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Girl from Waterloo


"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

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great portrait, you really captured the emotion here, black and white was perfect.

18 Nov 2009 5:20am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

you make amazing photographs mariana.
i love those beautiful eyes, the little drip by the nose
the determined set of her mouth. the way you
presented the photo is perfect!

18 Nov 2009 5:58am

@Seraphine: thx Sera :)) much appreciated from an artist like you are :))

Stu from Home: Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Exquisite portrait Mariana! Love the antique treatment too. Very powerful image.

18 Nov 2009 6:02am

John from Geneva, United States

Fantastic portrait. That stern look is not befitting a child of that beauty.

18 Nov 2009 6:02am

dideban from mashhad, Iran

oh, very good portrait. nice

18 Nov 2009 6:08am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Extraordinary portrait, Mariana. She has experienced way too much pain.

18 Nov 2009 6:29am

@john4jack: thx Jack . I think the same .

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Un beau portrait, un vrai... sans fard ni artifice!

18 Nov 2009 6:40am

Irene from L C, France

Very impressive portrait of this young girl.

18 Nov 2009 6:40am

@Irene: thx Irene :)

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

.... slight bewilderment or uncertainty maybe.

Terrific stuff Mariana

18 Nov 2009 6:47am

@Richard Trim: hey, can you hear me screaming and smiling here :))

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

What a look sha has... Great portrait Mariana !

18 Nov 2009 6:50am

miguel from Spain

¡Vaya una manera de fotografiar! Hacía mucho tiempo que no encontraba un/una fotógrafa que me enganchara de esta manera. Los encuadres, los temas, los tratamientos... todo forma un conjunto de gran belleza. Gracias

18 Nov 2009 7:07am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Marvelous portrait. Love your cropping...beautiful rough black and white.

18 Nov 2009 7:10am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

oh,impressive and extraordinary portrait ,Mariana!!!!

18 Nov 2009 7:11am

jpla from st Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

C'est vraiment un superbe portrait. Et quel regard ! Bravo. Bonne journée.

18 Nov 2009 7:11am

Ekios from Une des Iles du Salut, Guyana

Ooooh serious lady here !! Like my little treasure when she don't get what she wants ... !!

Wonderfull Mariana !

18 Nov 2009 7:14am

fabrizio from rome, Italy

incredible portrait... superb job

18 Nov 2009 7:17am

Jean-Luc T from Juignac, France

Very impressive portrait. And these eyes!! Have a nice day Mariana

18 Nov 2009 7:19am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Awesome portrait, great tones!

18 Nov 2009 7:29am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A beautiful portrait, a strong character and look determined ...

18 Nov 2009 7:31am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my! This is a fantastic portrait, Mariana. I like the eyes and emotion - you have captured it beautifully. I love the treatment. Bravo!

18 Nov 2009 7:49am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great realistic portrait !

18 Nov 2009 7:50am

christine from France

Ce portrait est magnifique, attendrissant et digne d'une pro. Bravo et bonne journée Mariana

18 Nov 2009 7:51am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

ovely toned and framed composition, love the grain effect in this

18 Nov 2009 8:07am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, portrait high class Mariana Bravo is great. Nice day.

18 Nov 2009 8:07am

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

This is a wonderful portrait.

18 Nov 2009 8:12am

@Mirjam: thx Mirjam for ur visit :)

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

This is a wonderful portrait.

18 Nov 2009 8:12am

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

This is a wonderful portrait.

18 Nov 2009 8:12am

STEED from Gueret, France

What a look !!!!!!!!!!! Great !!!

18 Nov 2009 8:34am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Almost timeless..Great!!

18 Nov 2009 8:42am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful portrait, nice processing.

18 Nov 2009 8:49am

Eldiablo from Les Issambres, France

quel regard fantastique et profond !

18 Nov 2009 9:03am

thami from Morocco

Un portrait sans masque !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

18 Nov 2009 9:22am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

now i have no doubt , your are a pro ! extraordinary portrait , eloquent look .It's like a painting , it's Art.
Bravo , S !

