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He will never be an old man.


"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

Jerry from Chicago, United States

Mariana. This is a great shot and a nice title!

4 Jan 2010 5:30am

Bruno from France

Oups, descente difficile !!!

4 Jan 2010 6:10am

Bob from New Jersey, United States

another great winter picture.

4 Jan 2010 6:13am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Be careful! A great shot Mariana.

4 Jan 2010 6:18am

STEED from Gueret, France

Just like a Champion Skiing ona Trampoline........Excellent...

4 Jan 2010 6:44am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love the title. Some people remain young forever.

4 Jan 2010 6:49am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

wow a strair very dangerous.... i hope well :)

4 Jan 2010 7:01am

larans from Lund, Sweden

There can be two meanings of your title on the picture, as I understand it? I hope the color of his coat similar to that of the railings low down, don´t mean that he will slip on those snowy stairs...?

4 Jan 2010 7:03am

@larans: NO, no way, he was very careful, and full of energy in his 90 :))

alice from Arradon Golfe du Morbihan, France

Winter is a hard time .

4 Jan 2010 7:06am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

be careful ... love the title too

4 Jan 2010 7:21am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

oooooo gosh............. steady as you go!! lovely picture~~

4 Jan 2010 7:30am

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

Very nice foto and excellent use (or removal) of the colors. Great work

4 Jan 2010 7:31am

Ekios from Une des iles du salut, Guyana

Ay ay ay ay carefull man ... I'm called for so many "never old" mens like him who broke their back :(

4 Jan 2010 7:36am

@Ekios: oh, NOOOOO !!! My man is ok :))

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A lovely shot....I like the barest touch of golden color amongst all the neutral tones.
Hope this fellow made it to the bottom okay ! ;-)

4 Jan 2010 7:37am

@Dulcie: sure he did , and all long day he spent in this park walking and enjoying himself ;))

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Go out and walk, it's the key to stay young. Nice and suggestive photo.

4 Jan 2010 7:51am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

fantastic shot! love the contrast and tones

4 Jan 2010 7:53am

lydia from Paris, France

Why will he never be an old man ? Do you mind he slept and ..........?.

4 Jan 2010 8:01am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

j'avais fait pratiquement la meme un homme qui descendais les marches du metro à paris
terribe que la souffrance

4 Jan 2010 8:08am

jpla from st Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Tu as pris des risques pour cette photo ! Bonne journée.

4 Jan 2010 8:41am

Thierry Allard from voreppe, France

belle lumière, un moment de la vie tout simplement, et happy new year !!!

4 Jan 2010 9:06am

Tomix from landerneau, France

not easy for an old man...great capture!

4 Jan 2010 9:13am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Life is sometimes difficult when it is slippery! Great street scene!

4 Jan 2010 9:16am

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Oh la.... la descente risque d'être très délicate. Bonne journée.

4 Jan 2010 9:20am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, he'd better be careful if he still wants to enjoy his retirement! Superb shot. Nice day.

4 Jan 2010 9:20am

Makan from Iran

In our eyes he's coming down the stairs but in reality his effort proves the reverse, means climbing up and shows his existence :)))
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

4 Jan 2010 9:29am

@Makan: that is right , and I saw it in this great man. thanks for your lovely , smart words !

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

Intrepid explorer on a reverse Everest.

4 Jan 2010 9:30am

El pare from Barcelona, Spain

Mariana, have a young mind and not ever stop despite the adverse conditions, helps to not grow old. Nice pciture and a very good title.

Have a nice day!

4 Jan 2010 9:44am

Ghita from Leiden, Netherlands

Great picture

4 Jan 2010 9:53am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A nice title and a great suggestive shot.
Fantastic tones...

4 Jan 2010 10:10am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture and compo
have a good day

4 Jan 2010 10:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Not so sure about that. His pose looks a bit like I feel :) Great documentary shot, as was yesterdays.

4 Jan 2010 11:05am

KriKridesign from Cully, Timor-Leste

Hope you'll be right!

4 Jan 2010 12:13pm

lougris from France

the clock of life...
winter is a sad season ...
good picture!

4 Jan 2010 12:20pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Do'nt mind about age. Nice shot.

4 Jan 2010 12:22pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

A superb light for a very beautiful photo !

