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Searching for my Mama

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 29 June 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Haven't seen my Mama for seven years. Every Saturday morning when I go to the Market I expect to see my Mama there, since markets were my Mama's favorite places on each Saturday, back in country ! No wonder why I am so attracted to take pictures of old grandmas . I simply love them and in almost every face I see a little bit of my mama's personalities !

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/60 second F/2.8 ISO 160 6 mm


"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

Amalio Villa from Tucumán, Argentina

Excelente captura del momento. El ambiente es perfecto. Buena elección del blanco y negro.

29 Jun 2009 5:05am

vera from France

not so usual picture, well done for your look and processing is relevant too

29 Jun 2009 5:14am

Lylou & Roland from BESANCON, France

Excellent !

29 Jun 2009 5:31am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, wonderful capture
very and lovely shot

29 Jun 2009 5:36am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Yes, I understand when I encounter familiar features in people with great emotion ...
Your picture is very evocative and beautiful!

29 Jun 2009 5:40am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

What a fantastic image! Wonderful composition and the tones are perfect! I hope you will see Mama soon!

29 Jun 2009 5:49am

k@ from France

Your words are overwhelming, and i can feel a bit of your feelings just looking at that touching picture now... To lose is the most terrible thing, to hope is the sweetest. I hope you'll find back whoever you lost, my dear. Thanks for sharing this intimacy*

29 Jun 2009 6:23am

@k@: Many thanks for your understanding and such a warm words, K :))

zOOm from Paris, France

A great portrait of these two old ladies talking... a lot of tenderness in yhe way you look at them too. I truly understand what you mean.

29 Jun 2009 7:36am

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

What a lovely shot, such character in their faces, your words strike a chord.

29 Jun 2009 8:02am

Standley from Carquefou, France

A wonderful and touching image. I do understand what you feel!

29 Jun 2009 8:30am

motie from France

wonderful .!
great portrait of these two old mama talking .....

29 Jun 2009 8:48am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Really great capture!

29 Jun 2009 8:53am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent, my highest complements!

29 Jun 2009 9:19am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

tender moment captured, and nice scene ! moving image..

29 Jun 2009 10:04am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Brilliant capture. The post process gives it a lot of sense, good job on the overall result!

29 Jun 2009 10:10am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely candid picture

29 Jun 2009 10:33am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful, poignant capture Mariana! Well done! ;-)

29 Jun 2009 12:14pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

they look like they're exchanging stories about their life. heartwarming:)

29 Jun 2009 12:46pm

Benkirane from Fès, Morocco

J'aime bien cette image car elle montre deux mondes qui se côtoient presque parallèles. A chacun sa temporalité propre, son rythme, ses bruits, ses silences, son excitation ou sa retenue...

29 Jun 2009 1:14pm

rian from mobile, United States

really cool candid shot here.. they look very deep in conversation.. :) nice shot!

29 Jun 2009 1:17pm

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

These portraits are very moving , a great composition but especially a good capture of expressions !

29 Jun 2009 1:23pm

Mike from United States

GREAT SHOT! The tones and the clarity are great. The subject is wonderful and natural. Amazing!

29 Jun 2009 1:59pm

Matt from Stamford, United States

Great shot. You really captured the moment here. Perfect tonal balance!

29 Jun 2009 2:32pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Very lovely capture Mariana... that mood of living presence is fabulous!!!
Your words is soooo touching and so is that heartwarming communication between k@ and you!

29 Jun 2009 2:45pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo. Yes, both K and I posted today very touching stories :))

don from spokane, United States

A touching, sentimental shot of these lovely ladies. The moms of the world have a special place in every heart.

29 Jun 2009 3:16pm

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Your image illustrates the poignant reality of how the isolated worlds of the elderly are so often embedded throughout a more youthful and busy society. Great shot.

29 Jun 2009 3:29pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a beautiful and sensitive portrait of these two women.

29 Jun 2009 3:39pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

una imagen llena de ternura, el b&n le queda estupendo, buen trabajo!!

29 Jun 2009 4:30pm

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

These women seem to be full of character. A great shot.

29 Jun 2009 4:36pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

moms will always be the best for you no matter what, we all know that hehe. interesting conversation they're having here!

29 Jun 2009 4:39pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

tu figes le temps à nos regards avec pudeur et discrétion, superbe ^^

29 Jun 2009 4:55pm

Ajay from Pune, India

I hope you find you mama one day, Mariana.

29 Jun 2009 5:00pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

The causeuses! Great B / W with small sepia tone! Lack a little tea for the ladies!

29 Jun 2009 5:39pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a wonderful posting. Such reflective words and the perfect image to accompany them.

29 Jun 2009 6:39pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Taiyuan, China

Thank u as I hv learned an english phase" No wonder"^_^
No wonder you always do very well with these picture, as I can see, you love them! So do I! ^_^

29 Jun 2009 7:05pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very cool!
I posted a tribute to mine in May:

29 Jun 2009 7:52pm

Amir Keshavarz from Shiraz, Iran


29 Jun 2009 8:16pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

این قافلۀ عمر عجب می گذرد
دریاب دمی که با طرب می گذرد
good job ;)

29 Jun 2009 8:20pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

This is great!

29 Jun 2009 9:40pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Interesting and fabulous capture of these two older women. The lighting and tones enhance the old time feel to this image. Great work!

30 Jun 2009 1:26am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wonderful treatment in B & W to give it the vintage look. The ladies look like they're exchanging stories on their latest finds at the market. Hope you're reunited with your mother soon!

30 Jun 2009 2:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the feeling of this photo. I have to call my mama ! I haven't talked to her for a month.

30 Jun 2009 11:08am

Mags from France

Great picture, well done :)

30 Jun 2009 12:16pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is wonderful Mariana -- and so colorful -- even in b/w!!! :)

30 Jun 2009 2:13pm

Lynn from United States

WONDERFUL!!! This one is very special indeed...the words go deep inside my heart. You have a way of touching us with your powerful stories and your EXCELLENT photos...thanks Mariana for sharing :))

30 Jun 2009 10:36pm

tomie from France

they are lovely!! i like the fool on background too... a fantastic pîcture!

1 Jul 2009 8:54pm

tomie from France

not "fool" but "crowd"

1 Jul 2009 8:55pm

Keith from Chicago, United States

nice image-well seen. i cannot know why you haven't seen your mama in so long-but i will say you should make every effort to see her. life is too short.

21 Jul 2009 11:09pm

@Keith: I am from ex-Yugoslavia, living in Canada for about 12 years . Never been back in all this period. My Mom was visiting me and my two sons only once and was with us for 6 months. Immigration Center did not allow me to keep her here, although she lost everything in Sarajevo during a war !

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/60 second
ISO 160
6 mm