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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Street....Le Marais, Paris

Comments on "On the Street....Le Marais, Paris"

 

Anonymous Héloïse said ... (9:06 AM) : 

Gorgeous picture! Very Paris.

 

Blogger Lainey Seyler said ... (9:10 AM) : 

i love how europeans can't be bothered to flink the ask off their cigarettes. i think it says a lot about the difference americans and the french (or spanish, italian, etc.)

 

Blogger SarahIsabella said ... (9:13 AM) : 

I rarely actually think smoking is sexy.... but in Paris, it is.

 

Blogger stacy said ... (9:13 AM) : 

wow.

what a stunning shot.

well done.

 

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

She looks like a cross between Jeanne Moreau and young Brigitte Bardot, on her way home after a night with her lover. Wonderful!

 

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

How do you keep getting such amazing photos?!

 

Anonymous s said ... (9:25 AM) : 

A cinema moment...inspirational
-s

 

Blogger Hadley Gets Crafty said ... (9:25 AM) : 

Oh, I often still wish I were a smoker! Funny how your body misses things so profoundly even when your brain says "done".

At any rate, I like this woman's purposeful stride.

 

Anonymous duncan said ... (9:28 AM) : 

Were you on a motorbike? Beautiful rich tones in this picture! Nice one!

 

Anonymous Edmund said ... (9:30 AM) : 

Magnificent. I agree, this is incredibly Paris.

 

Blogger Laura said ... (9:35 AM) : 

I love this in black and white! It's very 60s European glam...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 AM) : 

very walk of shame...

 

Anonymous Catherine like Deneuve said ... (9:38 AM) : 

What a shot! The rearview mirror on the bike (or is it a moto?), the crystal-clear focus on the girl, wow.
Totally timeless and classic--coat, bag, hair, makeup (or lack thereof, but she's so lovely she doesn't need it). She will only regret the cigarette later.
I would love to put my hair up like that, but if I walk quickly it falls down. What is the trick?

 

Blogger Cloe said ... (9:42 AM) : 

Uau!
Great pic!

 

Blogger indie said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Love it! The jacket and the bag are great choices.

 

Blogger coco said ... (9:48 AM) : 

this picture is absolutely perfect!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 AM) : 

Love her Dior...

 

Blogger Edamaepyjamas said ... (9:52 AM) : 

This picture is timeless, and gorgeous. The benz in the background is the only thing in the photo that gives it away as contemporary. Just lovely!

 

Blogger Jeannie said ... (9:59 AM) : 

looks like a movie still from godard.

 

Blogger ash.N.fuz said ... (10:00 AM) : 

she is hot!!wearing amazing bag and jacket..waa lah

 

Anonymous jessica said ... (10:01 AM) : 

are they filming a new version of "the hills" in paris? ;)

 

Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (10:04 AM) : 

Love the belted coat!
And, yes, this photo just screams Paris, no caption necessary.

 

Blogger Victoria said ... (10:15 AM) : 

i love this picture most of all

 

Blogger Piztachio said ... (10:18 AM) : 

WOW! AMAZING shot!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 AM) : 

I wish she didn't make smoking look so cool.

 

Blogger ricola said ... (10:20 AM) : 

reminds me of the new wave. a bout de souffle. a new Jane Seberg.

 

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

I love the picture and what she is wearing. It's a shame she is smoking though as I really don't think it suits her. If you imagine the picture without the cigarette you'd think here is a stunning looking girl that probably smells of Chanel perfume. Instead you'd think here is a stunning looking girl that probably smells of Marlborough lights.

 

Blogger TEXTSTYLES said ... (10:22 AM) : 

tellement Paris, french woman just know how to play it
oh so well

*bisous*

 

Blogger NVA said ... (10:22 AM) : 

ohh...this is your first black/white image that i see
in some moment is b/w the best
i like it...

 

OpenID mensfreestyle said ... (10:25 AM) : 

How I miss living in Paris... Picture is beautifully shot too, adds style to an already stylish outfit.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Sexy!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:28 AM) : 

She smokes! Why do some still believe that a cigarette is an accessory?

maria

 

Anonymous Javier said ... (10:33 AM) : 

This look like an old picture, is really great.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

Une vraie parisienne

 

Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Now thats my kind of girl: one killer accessory (handbag) and the rest, keep it very classic and very simple. Agree with Heloise, great light and picture!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 AM) : 

She's lovely, but looks like she's coughing.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM) : 

The black & white just captures her.

