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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 26 April 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Thanks everyone on lovely thoughts in this post

Waterloo, Ontario
April, 2010

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/400 second F/4.0 ISO 80 47 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

Bettina from United States

Wow. A lifetime of concern and disapproval, perhaps disappointment, has been permanently etched in his face. Great study in character! :)

26 Apr 2010 5:23am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Strong portrait ! What a personality !

26 Apr 2010 5:24am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Very strong image. well done, again

26 Apr 2010 5:25am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow marvelous 5*******

26 Apr 2010 5:31am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Deeply impressing photo, this intensively spotted skin. Not only the unibrow is astonishing but also his dense growth of hair, though he must be very old. I join the praise of all your visitors.

26 Apr 2010 5:49am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

It's Frankenstein! Scary portrait. Good day Mariana.

26 Apr 2010 6:05am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh my, what a face, very rare one with those rich eyebrows. I like a lot the narrow crop and this sunny B&W with the car in the blur behind and the light hitting the man's forehead. He seems so deep - in his thoughts, in his pain (to walk maybe ?), an old man full of mystery & stories. The hairy soft pull-over catches the light superbly too.

26 Apr 2010 6:06am

@k@: I was cheating here . He has a strange face, we saw it in last picture with his wife behind, but I zoom in to get his face only , and did not want to include a bus sign with bus schedules that he was intently looking at ! Thx !

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

interesting portrait !

26 Apr 2010 6:19am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Strong !!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Apr 2010 6:19am

JD from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

love his expression, really nice tone and contrast!

26 Apr 2010 6:24am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Your portraits are beautiful , very personal and original !

26 Apr 2010 6:26am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quel joli portrait ! Bonne journée

26 Apr 2010 6:28am

macgo from Spain

Un excelente retrato, con un juego maravilloso en su tratamiento. Las condiciones técnicas de la foto me han dejado sin palabras. Casi le metes la cámara encima.

26 Apr 2010 6:32am

rajeev from kannur, kerala, India

great light, nice shot

26 Apr 2010 6:35am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

You've discovered quite a character here...lovely light and incredible detail. Inspiring !!

26 Apr 2010 6:35am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

What a strong face !

26 Apr 2010 7:01am


Such a great portrait, MARIANA.
Where do you find these nice people?


26 Apr 2010 7:21am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic porttrait with beautiful backlight!

26 Apr 2010 7:42am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice portrait , a strong face , and a hard B§W , well done , Phil.

26 Apr 2010 8:13am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

The strength of human evolution ... potent and assertive

A terrific image Mariana.


26 Apr 2010 8:17am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

excellent portrait. the fuzzy pullover is doubled in the fuzzy hair. well captured.

26 Apr 2010 8:31am

@trilliana: Thx Trilliana !

Frida from Sweden

Really strong portrait.

26 Apr 2010 8:33am

Florence from Paris, France

Marlon Brando like ! Terrific ! But also very glamourous in a sense. I love how lights envelop his gray hair.

26 Apr 2010 8:35am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

your galleries of portraits are just incredible , S ! what a strong personality here, and the w&b a good choice ! Bravo and bisous ;-)

26 Apr 2010 8:36am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great portrait full of character with beautiful lighting !

26 Apr 2010 8:40am

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Sacré personnage ! Un portrait qui en dit long...

26 Apr 2010 8:46am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a portrait! He looks so determined.

26 Apr 2010 8:50am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

The expressiveness of this portrait is extraordinary!!

26 Apr 2010 9:10am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good portrait, Il ike this concentrated expression!

26 Apr 2010 9:13am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

What a portrait! Very strong character!...

26 Apr 2010 9:22am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

That face is so powerful! Gazing into infinity. A hermetic expression. Locked up in himself, in a long hard life maybe! A large portrait in oil WB hard to help the image of loneliness and exhaustion. Nice shot Mariana!