4 Jan 2010 12:27pm

Erika Melisa from Singapore, Singapore

this is gorgeous!

4 Jan 2010 12:28pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I hope he doesn't fall

4 Jan 2010 12:37pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Fantastica captura y dificil momento

4 Jan 2010 12:46pm

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

A great title for a great capture! Well done indeed.

4 Jan 2010 12:48pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Alas if it were only true Mariana! We have the choice of growing up; but not the choice of growing old! Some resist longer than others..... ;-)

4 Jan 2010 12:57pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

In his head, yes he won't. Great contrast

4 Jan 2010 1:20pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

one is as old as one feels... Dobar Dan!

4 Jan 2010 1:26pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

He might have aged but he feels and behaves like a 15 year old.

4 Jan 2010 1:50pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

I like this one a lot. The subject is great. The angle and the contrast helps to emphasis on the message.

4 Jan 2010 1:51pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Lovely shot Mariana ~ just the sort of thing my FATHER would do & he's 87

4 Jan 2010 2:10pm

@LESLIE: I met this gentleman after taking a few candid shots . He is 90, and on this very cold day he came to Waterloo park to celebrate 100 years of his parents' arrival to Canada from Scotland . We spent at least 2 hours together , walking, laughing, telling stories to each other .... When he told me he is a preacher man I even sang for him a beautiful, one of my dearest songs by Aretha Franklin - Son Of A Preacher Man :)))

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Thanks to both of you for proving that old is a relative term.

4 Jan 2010 2:14pm

Rookie from Helsinki, Finland

This is amazing composition.
A salute to the indomitable human spirit.

4 Jan 2010 2:25pm

@Rookie: thanks a lot :)

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Interesting title, as it could also mean that he will die young! ;-)

4 Jan 2010 2:33pm

@MadScientist: He is 90 and his mind and his energy amazed me . He is already young again . A preacher man !!!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous, Mariana. Terrific composition. No, never old; he's out there in the middle of winter!!

4 Jan 2010 3:09pm

@john4jack: yes, and he decided to be in this park all long day . He show me his van , with video, with a little kitchen, his dinner was ready and warm . I was invited to share his dinner .. ;)) Something else - his father built this park , and this land belongs to his family ... he was in a park to celebrate 100 years of his parents' arrival to Waterloo from Scotland !!!

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Thank you for sharing the story of the gentleman i'm sure he appreciated your company & the song.
( You can come & sing to me anytime )

4 Jan 2010 3:09pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot.. like the contrast in the image.

4 Jan 2010 3:13pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

In his mind, he is seventeen eternally, with rippling muscles and a heart full of dreams, a head full of notions. The years as pages in the book of his life, read as memories to those who take the time to stop and listen, to talk to the man with a rich past, a tapestry of enlightenment and family ties to the land he loves. Though limbs now ache, frail and tormented by the icy steps he descends so cautiously, though the pain of loss endured along a lifetime full and varied, pricks a conscience and prompts a tear, his heart is laden with love and happiness, a joy for life. And in his mind he shall be seventeen, eternally.

4 Jan 2010 3:32pm

@SOUL AFLAME: How lovely, and how true !!!! Trust me Paul, I was amused by this old / young man, and need to visit him in his own Calvary United Church. I loved his stories !

Twinklestamper from Oklahoma, United States

LOVE the processing! -Lisa

4 Jan 2010 3:35pm

don from spokane, United States

A fine shot of this gentleman managing the snowy steps to come down the stairs. I like your viewpoint for this shot that has so much appeal. Your comment later of spending time with him was very revealing of how we human share "life" at every age. Like all of us, the inside person does not seem as old as the years that have passed. A fine picture and comment on life.

4 Jan 2010 3:37pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Great spirit--and an inspiration to us all to stay young at heart!

4 Jan 2010 3:37pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Nice shot and the coloring is very nice!

4 Jan 2010 3:39pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderful POV, I hope that he has quality snow boots on!!

4 Jan 2010 3:40pm

Omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Oh, looks dangerous. Hopefully he got down. Nice angle

4 Jan 2010 3:44pm

Lillee from -, United States

Very nice effect, great shot!