18 Nov 2009 9:25am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Marvelous portrait,du grand art !

18 Nov 2009 9:27am

Julia from Athens, Greece

Fantastic portrait!

18 Nov 2009 9:35am

oncho from granada, Spain

El mejor retrato....soberbio, eres un artista, te felicito

18 Nov 2009 9:36am

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

Stunning ! I'm really moved by this portrait... Bravo... The boy has such an expression ! And the framing is perfect !

18 Nov 2009 9:39am

BlueMoon from Strasbourg, France

The girl ! Sorry...

18 Nov 2009 9:40am

Ricardo from Barcelona, Spain

You have been wonderful photo, the light is fantastic and the B & W you have been great,
A greeting

18 Nov 2009 9:50am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A powerful portrait, and the composition is also excellent!

18 Nov 2009 10:09am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

A great portrait. What an impressive glance!

18 Nov 2009 10:13am

Anne from somewhere over the rainbow, France

wow ... I'm speechless ... this is a so strong portrait ...You made a wonderful job !!

18 Nov 2009 10:39am

Sriram from Chennai, India


18 Nov 2009 10:40am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Powerful expression.

18 Nov 2009 11:12am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful portrait and the treatment compliments it perfectly

18 Nov 2009 11:41am

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Excellent portrait and your tight crop leaves few clues resulting in a timeless image.

18 Nov 2009 11:44am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A super B&W portrait Mariana! I love the intensity of the stare..... ;-)

18 Nov 2009 12:40pm

napocoulom from st mande 94160, France

very beautifum portrait , really

18 Nov 2009 12:53pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nice B&W portrait shot...

18 Nov 2009 1:16pm

Marcie from United States

Reminds me of an old-time masters painting. Haunting expression. An absolutely beautiful portrait.

18 Nov 2009 1:17pm

rian from mobile, United States

those are some haunting eyes you captured here.. wonderful portrait shot.. :)

18 Nov 2009 1:30pm

Adela Fonts Artús from Barcelona, Spain

Mariana, I want to congratulate you all for your wonderful photographs. You look great. An unusual sensitivity. Your images come easily to the viewer. Now this photo ... 've made a powerful speech with a special wisdom and beautiful. A monochrome aptly. Thanks for your portrait ... Greetings Adela

18 Nov 2009 1:34pm

@Adela Fonts Artús: Thanks a lot Adela . I am so happy reading your comment and general opinion on my work . This , together with an email I just got from an Aminus member ( Hi--Just thought I would tell you this: You commented on one of my pix so I checked out your portfolio. Let me tell you--I was blown away. I am all about the story. Not the style. Not the technical. But what is the story. I think you've captured that concept more than any other photog I've seen on this site. I'm going to watch for more of your awesome work.) totally makes my day !!! Many , many thanks for understanding my photos . Hugs !!!!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great portrait, such a serious expression from one so young.

18 Nov 2009 1:46pm

@Ralph Jones: Kids do not know to hide emotions ! Thx Ralph !

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Great portrait photo. Superb. Have a good day. Antoine.

18 Nov 2009 1:54pm

farzane from tehran, Iran

nice portrait!i like the color tone....!i update my photo blog mariana!

18 Nov 2009 2:01pm

Faramarz from Tehran, Iran

nice portrait...

18 Nov 2009 2:02pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Great treatment to this fab close-up Marianna!

18 Nov 2009 2:27pm

Kri from Belgium

Quel visage expressif! De la peur? de l'inquiétude?

18 Nov 2009 2:29pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

an angry girl!

18 Nov 2009 2:32pm

bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

A master photograph. Congratulations. Startling, beautiful, and heart-stopping.

18 Nov 2009 2:47pm

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

very nice and effective portrait !

