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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 13 June 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

May, 2010
Waterloo, Ontario

“You never really leave a place or person you love, part of them you take with you, leaving a part of yourself behind.”

~ Unknown author

Wishing you all the best, Jim .



"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 Los Angeles, United States

How wonderful. I love the pristine processing in black and white, the wonderful light and shadow over the street and the single figure running. The cross shadow over the wall behind him is a cool side effect.

13 Jun 2010 5:12am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Love the processing on this one. Larry

13 Jun 2010 5:18am

@Larry Elkins: thanks Larry !

Shawna from Regina, Canada

The B&W editing on this is superb

13 Jun 2010 5:21am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A surreal quality of being like a model with a toy man...but he's leaving isn't he? best...jerry

13 Jun 2010 6:05am

Nestor from Le Tampon, Reunion

très beau noir & blanc !

13 Jun 2010 6:29am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Fantastic ambiance !

13 Jun 2010 6:30am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Yeah, really different, you've turned the street into what feels like the guy is running at a very fortified prison. At any second I am waiting for the search light to appear.

13 Jun 2010 6:34am

k@ from Paris, France

I see like a christian cross in shadows on the wall behind him... hope it can be a good sign to accompany his change of life with good prayers maybe... The contrasts are splendid, love this B&W, so classy and naturally processed, a gorgeous sunny light - bravo for this image.
(Who's the quote's author ? You forgot to mention. I like it too).

13 Jun 2010 6:54am

@k@: Thx Karine. Imagine, it is from Unknown author !

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

It's never easy leaving a place where we lived! Superb photo that illustrates your text. Good Sunday Mariana.

13 Jun 2010 6:55am

@Tede: and see a person leaving , who we love :))

bruno from braine l'Alleud, Belgium

Beau rendu N/B. Bon dimanche

13 Jun 2010 7:13am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

What a perfect B&W! The composition is superb and I love your text. Jim would be touched for sure!

13 Jun 2010 7:17am

@Sonia Nansid: Maybe, I do not know. I am very touched by his leaving the country, going to US !

KIJI from Valenciennes, France

Excellente perspective mise en valeur par ton cadrage! J'adore

13 Jun 2010 7:45am

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

TRes beau B&W, i like de set of shadow in the building.fantastic.

13 Jun 2010 7:59am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

what a strange place, so empty and cold. no wonder that this guy is leavig so fast. but it has also a outerterrestic charme by the sharp contrast and thrilling light.

13 Jun 2010 8:28am

@trilliana: Early morning , with sun just appearing ! NO people, no cars still on the street . In 30 minutes it is going to be a busy street !

Mags from Paris, France

I like the processing and the light, very well done!

13 Jun 2010 9:07am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

i like this shot very much !
Tes photos donnent du sens à notre monde !

13 Jun 2010 9:34am

@jacques robert: thx Robert . I like it very much too for many reasons !

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Love the words love the inspirational image

13 Jun 2010 9:41am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The loneliness of the long distance runner

13 Jun 2010 10:00am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

A strong and beautiful B & W shot !

13 Jun 2010 10:16am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Superb moody shot. I love the light!

13 Jun 2010 10:40am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

''The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'' Lots of messages in this one Mariana. Your tonal work is excellent .


13 Jun 2010 10:43am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

that is true!

13 Jun 2010 10:57am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

The Holly Cross is on the wall. What does this suggest ?

13 Jun 2010 11:24am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

strong composition but the mono finishing is something special.

13 Jun 2010 11:38am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb solitary mood in city life ! great framing and lighting ! well contrasted shot !

13 Jun 2010 11:53am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

wonderful shot, amazing use of B&W

13 Jun 2010 12:10pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifull light in this shot Mariana! Bravo! ;-)

13 Jun 2010 12:23pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful mood with all sorts of symbolism, that shadow of the cross is a bit ominous.

13 Jun 2010 12:28pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the mood the highlights and shadows creates here. I like the proverb too.