 

Anonymous Kajsa said ... (10:38 AM) : 

Gorgeous girl, and I love love love the belted coat!

 

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

pretty girl!

 

Blogger hannah said ... (10:43 AM) : 

this picture tells such a great story.

 

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

beautiful, all but the cigarette!

 

Blogger The Man Who Knew Too Much said ... (10:46 AM) : 

WOW WOW WOW!!!
Great picture. the black and white, the motion, the perspective. Cinema still?

Nice one

 

Blogger Priscilla Brossi Gutierre said ... (10:51 AM) : 

Adorable!!!

 

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

Great, great picture!

 

Blogger intresseklubben said ... (10:55 AM) : 

thats so so pretty! shes gorgeous!! tres chic!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

Good cigarette, nice attitude!!

 

Anonymous Chlo said ... (10:58 AM) : 

Wonderful... if it weren't for the cars in the background (and perhaps those lapels), this could have been taken in the 60s or 70s.

 

Blogger mi moleskine y yo said ... (11:02 AM) : 

She looks cool, I would like to see her dress. It'd be beautiful, like the other clothes

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:04 AM) : 

This has got to be one of your first black and white pictures. Amazing. Straight out of a French film noir.

 

Blogger Jay_ said ... (11:10 AM) : 

Very nice picture. Has a "soft" touch to it.

 

Blogger Alyssa said ... (11:11 AM) : 

Ahh! B&W, how beautifully perfect...

 

Blogger octavio cayeta said ... (11:11 AM) : 

Love her lady Dior¡¡ and her hair is perfect¡

 

Blogger enricro said ... (11:12 AM) : 

Fantastic shot!
Congratulations.

Her face reflectin Paris in this days.

Enric, from Barcelona.

 

Blogger Evelyn said ... (11:12 AM) : 

Wonderful B/W photo.
I bet this lady only use half an hour to tidy up herself, but it's just great!! little mess hair, but i like it!

 

Blogger Natalie said ... (11:14 AM) : 

is that Doutzen?

 

Blogger enricro said ... (11:15 AM) : 

Fantastic shot!
Congratulations.

Her faces reflecting Paris in this days.

Enric, fron Barcelona.

 

Blogger Laryssa said ... (11:17 AM) : 

This is amazing... This is art. I want to hang this pic at my wall... So much expression about it. What she's thinking, where she's about to go? Love the laid back hair... a perfect shot, really!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:19 AM) : 

i love the black and white. that never happens here!

 

Blogger bug pin said ... (11:20 AM) : 

Love how you introduced the side mirror/image! Don't love the ciggy--she could be walking around the states looking like that. Actually looks like someone that just woke up at her boyfriends and is making her way home.

 

Blogger lydia said ... (11:21 AM) : 

she's so beautiful!

 

Blogger Magnolia Blossoms said ... (11:22 AM) : 

love this. wish I was classy enough to pull off that messy hair style. Love the composition, and the reflection in the mirror.

 

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

I love her coat, just shrugged on unassumingly. She looks fabulous even though she seems cold and tired. Great shot!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

So parisienne... Love it !

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 AM) : 

Oh Sart... your editor will have a really hard time editing your book. There are soooo many good pictures to chose from...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 AM) : 

BCBG!

 

OpenID bradw-91 said ... (11:31 AM) : 

agreed and i love how it looks somewhat voyeuristic. did you set up the shot like that or was it candid?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:38 AM) : 

true...i was just about to say: "very parisienne very"....i would have known it wa sparis immediately!
nancy

 

Blogger stephanie-sarah said ... (11:43 AM) : 

i wish it was winter in australia...

 

Anonymous libelulajesss said ... (11:44 AM) : 

I love the way her hair and coat have been tied in a hurry as she was dashing out of the house, yet she still looks so chic.
I also like the way the mirror is hinting at her surroundings.

 

Blogger mimi(cigalechanta) said ... (11:47 AM) : 

I stayed two weeks+ in the Marais and she reminds me of many of the women That I saw, that tousled, yet chic look.

 

Anonymous MarieMartine said ... (11:52 AM) : 

Tellement parisienne! Thank you for all your pictures! they are an endless source of inspiration!

 

Anonymous vila said ... (11:54 AM) : 

healthy!

 

Blogger Miss California said ... (11:54 AM) : 

amazin pic!
love the B&W... and the Dior bag of course...

 

Blogger Seung said ... (11:56 AM) : 

love this picture...

