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Happiness, Illusion caused by absence of reality?

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 17 June 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Well, this young man suffers some mental disorder. Absence of reality ? Definitely! Happy ? Always! Every time I see him in downtown he sings, he tries talking with everybody on a street, he asks you all time the same question and laugh when you tell him your name, how many kids you have, what car you drive ...


"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

Lylou & Roland from BESANCON, France

WOW - super smile !!!

17 Jun 2009 5:41am

Standley from Carquefou, France

Wopnderful and colourful portrait. I like the expression!

17 Jun 2009 5:56am

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

always said - ignorance is bliss...

17 Jun 2009 6:10am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Wonderful portrait, there are joys that we think are difficult to reach when the most simple to know that!

17 Jun 2009 6:39am

Bertrand from Paris, France

New Robin's hood of modern age !?!

17 Jun 2009 7:18am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Sublime et drôle! un portrait magnifique! J'adore! haute en couleur cette image me plait beaucoup!!

17 Jun 2009 7:22am

k@ from Paris, France

You're asking such a f.... real question ! Moves me a lot - sign of your intelligence.
What is to be happy ? What is to think we are not...
Thanks ! And a kiss to him too ~ 

17 Jun 2009 7:36am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very interesting portrait with a very interesting title...

17 Jun 2009 8:46am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a Punchy Portrait Picture

17 Jun 2009 10:17am

Lynn from United States

Fantastic portrait!!! Great title and so well done...this one makes you think :))

17 Jun 2009 10:52am

Lynn from United States

Fantastic portrait!!! This one makes you think...great shot and a perfect title...well done :))

17 Jun 2009 10:53am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

excellent portrait. his hat matches his cheerful expression :)

17 Jun 2009 11:48am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful candid shot Mariana! Reality is a fleeting man's reality is another man's purgatory. I think he is happy in his reality...... ;-))

17 Jun 2009 11:58am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great smile and a fantastic hat!

17 Jun 2009 12:08pm

rian from mobile, United States

his smile seems a little forced now, right? great capture still.. :)

17 Jun 2009 12:29pm

@rian: NO, it is not a forced smile, it is just how he looks like. He suffers a minor mental disorder ! And, whenever I see him in downtown he is always happy, always singing, always playing with the toys he carries with him .

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Interesting portrait :))

17 Jun 2009 1:24pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Sometimes, it's better ! ;-) Funny portrait.

17 Jun 2009 2:18pm

Don from spokane, United States

This "character" shot has strong eye-catching appeal. Who cannot look at this and look again. You captured a wonderful expression.

17 Jun 2009 3:07pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a wonderful catch!!! Illusion or reality? What really matters is it's bringing out such an intense joy!
Enjoy and admire your amazingly diverse style in photography!!!:-)

17 Jun 2009 3:12pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

This is really a great photo with excellent detail. And I love that smile. The black background really makes the colors pop. Well done!

17 Jun 2009 3:12pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

He looks like quite a character. Nice portrait.

17 Jun 2009 3:45pm

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Like the angle of the light and how it lights up his eyes behind those sunglasses and of course Cool hat!

17 Jun 2009 3:48pm

peter from new york, United States

very interesting portrait and the title made me think a lot about it! plus this guy looks like quite the character : )

17 Jun 2009 4:17pm

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Superb portrait and colors !

17 Jun 2009 4:23pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Funny, bright and very detailed. And of course, excellent portrait. Different but admirable.

17 Jun 2009 5:02pm

Mike from United States

Great portrait! Colorful and cheerful !!! Love how it fades to black so we just concentrate on the face.

17 Jun 2009 5:04pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i like the smile here. the colors are just exceptional!

17 Jun 2009 5:12pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a beautifully bold and dynamic portrait!! and a brilliant question!! faaabulous!! in my opinion happiness is both a basic emotion available to us all naturally as well as a mental construction for those of us in the western world -- who SHOULD be happy after everything we have learned, bought, borrowed, eaten, worn, accomplished, etc., etc.... it seems as those that have much less than we do, swim in happiness most of their lives... while the rest of us loose a grip on happiness in our adolescence and then have to pay therapists and holistic teachers to help us mentally reconstruct positive attitudes regarding what makes life good in our own westernized and capitalist opinions. thank you for this soul searching post -- bravo!!!

17 Jun 2009 6:12pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you for sharing your thoughts about happiness with me :)) That is so true what you are saying !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, I think so. A great portrait in any case.

17 Jun 2009 6:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


17 Jun 2009 8:33pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Well whatever the reason, he looks very happy in this sharp shot.

17 Jun 2009 8:36pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

so funy
nice shot

17 Jun 2009 9:02pm

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

This portrait is so comical and stunning

Dig the expression

17 Jun 2009 9:27pm

Anamnésie from TROYES, France

Wonderful expression, a good optimist picture !

17 Jun 2009 9:39pm

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Amazing shot. You captured the reality so well, it's a photo that tell a lot. Superb!

17 Jun 2009 9:58pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice expression. Yes beeing healthy and rich is not always the key to be happy...

18 Jun 2009 12:02am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I like his freedom. One can get away from a lot of what the media calls "reality" and be happy by doing both of two different things - 1) quit watching 24/7 news and 2) cultivate faith and the things of the Spirit in your life. I try.

18 Jun 2009 12:43am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

He's looking quite festive with that colorful hat. Nice portrait shot!

18 Jun 2009 1:26am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Tai yuan, China

Colorful portrait! Though so many wrinkles and mustache, but his face is characterized with strong features!

18 Jun 2009 3:03am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Reality is often sad for many. I hope not for him, he has enough. Good and expressive portrait

18 Jun 2009 4:37am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful portrait and yes, they always seem to be happy and enjoy every day ... a great example for us 'normal' people!

18 Jun 2009 4:45am

tomie from France

i'm always laughing looking that picture! :)

18 Jun 2009 12:13pm

Motie from France

great portrait!! so funny!

19 Jun 2009 9:02am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

A complicated question. It conjures up a couple of old phrases: from the Music Man, the Sadder But Wiser Girl:

I snarl, I hiss, how can ignorance be compared to bliss?
I spark, I fizz, for the lady who knows what time it is
I cheer, I rave, for the virtue I'm too late to save
The sadder but wiser girl for me

Of course, this contains the obvious sexual allusions, but I think it also speaks to the fact that we learn by our mistakes, and it suggests that happiness is not a product of wisdom --or at least that the kind of happiness felt with wisdom is a richer, more complex, kind of happiness.

I'm also reminded of the saying: "life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think." While I don't completely agree with this sentiment, I believe its insight is in assuming "equal knowledge" on the part of both those who feel and those who think (since it is a rather meaningless statement if both parties aren't viewing the same facts about the world through different lenses); and it suggests that the distance provided by a certain amount of thinking --intellectualization-- is necessary to overcome our natural emotional impulses and remain happy.

19 Jun 2009 8:10pm

Dimitra from Xanthi, Greece

Just a happy person!Communicable smile!

20 Jun 2009 7:32am

Stef67 from in my head, France

pourtant, bonheur et sourire remplie de vie sur son visage, tres belle leçon de la vie, j aime ^^

20 Jun 2009 11:53am

JamesC from portland, United States

some sadness

22 Jun 2009 7:20am