18 Nov 2009 2:54pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Amazing B&W shot! I love it.

18 Nov 2009 3:04pm

Reno from Madrid, Spain

She seems to come back from a long trip and to be very sad and/or afraid. Tell me something: why Waterloo? I guess i'm missing part of the context! :(

18 Nov 2009 3:12pm

@Reno: you miss nothing : Mariana from Waterloo; Girl from Waterloo ;)) Waterloo - Ontario - Canada :)))

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Great close-up potrait. Captured emotion well.

18 Nov 2009 3:14pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

She looks sad.
A tremendous portrait .

18 Nov 2009 3:46pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

incredible portrait and processing. a very powerful image.

18 Nov 2009 3:46pm

Philipp from Munich, Germany

impressive photograph. well taken!

18 Nov 2009 4:00pm

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran

nice shot! well done

18 Nov 2009 4:11pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

wonderfull portrait

18 Nov 2009 4:16pm

Ken from United States

Mariana, day after day you amaze me and I love it. What power I see and feel!

18 Nov 2009 4:25pm

@Ken: Ken, I am so happy reading your comment . Thx dear :)

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

Sad, bat a great portrait!

18 Nov 2009 4:27pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Quel portrait fantastique!!
Ce regard est si profond qu'il laisse des souvenirs!
Bonne soirée.

18 Nov 2009 4:33pm

Tagazou from France

So beautiful!
As a french donkey Waterloo is not a pleasant memory, but I will remember this lovely expressive face in my mind!

18 Nov 2009 4:41pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Strong portrait; a lot of depth and character here. Look at those eyes!

18 Nov 2009 4:43pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

So poignant expression on this little girl face..
I'm impressed by the deeper of the look..
Waoh... respect ! 5* and more and more....

18 Nov 2009 4:57pm

tce76 from St Laurent de brèvedent, France

Un regard très expressif qui peut vouloir dire plein de chose.

18 Nov 2009 5:26pm

sepdebeck from COLMAR, France

Magnifique portrait , un diamant brut !
Bravo !

18 Nov 2009 5:31pm

Val37 from Tours, France

Hum, these eyes ! Wonderful portrait !

18 Nov 2009 5:31pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Bords de Loire - Anjou, France

c'est un joli portrait, mais cet enfant a l'air si triste !

18 Nov 2009 5:33pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Tout a été dit ,mais c'est vraiment un superbe portrait !!!!!
J'adore énormément ...
Bonne fin de journée Mariana.

18 Nov 2009 5:35pm

Mike from United States

Absolutely marvelous portrait! It looks like a sharp photo on the left and then it seems almost like it fades into a charcoal sketch on the right. The eyes and the hair are really especially nice in this. VERY wonderful job!

18 Nov 2009 5:53pm

@Mike: thx Mike .. You know , last night when I looked at Thomas Locke Hobbs site and one marvelous portrait I though about my little girl that I never touched since last night :) And with great pleasure and excitement I worked on it late last night :)) I am so happy YOU like it :)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

beautiful texture !!
great !!!

18 Nov 2009 5:53pm

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Beautiful portrait, very expressive face of the child, just the B & W

18 Nov 2009 6:05pm

shahryar from Iran

excellent :)
well done .

18 Nov 2009 6:14pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

Un retrato fantastico. A fantastic portraiture!

18 Nov 2009 6:14pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Amazing portrait ,powerful expression.
An absolutely beautiful photo.

18 Nov 2009 6:19pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

An angelic face and yet so sad.

18 Nov 2009 6:32pm

@sherri: I like how you said that Sherri ... Did not like one of above comment that said - angry girl ;)) Many thx :))

Stephanie from Texas, United States

Wow..........I can't quit staring at this picture....this little girl has a lot on her mind. Brilliant portrait...really brilliant.

18 Nov 2009 6:41pm

@Stephanie: you are so right .. I am still staring at her .. .and each time think of her as my little dark angel ;))

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

stunning portrait .... why would a little girl have such a sever expression :-(

18 Nov 2009 6:46pm

@dabbler: I do not know her . I took this picture on the street . She was with brother, waiting for mom to come out from the store .

philippe from dijon, France

Une image exceptionnelle, ce portrait est une perle, très expressif et très bien réalisée.............. bravo Mariana.

