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There is no elevator to success! Don't give up!

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 4 June 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

"There is no elevator to success ! You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time.”
~ Joe Girard


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

Another fabulous shot from you - only wish the subject was walking up - to better match the quote...

4 Jun 2009 5:29am

@Bill Jennings: maybe she GAVE UP !!!! no time, no patient for step by step !!!! Right ? So, I found picture perfectly suitable for the title !!!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This is brilliant Marianna! Superb composition and the wall texture and a wonderful quote!

4 Jun 2009 5:56am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is a fantastic capture. Love the silhouetted figure.

4 Jun 2009 5:59am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice titel 4 great shot
nicly dine barbaa

4 Jun 2009 6:24am

@amirreza: Barbra ? hmmm... I can sing too :))

Bertrand from Paris, France

High contrast and high noise, its result a great shoot. The middle place of subject is nice.

4 Jun 2009 7:20am

zOOm from Paris, France

Love the quote ! And the picture suits so well ! ;-)

4 Jun 2009 7:51am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great title and photo, I'd also like the woman going up.

4 Jun 2009 7:57am

Standley from Carquefou, France

Great title for a great shot. Well done!

4 Jun 2009 8:25am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

LOL -- great title and accompanying shot!! and it is very true!!! (at least for most of us!)

4 Jun 2009 10:40am

Lynn from United States

EXCELLENT SHOT!!! Love the contrast and the title is so fitting...very nicely done :))

4 Jun 2009 11:35am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

What a great symbol ,going down the stairs, and a great composition !

4 Jun 2009 11:44am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Love the picture; but I think the reference was to going upwards. Maybe it's a good thing there are no elevators going down..... ;-)))

4 Jun 2009 11:48am

@Eric Cousineau: well, she "did not find elevator and she is going back, does not want to use stairs ' . . does this have any sense ?

Ken from United States

MAriana, great B&W Contrast.

4 Jun 2009 11:52am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Hmmm...this one is full of mystery! Cool!

4 Jun 2009 1:49pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

The composition is so strong and timing so great! Compelling capture!

4 Jun 2009 2:11pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very good advice, I'd say. And a very good photo to illustrate the wisdom of this saying.

4 Jun 2009 2:48pm

peter from new york, United States

great contrast in this shot! has a real mysterious feel to it : )

4 Jun 2009 3:37pm

Don from spokane, United States

The silhouetted figure makes this picture very strong with a solid impact. A fine saying too. Well done.

4 Jun 2009 3:38pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

An interesting quote... but unfortunatly she doesn't go in the good way.... hope she'll find it one day to rise her until the success & especially the happiness...

4 Jun 2009 4:42pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Good composition and interesting B&W. Well done.

4 Jun 2009 4:50pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love that shot and the quote. B+w really works.

4 Jun 2009 4:59pm

Mike from United States

Very nice BW! It has a solemn/morose feel to it.

4 Jun 2009 5:46pm

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Really nice blacks and dark tones!

4 Jun 2009 6:34pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

hehe i like commentary. like i always say about certain things... you don't jump the ladder, you climb the ladder! great shot in mono.

4 Jun 2009 6:35pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous photograph. Superbly done. Wonderful quote.

4 Jun 2009 7:43pm

k@ from Paris, France

Heavy pace we can so beautifully FEEL ! Love that dark mood !

4 Jun 2009 7:45pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot

4 Jun 2009 8:04pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely outstanding and 5 stars from me! Absolutely love these dark tones and this composition! Bravo!

4 Jun 2009 8:12pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you Sharon. Have to tell you that after editing this shot it reminded me of your very specific style !

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Don't give up… A nice sentence for this shot

4 Jun 2009 8:13pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

great title and great shot! love the composition!

4 Jun 2009 8:16pm

Manola from Bassens, France

étrange et belle photo en N et B....

4 Jun 2009 9:10pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I really like the combination of this great photo with a matching quote!

4 Jun 2009 9:18pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

great composition and capture

4 Jun 2009 10:14pm

Dawn Bayer from Whitehall, United States

I like this photo, especially in black and white!! : )

4 Jun 2009 10:57pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Great mix. The human figure, so powerful with that geometry, altogether with and excellent range of greys. Maybe I miss a bit of white?

4 Jun 2009 11:04pm

@xavier cardell: ha ha .. where to put white ? I wish too :) thanks !

Ajay from Pune, India

The shot just amazing and title made it worth millions.

5 Jun 2009 1:07am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

A great Shot Mariana and I love the title and the song and this is great in Black and White! Keep up the great work!

5 Jun 2009 2:30am

Srinath from Waterloo, Canada

Very apt title for the picture! A great shot!
If i may humbly suggest, the thin column of sunlight to the extreme left of the picture takes a bit away from the mood.

5 Jun 2009 3:14am

@Srinath: great eye you have . was thinking of that to remove or keep it , but left it as a only little piece of white . shoy would be really too dark without it :) many thanks !

Stef67 from in my head, France

great shoot ^^

5 Jun 2009 6:36am

rian from mobile, United States

great framing here.. very well captured! :)

5 Jun 2009 7:27pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great composition ! I love the darkness !

5 Jun 2009 9:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful composition and super tonality.

5 Jun 2009 10:07pm

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

OK, Mariana - you convinced me of your perspective for the title... The artist's perspective is ALWAYS right: thanks for defending your position!

6 Jun 2009 5:39am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France


6 Jun 2009 6:29am

motie from France

well captured...and great idea!

6 Jun 2009 3:56pm

moncler from putian, China

Merci pour la le?on de photographie si utile à l'heure du numerique et du vite fait ..sans réfléchir .
j'aime l'atmosphère de ce cliché et ce qu'il évoque , chacun peut s'y retrouver quelque soit son pays
et créer plusieurs histoires ...

30 Dec 2010 7:12am

hervelegerelite from putian, China

You are one great photographer! All combined with great creativity and humanity. I know I've said many times (I think) but never mind repeat ... You are a role model for me! Your pictures are all an incredible strength. So it is with your words! I ask you not leave us! It is a pleasure and a great incentive to follow the "red. " With all my love and admiration Happy New Year full of love and life! Cheers! A hug, Adela

8 Jan 2011 7:49am