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Child of Shadows


"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

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars
have a good week end

9 Jan 2010 5:38am

Stéphane Themeze from Maryland, United States

The butterfly has grown to become a frog playing with shadows. Gotta be a kid to perform such magic.Cute!!

Have a good week-end Mariana.

9 Jan 2010 5:58am

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Well spotted & taken shot Mariana ~ a lot more fun than those expensive toys ! !

9 Jan 2010 6:19am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Well composed, Mariana.
I like her expression of concentration...this shadow play is serious business ;-)

9 Jan 2010 6:48am

STEED from Gueret, France

Little Froggy trying to catch its shadow..Well done...

9 Jan 2010 7:00am

@STEED: ha ha .. just like that .. many thanks ;)

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, she plays with her shadow, she found a friend who will always agree with her!! Superb shot. Good Saturday.

9 Jan 2010 7:08am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Well seen and done, all the shadows are protagonists here, in the background and in the main point: the child trying to catch hers is a very tender image, I remember myself... :))

9 Jan 2010 7:19am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

The little girl, outside everything that surrounds, is concentrated in their game. Good monochrome.

9 Jan 2010 7:22am

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

nice composition and color tone

9 Jan 2010 7:32am

jpla from st Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

La composition est très belle ! Bonne journée.

9 Jan 2010 7:35am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful play with shadows. And the strange shadow from that ghost-man/woman in those shoes is a mystery :-) . Great capture.

9 Jan 2010 7:36am

Oscar from Espira de l'Agly, France

Good play of light with the shadows. great contrast

9 Jan 2010 8:11am

Blackdog from London, United Kingdom

Captivating. Either she has stumbled or she is fascinated with her own shadow. Lovely composition with the strong horizontal lines.

9 Jan 2010 8:43am

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

How sweet this lovely image is created! Fine capture of a child playing with her shadow!

9 Jan 2010 9:00am

Richard Trim from Leicester, United Kingdom

Ephemeral feel to this delightful image ... nebulous shadows and gossamer wings. Like the butterfly transfer on her arm ... she in fact 'flutters by'.


9 Jan 2010 9:04am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very beautiful image - great theme and framing

9 Jan 2010 9:41am

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good Marina!!! Exellent shot! I like the sepia tone and the compo!!

9 Jan 2010 9:50am

kerfendal from Paris, France

excellent post and the warm tone is very nice

9 Jan 2010 9:53am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A picture full of light with the little girl who took off his shoes to play with her shadow ...

9 Jan 2010 10:08am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

wow,very nice.

9 Jan 2010 10:10am

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

How not to be proud to be human when we could see such a picture!

9 Jan 2010 10:28am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Special Mariana's recipe to get warm tones...Tell me your secret ;-)

9 Jan 2010 10:34am

@KriKridesign: Thx Kri ;)) I love split toning that I recently started using ! NO other secret :))

amirreza from tehran, Iran

cool shot

9 Jan 2010 10:47am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the descriptive background in your presentation.

9 Jan 2010 10:59am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Nice shot.

9 Jan 2010 11:09am

Babzy from Besançon, France

lovely pic !

9 Jan 2010 11:58am

AG from London, United Kingdom

I have a feeling Life stays as simple as this but we forget where we put it ! What a lovely shot.

9 Jan 2010 12:05pm

ppeut from Lille, France

A nice composition with this little girl who play with her shadow.

9 Jan 2010 12:15pm

Makan from Iran

Nice shadow shot!
I believe that we live with an invisible sun inside and its visible shadows outside...

9 Jan 2010 12:18pm

@Makan: ideal thought ! unfortunately many people live with dark inside although sun still shines outside ;))

Petra from Tilburg, Netherlands

good shot, love the bright light

9 Jan 2010 12:56pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

beautiful capture, love the shadows and tones :)

9 Jan 2010 1:12pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Great capture of a child playing expression !
Adorable, spontaneous, fresh ! :-)
Love it !!!!!

9 Jan 2010 1:17pm

alice from Arradon Golfe du Morbihan, France

Peter Pan!

9 Jan 2010 1:41pm

eva from Rouen, France

Wonderful child, wonderful shot !

9 Jan 2010 1:55pm

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut., Guyana

yiiiiiiiih she's so cute !!!

9 Jan 2010 2:02pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice child shot, nothing better than the innocence of a child playing!

9 Jan 2010 2:27pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Excellent street shot and good contrejour technique.

9 Jan 2010 2:33pm

mirela from brighton, United States

cool find, Mariana! I'm glad you spotted her!

9 Jan 2010 2:36pm

rian from mobile, United States

it's like seeing her shadow for the first time.. very nice candid capture.. :)

9 Jan 2010 2:41pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very well done ,nice capture :)

9 Jan 2010 2:49pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

This is beautiful, very nice colour

9 Jan 2010 3:03pm

tataray from France

Jeux d'ombres. Excellent.

9 Jan 2010 3:12pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Nice shot!

9 Jan 2010 3:16pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

superb light!

9 Jan 2010 3:35pm

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

Mariana....... I have to say that this beautiful photo is my absolute favorite of yours to date...... 5 STARS (plus more)!!! You've captured everything throughly so there is a story told which needs no explanation. That my friend is exactly what photography is all about!!!

9 Jan 2010 3:45pm

@Candid1: I am really happy that you see a story and personality of this lovely little one . I was truly delighted looking at her from not such a big distance and she did not see me at all being so busy with her play ! She looked to me as a beautiful butterfly with butterfly tattoo on her arm :)) Her mom was working on a Farm's Market ( place where I took this shot ) , and this girl was left alone .

