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forbidden portrait

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 27 January 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This title means nothing else but remembering the problems I had after I took this shot .

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/60 second F/2.8 ISO 200 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

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

u r a brave girl, my dear

27 Jan 2010 5:04am

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

oh my, look what you've got!

27 Jan 2010 5:42am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Your getting a real photo journalist. The atmosphere in the photo is superb. I only can make you complements.

27 Jan 2010 5:47am

jim from sebastopol, United States

you are very observant and have a powerful and unique style. i enjoyed looking through your photos very much.

27 Jan 2010 5:56am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Oh my !!!!!! U are PRO....

27 Jan 2010 5:58am

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice shot, atleast you got to keep the photo!

27 Jan 2010 5:59am

@Julie: sure, nobody could force me to delete it from my camera, even though it is not a shot I wanted .. :))

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

The freedoms we take for granted. Thanks, Mariana - I'm glad you are safe.

27 Jan 2010 6:04am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Fabuleux portrait ! Bonne journée Mariana.

27 Jan 2010 6:18am

macgo from Spain

No me extraña. A mí me pasó algo parecido en Estambul. De todas maneras la imagen es magnífica. Mereció la pena el enfado que se cogería.

27 Jan 2010 6:20am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

Some people associate a camera with terrorism, and photographer with terrorist. (I once saw a shirt that says "I'm a PHOTOGRAPHER not a TERRORIST") I've noticed that people react differently when they see a big black DSLR (especially if theres a big white lens hanging off the end of it, or if you're on a tripod) a shot you could arguably recreate with one of the Olympus pen cameras (a lot smaller, but uses a dslr sized chip and dslr lenses).

27 Jan 2010 6:45am

@Chris Pereira: That is probably why man's son reacted like that . Who knows what is situation in their country and when they came to Canada !

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

I suppose this is the one you told from in your answer to my comment in 'Free Mania'. Good journalistic portrait with atmospheric light and color tone.

27 Jan 2010 7:06am

STEED from Gueret, France

No Photo,please !!!!!!!!!!! No photo !!!!! I know this situation....Nice picture and colours...

27 Jan 2010 7:10am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

A great shot...and a long discussion, I suppose!

27 Jan 2010 7:25am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Still a great capture!

27 Jan 2010 7:25am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

The atmosphere of the place makes me imagine the problems....!!

27 Jan 2010 7:30am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Well, the weight of the color and grain and texture of the photo
rather speaks to the weight of the situation I take it.
Glad you came away with the image...still all in one piece !!

27 Jan 2010 7:33am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

une xcellente photo

27 Jan 2010 7:47am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Photo sur le vif réussie. Bonne journée.

27 Jan 2010 7:54am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Why? He is a men not a women..Or I'didn't undersood you...Anyway colors are fantastic as usual in your job! Have a nice day!

27 Jan 2010 8:01am

@KriKridesign: Yes, he is a man, but his son was behind him and was against taking shot of him . Why ? I really do not know and would never understand that very aggressive behavior !

joshi daniel from India

nice that you have captured this and shared!

27 Jan 2010 8:35am

Jean-Louis from France

Superbe traitement . J'aime bcp la lumière .
Belle photo d'une scène quotidienne .

27 Jan 2010 8:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

27 Jan 2010 8:37am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

There are some who confuse identities and silhouette, interesting documentary! great capture...

27 Jan 2010 9:05am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, texture image is superb, some images are problematic and have the consent of the people is not always easy. Good day.

27 Jan 2010 9:29am

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Superb shot Mariana ~ The processing really adds to the image makes all the more powerful

27 Jan 2010 9:36am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Very nicely observed! Excellent capture.

27 Jan 2010 9:39am

Richard Trim(T) from Leicester, United Kingdom

Keep challenging yourself Mariana ... In small steps or relatively large steps just as we both seem to like to do in some shape or form.

Keep them coming ... richard

27 Jan 2010 10:03am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

So you are a really brave-hearted photographer... Hope your problems weren't too serious...?!

27 Jan 2010 10:10am

@Magrat: not at the end :)) thx MAgrat !

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Impressive picture.

