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"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

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Caught in the act :)) Very nice in monochrome.

29 Jan 2010 5:24am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

You are a master of capturing the inconspicuous. This is another brilliant image.

29 Jan 2010 5:48am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Une scène de la vie courante très bien saisie. Excellente journée Mariana.

29 Jan 2010 6:07am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

What a great picture you made again. Speechless today.

29 Jan 2010 6:09am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful shot of the everyday life...but an intimate personal moment.
Hmmm, do we need to see it? Would see want us to see it? Questions....

29 Jan 2010 6:33am

@Dulcie: I see nothing wrong in showing a personal / intimate moment . I could not resist to take a shot of this, I wanted to have it in my portfolio, no matter who likes it or dislike .

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

as akways great work. 1A on contrast for this bw. and 5 stars on the title. I would have probably called it a bit different ;) but this title really brings the focus on the ... hair.

29 Jan 2010 6:40am

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: Title really does not matter, not only for this but for any other shot. It becoming ridiculous that many commenting the title instead of reading a picture . Thx !

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Great shot Mariana. Have a nice day

29 Jan 2010 6:57am

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Again a significant portrait with well compo. Daily life not very often documented. Besides the woman the light distribution fascinates me.

29 Jan 2010 7:01am

STEED from Gueret, France

Well done and caught.....Chronic of a Simple Life..

29 Jan 2010 7:09am

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

Great shot, as always, Mariana. Nice day!

29 Jan 2010 7:33am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

An intimate moment that you are documented with great respect and love.
Have a good we Mariana.

29 Jan 2010 7:33am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

I like your sense of opportunity, Mariana. Another great black and white daily life picture. Best wishes.

29 Jan 2010 7:45am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Que ton N&b est beau ! Bonne journée.

29 Jan 2010 8:43am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

VERY pRO... TRULY THIS Candid so natural but powerful

29 Jan 2010 9:04am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

A great natural candid. Well done indeed!

29 Jan 2010 9:21am

k@ from Paris, France

Diane Arbus-like piece of work, disturbing, pushing ourselves to ask Can we ? Are we allowed ? Does this woman accepted & knows ? But Photography with a capital P goes beyond. I don't know if i "like" this photo but it's sure a efficiently provocative one (and thought-provocative too) just telling a woman is a woman and remains beyond age & aesthetic dictatorships of our world of appearances. And this, i like it a lot.

29 Jan 2010 9:30am

@k@: Thanks Karine. I could not resist taking this shot and having it in my portfolio.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

You are becoming the Weegee of the decade! :-)

29 Jan 2010 9:35am

@MadScientist: ha ha .. you are cool . No, I am just becoming what I am :))

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

c'est une photo de pro

29 Jan 2010 9:38am

Ddo from Verdun, France

I like it too

29 Jan 2010 9:39am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great photo !! You dare photos and they are so beautiful as nothing more is improper

29 Jan 2010 9:43am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent picture. It's great to see how you document the daily life. Well done.

29 Jan 2010 9:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely candid yet somehow private documentation.

29 Jan 2010 10:03am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

You are great in the caputere of som kind of images, and tgis one is a good example. Nice work.

29 Jan 2010 10:12am

NANNE from Netherlands

Real life, MARIANA!
Great photo. You saw it again!

Have a nice weekend.


29 Jan 2010 10:15am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Mariana, your photo is moving ... Because it assumes that this person needs help with dressing and you're there as if you help!

29 Jan 2010 10:45am

Stef67 from in my head, France


29 Jan 2010 11:17am

Stef67 from in my head, France

oups... GéANT^^

29 Jan 2010 11:17am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Wow, Mariana, that's a beautiful nurse! lolll ... a beautiful image very intimate. Nice day, friendships.

29 Jan 2010 11:31am

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

Wow another nice b&w, Mariana!

29 Jan 2010 12:10pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Arriesgada y gran captura

29 Jan 2010 12:22pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

A very moving image ...

29 Jan 2010 12:24pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

a very intime picture...
My english is not good and it's difficult for me to said what à think !!
But it's a question picture sure !!

29 Jan 2010 12:37pm

Marcie from United States

Wonderful and very real candid image. Love this!!!

29 Jan 2010 12:39pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Mariana! The smile on her face is special! After all a lady can't be seen without her hair done!!! ;-))

29 Jan 2010 12:55pm

mirela from brighton, United States

MM, I sometimes wonder where do you find your subjects! Fantastic shot!