 

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

Stunning picture.. Herb eat your heart out!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:02 PM) : 

I just love that this picture is black and white

 

Blogger Maggie said ... (12:04 PM) : 

i was in paris for the first time (!) last week and found myself walking behind two women with very similar, messy, high chignons.

in true sartorialist-reader fashion, i found myself meditating on it for a large part of the morning. in america, this style would be considered sloppy (and really only fit for a walk of shame back to your dorm room), but it seems to fit in perfectly with parisian style. any thoughts as to why it works so well?

 

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

Reminds me of Charlotte Casiraghi. Very chic!

 

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

I like the bag, tres chic.

 

Blogger The Storialist said ... (12:08 PM) : 

I love the combination of fierceness and vulnerability.

 

Blogger fashioncrashers said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Lady Dior bag looks great on the girl.

 

Blogger cami falcão said ... (12:11 PM) : 

this is definitely one of your best pictures.
well done Sr.

 

Blogger Tereza Š. said ... (12:15 PM) : 

wow that looks like right from some magazine....fantastic

 

Anonymous -anna- said ... (12:20 PM) : 

i love it! black and white is my fav. format for pics...but i which i could get a close up of that charm on the bag...looks so cute!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

Is it the cigarette that makes this photo? If so, it's sad as we all know it's an unhealthy habit. The only thing I like is her hair.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : 

is that you in the vespa's side mirror?? love the shot

 

Blogger CRF said ... (12:23 PM) : 

There is always something sexy about haplessly pulled up hair and a cigarette! It seems that she just woke up and "walla" a chic city photo moment...

 

Blogger Wanderlusting said ... (12:23 PM) : 

Love it. Great shadows, great mood.

Yah people will bitch about romanticising the cigarette and smoking, blah blah blah but take it from someone who has NEVER smoked a day in her life (cigarettes, that is), I still find shots of people smoking to be glamorous. I can't help it. Though it's very bad, it looks very good :)

Besides, that's what people do in Europe and you've captured it well.

 

Blogger Federica - Inside a bullet with butterfly wings said ... (12:29 PM) : 

chic parisienne!

 

Blogger petifilou said ... (12:30 PM) : 

Just when you're trying to persuade kids it's not cool to smoke, along comes along a picture like this and throws your theory out the window. She looks stunning and the cigarette makes the photo! How annoying!

 

Blogger green lantern said ... (12:30 PM) : 

Sart!! On Point! She is well dressed with her short coat and stockings and purse and cigarette and perfect eyebrows and hair. And you captured it oh so well with the black and white photo! So, So, French...You rock!

 

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

fantastic photo! i love the reflection in the scooter mirror. paris (et cette jeune fille) often lends itself beautifully to black and white shots!

 

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

very chic. however, when will people, europeans included, realize that smoking is passé?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 PM) : 

smoking a cig has never been more sexy

 

Blogger Brian said ... (12:39 PM) : 

Hair in a rubber band, no makeup, looks like someone is making the "walk of shame". If you could look in her purse, you'd find her panties and a phone number scrawled drunkenly on a cocktail napkin.

 

Blogger green lantern said ... (12:42 PM) : 

One last word...whether the reflection in the motorcycle mirror was intentional or not, it really works for me. You have a Noir photograph with a little Alfred Hitchcock effect thrown on as the icing. Great!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Dopeness!!!!!!!!..look at those Ray Bans with the salt and pepper grey

 

Blogger michaeljosephowens said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Looks like a latter-day Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany's moment. Very stylish on her walk of shame.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 PM) : 

im quite dying to know whats on her feet

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Great shot - beautiful girl ... but she looks like she is coughing; that takes a bit of the romance away.

 

Blogger Emma B. said ... (12:58 PM) : 

That is probably one of the most gorgeous pictures I've ever seen.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

the girl resembles Doutzen Kroes!

 

Blogger Moi said ... (1:05 PM) : 

Love this photo. It's SO French!

 

Anonymous Heather said ... (1:10 PM) : 

Wonderful!

 

Anonymous Birdy said ... (1:14 PM) : 

love the black and white color, so chic..

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:16 PM) : 

Haunting. Existential. Provocative. Someday, someone will write an entire novel about this girl, this photograph.

 

Blogger Jessie77 said ... (1:16 PM) : 

lovely photo, love the trench

 

Blogger JO said ... (1:30 PM) : 

I love this B&W shot! It is gorgeous!

 

Anonymous Danieliam said ... (1:31 PM) : 

Gorgeous girl too!
Love the style..