4 Jan 2010 3:46pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


4 Jan 2010 3:59pm

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

''No country for old men'' ... lovely capture Mariana.


4 Jan 2010 4:00pm

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

It is so great that the same color pops out of the've done a great work capturing that....and lucky you to find such an interesting companion for your walk...

4 Jan 2010 4:08pm

oscar from espira, France

I like the tons, are gorgeous

4 Jan 2010 4:18pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great shot :)

4 Jan 2010 4:22pm

Bo Strömberg from Vessigebro, Sweden

I look at this picture with lots of feelings and admire your fantastic ability to create masterpieces!

4 Jan 2010 4:26pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This makes me think of my father, also a preacher, who left us at the age of 98!

4 Jan 2010 4:26pm

@B. Thomas: wow... thanks Barbra for sharing this with me :)) This man is really fantastic . I cannot remember when last time I had such a wonderful time and conversation !

mirela from brighton, United States

Striking composition and presentation, Mariana! Very, very impressing!

4 Jan 2010 4:39pm

Álvaro from Cascais, Portugal

L'ancien et l'hiver est un instantané poignant.

4 Jan 2010 4:40pm

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

I think that he would appreciate the help of his donkey friend!

4 Jan 2010 4:41pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

I hope that he doesn't fall. Great shot.

4 Jan 2010 4:56pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

superb photography, beautiful view angle, bravo!

4 Jan 2010 4:59pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Another great winter picture, i like also the editing.

4 Jan 2010 5:03pm

Kulikowski from Ostroleka, Poland

Very nice shot !

4 Jan 2010 5:17pm

Stephanie from Milwaukee, United States

what a nice shot! It totally bring out the feeling/memory I have when i was in Toronto and going down on this kind of stairs I always got scared about walking in an icy condition!

4 Jan 2010 5:27pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Lovely winter scene :) Well done !

4 Jan 2010 5:28pm

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Nice shot and so symbolic tittle !

4 Jan 2010 5:31pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Excellent. Looks like these icy/snowy stairs are a challenge for anybody.

4 Jan 2010 5:32pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Fab composition and processing!! Great work!

4 Jan 2010 5:32pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Great compo and colors... Watch your step!


4 Jan 2010 5:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

What a fabulous experience. Obviously he still has an eye for beautiful women :))

4 Jan 2010 5:51pm

@john4jack: ha ha ha ... what about you ? ha ha

BERTHA from United States

Great compo... Don't fall those stairs look scary with all that snow! :-)

4 Jan 2010 5:53pm

@BERTHA: thanks dear ... your link is missing .. cannot get back to you :((

Paul van der Meer from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

fantastic and brilliant!

4 Jan 2010 6:20pm

Val37 from Tours, France

j'aime ton titre et la tenue du monsieur assortie à la rampe d'escalier ! Bonne soirée !

4 Jan 2010 6:27pm

Mike Paulison from United States

Great picture. i'm tired just looking at it... how is he doing it?

4 Jan 2010 6:35pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Good processing. I like it a lot

4 Jan 2010 6:49pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a descent of more risky for the man, he has the merit of not giving up!

4 Jan 2010 7:00pm

Tracey from Maryland, United States

Great timing to capture that body position. Love it!

4 Jan 2010 7:01pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Une belle histoire pour ce personnage qui a l'air encore alerte pour descendre ces escaliers enneigés !!
une très belle photo !!
Bonne soirée Mariana .

4 Jan 2010 7:01pm

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Those steps certainly look a trail at any age - I hope he made it safely!

Happy New Year ;o)

4 Jan 2010 7:03pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

I hope so, Mariana

4 Jan 2010 7:11pm

Patrick from Belgium

Verry dangerous... Beautifull picture.
Bonne soirée à toi Marianna.

4 Jan 2010 7:32pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

It goes without saying :))

4 Jan 2010 7:34pm

@john4jack: are you 27 ? yes, you are !!!!!!!!!!!!!

NANNE from Netherlands


that's a very dangerous way to go for that person, but for you a very nice shot!
It is snowing here a little bit at this moment. A little bit pity, fot the skaters on the ice.
Nice photo! It is every time a great surprice to take a look at your creativ site!
Have a nice evening!