13 Jun 2010 1:16pm

@Ralph Jones: thx Ralph !

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful dramatic moody feel to this, superb work as always

13 Jun 2010 1:32pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

You are able to change very ordinary things to special shots ! I love this ability .
Good luck .

13 Jun 2010 1:35pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Wonderful B&W and the mood here!! Extremely dramatic!! Superb!!

13 Jun 2010 1:49pm

Don from spokane, United States

That is wonderful low, slanting light on the buildings. A great setting for the runner. Very dramatic image.

13 Jun 2010 1:53pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

superbe B/W , light and scène of street , atmosphere of a thriller : great !!!

13 Jun 2010 1:53pm

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

nice view !

13 Jun 2010 2:00pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The b/w editing on this is fantastic. Highlights, shadows and contrast are great .

13 Jun 2010 2:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice light. Love the sense of motion created by the right foot. Fine quote.

13 Jun 2010 2:27pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Love that quote,só true..and lóve this picture.

13 Jun 2010 2:34pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing scene Mariana. A chilling solitude! Suberbe W/B

13 Jun 2010 2:50pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful mood to suit the tittle

13 Jun 2010 2:59pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Really beautiful image - the lighting and shadows ominous. Great.

13 Jun 2010 3:23pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

I like how the lighting really shows the brick detail, and the antennas on the roof look like a robot!

13 Jun 2010 3:38pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Love this B&W composition! Lighting is fabulous! Love the detail and very dramatic!

13 Jun 2010 3:43pm

faisal from pandora, Barbados

nice! i like how the light pole makes a shadow that looks like a religious symbol. well caught!

13 Jun 2010 3:45pm

k@ from Paris, France

(Ah, Anonymous, that's my favorite author, he wrote so much ! ;)) Bravo again for this superb photo, totally fan of that pure treatment ~ See U* tomorrow)

13 Jun 2010 3:54pm

@k@: thanks again Karine . I am so, so glad you like it , hoping somebody else then would like it too ;)

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Impressive B&W. I'm agree, Mariana, with this quotation.

13 Jun 2010 4:09pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden


13 Jun 2010 4:23pm

Mojtaba from Zanjan, Iran

oh good shot
nice shot

13 Jun 2010 4:26pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

It is like a moonlight shot, so still and radiant. The smooth street punctuated by the crosswalks made of an entirely different surface, and the luminous light on the building, yet another texture.....just magnificent Marianna.

13 Jun 2010 5:36pm

Majo from Mumbai, India

the sky looks amazing in this bw shot. nicely done

13 Jun 2010 5:45pm

Peter Bella from Győr, Hungary

Great b&w! There isn't any living organism, just the runner. The last human on earth... :)
Wonderful shadows and lights!

13 Jun 2010 5:51pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

I'm always a bit late to answer. You're right when you notice that I don't answer in due time. The fact is that I'm too a father, and since one year, I'm very busy with my elder son. It takes most of my spare time and most of my attention. Sorry not to be fluent in english, the fact is that it's quite difficult to follow my thought in this language. My father is dying in an hospital, each time that I meet him, he's in a worse shape.
I'll try to be more attentive.

13 Jun 2010 5:51pm

@Thierry Masson: thx Thierry for sharing this story . I see , there is no much time left for pictures at your side . Take it easy ! All the best !

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

What a great quote...full of truth. It's hard to leave loved ones behind and it's just as hard for them when you leave. This image matches the quote perfectly as it is just about this one person moving on...nothing else matters.

13 Jun 2010 5:54pm

Dina from Tehran, Iran

great b& w

13 Jun 2010 6:01pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Extraordinary light. Powerful in b&w!!!

13 Jun 2010 6:04pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

These words are so true... and your picture is fantastic. Wish you a nice day, Mariana...

13 Jun 2010 6:13pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Very right words for a shot showing sensation of big solitude

13 Jun 2010 6:40pm

Paradise from kerman, Iran

like sketches...