 

Anonymous fASHION mINUTE said ... (1:35 PM) : 

I am not crazy about the girl, I must say. However, what a beautifully-framed shot! I love the blurry gate obfuscating the view of a Parisian subject in motion. Fantastic!

 

Anonymous Paul said ... (1:36 PM) : 

This looks to be a perfect example of why I quit smoking: I love my clothes too much. Are those not burnholes near the hem of her coat in front?
Lovely girl, though, and a beautiful photograph.

 

Blogger Hell Yup! said ... (1:44 PM) : 

wowsers...

- she looks like she just rolled out of bed and was just as beautiful w sleep in her eye as with the leggings and awesome coat!

I miss France...

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:46 PM) : 

Beautiful picture.

 

Anonymous Cherie L. said ... (1:49 PM) : 

i wish she weren't hunching or smoking but i like the messy hair, the coat, the stockings, the stride. wish you caught her shoes.

 

Blogger The Khaki Crusader said ... (1:52 PM) : 

great action. great feeling. great choice of black and white.

 

Blogger DP said ... (1:53 PM) : 

what a rad photo - besides the delicate beauty trying to stay warm we are given a fantastic self portrait. very clever

 

Blogger Abby said ... (1:59 PM) : 

the picture is wonderful (as always) but i'm not impressed by her clothing at all. She looks like every other 20-something girl.

 

Blogger Andrew said ... (2:02 PM) : 

I sort of find this photo sad. A beautiful young woman, puffing away. Self-destructive.

 

Blogger Johanne said ... (2:03 PM) : 

Insanely beautiful.I like her laidback bun;D

 

Blogger TRASHION XD said ... (2:04 PM) : 

Preciosa fotografía!

 

Blogger Min said ... (2:07 PM) : 

AMAZING shot!!!

 

Blogger Noah, Post-Diluvian said ... (2:12 PM) : 

Something about the complete candor of this shot gives her whole appearance just that much more of a sense of completion.

The bag with the coat looks fantastic, especially with the minor amount of adornments.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 PM) : 

héloïse said what i came here to say. i love the picture!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:13 PM) : 

This girl should date me. --James.

 

Blogger SDG said ... (2:14 PM) : 

She looks as if she's had a long night. Maybe good or not so good, but she's still stylish. lol

 

Blogger anonwomen said ... (2:18 PM) : 

stunning - is this the first b&w i have seen on the blog... I am trying to remember. Its beautiful. I love the coat, the way her legs look like a brush stroke in the black tights. I love the clean face and the loose up do tres chic.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:21 PM) : 

Paris je t' aime

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:24 PM) : 

smoke is not good...

Love frey black and white pictures, they are so artistic

 

Anonymous Jen said ... (2:26 PM) : 

Trés chic! This is why books like "All You Need to Be Impossibly French..." exist!

 

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

This is quintessentially Parisian chic, no Westerner can pull off casual like this....

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:32 PM) : 

amazing....femine, edgy and chic :)
how i would like to look haha xoxo

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:32 PM) : 

Exquisite picture, Sart! She looks like a very young Jeanne Moreau.

 

Blogger Gabriela said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Wonderful picture! It has the mood of when fashion gets mixed with the real tough quick everyday life. I love it!

 

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

this makes me miss Paris... :(

 

Anonymous Kathi said ... (2:39 PM) : 

oh this is simply gorgeous! very old worldly.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:41 PM) : 

if only we could all appear so glamourous on our early morning walk of shame.

 

Blogger Dominica said ... (2:42 PM) : 

Black and white always gives this extra edge to a picture...it just looks like a movie still....
Wonderfull !

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

Beautiful Photography! i want to frame it!

 

Blogger ISTANBUL FAN said ... (2:44 PM) : 

i love the picture! what camera have you used?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:53 PM) : 

absolutely stunning.

 

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

Beautiful in b/w but, what are the colors of her ensemble?

 

Blogger joyandjanet said ... (2:57 PM) : 

Ahhhh, to look so chic without a lot of work. The young have it...

 

Blogger Mary said ... (2:59 PM) : 

O! So Paris! Fantastic moment!

 

Anonymous LM said ... (3:05 PM) : 

Lovely shot. I'm not sure if this resembles the "walk of shame" or a sad girl after a bad breakup. In any case, I love everything but the cancer stick. She'd look much more cosmopolitan with an ipod or something in her hand, in place of the cigarette.

