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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 7 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

To explain a little bit title and picture itself here is definition of

* Flashback (psychology)

A flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be happy, sad, exciting, any emotion one can consider. The term is used particularly when the memory is recalled involuntarily, and/or when it is so intense that the person "relives" the experience, unable to fully recognize it as memory and not something that is happening in "real time"


Last week I took the tour through the Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City (put on by Médecins sans Frontières) in Waterloo. It was a very educational, moving and humbling experience.
Imagining we were people fleeing outbreaks of violence in a village in Western Darfur and arriving at a camp across the border in Chad (after hours of running under the hot sun, with few belongings or family members), our guide took us through the various stages of life in a refugee camp.
From the challenges of providing adequate shelter, food, water, medical care and protection, to the loss of livelihood and the uncertainties about the future, MSF staff effectively demonstrated just some of the many plights facing an estimated 42 million refugees and internally displaced people.


15 years ago I experienced something very similar.
This Chinese woman you see on my picture maybe experienced something similar too . All posted posters and whole the tour brought a lot of memories back !

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 105 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

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Another interesting, wonderful and intelligent portrait

7 Jun 2010 5:06am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

wow,very cool.

7 Jun 2010 5:17am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great shot, the processing and depth of field does make it look like she is looking into the past. what is that behind her?

7 Jun 2010 5:19am

@Chris Pereira: I added some info , so can read now more about it . Thx .

Bruno from Beauvais, France

Excatement l'attitude des joueurs de l'équipe de France de foot ;-)

7 Jun 2010 5:41am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Great portrait. What is she thinking?

7 Jun 2010 6:00am

Danièle from ETampes, France

très belle expression "dubitative" !
un regard sur une fresque... qui porte à réflexion :-)

7 Jun 2010 6:01am

Ansie from South Africa

I absolutely love this, the one with everything, ipod, dark glasses, looking at those that have to struggle physically to get their daily bread together.

7 Jun 2010 6:13am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A beautiful expression and a look incredulous on this table. Superb portrait. Good day.

7 Jun 2010 6:17am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

So many stories could be applied to this shot - intriguing. Is it a real scene ? Is she looking at a poster? Such a clever composition.

7 Jun 2010 6:19am

@Nigel: If you really wish to know more, please come back and read what I just added above . A long story to talk about and reply to many comments with questions ! !

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

This is a brilliant capture madam!!! Your so talented it's realy amazing!!

7 Jun 2010 6:25am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The photo inside the photo and the onlooker make a fantastic aesthetic composition

7 Jun 2010 6:29am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful photo/portrait and a nice processing as always

7 Jun 2010 6:48am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ton cadrage est superbe ! Bonne journée

7 Jun 2010 6:53am

Florence from Paris, France

While they're walking, leaving their country ? war time ? climate ? We don't know... this young lady seems resignated, but with compassion however... like a powerless witness.

7 Jun 2010 7:08am


Strong Opposition of two Worlds .....The Reality against the Indiférence ?

7 Jun 2010 7:21am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great composition, very good shot

7 Jun 2010 7:28am

k@ from Paris, France

Spectator of the world's harsh side passing far away. Good interplay in this soft mono (i like it) echoing the soft feeling of compassion mixed with rich other ones (nostalgia for her own former country, maybe, and so on). Great story like in front of a movie screen (Life's one).

7 Jun 2010 7:29am

@k@: yes Karine, you always feel picture so correctly ! I just added some info to explain this photo . Thx a lot .

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

exelent shade and very nice use of aperture, perfect point of focus

7 Jun 2010 7:32am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Very nice DOF and composition!

7 Jun 2010 8:11am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Time Mariana Africa in our photos! Excellent composition! As always pictures for reflection! Best regards, Adela

7 Jun 2010 8:13am

Megha from Mumbai, India

this cool...rural meets urban..
very nice

7 Jun 2010 8:16am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Suoerb compo, very well spotted. Great!

7 Jun 2010 8:19am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

LOVE it!!! Fantastic compo with great DOF... :)

7 Jun 2010 8:23am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Bien belle composition, de notre temps qui regarde le passé...

7 Jun 2010 8:23am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A fabulous capture...the contrast between their fortunes is so striking....and sad! Great work Marianna!

7 Jun 2010 8:25am

Annierita from New Delhi, India

Is it from a museum ? I like the expression of the lady, lttle bit wondering ..

7 Jun 2010 8:26am

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

I like this composition, the expression of the young girl. Great... as usually.

7 Jun 2010 8:44am

Irene from L C, France

Excellent composition ! Impressive effect !