29 Jan 2010 1:19pm

macgo from Spain

Vaya unas imágenes que nos ofreces a diario.

29 Jan 2010 1:36pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Great shot, as always, so natural.

29 Jan 2010 1:44pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I don't know if this is beautiful or not... This is difficult for me to understand. Give me some explanation, if you like. About your purpose, how and where I should see...

29 Jan 2010 1:48pm

@Hiro: I do not think that picture of sexy, pretty woman should be taken only. Woman is woman . I know , if I posted a nude of one sexy girl, but very poor photograph, there would be more comments than ever before ...

don from spokane, United States

A very strong glimpse into this woman's daily preparations to face the world...and people with cameras! ;-) Looks great in B&W.

29 Jan 2010 1:55pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

This is a great B&W picture!

29 Jan 2010 2:25pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

You're a brave photographer of great conviction, and I strongly admire those qualities. For me, the image draws much of it's power from her being about to exit the frame. it is sad that we cease to celebrate the human body at a certain age. Nice work, Mariana!

29 Jan 2010 3:27pm

@Larry Lefever: Thanks a lot Larry ! I do appreciate your comments on my work .

madagasca from singapore, Singapore

wow... you are cool dude! I'll probably end up with a black eye in my country haha... nice candid.

29 Jan 2010 4:00pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

a very nice image - I like it

29 Jan 2010 5:08pm

Richard Trim(T) from Leicester, United Kingdom

A personal, private and intimate daily activity. Very brave of you to post it ... even braver that the woman to allowed it.

A wonderful compositional capture ... the tones are so right ... richard

29 Jan 2010 5:09pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A perfect image that shows the beauty of women beyond the years. Outside the rules and issues for our society absurd! A large photograph majúscula! Congratulations Mariana!

29 Jan 2010 5:10pm

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

How human are at the same time so strong and so fragile!
The donkey likes this shot!

29 Jan 2010 5:45pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'd like to echo Karine's thoughts, the image certain will provoke reactions and it does not conform to the modern rules of acceptable appearance in a society weaned on celebrity.
More power to your elbow!

29 Jan 2010 6:01pm

@Curly: Karine was very expressive in her comment, but unfortunately I do not get a piece of your comment : "it does not conform to the modern rules of acceptable appearance in a society weaned on celebrity". Sorry, English is not my first language !

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

bien capture, j'adore le processing

29 Jan 2010 6:30pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

We are all expected to be slim and fit, our women must wear size 8 or smaller, our newspapers, televisions, and the internet to an extent, fill us with images of celebrities and fashion models, and we are somehow made to feel as if they should be our role models. Life (real life) just isn't like that, it is full of variety, as your picture shows.

29 Jan 2010 7:21pm

@Curly: thx Curly !

Jean-Louis from France

Un très bel instantané pour cette photo !!
Il a l'air de se marrer sous sa serviette !!
Bon WE Mariana .

29 Jan 2010 7:42pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Right place - right time ~ ~ fabulous image of real life congratulations on a superb image Mariana

29 Jan 2010 7:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great image and great processing.

29 Jan 2010 8:02pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Another nice b&w and again a nice editing

29 Jan 2010 8:34pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

A least you have provocated some discussions...I have few questions for you: did she agree that you publish this image? Did you ask her? The answer is yes? ok no problem...(true that she seems to be laughing...)
If the answer is no, I think that we don't have the right to publish the image of somebody else , without his agrement...This is just a personal opinion...The only certitude I have is, if I would have been this women, If I wouldn't know that this is for publication or If I did'nt give agrement for publication, and see it in public use, I would have been furious! ...thanks for the discussion anyway...

29 Jan 2010 9:01pm

@KriKridesign: I am not open for any discussion about this picture. These questions are not necessary. I see that many who visit my page regularly do not comment today , they do not like it or do not want to say anything , and it is perfectly fine with me . Or, they want me to comment on their picture first to tell me back how great BW is here ;))) This picture is very hard to understand and I do not expect from anybody to understand it .

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

It was just a réfexion about the use of the image of the other one persons, which has all its importance today at the time of internet... It was for it that I said to you thank you to have opened this reflection(in mind not in light...), the rest is personal opinion... Subjective Subject by exellence!