26 Apr 2010 9:24am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

dramatic tones and contrast interesting processing

26 Apr 2010 9:24am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Amazing hair. Very respectful portrait.

26 Apr 2010 9:24am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Ah, the bad-tempered husband of the smiling lady. Impressive portrait, his life certainly wasn't a child's play.

26 Apr 2010 9:26am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful portrait ! well done !

26 Apr 2010 10:51am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I thought he might have softened up to you bout he seems to be in his own world, rushing like an ant.

26 Apr 2010 10:54am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I thought he might have softened up to you but he seems to be in his own world, rushing like an ant.

26 Apr 2010 10:55am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very strong portrait. I like the car in background as well.

26 Apr 2010 11:12am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I like his hard expression

26 Apr 2010 11:26am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

When I was dealing with the organisation of complex arrangements to get kids packed up and loaded on to transport along with numerous other contigencies at the end of a schoolfield trip many years ago ... I remember a colleague and very good friend coming up to me at a very stressful moment and whispering ''Don't forget to smile richard'' .

For me it was a very valuable bit of advice that I have rememebered and used for over 30 years ... I feel that this guy could do with similar advice.


26 Apr 2010 11:56am

@Richard T: hey Richard . Thanks for sharing this . Sounds very lovely . I need to smile more from now on .... but I cannot :)) Will do my best :)

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

A powerful contrast that highlights the personality of this amazing profile!

26 Apr 2010 12:25pm

@Marlowe: Thanks a lot Marlowe :)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A super street portrait Mariana! Would be a super face to have at Halloween! ;-)

26 Apr 2010 12:26pm

@Eric Cousineau: Halloween ? oh, no :)) Let's be nice ;)

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A Great shot of him, such a strong perhaps challenging face, life seems to have been hard on him and its etched on his face and expression

26 Apr 2010 12:55pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

good job!!:)

26 Apr 2010 1:44pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Wow ! Excellent ,well done :)

26 Apr 2010 2:01pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Great portrait, he doesn't seem like too happy of a man, or maybe deep in thought?

26 Apr 2010 2:07pm

Thaïs from nice, France

J'aime le traitement de ce portrait, presque un dessin, qui lui donne une personnalité forte.

26 Apr 2010 2:18pm

Jean-Luc T from Juignac, France

Another great portrait Mariana!

26 Apr 2010 2:39pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

An exquisite portrait, Mariana... he seems to be deep in thoughts (or maybe he's wondering about the fact that long married couples always are walking together but some steps apart... ;) )...

Ah... and I love this funny title!!! :)

26 Apr 2010 2:56pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Just as intimidating as in your other shot! Didn't his mother ever tell him not to scowl or his face would freeze that way? ;-)

26 Apr 2010 3:01pm

Don from spokane, United States

A strong portrait. The side view with the rim lighting on hair and brow give this shot a powerful emphasis.

26 Apr 2010 3:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is an excellent portrait of this grumpy looking man. Was he as gruff as he looks? That B&W processing is just the right look for him.

26 Apr 2010 3:32pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Magnififique portrait avec un regard très profond !!!
Extra !!!

26 Apr 2010 4:21pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


26 Apr 2010 4:22pm

rian from mobile, United States

whether it's intentional or not, that's one angry scowl.. :) wonderful rimlighting as well.. :)

26 Apr 2010 4:47pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I really like the gruff expression on his face.

26 Apr 2010 5:01pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! What beautiful processing that really shows his white hair AND unibrow! ;_)

26 Apr 2010 5:20pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

beautiful processing and light who emplifie that aspect gruff of this man ,

26 Apr 2010 5:26pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

such an awesome portrait . .. so full of character

26 Apr 2010 5:28pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like his expression and the lighting

26 Apr 2010 5:58pm

metti from shiraz, Iran

Very amazing shot dear Mariana ;)

26 Apr 2010 6:02pm

Brian Chen from Seattle, WA, United States

You've caught a very strong expression, well shot.

