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memories will never die

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 3 February 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Hungarian man talking of his life back in his home country. Met him in a park; Spent about an hour chatting.
I was allowed to take his picture :)



"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

marc from granby, Canada

I love his facial expression .....

3 Feb 2010 5:27am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

The patina of age...super! best...jerry

3 Feb 2010 5:46am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Wow...what a strong portrait !
He must have had a full life !

3 Feb 2010 5:48am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

PERFECT..... 5 Stars

3 Feb 2010 6:05am

Ben from Lyon, France

Love your technique.

3 Feb 2010 6:32am

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

nice details, i like this monochrome

3 Feb 2010 6:39am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

What a remarkable face...a wonderful portrait conveying the path of time in his visage.

3 Feb 2010 6:45am

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Fantastic portrait!

3 Feb 2010 6:48am

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

Time never forgets to let its stamp on our bodies.
But the donkey has a good memory!

3 Feb 2010 6:52am

alice from Arradon Golfe du Morbihan, France

A very strong portrait.

3 Feb 2010 7:07am

STEED from Gueret, France

Impressive Face..........Strong portrait...

3 Feb 2010 7:14am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A portrait from the Masters of Photography

3 Feb 2010 7:20am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

A fantastic portrait. ***** Have a nice day Mariana

3 Feb 2010 7:24am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This is a stunning portrait Marianna! Absolutely fascinating!!

3 Feb 2010 7:39am

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Realy nice,how did you take this??

3 Feb 2010 7:40am

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

This is a kind of photographer's graal of a subject time I would still love to only see my face in a mirror and deal with it without seeing it so close and so detailed.
I took some pictures of seniors at a time when living ahead was questionnable for me and living ahead was the answers they and my photos gave me, but at a much younger age. The answer that I would give to them asking me why taking a photograph of them in such a state was that they were beautiful and it's true. But even then, I think I won't return to it having seen some close to me departing and seeing some talking about the end and if memories never die, ours slips away a bit everyday even the ones of the departed, not by neglect but life's so busy takes on and over until the next.
Beautiful ,isn't it? I know you do...

Bonne Journée Mariana.

3 Feb 2010 8:07am

Rags from Plano, United States

Amazing portrait.

3 Feb 2010 8:14am

Karthik from Chennai, India


3 Feb 2010 8:15am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Great portrait. I like to listen old persons talking about their life and experience. Yes, memories will never die.

3 Feb 2010 8:21am

oncho from granada, Spain

Gran retrato y expresion, buen acercamiento

3 Feb 2010 8:34am

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

This is absolut the best photo i saw from you. This is realy amazing. I have great great respect for the way you making photos of people. Fantastic.

3 Feb 2010 8:35am

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Of course a awesome portrait with a brown tone underlining the age. Interesting skin texture, nice to see but not to own.

3 Feb 2010 8:39am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I had to smile at the fact that your were allowed to take this shot... lol! I really like the dark background and crop.

3 Feb 2010 8:43am

@✿ Anina ✿: maybe it is really good to add a few words about some special pictures/ portraits . nothing significant about this - allowed :)) you like background and crop ? what about portrait / face ?

elmer from Tours, France

hello. the treatment clearly shows that face. just missing a bit of brightness to the eyes.

3 Feb 2010 8:50am

lydia from Paris, France

What an expressive portrait !! Fantastic Mariana !

3 Feb 2010 9:00am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Mariana, an excellent portrait, very expressive. Have a nice day!

3 Feb 2010 9:11am

k@ from Paris, France

Faces are lands and this one is a beautiful & moving country speaking beyond words.
Superb face & portrait.

3 Feb 2010 9:13am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Fabulous portrait Mariana. I am sure that the hour you spent with him was most interesting!

3 Feb 2010 9:13am

@Richard Standley: yes, it really was .. I love talking to older people , and they are usually very lovely and love to talk to strangers if you have a nice, warm approach to them .. thx Richard .

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent

3 Feb 2010 9:17am

Ekios from Une des iles du salut, Guyana

woooooooooooow what a face !

3 Feb 2010 9:22am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

great portrait I give 5*****

3 Feb 2010 9:23am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hi Mariana, a stunning and moving portrait. A true work of art, bravo. Nice day, friendships.

3 Feb 2010 9:26am

elena from Italy

this is a very strange face! great portrait!!

3 Feb 2010 9:37am

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Verry good portrait, well treated even without an "environemet" it stands. But I think that with a hint of detail in the background it would get stronger (if I may say so)

3 Feb 2010 9:51am

@Peter: I was actually in dilemma what to do with all those shiny leaves and trees around him . I disliked that . His face was lost in this setting - the reason I took all that stuff around him away and added this background . Thx Peter !