29 Jan 2010 9:32pm

@KriKridesign: i am not in photography since yesterday and I know very well what to post what not to post . So that is why your questions sounded unnecessary ! look , a few days ago I saw friend of mine, who I did not see for ages . Of course I told her about my new hobby and she did not mind me taking a picture of her . I emailed these pictured to her and she said - Mariana, thanks, but please, I do not want to see my pictures on your page . I understood and of course will never ever think of posting this beautiful picture here . I really hope you understand what I mean - Once again I know my rights !

philippe from moselle, France

Houla !!! pas très contente d'avoir été prise en photo la brave petite dame :o) !!!

29 Jan 2010 9:42pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

keep cool...I'm sure you know your rights...
But art is not only making attractive things, it is also pushing poeple to discuss about life in a way, no?

29 Jan 2010 9:44pm

@KriKridesign: well, majority of my pictures are pictures of people , that could be discussed and talked about, but not so many people knows to read them. I am getting headache when reading a comment - good closeup for the portrait , that has a whole story drawn on it face . So, why now discuss this one . Because it is not a picture of sexy girl ... There are plenty of pictures of naked girls on Aminus, and I do not see any special comments or discussion on that post . Ok, I really have nothing else to add .

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

What's this all about? A daily thing, an elderly woman is washing her hair. The scene is alluring (well done Mariana). Look at the paintings of Bonnard!
The fact that we don't see her face, give the photo a hint of embarrassment, which I regret, but I understand the dillema.

29 Jan 2010 9:54pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thank you for your explanation for my comment and for others. Now I understand what you mean.
Then I have a technical question. Did you use flash ? Reflection at the door nob suggests using flash, but the background is dark...

29 Jan 2010 10:35pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

... and I like how it seems that she's smiling!

29 Jan 2010 10:41pm

Ken from United States

Mariana! I know you live in Canada, but your images transcend the place of their conception and feel like they are universal and could have been taken anywhere in the world!.. terrific!

30 Jan 2010 12:08am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The title is common and descriptive, what is more amazing, shocking, or not really expected is to see the breast of an elderly woman. You shouldn't defend your work just throw it out there.

30 Jan 2010 2:12am

@JoeB: would you like anything to say for the picture posted yesterday, or one day before , or any other one ?????

rian from mobile, United States

k@ beat me to it, (despite the smile) it reminded me of diane arbus.. well done.. :)

30 Jan 2010 2:55am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

You seem offended, I don't always comment I commented due to the stir that the picture has done and noticing that you are shooting people who are on the edge of society.

30 Jan 2010 3:36am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I found it humorous...a smile on her face under the towel...and all for a good time. A snap of life that needs no analysis or comparisons. Point your lense where you may! best...jerry

30 Jan 2010 6:28am

@ordinaryimages: Bravo Jerry , love what you are saying ... I really did not expect any serious issues about this image .

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura de la vida cotidiana, muy buena!

30 Jan 2010 6:37am

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

Provocative, sensitive, human, disturbing picture Mariana...She seem to be very happy/smily. A true photograph, and for that, a great and beautyfull one! Thanks for this

30 Jan 2010 8:29am

@Reno: thx a lot for these words . Some other comments made me somehow very sad !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Don't be sad about the comments, Marianna. Your style is your style. It's usually direct and never boring. Some people may be shocked and begin discussions like the above but, that's O.K. You have touched them with your work.

You have a great vision. I love it.

30 Jan 2010 8:56pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve. I really did not like to prolong further conversation and explain my interest in photography, but it touched me so much when Joe said that I usually take pictures of people who are on the edge of society. I have my personal reasons why , maybe after experiencing the poverty back in country in a period of Civil War . My heart is for them, not for rich people , who are usually plain in their souls, in their appearances too .

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I think this is a splendid addition to your portfolio. It captures the essence of life and I especially like the hidden but suspected expression of a girlish smile on this lady's face.

31 Jan 2010 3:13am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

This is so reminiscent of Diane Arbus work. A super shot and I love the processing.

31 Jan 2010 7:05pm

Mike from United States

I honestly have no idea how you get the photos you do. Never have, never will.

31 Jan 2010 7:11pm

Greg from Beijing, China

Mariana that's great piece of art.. you have introduced a daily life what we don't think about.. so deeply..
Your image is controversial.. and provocative.. in very good sense of mean. You have forced people to reflections and discussion.. and it's all about photography.. when viewer is trying to understand.. with mind not with eyes.. that's excellent photograph. and you example confirming this rule..
You maybe were not thinking about deep sense of that image.. but it has it.. for sure!

31 Jan 2010 8:29pm

@Greg: Many thanks for these words, Greg !