4 Jan 2010 7:43pm

ppeut from Lille, France

I like this shot, what a beautiful processing and composition. I hope the old man managed to go down the stairs without falling.

4 Jan 2010 7:44pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful image, that was a hard task to him.

4 Jan 2010 8:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

If he can brave weather like that, he'll be forever young indeed. A superb and sensitive image once again, Mariana. You have such an eye!

4 Jan 2010 8:12pm

mauro from Spain

fantastic contrast
great image!!!

4 Jan 2010 8:20pm

thami from Morocco

Dur dur la descente! Une image sur le déclin de la vie...

4 Jan 2010 8:33pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mariana,
The old man I'm sorry. When ice and snow, the elderly are at some risk. I hope that the man was well below the end of the stairs. The perspective and colors of the recording is perfect. I wish you a pleasant evening.
Dear greetings Christel

4 Jan 2010 9:00pm

dan from Paris, France

The difficulties are added to the difficulties... Everything becomes difficult for a period of the life.

4 Jan 2010 9:22pm

Pomme from France

Belle scène de vie :)

4 Jan 2010 9:23pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Great shot. The vantage point is superb.

4 Jan 2010 10:16pm

philippe from dijon, France

Ha ! oui, pas évidente la descente ! bien vu, bravo !

4 Jan 2010 10:19pm

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

No, I reckon he won't. Great composition.

4 Jan 2010 10:27pm

eva from Rouen, France

Impressionnant !

4 Jan 2010 10:29pm

Vikram from Chandler, United States

I missed some brilliant images from you while i was away!
Good work!

4 Jan 2010 10:49pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nicely composed.

4 Jan 2010 11:57pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

this is a very nice winter but nothing could be more than what you presented in the photo! very thoughtful...

5 Jan 2010 12:42am

Ajay from Pune, India

Perfect shot... Superb framing, amazing contrast and such powerful theme.

5 Jan 2010 1:22am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I like the bright light/white in this shot. How the wood tones show up against the natural black and white. So much feeling here.

5 Jan 2010 2:11am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

another great shot! the snow is lovely and I love the perspective

5 Jan 2010 2:53am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

It will be Spring before he reaches the bottom! best...jerry

5 Jan 2010 3:32am

@ordinaryimages: ha ha .. cool one :)) well, he was down in 1 minute :))

rian from mobile, United States

it's nice how you captured this scene here.. you've got fast reflexes.. ;) have a happy new year too! ;D

5 Jan 2010 3:35am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A treacherous descent down the stairs with all the snow-covered treads. Nice contrast captured here between the snow and stairs.

5 Jan 2010 4:29am

Momo from Montpellier, France

old, just a concept...we don't get old, we wear out...some wear out more gracefully than others :-)

beautiful frame, color treatment...and damn, those stairs look treacherous...

5 Jan 2010 10:33am

hpy from France

It looks so dangerous!

5 Jan 2010 3:48pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

J'adore ce style.

5 Jan 2010 6:18pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

What a superb scene of the life !!
You have the "chic" to capture the moment like that !!
Well seen and bravo ! :-)

5 Jan 2010 6:28pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Avancer pas à pas dans la vie peut parfois prendre du temps!!
Superbe photo!

5 Jan 2010 6:48pm

@Manuela M: thx :)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente composición!

5 Jan 2010 8:25pm

Simply Col from Winnipeg, Canada

Yikes... this could very well be my Mom ... 87 and with much the same mind set. Wonderfully captured.

5 Jan 2010 9:13pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Nice perspective, great contrast.

5 Jan 2010 10:17pm

sakshi from Boston, United States

Aww he is a bundle of energy for sure and god bless him. Nice shot as usual

5 Jan 2010 11:15pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Excelente. La figura humana da una gran fuerza a esta escena. Bien trabajado.

5 Jan 2010 11:55pm

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

Having a crappy lower back since my teens, I can relate to being a person who feels helpless facing a flight of steps (but not covered with snow). Nice capture.

6 Jan 2010 1:53am

crash from Weehawken, United States

thats a long way down even for me !

6 Jan 2010 1:14pm

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Very graphic!

6 Jan 2010 2:02pm