 

Blogger Mr. Rover said ... (3:18 PM) : 

Beautiful picture- it looks almost voyeuristic

 

OpenID newyorkecherie said ... (3:28 PM) : 

i love this picture so so much

 

Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (3:49 PM) : 

I'd say too bad the mirror of the scooter didn't made the picture imperfect.
BUT....then I see a reflection of Mr Sartorialist himself, and now it IS a perfect picture.

The only reason why this picture is not 100% perfection is the cigarette. But that's just my personal opinion.

Awsome shot.

 

Blogger Leoona said ... (3:59 PM) : 

I adore this photo! She is very sexy.

 

Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (4:00 PM) : 

Beautiful beautiful shot!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:03 PM) : 

over the years, with the birth of digital and the death of film, it's amazing to see how people respond so much to monochrome - both in a visceral, and yet, undiscerning way.

 

Blogger Sbrilli said ... (4:10 PM) : 

what a capture!

 

Blogger sixfive said ... (4:15 PM) : 

Wow, this is a favorite shot for sure. Verry nice.

 

Blogger diane said ... (4:21 PM) : 

I have a coat very similar; I love the way it feels like a "lined bathrobe", but looks very classic.
I agree with the multitude of comments on your wonderful picture taking capabilities, maestro. xo

 

Blogger Petulia said ... (4:23 PM) : 

great shot. definitely a marais girl!

 

Blogger sara said ... (4:30 PM) : 

I also would like to know how to make my hair look like that.

and I wish we could see her shoes...!

 

Blogger luisgracaphotoblog said ... (4:44 PM) : 

beautiful girl, beautiful picture. it reminds the best photos from peter lindbergh. nice work sart!

 

Blogger thwany said ... (4:53 PM) : 

She looks cold.

 

Blogger Blicious said ... (5:23 PM) : 

such a great shot!!

 

Anonymous crowsfeet said ... (5:23 PM) : 

If I could take out the cigarette and add some lovely leather gloves... for her sake and that of the otherwise magical image.

 

Anonymous glamour said ... (5:43 PM) : 

this is art!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:55 PM) : 

The shoulder on her coat is fantastic; a great, simple ensemble.
This thread has also reminded me that the only thing more irritating than smoking is uppity self-righteous non-smokers.

 

Anonymous JUSTJR said ... (6:10 PM) : 

Great Image!

 

Blogger Room4777 said ... (6:11 PM) : 

In this single frame, you've captured the fleeting creature in it's most natural, translucent state. What a high that must have been.

 

Blogger Bea said ... (6:12 PM) : 

Her hair and attitude are sooooo Parisian!

 

Blogger Rael said ... (6:26 PM) : 

great action shoot.
it makes me miss le marais, there is smoething about this that makes me think of jules et jim. it might be the monochrome or something about the inadvertent erotic nature of this girl. seductive but not slutty. haahaha

 

Blogger Amber said ... (6:33 PM) : 

love the hair and lady dior bag. butt the ciggy looks painful!

 

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

If she was holding an ipod or cell phone instead of a cigarette, would we be as compelled to give her a story?

 

Blogger Jasmine said ... (7:00 PM) : 

Amazing picture...love all the greys and blacks. This picture is definitely very...Paris!

 

OpenID kagitsune said ... (7:08 PM) : 

I could stare at this picture for an hour, just reading everything about this image... I'd say "you should start selling artist's prints", but the book's coming out eventually, so I guess we'll have to wait for that first!

 

Blogger Duchesse said ... (7:09 PM) : 

Art! If it were not for your copyright, which I shall respect, I'd like to live with this image. Thanks for showing some of your work in b/w.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:09 PM) : 

What an incredible photo! The mood is so evocative of European angst in black and white, I'm weak in the knees. And the blurry bike with her in focus - you had to catch this in a hurry. Ya done good!
Forget fashion this is timeless style.

 

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

Louise you're beautiful comme toujours

 

Blogger L'auteur said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Shes beautiful. And with that coat, she looks like she just got out of bed to meet someone, careless because she knows her beauty

 

Blogger Sofia said ... (7:29 PM) : 

Tres Chic , looks like Charlotte of Monaco !

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:31 PM) : 

beautiful shot!
love the rear view mirror placement in the picture

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:50 PM) : 

This is just a beautiful shot. All the greys, and blacks. She looks wonderful and as though she has a story to tell.

 

Blogger One Man's Style said ... (7:57 PM) : 

beautiful. holding the cig makes it so cool too. why i dont know, it shouldnt, but it just does. also in B and w, just wow. i know i am not saying much different than everyone else but its pics like this that put you over the top sart!!!