27 Jan 2010 10:25am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

he didn't like his picture ! :-0

27 Jan 2010 10:34am

Mhélène from Paris, France

I can understand ...!! in some places you are not welcome with a camera ! Beautiful photo !

27 Jan 2010 10:35am

oncho from granada, Spain

Luz y procesado brutales, gran contraste

27 Jan 2010 10:41am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Interesting picture to watch

27 Jan 2010 11:47am

Stephanie from Texas, United States

It was worth it! GREAT CAPTURE! 5 stars!

27 Jan 2010 11:59am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

a photography of fruits and vegetables ?!!! :) good !! :):)
heu....sorry !! :):)
very good treatment !!

27 Jan 2010 12:02pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

Valió la pena que se enfadase, te a quedado una foto estupenda, muy buena, saludos!

27 Jan 2010 12:12pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great photo and real street-photographing anyway. I think it´s sometimes is hard to decide what is within reason in different situations, that must be a question of your personal judgement many times.

27 Jan 2010 12:15pm

Marcie from United States

Such a powerful image. Love the processing!!

27 Jan 2010 12:45pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Great image...........I understand the title as well. Steve

27 Jan 2010 1:01pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nice street shot Mariana! ;-)

27 Jan 2010 1:03pm

faisal from New York City, United States

excellent tones.

27 Jan 2010 1:16pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

The colours and tone make this picture stands out! V

27 Jan 2010 1:26pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Now we could speculate if people were resistant due to privacy issues or due to the stuff they are selling there. But all I can see is just fruits.... :-)

27 Jan 2010 1:38pm

@MadScientist: good comment , Manfred :)) Yes, only fruit and covered guy. If I was not noticed by his son who grabbed my hand trying to take my camera, I would take a few more shots of this interesting "bedouin". His son was very dangerous man, who almost broke my hand. Thank to police I was free of him .

Lillee from -, United States

I love the processing treatment, it sets the mood.

27 Jan 2010 1:49pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I like this a lot, especially the grain and the unseen face gives it mystery. As for the title, Costa Rica does not extradite, and I have met some people there that made it clear that if I took their photo there was a good chance it would be the last one I took.

27 Jan 2010 1:51pm

@Ralph Jones: crazy people for sure, the same as son of this man . You should see his ugly , dangerous face . I even wanted to take a shot of his mad face right in front of him, but he was squeezing my hand so hard I could not move . maybe I see him some other time .. then - he is mine !

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

You are really great. In spite of circumstances you're seen the image and... it is here. Congratulations.

27 Jan 2010 2:04pm

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

Mariana......... Well done! I have sometimes been asked after taking a photograph why I risk being in such places and possibly facing physical altercations........ I always respond with.......... WHY NOT?

27 Jan 2010 2:26pm

NANNE from Netherlands

It was a hard day working,
but before I are going home...,
first a view on your site, MARIANA.



27 Jan 2010 2:54pm

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

u took some risk , S ;-) where you in travel in Gulf or what ? a beautiful shot , one more in your fabulous collection ! well done
But please , take care ;)

27 Jan 2010 3:18pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is fascinating.

27 Jan 2010 3:20pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

avery strong tones in this shot, makes it very sweet

27 Jan 2010 3:53pm

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

No donkey ears, neither donkey eyes in the room!
I love this atmosphere!

27 Jan 2010 3:55pm

don from spokane, United States

It is a fine shot and something that should not have concerned them (in my world). I'm glad you persevered and were able to keep the shot...and hopefully an uninjured hand!

27 Jan 2010 4:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I have very strong views Mariana, if they are out in a public place then (in most countries) they have no automatic right to expect privacy. Shoot first ask questions later!
I'm glad you feel just as strongly.

27 Jan 2010 4:30pm

@Curly: since I'm mostly taking shots of people , on Public places, of course I know what is legal or illegal . this incident really surprised me a lot . Later I was thinking this man is maybe somebody very important .. ha ha, and his son was behind him 10 meters, as a bodyguard !!!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

It looks to me as though it was worth it 1

27 Jan 2010 4:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture, Mariana. Photography can be a risky business!! Keep taking those risks.

