe not typical sartorialist, but i would love to see more like this!


Blogger Kelly said ... (11:15 PM) : 

i like this picture alot better than the one right before it


Blogger Dare said ... (11:16 PM) : 

Its a nice photo. Its not fashion forward or inspiring in a stylish way. Its just a plain ol nice picture. I am sure alot of pretentious readers are gearing up their insults but I have come to appreciate these things. I am glad your blog is not 1 Dimensional and you don't put up a snobbish attitude.

I appreciate these type of pictures just as much as the outfits. You are a Legend.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 PM) : 

You don't take many photos of black men, but when you do, they are very memorable. The last guy was the man with a fist, and what a fantastic shot. This one, though not exceptionally fashionable, is equally engaging. I can almost feel his vibe coming off my computer screen... He seems so much more real than all those mannequins you like to photograph "on the street".


Blogger Hugh said ... (11:30 PM) : 

i appreciate your little stories/thoughts on the pics, i find it appealing to read after ive seen the photo

you've been going to all the places i go to, too bad i've never seen you around!

anyway keep it up


Blogger junglesiren said ... (11:47 PM) : 

Love this shot. He's an urban commando. This picture commands OH! So the hoodie isn't brilliant away from this wall. I dig it and I dig this young brotha's earnest face.


Blogger mette said ... (11:55 PM) : 

Surely a chance that couldn´t be missed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:18 AM) : 



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

brilliant shot.

i love it.

(i have a similar one by obey, for those inquiring about what label it might be.)


Blogger starbahks said ... (2:22 AM) : 

your blog becomes more and more about character everyday.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:27 AM) : 

favorite shot in a while. sometimes there's nothing wrong with macho.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:38 AM) : 

Not the hoodie or the bkgrd tt's anything to oohaah abt, but the juxtaposition. Funky shot, but for me it's just sth warm n comfortable to wear for a guys' night out.


Blogger Diana said ... (2:48 AM) : 

This is, what makes you, what you are now, Scott! The special "chip" built in your brain, connected to your eyes. Normal people close the whole world out during a phone talk, but you are able to look around and discover people, discover style and such scene like this photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 AM) : 

this is HOT!


Blogger infogenium said ... (3:17 AM) : 

Congratulations on this! It isn't about the clothes - it is about the capturing of a moment. The guy was just hanging around - a magazine would have paid huge amounts to have a photographer/stylist etc to capture such an image. But what I like best is the normality - no posturing or preening or attention seeking pigeon toed stance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:20 AM) : 

Such a perfect one- and so it is "a typical "Sartorialist" shot"!

Love your blog!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

Love this picture, great portrait indeed. Jen at 6:46, lovely comment, kinda moved me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

I'm sure Kanye West will envy this guy.


Blogger Godeline said ... (3:28 AM) : 

Superbe !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 AM) : 

that's the coolest shot I've seen. His stop blended very well with the background.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 AM) : 

Tres Sart. I think it is lovely. Your blog shows people with their own sense of style and how it reflects, projects or in some ways comments on their environment. This is wonderful.


Blogger jkh said ... (4:38 AM) : 

master shot.

hope you did not have to drive this guy all through town to find that perfect background... - of course you didn't...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:15 AM) : 

well, this of course is what it all is about. to open ones senses to things that may go unnoticed otherwise.
two things that may not be so special on its own become of greater importance if seen in context or placed together.

to be aware of this and to notice these things is the first step to become arware of what lies behind what our senses are able to conceive.

so for me this is much more interesting than just seeing someone fashionably dressed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:41 AM) : 

i love the flavor of his style: so unapologetically urban. but the most compelling thing here for me is his stare.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 AM) : 

Like the zips on the hoodie most of all. I must say I like his face and how its not a "fashion or entertainment somebody" type of face. Just a regular guy you'd see at a your take-out place, local spot or on a subway with a good shape-up.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:19 AM) : 

Fashion's not just about what you wear, it's also about where you are, isn't it? The picture is the perfect illustration of it. Thank you for all the inspiring shots.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:25 AM) : 

Gorgeous. Contemporary writing. How many present a day are you able to catch? Go on making us feel as excited as children. Visiting your blog each day as we were opening an Advent calendar.
Thank you


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:33 AM) : 

and the way he gazes straight into the camera, very zen...i love it


Blogger Cerisa said ... (6:47 AM) : 

Wow! great photo, very basquiat


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

Urban camouflage it is indeed.
The white design pattern on the black jacket(i think i see some animals on there,birds and a cobra?) is superb.
Also love the orange zippers and the jeans and wristwatch blends in very well against the background.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 AM) : 

Scott, I love your blog. As the Guardian said - it's mesmeric and oddly beautiful. This picture is an example of that. You have such a wonderful eye - I enjoy seeing through your lens.