 

Anonymous Justina said ... (8:14 PM) : 

Nope, in my opinion, the cigarette lends an air of old-world romance and perfectly matches the b&w tone of the picture (an iPod or phone would seem incongruous and destroy the glamor of the shot, I think).

But I am really writing because of the hair: I'm a fan of the messy bun look, but this seems to be a kind of double bun with a soft part on the right and one casually overlooked strand. What is going on here and do you think it would it be possible to imitate, if not recreate? I'd love to hear thoughts or suggestions, seeing as you're clearly a fashionable bunch. :-) Thanks!

 

Blogger Ana said ... (8:51 PM) : 

Great shot, great eye, great sense of composition...That's why I'm completely adicted to this blog!!!!

I love youuuuuuuuuu, the Sartorialist!!!!! Tks for all those stunning shots of yours!

Free hugs,

Ana

 

Blogger thomas said ... (9:08 PM) : 

she makes smoking look cool

 

Blogger Ame in DC said ... (9:19 PM) : 

Absolutely wonderful.

 

Blogger le rakun said ... (10:04 PM) : 

he, b+w! nice one.

 

Anonymous Zenas313 said ... (10:16 PM) : 

My guess is this photo would be so-so were it in color. In black and white, however, it has to be my favorite of anything I have seen you do. If they were creating a pictorial dictionary for French phrases, she would be the entry for je ne sais quoi. The hair, the lips, the legs, the bag; no jewelry (visible), not even simple earrings, and short nails with no polish; wearing a coat that, perhaps, was not the one she wore to wherever it is she is now rushing from. First cigarette for the day, for a nicotine kick until she gets to the first cafe au lait of the day. Utterly inspiring - you've caught a muse on film!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:18 PM) : 

It's a beautiful shot. You certainly got it, congratulations!!!

but, I don't think it captures any particular beauty on the part of the subject. I agree that her look, face, and clothes are a little mundane. But is that the point? Are you trying to show us ordinary, plain people elevated to the sublime?

 

Blogger J. said ... (10:32 PM) : 

This is beautiful. I love her, shes so cute. I also love tobacco chic, I dont smoke myself but just love it in photos...can't really explain it

 

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

she looks like doutzen, what is she covering up?

 

Blogger Frenchy Bastarrd said ... (11:05 PM) : 

I'm in love.

And yes, she makes smoking look irresistible.

 

Blogger vanessaj said ... (11:40 PM) : 

tres chic!

 

Anonymous zuccotto said ... (11:47 PM) : 

Motion in motion!

Glad to see this in your photography.

 

Blogger zuccotto said ... (11:56 PM) : 

This reminds me of a famous italian photo.

I think my last post didn't go through, so I'll add again,
motion in motion. Glad to see you bring motion into your work - and, yes, I know, this isn't the first time.

 

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

i'd love to know what shoes she was wearing...

 

Anonymous pilatespat said ... (12:24 AM) : 

I concur with the consensus. This shot is one of your very best Sart, and I really appreciate your enthusiasm. Your work of late has been moving to a completely other level of inspiration.

She is gorgeous. So Parisienne, so perfect. This picture just makes me smile.

Thank you!

 

Blogger Daisy said ... (12:44 AM) : 

getting artsy, are we sart?

I like the way her legs contrast with her bulky/blurry coat.

 

Blogger Robbie said ... (12:44 AM) : 

I guess I am only echoing what others have said, but this picture is so well composed. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I am sure I could write atleast 1002...

Appreciated, as always.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 AM) : 

beautiful shot. it looks like all is busy around her, but she's having a quiet moment with herself. And I love how the light is reflected of the mirror in the foreground

 

Blogger Ace Azri said ... (1:08 AM) : 

im in love with it.

 

Blogger Eugénie from Paris said ... (2:44 AM) : 

In the early seventies, my very bourgeoise French grandmother and mother were saying that it was not appropriate for a woman to smoke on the street (my grandmother and my mother were both chain smokers, but would have never been caught smoking on the street).

 

Blogger Emily said ... (2:57 AM) : 

Love her Dior bag! This is a stunning photo!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:12 AM) : 

isn't it doutzen kroes????????

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 AM) : 

I have been staring at this picture since you posted it. And I can't help but wonder, did you plan the whole mirror of the scooter and your reflection bit? Given that you caught the girl in movement, it seems to me that it is a miracle that you even got the picture. The fact that it is perfect is amazing. Either way, planned or not planned, this picture is a blessing. I want to frame it and put it in my room.

 

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