26 Apr 2010 6:03pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Ohmy..a very special shot ..impressing portrait!

26 Apr 2010 6:12pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Excellent shot, nice expression

26 Apr 2010 6:12pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

Great expression, he thinks deeply!

26 Apr 2010 6:19pm

Bernardo from Spain

Una bonito retrato con un luz excelente.


26 Apr 2010 6:31pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Strong expression and lovely light.

26 Apr 2010 7:08pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Great portrait, strong expression, excellent.

26 Apr 2010 7:12pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yo Mariana, again "une tête dure" . Where/how do you find them?

26 Apr 2010 8:26pm

@Peter: Just go 2-3 pictures back and you will see how it is simple to find characters like this one . On the street, nowhere else :)) Thx Peter !

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

what a "strong" visage ,very nice expressif portrait ,mariana !
kiss !

26 Apr 2010 8:57pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Very good portrait

26 Apr 2010 10:52pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

From the deep lagoon?

26 Apr 2010 11:45pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

What a distinctive face. I do wonder if he ever smiles?

27 Apr 2010 12:55am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great portrait Mariana !

27 Apr 2010 3:41am

faisal from New York City, Swaziland

lovely as always! strong work!

27 Apr 2010 3:55am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A nose like that needs all the protection it can get : ] best...jerry

27 Apr 2010 4:01am

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

Great portrait; I like the light shining through his hair. I still say he doesn't look pleased, but I guess maybe he just normally carries a very serious expression.

27 Apr 2010 4:06am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Fantastic portrait. The lighting is great.

27 Apr 2010 5:18am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

impresionante expresión, muy acertado el tono, saludos!

27 Apr 2010 8:54am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Fantastic portrait! A very strong image

27 Apr 2010 11:12am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I didn't even notice the brow until I read the caption.. I just thought that I would not want to be sitting someday and staring into space with the past rushing through my mind... That may not be what is going on here but that is what I thought about.

27 Apr 2010 3:14pm

k@ from Paris, France

Very clever idea, some then thought he was bad temper, i thought he was in his deep thoughts, photo is this : interpretations, and you got as many as you got viewers ! Cool *

27 Apr 2010 5:46pm

@k@: Every face is more interested when not prepared and not staring to the camera with some lovely ( to me always funny) smile :) I just read some discussion on one guy's page on Am3 , where he just started taking candid shots and saying how shy he is and does not have enough courage to ask people for portraits :) If one asks he will never get what he wants :)

k@ from Paris, France

Well i thought this, like you yes, as i loved stolen portraits, but i discovered it's possible to get very interesting portraits not just after asking & disappearing (always bad), but after taking time with people till they feel at ease while you're sharing sincerly with them - a talking, a listening, or just eye-contact & smiles. I'll post some in the weeks to come, you'll tell me what you think of them ~ See U*

27 Apr 2010 6:23pm

Shelle from Washington State, United States

Wow. What character you have captured.

28 Apr 2010 2:52am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

In french we would say "une gueule"...I don't know how to translate it...Mean that not a pretty face, not a huggly face, but a so present face...Others "gueules". Jean Gabbin, Lino Ventura, Hitchkock...I you see what I mean...

28 Apr 2010 2:39pm

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, France

what a portrait ... I recognize the old man and I love this angle ... so strong, so sensitive, A story by himself !!!

29 Apr 2010 7:04am

Ali from Tehran, Iran

I think the contrast and over-sharpening are on purpose...very nice portrait...the few recent B/W shots are edited in a special way that make a strange feel in viewer's eyes...bravo.

29 Apr 2010 9:23am

Stef67 from in my head, France

géant, tu es la maitrise même de l émotion et des portraits^^

29 Apr 2010 10:41am

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

powerful personality, and your B&W does justice1

30 Apr 2010 10:13pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/400 second
ISO 80
47 mm