18 Nov 2009 6:47pm

@philippe: thanks a lot :)

ruimnm from Portugal

What a great portrait, a well donne work. I like this.

18 Nov 2009 7:02pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the framing, the b&w choise, the expression and the very hi image quality

18 Nov 2009 7:12pm

zahra from shiraz, Iran

wow,very cool.

18 Nov 2009 7:22pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Cute little thing, and an amazing portrait. Her eyes tell me that she has seen things beyond her age and has had to grow up a bit too fast.

18 Nov 2009 7:24pm

philippe from moselle, France

whaou!!! un chef d'œuvre ce portrait, du grand art, tu nous surprends de jour en jour MARIANA bravo!!!

18 Nov 2009 7:49pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Wow, wonderful portrait, this is something I am used to from the pages of National Geography. I like her stare, showing a bit of anger but also helpless. Well done.

18 Nov 2009 8:04pm

sylvia cole from United States

Fantastic portrait. Just perfectly done. And she is absolutely precious. Bravo!

18 Nov 2009 8:18pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~~~~echooo beautiful~~~~

18 Nov 2009 8:44pm

Yvon from Belgium

Very nice.
A great treatment.

18 Nov 2009 9:42pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

What a drastic sight she has.. Impressive portrate. Well done Mariana

18 Nov 2009 9:48pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

wonderful portrait

18 Nov 2009 9:57pm

kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

Hey, this is a very special shot.

18 Nov 2009 9:58pm

Gérard Méry from Tours, France

Fantastique portrait d'enfant avec cette expression du visage incomparable. Bravo

18 Nov 2009 10:07pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
striking a beautiful portrait. The brown eyes of the girl look a bit pensive and questioning.
Dear greetings Christel

18 Nov 2009 10:11pm

pernilla from Andonno, Italy

Powerful and sweet! A superb portrait of this young girl.

18 Nov 2009 10:13pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Impactante retrato...

18 Nov 2009 10:40pm

Kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The eyes are the window to the soul, and these beautiful eyes tell an amazing story. Very wall captured.

18 Nov 2009 11:18pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

stunning portrait

19 Nov 2009 12:01am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A little severe expression but a nice portrait.

19 Nov 2009 12:33am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wow -- magical, mystical, and again -- powerful!! amazing textures -- and that glance is haunting!!!

19 Nov 2009 12:48am

Michael from United Kingdom

A striking record and a face showing sadness and distrust.

19 Nov 2009 1:30am

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

Another fine image as I like the crop and the catch light in their eyes. The dipped eye brows say a lot. Not sure if it is disdain or a quizzical look. I really like this street candid!!!

19 Nov 2009 1:32am

Ajay from Pune, India

The expression and composition are so interlocked with each other like they speak of a story.

19 Nov 2009 1:39am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Great portrait, such strength in a small face.

19 Nov 2009 2:08am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is such a haunting portrait. It reminds me of the "Afghan Girl" by Steve McCurry. Bravo, Mariana!

19 Nov 2009 2:54am

Charlotte Meryman from Williamsburg, MA, United States

Wow, what a gorgeous portrait, Mariana. Incredible detail, light and framing. That expression is piercing, and the rough background is perfect.

19 Nov 2009 3:19am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato, impresiona la expresión del niño, muy buena foto!!

19 Nov 2009 3:20am

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Extraordinary Portrait. Me encanta su mirada y el gesto en su rostro.

19 Nov 2009 4:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is an amazing portrait. The eyes are so sharp. Wonderful.

19 Nov 2009 4:12am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A strong mood in this portrait. The result is impressive

19 Nov 2009 4:56am

Babzy from Besançon, France

Everything has been said ... Awsome model and photographer !

19 Nov 2009 7:24am

Tomix from landerneau, France

fantastic portrait!! i like the intensity in her eyes!

19 Nov 2009 9:54am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

An excellent powerful and moving portrait. 5 stars without hesitation !!