13 Jun 2010 7:36pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very interesting!!

13 Jun 2010 8:00pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran the composition and shot..

13 Jun 2010 8:00pm

GH from Ker, France

Fantastic, absolutely fantastic...

13 Jun 2010 8:25pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic processing which highlights the detail of the bricks on the building and the rest in darkness.

13 Jun 2010 8:25pm

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellent moment pour déclencher ! Le passant est à la frontière exacte du clair - obscur !
Bon début de semaine lumineuse!

13 Jun 2010 8:35pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

This is just drop dead gorgeous, Mariana. Wonderful structure and those beautiful highlights.

13 Jun 2010 8:45pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe, cette scène en noir et blanc.

13 Jun 2010 8:47pm

Gérard Méry from France

J'aime cette façade lumineuse qui contraste avec le reste de la photo

13 Jun 2010 8:49pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France


13 Jun 2010 9:22pm

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran


13 Jun 2010 9:24pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful shadow play, a game of hide and seek with the architecture!

13 Jun 2010 9:27pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States


13 Jun 2010 10:04pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Lovely B&W

13 Jun 2010 11:19pm

rainboy from Delhi, India

very nice B&W ... nice tone :)

13 Jun 2010 11:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love that radiant light on the buildings. That runner seem to be leaving in a hurry. A really nice image.

14 Jun 2010 12:43am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great B&W shot ! Love the composition and processing. That's a wonderful true !

14 Jun 2010 2:31am

macgo from Spain

Una fotografía maravillosa.

14 Jun 2010 6:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quel joli N&B : bravo ! Bonne journée

14 Jun 2010 7:06am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Je suis sûr le cul, superbe photo !! Peace !

14 Jun 2010 7:25am

Céline from Paris, France

Excellent! superbe compo, well served by the black and white! I wish I took it :)

14 Jun 2010 7:44am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice composition and an amaizing light.

14 Jun 2010 9:06am

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

A super urban and graphic compo. The runner is a great add, bringing a sense of direction among the lines drawing the scene. Another great high constrast composition.

Happy monday to you.

14 Jun 2010 1:43pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Great composition, and very strong in this contrasty B/W! Super!

14 Jun 2010 1:55pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

a beautiful b&w photo. as I look at this photo, the song "stop crying your heart out" was playing in my computer. I've also lost a friend just lately. hope you meet yours in the next life and start anew. all the best Mariana

14 Jun 2010 2:49pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Speechless Mariana. The combination between the photo, title and text are realy fantastic.

14 Jun 2010 5:09pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

It seems an urban desert.....

14 Jun 2010 6:51pm

rian from mobile, United States

love the low key look of this one.. well done.. :)

14 Jun 2010 9:29pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

impresionante como impacta la luz en el edificio, saludos!

15 Jun 2010 3:09am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

Oh what a stunning light...and this men running in this empty road...this add for sure a surrealistic touch...

Something wich can occur in the future... The last person one day after the desaster... A so strong image!

15 Jun 2010 8:22am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Impressive piece of bw. I like the story in it!

15 Jun 2010 11:06am

Stef67 from in my head, France

woua, fort en contraste, fort en compo, fort en tout, celle si une de mes préférés, splendide^^

15 Jun 2010 4:34pm

@Stef67: big kiss :)))

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

J'aime beaucoup

17 Jun 2010 6:23am

Martin from North Platte, United States

the lighting and tones on this one make it one of a klind, really enjoy the stark reality of the whole thing, awsome photo!

17 Jun 2010 1:25pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Wow, you are photo singular

19 Jun 2010 9:11pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

C'est franchement superbe!

21 Jun 2010 3:10pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

That is an interesting building. This is a very cool atmospheric image. It is almost surreal.

1 Sep 2010 9:38am

@Julie Brown: thx Julie . Yes, especially in the morning, when there is no traffic yet and lot of people ;)