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On the Street.....At the Bus Stop, Moscow


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On the Street.....At the Bus Stop, Moscow

There was just something so fascinating about the combination of these two people sitting at the bus stop.

The body language alone speaks volumes about expectations and experience.

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Comments on "On the Street.....At the Bus Stop, Moscow"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:48 AM) : 



Blogger Sara Lee Bentley said ... (11:54 AM) : 

I love this man's stoic expression! That alone shows such a contrast between the two generations -- she looks like she doesn't in the least mind that her photo is being taken.


Blogger C. Anne said ... (11:54 AM) : 

It looks like a movie poster! There's definitely a story waiting to be told:)


Blogger mariel said ... (11:54 AM) : 

i love that you take pictures with your heart. thank you!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Hey to each his/her own :) personal style is always great


Anonymous Maija said ... (12:08 PM) : 

Love these two! What a great, captured moment.


Blogger Dag said ... (12:10 PM) : 

... and the faces... The guy does not look like he had a happy life...!


Blogger Miss Nutmeg said ... (12:13 PM) : 

i love the man's expression..


Blogger Peter said ... (12:17 PM) : 

Love the contrast!


Blogger Parul said ... (12:20 PM) : 

i think that guy may be a sweet man beneath that expression... just not used to being clicked away by strangers.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (12:26 PM) : 

These are photos I liked


Blogger .......... said ... (12:27 PM) : 

what a man :-D


Anonymous Raphael said ... (12:32 PM) : 

great contrast....

that´s real life.... no magazine shot...

greetings from germany !


Blogger Jonathan Burton said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Adore his jacket-is it Dior?

I think his sunglasses are vintage ray ban.


Blogger Bex said ... (12:43 PM) : 



Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (12:43 PM) : 

This photo is fabulous and it DOES speak volumes. x


Anonymous скучаю по россии said ... (12:45 PM) : 

i used to live in Russia, and this picture brings back memories and captures a lot of contemporary feelings/attitudes/contrasts. wonderful photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:45 PM) : 

this picture has so much character. i laughed when i saw it! nothing like an angry man on a bench. you want to sit as far away as possible!

F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


Blogger Alisa said ... (12:54 PM) : 

Ohh, he is great! Look at that body language and expression! Love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:54 PM) : 

See it on a daily basis in Washington DC. I've shot plenty.


Blogger Magdalena said ... (1:02 PM) : 

Haha, so funny!!!


Blogger Very Highbrow said ... (1:04 PM) : 

what a great photograph - and I like what you said about expectations and experience - I feel like I could write a paper on this... anyway- have fun in Japan! It is one of my favorite places and I can't wait to see your pictures from there!


Blogger said ... (1:22 PM) : 

i agree. great photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 PM) : 

They r from different worlds)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:38 PM) : 

I see what you mean. She is insoucient, while he is angry and I think, depressed.


Anonymous michael edwards said ... (1:38 PM) : 

indeed. great shot. like an old married couple, just a bit off on the age...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:43 PM) : 

I have also lived in Russia and agree with the prior comment. This picture perfectly captures the nature of expactations within the two age groups. They may share the same city and even the same bus route, but their life experiences could not be any different, old Russian vs. new Russia. While the girl is anxious to get to her next destination, full of possibilities, not knowing what's ahead, the man has seen and lived it all. He knows where he needs to get to, now if the bus would get there quicker, he may be on his way.

BTW Scott, I recently bought your book, the hardcover version. Fashion and "real" people's own creativity insipres me daily, its like creating your own daily fairy tale, where you are Alice.



Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (1:45 PM) : 

Haa, LOVE this! Definately put a big smile on my face :) Thank you!


Blogger Cinza Azul said ... (1:55 PM) : 

nice picture.


Blogger lenore said ... (1:55 PM) : 

He looks like a fortress and she looks vulnerable. This photo cuts to heart of the matter in fashion -- in general, men are dressed to look strong and women are dressed to look vulnerable, and when women are dressed to look strong, they are criticized for looking too masculine -- I'm thinking of the comments posted when you juxtaposed the strong, narrow silhouettes of Celine, with the soft, full-skirted ones of Louis Vuitton. So here it is again, Louis Vuitton (left) vs. Celine (right), same principle, different manifestations.