19 Nov 2009 10:07am

Lynn from United States

WOW WOW WOW!!! This one I could see in a famous gallery...every thing about it is PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 Nov 2009 12:31pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Hi, how are you, MARIANA ? I like this impressive portrait. Really strong image.

19 Nov 2009 1:07pm

aline from chambery, France

image tres tres puissante

19 Nov 2009 2:55pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Great portrait.

19 Nov 2009 7:28pm

alline from France

Complainte d'un regard de velours...

Merveilleux portait... dont le N&b intensifie la force...

19 Nov 2009 8:05pm

Peter Knoop from Antwerp, Belgium

Beautiful portrait. You really captured the emotion right.

19 Nov 2009 8:58pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Absolutely stunning expression on her face. Beautiful little girl. Love that processing to go with it. : )

19 Nov 2009 9:11pm

NicoleA from Aix en Provence, France

Wahou ! Magnificent !

19 Nov 2009 10:11pm

Helder from oshawa, Canada

Every time i have the chance and com see your photos, i get amazed at the expretions you capture in people... and this one is just amazing.
Keep up the great work Mariana :)

20 Nov 2009 12:25am

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Impressive portrait!!! Great work!

20 Nov 2009 3:05pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely stunning portrait! The tones are superb and so is the framing and expression! 10/10

20 Nov 2009 6:02pm

maha from tehran, Iran

so artistic!

20 Nov 2009 7:06pm

`Paul from Minneapolis, United States

beautiful portraiture!! .. the composition of top-notch, and i LOVE the grit and noise in this work.. bravo!

20 Nov 2009 7:20pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Waouh !!! Amazing portrait !!! Beautiful shot !!!

20 Nov 2009 9:38pm

RPepper from Brooklyn, United States

Absolutely stunning portrait. What a look in those eyes. You must have been thrilled when you captured this moment.

21 Nov 2009 1:50am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

a beautiful portrait of this lovely little girl. she seems to have an interesting story :)

21 Nov 2009 9:30am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Once again a stunning example of your fine work!

21 Nov 2009 4:37pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Like a Dorthea Lange image.

21 Nov 2009 11:22pm

@Twelvebit: wow.. wow .. what a surprising and pleasing comment. many thx :))

gautam from new delhi, India

one is so tempted to know her story

22 Nov 2009 3:23am

Sugata from Newark, United States

What a haunting portrait!

22 Nov 2009 6:25am

@Sugata: thx Sugata, I love this portrait too ;)

Stef67 from in my head, France

tout simplement un regard fort, tout simplement une photo magnifique, tout simplement bravo mariana^^

22 Nov 2009 6:48pm

Brian Chen from Seattle, WA, United States

Masterful shot, love the effect caught here.

23 Nov 2009 12:25am

Nath' from France

So so so beautiful & emotional shot... It's magic !

29 Nov 2009 4:20pm

@Nath': thx a lot . shame I did not get you link to visit you back

steve from Wirral, United Kingdom

beatifully captured

3 Dec 2009 8:42pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

My Goodness, the emotional impact that you have so beautifully captured in a single frame. Those eyes stare deep into my soul and affect me. This is photography at it's very best.

7 Dec 2009 4:49am

@SOUL AFLAME: Paul, thank you so much . I can tell you I feel the same every time I look again and again at this picture.

HafidzTan from Singapore, Singapore

Hey Mariana, this is a superb portrait! From the kid's facial expression to the tone of the picture. This would definitely be one of my favourite portrait!

13 Dec 2009 3:10am

sheye from Vancouver, Canada

If you can hear me - I'm screaming WOW all the way from Vancouver.
If people can scream and cheer at a sporting event .....I'm cheering for
your consistent mind blowing portraits!
She shoots ......she scores!

28 Jan 2010 6:21pm

@sheye: thx thx , stranger :)) How come I do not get your link ? Do you have your web page ? Do you take pictures too ? I wish to see your pictures !