Blogger Jana said ... (9:11 AM) : 

This is a such a great shot!


Blogger cat minoki said ... (9:49 AM) : 

as, for some reason, my comment dissapeared... I´ll speak again :)

first thing to say is that this is true urban culture to me, it is quoting itself!
- the colours; just black and white, yellow, red and orange. the orange piece under his chin gives the picture the kicking accent!
as a whole the photo is beautiful and inspiring!
the writings are like a frame around him. I am not into graffity,
but this effect is really impressive to me!


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

Oh my! Delightful! Like most of the other commenters I love that you capture these special visual surprizes. Brightened my morning!

~ Miss Mary


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:13 AM) : 

A Cheshire Cat moment. This is a photograph I won't be able to get out of my head all week - thank you for that! Truly stunnning.


Blogger cami falcão said ... (10:18 AM) : 

awesome Sart!!!! this is so NY


Blogger Ling said ... (10:23 AM) : 

His outfit is pretty cas, but there's that peep of orange collar sticking out underneath that hoodie. If only he could straighten that collar up a bit, he'd elevate this outfit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

One of the best shots I've ever seen here, Sart! And it's not staged! It has overwhelmed me in a best possible way.


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

a good eye as always.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:20 AM) : 

A shot like this makes me think you could enjoy a walk in Mexico City.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 AM) : 

What are you talking about: He's totally a "Sartorialist" shot!
You photographed worst dressed people than him, you know.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 



Blogger liz song mandell said ... (11:50 AM) : 

thoroughly enjoyed it. I like that it's not "typical Sart" stuff.


Blogger Cerisa said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Veronique, really? I thought his style was very interesting.


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

I know a lot of people have said his outfit isn't particularly inspiring, but I think his outfit is perfect.

He's dressed to suit his lifestyle and surroundings, he's got a style that works with his life.

He isn't trying to copy a look that would be completely impractical for him because it looked great on the catwalk.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:11 PM) : 

This is a beautiful image.

I wish I had glasses that had lenses that presented everything in your perspective. I'm so fascinated with the images you present and the way you see the world around you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

This is great, an urban chameleon! That's the best graffiti hoodie I think I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot of em. I like the wash on his jeans too.


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

agreeing with above. If you don't shake up the way you look at potential photo-opps your work would get stale quickly. Like the post below where you commend the young woman for her Marc Jacobs mishmash, the people you photograph approach their wares in creative and unique ways ... and that's why we love them ;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:27 PM) : 

Amazing picture! I love it when opportunities like this come about, and being a photographers daughter, I know these can sometimes be far and few between!

I love the coloured graffiti in the background, it really lifts the shot :)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:29 PM) : 

sart, i just had to come back to thank you for this pic. this is the first one i have loved in a really long time. it captures the energy of nyc and makes me miss it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:46 PM) : 

very amusing.
very cool.


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

I LOVE this photo!!!


Blogger xx.e said ... (3:01 PM) : 

it's actually overwhelming and thought-provoking; like he's purposefully making a statement through his clothing and that background. i love it!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:29 PM) : 

this is THE PERFECT sartorialist shot--it is gorgeous, and interesting... his face is highlighted so perfectly and the back ground is perfect and the sweatshirt looks like a piece of art... wow--I am blathering! one of my all-time favorites--THANK YOU!


Blogger Mitchell Weiss said ... (3:38 PM) : 

This is an amazing portrait. It could easily hang in an art gallery or show up in a magazine spread. As others have already commented, I really appreciate the anecdotes you've included in the last few shots.


Blogger mary jane said ... (4:06 PM) : 

Beautiful portrait, just wonderful.


Blogger JO said ... (4:34 PM) : 

WOW WOW WOW! I love this shot! Incredible!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:40 PM) : 


I LOVE this photo, stuff like this keeps me coming back. This is basic streetwear and I love it with the background. I also think his hoodie and the expression on his face is worth the shot without the background.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:45 PM) : 

i love this.
i love the orange.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:46 PM) : 

agreed with jen (from near the top), i love your commentary on your own photos. they help me see things i might not otherwise catch. :)


Blogger 888 said ... (5:17 PM) : 

"Typical" is boring. Once in a while, don't be typical.


Blogger said ... (6:10 PM) : 

And the orange around the collar picks up the bursts of graffiti in the background.

Like so many others have said, I really appreciate your comments.