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

It is always enjoy when I open your photobloc, this is again a very nice picture.

9 Jan 2010 3:47pm

@Willem: Thx a lot . Sounds very encouraging :))

macgo from Spain

Totalmente de acuerdo con Willen. En este caso la imagen es muy evocadora, nos lleva de nuevo a la etapa de la niñez pero a la vez es una imagen compleja por la cantidad de matices que encierra.

9 Jan 2010 3:54pm

Lyl & Roll from Besançon, France

Très drôle cette fillette qui a abandonné ses chaussures sous la table semble t'il. Bon week-end.

9 Jan 2010 4:12pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture, Mariana. I love the way that she is squatting down. Superb tones. Neat title.

9 Jan 2010 4:21pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

lovely shot, Mariana

9 Jan 2010 4:26pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Something that is sadly lacking in the way we bring our children up these days, is the chance to 'be a child' for long enough to enjoy it. All too soon we want our chiuldren to look like adults, dress like adults, learn like adults, when those formative years are so crucial to our development. This photographs sums up in my opinion, the child's take on the world.... everything is new and exciting, a giant playground to play in and learn from. It's a frame which captures a precious moment, a child being a child, for no other reason than that is how it should be. Superb, Mariana

9 Jan 2010 4:33pm

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

C'est vraiment un portrait magnifique et un cadrage très réussi ! Les lignes d'ombre conduisent le regard vers l'enfant... très beau !

9 Jan 2010 4:45pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Superb taken from view, I like very much!

9 Jan 2010 4:47pm

Slackwater - don from spokane, United States

A fine capture of this child playing in the brilliant light from the side. I like how you've maintained visibility int her face which had to be well shadowed. Same for the sandals. The inventiveness of a child a play is a remarkable thing to watch....and you've caught a fine example of it.

9 Jan 2010 4:54pm

Ken from United States

Mariana! I get lost in your visions....every day.

9 Jan 2010 5:16pm

@Ken: do not get lost please. otherwise you won't see my pictures ;)) ha ha

philippe from dijon, France

Je ne sais quoi dire à force !! lol MAGNIFIQUE................

9 Jan 2010 5:24pm

k@ from Paris, France

I have one very close with a little boy but with more dramatic expression and lights, i'll post it this month - i like the natural elegance of your lil'cutie, she looks like a young dancer (from India or Pakistan ?) and her white (at least, clear color) dress is like a veil, full of the grace of a dancer, again. Maybe she'll become one later ? A butterfly, indeed ~ 

9 Jan 2010 5:29pm

@k@: I really wish her brighter future than her mom has - market seller ! . Thx Karine !

Patrick from Belgium

Verry nice. Good shot.
A bientôt et bravo!

9 Jan 2010 5:55pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Oh Mariana. This is full of childish happiness. Love it

9 Jan 2010 6:34pm

Gianny from Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia

Strong as usual. Well processed.

9 Jan 2010 7:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this girl at play with her shadow. You have such an eye for excellent people images.

9 Jan 2010 7:07pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

It's all been said. Well done.

9 Jan 2010 7:10pm

NANNE from Netherlands

She is playing with her own shadow...., and you saw it!
Great again, MARIANA. Today I was Ice-walking over the sea, when the water was low...! Very nice to do that. A fantastic experience.

I wish you a very good weekend.



9 Jan 2010 7:18pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

You have captured the joy of being a child perfectly Mariana! The simple wonder at seeing your shadow. Well done! ;-)

9 Jan 2010 7:26pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A girl squatting ... a scene in the street ... the sun in place, shadows and the perfect picture. So simple and so beautiful is the picture of! Thanks Mariana!

9 Jan 2010 8:33pm

vu@granby - gilles daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada

« superb light! »
I'm teasing.

This shot touched me!

gilles d.

9 Jan 2010 8:36pm

@vu@granby - gilles daigneault: hmmmmm.. I will bite now :)) Thx dear !

Liang from San Francisco, United States

children just want to have fun! =]

9 Jan 2010 8:37pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

9 Jan 2010 10:23pm

ruimnm from Portugal

All your images are great. Now in sepia.
Well done.

9 Jan 2010 10:36pm

Bo Strömberg from Vessigebro, Sweden

Beautiful composition and a rich picture!

9 Jan 2010 11:12pm

JamesC from portland, United States

kids & shadows, nothing can stop them from having fun, beautiful street image.

10 Jan 2010 12:04am

Mike from Burgos, Spain

She's lost a contact lens.......
Love it!

10 Jan 2010 12:17am

Claudia - Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Beautiful child! I like the treatement and the sepia colour of the picture.

10 Jan 2010 12:27am

Selro from 12500, Spain

nice color, perfect exposition and composition, lovely. Well done.

10 Jan 2010 12:56am

Ajay from Pune, India

Cute childhood when everything looks mysterious. Even the fact we can't catch the shadow makes us wonder.

10 Jan 2010 3:48am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice image, wiyh an amaizing light.

10 Jan 2010 10:21am

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Elle est adorable la petite fille à jouer avec son ombre!
Bon dimanche.

10 Jan 2010 11:25am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

tono perfecto, composición muy buena, excelente foto urbana!!

10 Jan 2010 10:20pm

crash from Weehawken, United States

very nice grainy shot and play of light on her dress ... kids can play anywhere!

11 Jan 2010 4:08am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Too cute. This is adorable Mariana. Perfection.

11 Jan 2010 11:39am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent shot !

12 Jan 2010 3:12am

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

Hey, she has a butterfly on her arm :) Nice capture.

12 Jan 2010 8:55am

Mike from United States

Nice. playing with her shadow. Good catch.

13 Jan 2010 10:03pm