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

I bet he says nyet, nyet, nyet, all the time.


Anonymous Nana said ... (2:09 PM) : 

Yes...body language can tell us a lot about this picture for example I had some feelings about the guy and the girl but who knows the truth...

best wishes


Blogger Kati Kov said ... (2:27 PM) : 

typical moscow! and thats what i love about this city!


Anonymous Anke said ... (2:36 PM) : 

The picture is awesome!

I don't want to be rude or anything...but I think this picture wasn't shot in Moscow, but in Germany.
First thing that came into my mind, when I saw the picture: the old man looks perfectly german (i don't know why.. his whole attidtude and expression...)!
Second thing: The bus station. It's german (You can tell it by the signs printed on the glas.. it's a german company that does not produce in/for russia) :-)

So, sorry if i'm wrong, but i think the picture was shot in berlin :)
it is great anyway!!!!


Anonymous said ... (2:51 PM) : 

That's probably her dad and they have been in a fight! lol


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:56 PM) : 

She looks like she's going somewhere.

He looks like he's already been somewhere.



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

It makes me think "Cold War."


Blogger Astor Adams said ... (3:14 PM) : 

He lived in the USSR
She is living in Russia


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Anke: I am from moscow and we have these bus stops. There's also a Russian Lada in the background.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 PM) : 

he's wearing quite a coat, she is in t-shirt?


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

I want to start a new expression: "Love your eye."

Scott, love your eye. It is open. It is ready to see whatever there is to see.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:49 PM) : 

These russian dolls wear those high heels like there's no tomorrow.

And I must say I kinda like it. :)

(C'mon Scott, do sth about the commenting system to be a bit simpler -- popups are a no no!)



Blogger Bethakabetty said ... (4:02 PM) : 

i love odd juxtapositions like this one - see them all the time. You've inspired me to start documenting more of them!


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (4:04 PM) : 

Two worlds meet together in one pic! Perfect!


Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (4:18 PM) : 

Amazing picture! Great shot!


Blogger Ginta said ... (4:24 PM) : 

SO beautiful! and SO typical! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

it`s definitely Moscow because it`s russian car behind the bus stop, and we have that kind of bus stop and the same jerks making such things on the glass, in subway too btw


Blogger Ripped Jeans said ... (5:03 PM) : 

i love it! it's so crazy how many different looking people we have on earth


Anonymous Elaine said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Another contrast is that she is wearing a short-sleeve t-shirt, and he is bundled up in a jacket.


Blogger Helen said ... (5:56 PM) : 

The stoic survivor vs the soft optimism of youth. A captivating picture! It really speaks to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:06 PM) : 

I love how he is closed off with his hands in his pockets. He has seen the world.

She on the other hand is young, open to the world, and is looking into the distance that contains her future.



Blogger Unknown said ... (6:31 PM) : 

omg this picture is fantastic. what a juxtaposition.


Blogger Maya said ... (6:51 PM) : 

Hahahaha I love this. that man is adorable in all his roundness



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:00 PM) : 

I love this picture. It really catches the essence of Moscow. When I visited years ago, this is what was so interesting to me -- the obvious and inspirational difference between the generations.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 PM) : 

A little like lost in translation


Blogger Alice In Fashionland said ... (7:21 PM) : 

Amazing picture!


Blogger joanaddicted said ... (7:49 PM) : 

so contradictory.. the man takes the glory from the pretty lady though...hehe


Blogger Kate Rose said ... (9:36 PM) : 

love it :)
On a shallow note: rom com waiting to happen
The ornery man looks like he's straight out of a Coen Brothers movie


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:03 PM) : 

and gosh...just look how happy the both of them are. :( Couple of cranky pants...LOL


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:24 PM) : 

i love juxtaposition. you're right, body language says it all. great capture!