Blogger trinity said ... (6:17 PM) : 

I love it. He blends and yet pops at the same time.


Blogger said ... (6:59 PM) : 

Your commentaries make the pictures all the more memorable. Love this...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:07 PM) : 

lame....the sartorialist trying to appeal to an urban audience?


Blogger Eleanor Lavish said ... (8:10 PM) : 

Beautiful--you have an artist's eye, Sart.

As someone noted upthread, your blog is like an advent calendar, with something new and unexpected everyday.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:15 PM) : 

Yes Cerisa, we agree: He has style and he belongs here, that what I meant to say. (I might have mixed my words wrong the first time).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 PM) : 

Thank you sir; I would love to own a print of this beautiful portrait ;-) Well done.


Blogger Mylinh said ... (12:02 AM) : 

I had to draw in a quick breath when I saw this pic. Wow! Love it Sart. Very urban. Would make a good album cover I was thinking.


Blogger Jamie Welsh Watson said ... (12:43 AM) : 

This photo is so gorgeous, so striking! You must not truly worry about something not being a typical "Sartorialist" shot. Never close yourself in like that. (hope I'm not being too bossy). (-:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:08 AM) : 

anonymous 8:07 PM

lame? why the insult? sart posts photos of: the young, the old, the chic, the hipster, etc. today, the spotlight is on urban youth, and you find this lame? i honestly cannot make you understand how much seeing that picture today moved me. i really hope that sart continues to take photos of all facets and fabric of the NYC sartorial landscape.

this urban style gives real energy and spontaneity to NYC'S sartorial scene. we can't all spend hundreds of dollars on designer clothes and not everyone wants to look as if they they walked straight out of a catalogue/magazine.

his outfit looks creative and energetic without it looking as if he spent a ton of money on it or a lot of time trying to piece it together. simple yet cool.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:24 AM) : 

love this one
soo cool!!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 AM) : 

Love the peak of orange at his collar.


Blogger Doctorwild said ... (11:57 PM) : 

Of course you had to take this shot. "Typical" or not of YOUR style, I'd like to see more of THIS part of your "style" because this is the magic of our urban environment, and of your instinct that, if I may, I'd like to see more of. Bravo.
Dr. Wild


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:32 AM) : 

love the title Urban Camouflage - so poetic!


Blogger SocalStyle said ... (5:46 PM) : 

How awesome that you captured this...


Blogger Jen (MahaloFashion) said ... (10:45 PM) : 

It looks great with the background!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

just when we thought we had you figured out...

immediately it made me think of Maharishi's book "Disruptive Pattern Material". it is a fantastic encyclopedia about the evolution of camouflage that is quite interesting.

the best thing about the photos you take is that it is so much less about identifying with fashion than it is about just simply life.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 AM) : 

Sart, I love how you say that this isn't a typical "Sartorialist" shot...because I think that that's what this blog is all about...being different but still very fashion-wise...great job!


Blogger LallaLydia said ... (4:51 PM) : 

Awesome shot. That little touch of tangerine gives this guy more flair. I want to frame this...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:55 AM) : 

I love you more after seeing this, Sart! It's not a "typical Sart shot" as you said, but then again, it completely is. Sart shots are all about photographing unique people in unique surroundings! Thanks for continually reinventing yourself. It's awesome you took a picture of this guy--he's different!


Blogger dawn said ... (1:41 PM) : 

what an awesome shot!


Blogger stephaniem said ... (4:26 PM) : 

wow..a true camouflage
looks amazing


Blogger la femme said ... (9:29 PM) : 

One of my favourite shots on your blog.

But then I love graffiti as much as fashion, so it isn't surprising!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 PM) : 

I keep coming back to this photo. Was even telling my friend about it at lunch today.

The man, his outfit, the photo...all intensely beautiful.

This really is one of your best shots.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:41 PM) : 

Absolutely wonderful. Maybe this is only because I am currently studying in Buenos Aires, where graffiti is a huge part of the urban landscape, but I do think that this is truly inspired fashion.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:35 PM) : 

There's nothing unique or original about his outfit (I've seen about a billion people wear similar ones). But with this background, it really works! Great job on the picture!!


Blogger miznyc said ... (12:52 AM) : 

This shot is fabulous. While it may not be your typical shot it seems to embody your message of defining fashion for one's self.

to anonymous 8:07 PM


Blogger N said ... (10:48 PM) : 

love this shot!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:25 PM) : 

Great Scott!

This great photogragraphy and displays your wonderful eye for juxpiposition.

Mazel Tov!

The Men's Vintage Connoisseur


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