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Sort of surprising to see comments like that from someone in Switzerland. I'd like to think Europeans are a little more enlightened than Americans. The comment from Dulcie is about what I'd expect to hear from some of my countrymen. Still, it's stunning to hear a PHOTOGRAPHER suggest there are images of adults that shouldn't be seen. At might old age I guess I should no longer be surprised that there are so many people out there willing to live their lives secured in straight jackets.

31 Jan 2010 9:27pm

@Twelvebit: hey, Thanks. Always pleasure to me to read your thoughts . Well, I am European too , but seems I am too brave :))

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture, it is a 'true-life' image. And she seems to approve of the snap.

31 Jan 2010 10:45pm

@Michael: Totally agree with you ; otherwise I would not have it here :) Thx Mike

Ajay from Pune, India

I would say that is the most bold and bravest shot I have ever seen. Both for you and the person in the shot. This is what we know from this shot - a creative mind knows no boundaries.

1 Feb 2010 2:28am

Jeremie from Brooklyn, New York, United States

Well, I don't really know how to start this comment... I've read through most of what has been written above, and remain shared about how to see this photograph. For sure, it is the work of a real photographer, who has her own vision of this art and a "signature". Yet, I understand that people may be disturbed by this shot and I think questions are legitimate. It actually makes me think to Lars Von Trier's film "The Idiots". I was shocked and disturbed by this movie, that I eventually couldn't appreciate, which doesn't mean that I do not like the work of this director. Maybe, if I had had answers to some of my questions on this particular movie, I could have seen it again with a different perspective in mind. I think it is a bit the same with your photograph here... If it raises questions, it means that it has an impact on people which is, I guess, what you are looking for in photography. So I'm a bit puzzled by your defensiveness...

This being said, I love your work (notably yesterday's one), I didn't yet make up my mind on today's piece, but I will definitely come back to give it a second thought.


PS : you provoked the longest comment that I ever did on Aminus, take it as you like ;-)

1 Feb 2010 4:15am

@Jeremie: I never heard of this movie , but according what you saying about it I am sure it is based on a novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was one of the most brilliant literary achievements of the Russian Golden Age of Literature. Do not know if this book is translated into English, but try to find it . You would not be sorry ! As for your and other comments I really have nothing to say :) Besides, I do post my pictures on Aminus first of all for myself, and then to hear smart comments, critiques, reasonable thoughts .... Thanks for your time . I really appreciate it .

sakshi from Boston, United States

I cannot understand what's so disturbing about this image as all I can see is an old lady chuckling under the towel?? That chuckling/smiling brings so much warmth and somehow it reminds me of my playful grandma.

Great shot...and I love your photography that catches human emotions so beautifully.

1 Feb 2010 5:28pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

after discussion with 12bit, with you...(and I do not want to redo the debate...!!!), I think I can now comment your image under a new light, with new eyes and new perception...Yes, a women washing her hair...intimate moment of the daily a spotlight there is also...this open door! Invitation to enter?
Invitation to enter, moment of big complicity or still maybe catched image(I know now this is not the case)? Yes the door allows several levels of reading and I wonder if, without it, the image would have been so powerful? BIG ART in a way! ;-)

1 Feb 2010 6:07pm

@KriKridesign: Thanks Christine so much . I am glad we solved this issue :))

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

Well I've not really much to say about a lot of what is said above!?

This is a GREAT photograph and one of the few that will always stick in my mind. Bravo to you Mariana!! :)

1 Feb 2010 11:03pm

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

Would it be rude or wrong for me to laugh at this shot? I can totally relate to this shot, when my wife opens the bathroom door while I am seated on the toilet, nekkkkid... that's another story :)))) Nice capture!!!

2 Feb 2010 2:06am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

A moment of life. She's washing her hair. Nice b&w shot.
Have a nice day.

2 Feb 2010 7:11pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


3 Feb 2010 5:17pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

this image is like good music...If you've understand evrything in the first listening(look) is because it is probably not so good!... ;-) (my God, this door...)

5 Feb 2010 8:23am

Tomix from landerneau, France

This photo inspires me rape of privacy! i agree with Krikridesign and hope she agrees its publication there...and even if yes, That is bad taste! i really don't like it.

11 Feb 2010 9:23am

@Tomix: too bad :))

TofiX from Tebriz, Iran

amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazinnnnggggggggggg portrait !!!!! nice nice nice

10 Mar 2010 7:51am

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