27 Jan 2010 4:40pm

@john4jack: thanks Jack, that is certainly a part of my nature ... I love risks ! They make me excited .. ha ha

philippe from dijon, France

great capture............ superb shot, good evening Mariana

27 Jan 2010 5:08pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe traitement des couleurs !

27 Jan 2010 5:14pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I love it--and I feel like this is capture you wont soon forget!

27 Jan 2010 5:15pm

@Amanda: o, no , you are wrong .. I will never forget it , but I will learn after this to be more careful .

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

It's a very menacing shot. Your processing is perfect. And, I commend you for your determination. Well done.

27 Jan 2010 5:22pm

@Larry Lefever: thx Larry .

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the title and the atmosphere

27 Jan 2010 5:53pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Not the warmest ambiance!

27 Jan 2010 6:11pm

@António Pires: not at all ;))

elena from Italy

grat processing. well done... and congratulation.. a great forbidden shot!

27 Jan 2010 6:24pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Superb image! A mysterious face that we see but if we can imagine. The atmosphere is disturbing! This is the photo!

27 Jan 2010 6:28pm

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Very nice post processing. I like.

27 Jan 2010 6:44pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot, Mariana! It was well worth it. :) Maybe he was somebody important and has LOTS of money ;)

27 Jan 2010 6:58pm

@✿ Anina ✿: maybe I search for him again and ask him to pay for his portraits :)) ha ha

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

It's a doubled edged sword in many ways, that we as photographers sometimes only see from our own point of view. What we see as a great photographic oportunity, others see as invasion of their privacy, and there are always two sides to every story. I sit very much on the fence as I am not sure how I would react to turning around and realising that someone was shooting candid shots of me, I might be a little suspicious and wonder why? Am I under surveillance? Who wants my image, and why?

I've come under threat several times taking candid people shots, including a girl on a beautiful horse in an open field who was so angry with my violation of her personal rights. I've been escorted from buildings and almost had my camera seized in the UK for taking shots without permission. I don't enjoy those thrills or risks anymore, even though photographing street people, vagrants was how I began my photographic journey thirty odd years ago.

I see this scene from both sides, though naturally I do not condone the force that was used against you, that was completely disproportionate to the act of taking the photograph. It's a matter for individual consideration, and personal choice, and I believe there is no right or wrong, just a grey area like most things in life. I still take people shots, but generally I am more cowardly than yourself M, these days as I do not enjoy the confrontation.

27 Jan 2010 7:26pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thanks Paul for sharing your story . I would certainly have enough of materials to write my own story in only these two years since I started taking pictures . I only say - there are every kind of people, like Palmer sings ! just because of that they attract me and will attract me always . I experience a civil war back in a country and gained a lot of experience dealing with people . Even very close friends showed their different faces ....

Martin from North Platte, United States

you really have developed your own style in photography which is a masterful thing, being unlike the millions out there, and being able to show the world as you see it, a Task near impossable, but you have achieved that, and it shows in your multiple Very Impressive..Glad I found you here, Always a treat and an education looking at your wonderful work!!!

27 Jan 2010 7:36pm

@Martin: Thanks Martin. I appreciate your words very much !

philippe from moselle, France

beau traitement, de belles couleurs qui donnent une ambiance particulière à la scène, j'adore !!!

27 Jan 2010 7:51pm

Gerard Westerduin from Barendrecht, Netherlands

Great shot,compliments.

27 Jan 2010 8:36pm

uvaraj from United States

Mariana: Great shot, lovely tone and grains. Glad you are okay and thanks for sharing the capture and story. Wish folks can be polite at least at times.

27 Jan 2010 8:39pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is a serious image Mariana, then again, also makes me think of Tintin.
The limited tone-scale & toning adds well the drama.

27 Jan 2010 8:57pm

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut., Guyana

I'm going in lebanon in two weeks, I'll have probably the same issues than yours a few times too.

Lets hope I don't finish with a bullet in the head :p

Good shot good spirit :)

27 Jan 2010 9:14pm

@Ekios: be careful dear, and you better leave your camera home :)) if you can :))

Julia from Munich, Germany

wow, this is an amazing pic...Mariana

27 Jan 2010 9:25pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

J'imagine bien le binz après le shooting!

27 Jan 2010 9:31pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Aren't you glad that we are Canadians?

27 Jan 2010 9:54pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

did she not want her photo taken? it seems that way, but it captures a very nice mood.