Anonymous Masha said ... (11:37 PM) : 

Oh, how interesting this is! Picture is beautiful. But he story behind it (as many said before me) definetly exists. It is as if someone just told me a story but not shown a picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 AM) : 

love this!


Anonymous Olga said ... (3:28 AM) : 

Well done! The picture reveals the essence of post USSR countries & the gap between the young & the old generation.


Blogger Moagisi said ... (4:02 AM) : 

But they are also on opposite sides of the scale weight wise aren't they? Very fascinating pic!


Blogger Baron-Münchhausen said ... (4:54 AM) : 

As they say, opposites attract each other ...


Anonymous Stefan said ... (5:06 AM) : 

Ohhh, I like that one! Reminds me a bit of ;-)


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:27 AM) : 

WOW ! this picture speaks volumes. sublime.


Blogger Un samedi... said ... (8:03 AM) : 

Quel contraste!


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:32 AM) : 

more pictures from Moscow, please!



Anonymous Middleseason said ... (9:02 AM) : 

These are the kind of photos I prefer.


Anonymous Amy said ... (9:31 AM) : 

i love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 AM) : 

now this is a signature "Sartorialist moment"...down to the graffiti scratched into the glass of the bus shelter...fabulous pic!


Blogger Johanna said ... (11:11 AM) : 

great picture.


Blogger Ola said ... (11:54 AM) : 

great, like in a movie!This picture tells a story


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (12:55 PM) : 

scott, that is a very cool observation ...i have to commend u on thinking about it!! yes it does speak volumes about expectations and experience!!



Blogger Abigail said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Haha! I love this! Perfect contrast.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:30 PM) : 

I love the fact that she is dressed for summer and he is dressed for winter. Lovely picture


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

я из москвы - да , здесь круто!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:08 PM) : 



Blogger Izzen said ... (5:08 PM) : 



Anonymous xris said ... (5:18 PM) : 

Post and pre new-Russia. She never saw communism; he may have been a part of the regime.

History on a bus bench.


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

She is old enough to have seen communism. It hasnt been not so long that the regime has changed.


Anonymous Leanne said ... (7:07 PM) : 

I absolutely LOVE this! I have often felt like I imagine the person on the left is feeling; head pointing up with hope, colourful clothes suggesting ambition. The person on the right I probably wouldnt judge fairly, as I cannot associate with him, but his body language (looking straight ahead, slumped down on the earth) suggest that he is stuck in his roots, clinging to the old ways of doing things, only interested in the here and now.

This photo has inspired me so much! Thank you!

PS. how do you manage to get a shot without them noticing?!


Blogger Alison said ... (2:04 AM) : 

I love this image. How can I buy it?
I'm serious.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:37 AM) : 

Did Garance take this shot? I think that's her with the camera in the reflection on the plexiglass.


Blogger C. said ... (5:58 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:41 PM) : 

There's also something about the light.. Sunny on the left and shady on the right.


Blogger Ilaria said ... (7:19 AM) : 

What a great great shot! I love the distance between the two of them, it tells a lot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:21 AM) : 

There's so much one could take from this... they both have a look of resolution, but apart from this they seem to be on completely different paths.

Unsurprisingly, the old gentlemen seems to have a lot of certainty about him, and I think this gives him a kind of relaxation.

She on the other hand looks completely shielded. It's easy to assume that her life is faster and busier, probably more stressful.

I think it also marks a change in attitudes from one of community (his more relaxed openness) to individualism (shown by her behind a shield). She's not even looking at the camera . Does that mean we don't engage with each other anymore? To be honest she probably just didn't see in time, but you know what I mean.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

Great photo


Blogger said ... (8:45 PM) : 

brilliant photo... up there with Diane Arbus


Blogger Raf said ... (9:07 PM) : 

I love this photo. Can I buy a print of it?


Blogger M.L.Davis said ... (11:20 AM) : 

Are they in different temperature zones? he has a big jacket on and she has peep toes and a short sleeve tee... I love this photo.


Blogger copywaitress said ... (12:32 PM) : 

I love this photo - it is like a long story you can read...


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