7 Jun 2010 8:46am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

EXcellent! A story behind a story... I like this a lot. This is one of those shots that has the brain thinking. It's either a tourist, somebody that has been "there", or a poster, etc...
Superbly done!

7 Jun 2010 9:10am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

So well seen and captured. I can feel a nostalgic story in it!

7 Jun 2010 9:19am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice look on what we are not ...Phil.

7 Jun 2010 9:19am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Inspiring image, well produced and documented

7 Jun 2010 9:24am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Clever composition! Its such a pleasure to look at your pictures everyday!

7 Jun 2010 9:25am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Very good street composition, very special!

7 Jun 2010 9:29am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent intensity

7 Jun 2010 9:30am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Yes, well seen.

7 Jun 2010 9:32am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un superbe regard sur le monde qui t'entoure et sur son humanité !!:)

7 Jun 2010 9:48am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Great picture like she is watching some other-worldly monitor.

7 Jun 2010 11:20am

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

great picture - particularly the juxtaposition of the crisp and modern against the old and blurred! excellent interpretation!

7 Jun 2010 11:42am

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice

7 Jun 2010 11:50am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i guess something connected in her brain. Good, u captured a good moment.

7 Jun 2010 11:50am

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

A powerful picture of a powerful picture!

7 Jun 2010 11:52am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

A wonderful poignant image. I love your words and description. It's a tragedy in Darfur and showing the Chinese girl looking makes it even more meaningful. Human beings are oppressed and mistreated all over the world and throughout history.

7 Jun 2010 12:04pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A powerful image Mariana! We have all experienced this sort of flashback at some point in our lives. Well done! ;-)

7 Jun 2010 12:07pm

@Eric Cousineau: that is true , Eric . Thanks :)

k@ from Paris, France

I'm happy i didn't need the caption to feel it ;) Everything is already in your image - i like that and say it again*

7 Jun 2010 12:14pm

@k@: I personally felt it so strongly and thought a pic itself with say a lot , but unfortunately many questions are here , about this scene, so I felt to add this info above .

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Oh nice, very touching :)

7 Jun 2010 12:32pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A thoughtful picture, taken with great care.

7 Jun 2010 12:51pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

A flashback, but also an unfortunate reminder that these terrible things happen all over the world. This image also has a sense of people watching the horror as if they're viewing a movie or painting...not real life, and therefore, not acting to help in any way.

7 Jun 2010 1:01pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is beautiful :)

7 Jun 2010 1:26pm

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very strong pictorial comment!

7 Jun 2010 1:29pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A cinematic shot, only not something that was born from a screenplay, but real life unfolding before our eyes. Strong lines and balance shape the world as we know it.

7 Jun 2010 1:47pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Awesome composition.

7 Jun 2010 1:48pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very moving ,but we are only passing-by ! Great shot !

7 Jun 2010 1:49pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb shot, MSF do a wonderful job as do many other of the NGO's, have met many of them in different missions I have been to or served in over the years

7 Jun 2010 2:10pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

A moving picture, Mariana. Your personal experiences have certainly nurtured your empathy toward others and it comes through in your photos.

7 Jun 2010 2:22pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

Wonderful capture, but such a sad scene. Wow, these people are all so thin, and probably carrying with them all their worldly possessions and not knowing what the future holds (and having little control over it).

7 Jun 2010 2:24pm

Nina from Montreal, Canada

Very strong picture!...As if our memory or our ancestors remembered all difficult trips...

7 Jun 2010 3:13pm

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

J'aime beaucoup cette image très parlante et touchante aussi

7 Jun 2010 3:26pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent. Very well done, Mariana.

7 Jun 2010 3:27pm

rian from mobile, United States

coupled with your commentary, that's a very strong photo you have up here today.. excellent work.. :)

7 Jun 2010 3:41pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very powerful image, Mariana. You are very brave to share your own experience and flashback with us. I applaud you.

7 Jun 2010 4:19pm

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

A strong shot ! Superb colors and emotion ! Excellent capture !

7 Jun 2010 4:45pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great perspective of someone seeing what the women of Darfur went through. Sounds like a powerful exhibit that they let you be a part of.

7 Jun 2010 4:53pm

pascal from bollene, France

splendide........juste splendide.....

7 Jun 2010 4:57pm

bruno from braine l'Alleud, Belgium

Belle couleur et bon cadrage!!

7 Jun 2010 5:18pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful realization of portrait, balanced well, well with you. Mariana

7 Jun 2010 5:40pm

tataray from france, France

Excellent portrait ... )

7 Jun 2010 5:43pm

chris b from Netherlands

Great portrait. What is she thinking?