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderful face beautifully framed

3 Feb 2010 10:16am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

This is a stunning portrait Marianna! A work of art! I really like the dark background and crop. Greetings!

3 Feb 2010 10:23am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

One of the best portait I saw all along the different blogs !!!! Great ! great ! Phil.

3 Feb 2010 10:28am

joshi daniel from India

a memorable portrait with a candid like expression!

3 Feb 2010 10:46am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

This is a strong and lovely portrait.

3 Feb 2010 11:54am

mirela from brighton, United States

fantastic portrait, MM!

3 Feb 2010 12:29pm

fabrizio from rome, Italy

wow!!!! very impressive

3 Feb 2010 12:36pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Superb shot.. excellent composition..BRAVO

3 Feb 2010 12:36pm

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great, great portrait and what an expression ,he seems far in his country !

3 Feb 2010 12:46pm

Magrat from Germany

Wow... I think it's a great gift to meet a strange man who spreads out his life to let you take part in... An even bigger gift to be allowed to take this intriguing portrait!

3 Feb 2010 12:58pm

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

WOW ! What a portrait ! And what an expression he has !!! Great shot Mariana !

3 Feb 2010 1:30pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

An extremely powerful portrait!

3 Feb 2010 1:33pm

erfi anugrah from Singapore, Singapore

holy f**k! Best portrait of today! 5 stars!

3 Feb 2010 1:51pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

This a great portrait with superb details. Good title too.

3 Feb 2010 1:59pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

!!!! very good portrait !!!!

3 Feb 2010 2:06pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Outstanding! Today you get 5 stars!

3 Feb 2010 2:08pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Wonderful, Mariana! I love the soft, smooth, gray hair balancing the texture of the face. Very gracious!

3 Feb 2010 2:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous portrait, Mariana. Fine title.

3 Feb 2010 2:55pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

C'est un portrait admirable

3 Feb 2010 3:07pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

It must be so nice to be able to sit and speak at length with a stranger. I am beginning to forget what that's like because most people in my area are trying to keep to themselves. Always in a hurry and not wanting to be bothered. Sad...
Also, I must add that I think this background works well for the portrait. A simple clean backdrop to allow us to focus on the details of his face and self.

3 Feb 2010 3:12pm

@Amanda: I know what you talking about . But in park, you always can start talking to them ... They are lonely, they love to talk ... Try and you will see :)) Thx for the comment .

Glenn from New Orleans, United States


3 Feb 2010 3:14pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this really makes you wonder what his memories are ... very powerful :)

3 Feb 2010 3:17pm

Ardan from Manila, Philippines

very impressive! love the details.

3 Feb 2010 3:48pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

great portrait.

3 Feb 2010 3:50pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine capture of his expression. The exposure and processing to emphasize the freckles gives the picture added drama and a strong eye-catching impact. Very well done.

3 Feb 2010 4:10pm

Barbara Manners from Toronto, Canada

Mariana, your portraits get to the heart of the subject. Nice work.

3 Feb 2010 4:14pm

@Barbara Manners: Thanks a lot Barbara !

Tagazou from Montpellier, France

So we are like brother and sister!

3 Feb 2010 4:16pm

@Tagazou: yes, with the same eyes :)) ha ha Me donkey too ;)

Richard Trim(T) from Leicester, United Kingdom

Losing the background was an essential idea Mariana. The face has seen a lot and I bet you had a fascinating conversation.Good one.


3 Feb 2010 4:48pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i like how you got what you wanted, seems like he has a lot of stories to tell.

3 Feb 2010 4:49pm

@Liang: maybe I did not get what I wanted, but since I know his story I feel it in this image and still hear his voice !

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

You know how much I love your portraits, M. The detail captured here is simply incredible, breathing a life all of it's own into the frame and portraying a lifetime of fascinating stories, emotions and feelings.

3 Feb 2010 4:56pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! What an amazing face to photograph! You did an exceptional job on this one Mariana! Bravo! When we look all around us (magazines, TV, Internet) we see all those "perfect" faces. But you brought us beauty in this very basic/earthy looking face. I love the character and interest this face brings over the "perfection" that is thrown upon us every day. Thank you for that! :))

3 Feb 2010 5:16pm

@Magda: thx Magda !

Brume from Belgium

Wonderful pictures...


3 Feb 2010 5:16pm

Jean-Louis from France

Waou !!!!!! Un portrait très ..très dur !!!!
Tu as fait là une superbe photo de cet homme !!
Félicitations MARIANA.