27 Jan 2010 10:03pm

@Liang: oh, no ... I even do not see this woman behind ...she is not important ..

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Thank to police I was free of him . - Wow, there's a reason why I preferrably shoot plants and stones! Take care (and have a zoom lens at hand for 'difficult' scenes)! :-)

27 Jan 2010 10:43pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Brave action!!! But watch out!

27 Jan 2010 10:48pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a photo story, very strong, mariana!

27 Jan 2010 10:54pm

mike from Burgos, Spain

Worth the risk....always!

27 Jan 2010 11:36pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nice, with a good story behind it.

28 Jan 2010 12:13am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine composition in spite of the problems. Love the processing.

28 Jan 2010 12:28am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful shot! I'm glad that you were able to keep it, despite all the trouble!

28 Jan 2010 1:25am

rian from mobile, United States

oh, i guess he objected to his shot being taken.. i like how you captured this though.. nice shot.. :)

28 Jan 2010 2:07am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

He seems confused..maybe he's wondering what to buy. Nice shot and a brave capture !

28 Jan 2010 2:36am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Sounds like you got yourself in a predicament that you fortunately were able to get out of. It makes it seem like the photo is almost more valuable to you because of it. Nice contrast seen here.

28 Jan 2010 6:06am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I certainly admire your brave spirit!

28 Jan 2010 12:58pm

ppeut from Lille, France

I like your choice of a yellow processing, it is like a picture of journalism for a newspaper.

28 Jan 2010 9:34pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice work.

28 Jan 2010 10:45pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


29 Jan 2010 3:23am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

My goodness. What a crazy story to go along with this great capture?! I'm happy to know you made it out unscathed!

30 Jan 2010 2:02pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Brave lady you! Great shot and processing!

30 Jan 2010 6:40pm

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Another amazing shot of people like only you can shoot Mariana! 5*****

31 Jan 2010 12:38am

Mike from United States

Like you are in a different place. Very nice. Like the gold tones. It's about time you got in trouble for something!

31 Jan 2010 7:13pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

What the fuck is wrong with people --including many of the so called photographers on this site? In a PUBLIC PLACE there is NO RIGHT TO, OR EXPECTATION OF, PRIVACY. NONE. If you want privacy, stay home. If you're in a public place you're subject to having your picture taken --that's the law in most of the semi-civilized world. For fuck's sake, people in the "west" are under almost total surveillance (being hassled for taking photos in Britain, in public, is a sick joke, given their nanny state and surveillance society), millions of people are snapping photos with cell phone cameras, and they're worried about someone with a DSLR? Really, people are fucking stupid. What really pisses me off is that 30 years ago, when cameras were far more rare relative to today, I encountered virtually none of this bullshit and stupidity. I never got hassled a single time back when I was shooting on film, and I shot photos, in public, EVERYWHERE and of EVERYTHING. In fact, when I was in school, these silly attacks on photography were considered to be the hall marks of a police state.

31 Jan 2010 9:41pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

By the way, the criminal here is the son --he is guilty straight out of assault. I'm sure touching another person without permission is assault there just like it is here. Doing it in the threatening and violent way you describe could get him shot --a young man assaulting a woman constitutes a disparity of force that under some circumstances can entitle the person being attacked to use deadly force to stop the assault. I hope the police hauled the SOB off to jail.

31 Jan 2010 9:46pm

Ajay from Pune, India

I can imagine that.

1 Feb 2010 2:23am

sakshi from Boston, United States

Hmm the forbidden fruit and the forbidden got both in one frame??? Bravo :) and please take care of yourself.

1 Feb 2010 5:20pm

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

Oh boy, I hope you're not hurt or threatened... Were you? I had a bad experience before where a man came after me with a baseball bat. My mom has been telling me this since I was a kid: looking at other people with Buddha in your heart, everyone becomes Buddha; looking at other people with ghost, everyone becomes ghost. If this person is bad to begin with, he sees you as a bad person as well. Be careful out there. Have your pepper spray handy!

2 Feb 2010 2:04am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great shot and composition!

11 Feb 2010 9:27am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/60 second
ISO 200
6 mm