7 Jun 2010 5:56pm

@chris b: I do not know . Maybe the same as I was thinking and feeling . If you read above text, you can guess yourself too .

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Il est en des voyages comme des exils...Y'en a qui se passent sur le mode immobile!
Bon début de semaine lumineuse!

7 Jun 2010 6:11pm

pascale from Belgium

bien vu
on se demande à qoui pense-t-elle????
superbe cadrage belle photo!

7 Jun 2010 6:14pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Interesting forward and fine composition. Very fine indeed.

7 Jun 2010 7:16pm

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Many of us need to see stuff like this to shake us up a bit ... we get emotional and feel challenged and become very positive for a while and then move on or mainly return to our comfort zone life style.


7 Jun 2010 7:43pm

Gérard Méry from France

On dirait que ces gens sont expatriés , un superbe cadrage.

7 Jun 2010 7:49pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Very impresive .. just the name of Darfur makes me to think about humanbeing and his strange acts in the world ...
any way you show manything perfectly .

7 Jun 2010 8:03pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

very good pic , touching !

7 Jun 2010 8:15pm

philippe from moselle, France

le quotidien pour des milliers de gens sur nôtre planète, hélas, un exil qui risque encore de s'amplifier avec ce bouleversement climatique, pas gai tout çà!!!!

7 Jun 2010 8:19pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Médecins sans Frontières do they most amazing work in these suffering places. Great capture of the 'flashback'.

7 Jun 2010 8:22pm

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

supershot...very good idea

7 Jun 2010 8:22pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Super image comme d'hab, anyway you in my favorites already ;)
Nice shot once again.

7 Jun 2010 8:39pm

peterbella from Győr, Hungary

Very nice portrait! It looks like I can read her thoughts.

7 Jun 2010 9:30pm

@peterbella: thanks a lot . looking forward to seeing your new pic :)

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Realy like it,specially its tone

7 Jun 2010 9:42pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Impresionante documento. Estamos en un mundo de ciegos... y sordos...

7 Jun 2010 9:46pm

Don from spokane, United States

A beautifully captured scene to accompany this compelling experience.

8 Jun 2010 12:38am

Uvaraj from United States

wonderful frame and text :)

8 Jun 2010 2:30am

Martin from North Platte, United States

Hi Mariana, Missed you, so glad to be back, and come back to something so powerful and important, the picture worth a thoughsand words, you are a master at it.

8 Jun 2010 2:35am

@Martin: thanks Martin . Hope you will find more time for your new pictures :)

Susan from Sausalito, United States

So is this staged? Whatever it is, it surely is only a hint of the misery and displacement of so many thousands of people.

8 Jun 2010 3:25am

@Susan: thanks Susan . Yes, it is a stage . I wrote info above !

Susan from Sausalito, United States

I know what a flashback is and did read what you wrote above, but didn't quite understand this was a refugee camp.

8 Jun 2010 3:27am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great shot, very effective. The poster in the background looks so real !!

8 Jun 2010 3:35am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Be interested in history to try understanding and don't renew its errors. A lot of sense in this shot

8 Jun 2010 6:30am

lili from Narbonne, France

a very strong picture. very nice work

8 Jun 2010 7:46am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Intresting reading and look at the picture at the same time.

8 Jun 2010 4:25pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very good!

8 Jun 2010 5:33pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Something I myself can't understand but I know what you are saying seeing your origins... Glad you are now safe and I hope happy. Excellent title and photo.

9 Jun 2010 7:44pm

GH from Ker, France

I remained one quarter of an hour to look at this photo. I am fascinated by what I see there. The long line of moved. This Chinese woman who looks and who does not know that I look, her, and they...
The centring is remarkable, the idea of this taking absolutely. Indispensable MSF. My English is poor, forgiveness

9 Jun 2010 9:04pm

@GH: Never excuse yourself for poor English, and whenever you feel like saying / commenting something say it in French ! I love to translate nice thoughts and opinions about my work . As far as this picture is concerned, I only can tell you it means a lot to me , together with much more I took those days when camp was opened in a city . This is piece of my life too . Thanks a lot for your attention .

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful composition... I stared at it for so long! The title suits it perfectly! And your processing is superb too!

10 Jun 2010 5:01pm

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11 Jun 2010 5:15am

Marie from FRESNES, France

excellente composition.

11 Jun 2010 3:06pm

Lori from Michigan, United States

very powerful image, thank you for sharing.

13 Jun 2010 8:54pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wonderful shot! the composition and mood captured are outstanding

15 Jun 2010 5:39pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Toute la pensée de cette jeune femme est ressentie dans ce cliché nostalgique.

21 Jun 2010 3:07pm

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