3 Feb 2010 5:44pm

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Very Interesting shot :)

3 Feb 2010 5:47pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Impressive and expressive portrait !
Great work on his skin with all these" island" ! :-)
Bravo !

3 Feb 2010 5:56pm

sakshi from Boston, United States

Wow his face seems to chronicle his whole life story.....i love your portraits that speaks a thousand words through them.

3 Feb 2010 6:00pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Oh WOW - a very powerful portrait Mariana. Perfectly processed ...

3 Feb 2010 6:13pm

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

A very powerful and great portrait. Why do I think this man had great stories to tell?
The time has left their scars and impressions on his face. Your additional processing does amplify that. Great work!

3 Feb 2010 6:29pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I see an indomitable spirit! Wonderfully captured.

3 Feb 2010 6:44pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent portrait. The face reflects all the experiences and emotions of the man.

3 Feb 2010 6:53pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic image, so many textures

3 Feb 2010 6:55pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Your one hour chatting have you delivered a great picture.

3 Feb 2010 6:55pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a strong portrait ,mariana ,detail impressive !! very good processing ,a" art shot" !
kisses !

3 Feb 2010 7:04pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great portrait, lights and title

3 Feb 2010 7:11pm

Manuela M from Rennes, France

Un portrait fabuleux!!! Et quelle belle expression unique!!
Bonne soirée.

3 Feb 2010 7:12pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

incredible portrait!

3 Feb 2010 7:15pm

tataray from St Laurs, France

Impressionnant et incroyable portrait.

3 Feb 2010 7:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Those eyes have seen so much over the years. This is such a fine portrait with his great expression. Bravo!

3 Feb 2010 7:34pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

il est magnifique ce portrait moucheté !

3 Feb 2010 7:40pm

amirreza from tehran, Iran

great portrait

3 Feb 2010 8:03pm

faisal from New York City, United States

Whoa! that really hit me like a brick. Thats a fab portrait.

3 Feb 2010 8:04pm

Pepe Cabrera from Philippines

Wow! I don't know what to say , such a strong portrait. Great shot!

3 Feb 2010 8:04pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

Wow, it looks like he was in Nagasaki and got fall out. I think this has the most comments to a photo, I have seen. Spectacular!

3 Feb 2010 8:07pm

@MMC Photos: that is such a rude comment . you can comment this portrait but not his face ....

Greg from Beijing, China

Great portrait... I think hes has told you a lot about his life.. isn't it?
What's happened to his face? did he explain to you.. was he born like that?

In my case.. is difficult to communicate with people because i don't know Chinese.. but this is big argument to keep learning it..

3 Feb 2010 8:27pm

@Greg: I really did not ask him anything about his face, but he is not the only one I saw with face covered with dark freckles . Many albinos has red freckles across their faces ... Thx !

macgo from Spain


3 Feb 2010 8:34pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Oh my - this is superb!

3 Feb 2010 8:37pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

But the timecatches up us. I wonder how long it is necessary to accept it...?
( An old man said: God gives us walnuts when we do not have teeth anymore...)
so wait and see...
A portrait without kindness but at the same time full of tenderness...Time degradation is going together with wisdom? I wonder...Have a nice evening Mariana.

3 Feb 2010 8:55pm

Greg from Beijing, China

Oooh.. You are right.. my question.. was silly.. so he is albinos.. i understand now..

3 Feb 2010 8:55pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Brings out his character and his life

3 Feb 2010 8:58pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

One of the more moving poirtraits I have seen. This is outstanding, Mariana. His life is worn on his face. i wish I could have heard his stories.

3 Feb 2010 9:27pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Quel portrait encore.
Bien abimé par le temps...

3 Feb 2010 9:54pm

philippe from dijon, France

Une sacrée gueule...... fabulent portrait, bravo ! Mariana

3 Feb 2010 9:56pm

Jo Lynn T. from The Hague, Netherlands

It's a very powerful picture. I can feel it :)

3 Feb 2010 10:01pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wow, what a face! Seeing the thumbnail I first thought it was a statue!

3 Feb 2010 10:21pm

Noisycat from France

Magnifique portrait , donne moi le nom de sa crême de visage pour que je n'achette pas la même !!!!

3 Feb 2010 10:44pm

Petra from Tilburg, Netherlands

good portrait!!

3 Feb 2010 11:12pm

Louloupix from NEW YORK, United States

This picture is for me the picture of a men with a lot of life, a lot of memories.
Great execution and strong emotion.

3 Feb 2010 11:15pm

J.B from madrid, Spain

beautiful portrait!

4 Feb 2010 12:01am

Vikram from Chandler, United States

This is a superb close-up! Lot of story going on here.
Great details. I never shot portraits like this and I Wonder how can you go so up-close to people and take candid shots.

4 Feb 2010 12:04am

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

A very nice portrait, wonderfully processed.

4 Feb 2010 12:05am

mike from Burgos, Spain

Awesome portrait Mariana! Absolutely incredible! Masterpiece I'd say.

4 Feb 2010 12:14am

mike from Burgos, Spain

By the way what's the focal on this? 24mm?

4 Feb 2010 12:14am

Ajay from Pune, India

This gives an amazing feeling to know how this man might have seen a world that we can't even feel.

4 Feb 2010 1:55am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

They always says a man's face can tell a life's story. I bet he has had his share of trials and tribulations back home in Hungary. Nice capture of expression in B&W.

4 Feb 2010 2:09am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Who is this??? A great portrait...and very different from the ones I have seen recently....

4 Feb 2010 2:40am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent portrait ! Ha ha, nice to know that you didn't get in trouble this time ;)

4 Feb 2010 2:44am

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Such a good portrait with expretion of a long life of hard work!

4 Feb 2010 3:00am

rian from mobile, United States

well, that sure is wonderful portrait you got of him.. well done.. :)

4 Feb 2010 3:38am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Thank you so very deeply for sharing his beautiful likeness - I would have loved to have shared that hour.

4 Feb 2010 4:01am

@Stephen Phillips: thx Stephen .

John from Geneva, United States

What an incredible image of this man. I'd love to see the original photo with the background. Did you take steps to reduce the DOF (open the ap, telephoto focal length)?
Truly stunning.

4 Feb 2010 4:06am

@John: I said above - I did not like original because of so many leaves around his head , that simple was very disturbing. This is just a very simple shot ( I was very close to him, talking, walking ) with my Canon Powershot !

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I like the crispness of the shot and the processing.

4 Feb 2010 4:51am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

oh my gosh. i hope i don't have moss growing on my face. ever.

4 Feb 2010 5:40am

@Seraphine: oh, you silly girl :))

shoti from somewhere in, China

wow.. it's nice talking to strangers. I love doing that especially in a place foreign to me. you can express yourself to your new friend with him not having any preconceived notions.

brilliant portrait you've got here, full of character. the dark background made it look 3d!

4 Feb 2010 9:42am

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

intense portrait, M.

i wonder how old he is...are those age spots on his skin? some people get lots of them as they hit their seventies and eighties...must have been nice to hear about his perspective between living in europe and now in canada...ain't it cool to talk with and get to know your subjects?...really nice...

happened to me once, an old man on the street asked me directions for someplace, but in the end I found all he really wanted was to talk for a few minutes...just before parting I asked if i could take his photo and he said

4 Feb 2010 4:53pm

Bruno F from Précigné, France

An incredible face ! Great !


4 Feb 2010 6:10pm

ppeut from Lille, France

what a wonderful portrait. I like the texture of the skin with its defaults.

4 Feb 2010 9:05pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

What a harsh effect, but it suits the title. Did you have a nice chat?

4 Feb 2010 9:31pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

a really wonderful portrait! the experience and lines on his face are quite something to see :)

5 Feb 2010 12:01am

Hiro from Kyoto, Afghanistan

His face tells a story. I understand the reason why you removed the original background. Leaves are unnecessary, OK, but I would like a bust shot. I think his shoulders, chest, arms would also tell a story... What do you think ?

5 Feb 2010 1:01pm

Reno from Madrid-Paris, Spain

He / and your photo cause me a lot of anxiety. But his eyes are reflecting a lot of love and this is a good point of constrasting feeling. So, well done Mariana.

5 Feb 2010 3:49pm

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

What a powerful portrait. Well done!

6 Feb 2010 4:12am

Stef67 from in my head, France

tu as une maitrise des portraits que je t envie, bravo^^

7 Feb 2010 1:58pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent portrait! Well done.

7 Feb 2010 10:37pm

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

What a face !

8 Feb 2010 8:07pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

a life on a face...great portrait!

11 Feb 2010 9:08am

Mike from United States

Another fantastic portrait. I'm telling you... put them all together somehow. This one is marvellous!

12 Feb 2010 2:51am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Some of the comments you get are both fascinating and astounding.

14 Feb 2010 9:56pm

@Twelvebit: nobody surprised me more than Seraphine ... Many are mistaken ... commenting man's face instead of picture . That is great for me to hear them, learning more how 'great' photographers they are ....

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

another impressive portrait. crammed with character & detail. You don't do ordinary do you!!

31 Mar 2010 6:24pm

@Ted: my goal is to be a good in portraits . I really pay so much attention to portraits and I involve so much love and passion in these shots:) Many thanks Ted :)