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Life Goes by too Fast

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 14 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Leaving the park of the Nursing home .

May, 2010
Waterloo, Ontario

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/125 second F/3.5 ISO 100 19 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 Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful and touching. It does go by too fast. And your capture tells it so well. It's just perfect, the man's inclined head speaks of weariness. Your tones underscore your meaning. Really great.

14 Jun 2010 5:10am

Bruno from France

Retour de courses probablement. Un bel instantané en tout cas.

14 Jun 2010 5:13am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Full of sense and feel! I have to think about lifetime in the future...This toning is just perfect!

14 Jun 2010 5:22am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Unfortunately it's true, this beautiful interpretation given by the image. Good day.

14 Jun 2010 5:28am

NANNE from DAMWOUDE, Netherlands

Indeed life goes too fast..., MARIANA!
It's still monday again! Have a great day.


14 Jun 2010 5:43am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A very meaningful image to convey the words! I like your use of the fast moving car - creative!

14 Jun 2010 5:57am

morteza from tehran, Iran

woww... powerful shot....

14 Jun 2010 5:58am

macgo from Spain

Hoy es la segunda fotografía que veo desde un coche. Pero, mientras la otra era un divertimento, esta tiene uin trasfondo y una historia detrás que te hace pensar. Muy buena

14 Jun 2010 6:11am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

exelent composition very interesting tones and fluent movement

14 Jun 2010 6:30am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

so nice and new shot

14 Jun 2010 6:38am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

This is another fantastic photo.
Mariana, I am curious about the shutter speed and diagrafma what you've used in this recording

14 Jun 2010 6:41am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Very confrontational. Very good shot.

14 Jun 2010 6:50am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful double meaning here.
A beautiful image... makes one stop and think.
Lovely, slightly eerie light, too. :-)

14 Jun 2010 7:00am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Awesome procesing, very creative!

14 Jun 2010 7:13am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Like a dream.... well done.

14 Jun 2010 7:16am

k@ from Paris, France

The super blur goes so well with the subject - and the smooth greenish B&W too.
I like the moving bent man looking at his feet before crossing, and above all the effect of speed on the wheels, very graphic !

14 Jun 2010 7:21am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

J'aime cette photo, et traitement est impeccable !! Peace !

14 Jun 2010 7:23am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic, you are right passes by all too quickly.

14 Jun 2010 7:26am

Michel [Une photo,vite..] from Vauréal, France

perfect image of the past, future ? Who knows ?..

14 Jun 2010 7:36am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Doesn't it though? Larry

14 Jun 2010 7:41am

Céline from Paris, France

Excellent! Love the motion blur, and the old maan walking, he looks like his life is so hard

14 Jun 2010 7:44am

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Superb, very well done, I like the mood in here :)

14 Jun 2010 7:46am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

oh yes ! I agree with the title, perfect with the motion blur mood here !

14 Jun 2010 7:52am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Very good title!

14 Jun 2010 7:54am

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Yea, it does! ... Great composition for such a messege

14 Jun 2010 7:56am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Everything is blurred when you get older, much more when you're already a lonely old man. Beautiful photography full of turmoil and nostalgia, Best regards. Adela

14 Jun 2010 8:00am

Emmeji from France

Bien vu, hélas !!!

14 Jun 2010 8:06am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A great petic picture , really well done ! Phil.

14 Jun 2010 8:20am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

this one really takes the cake. well done

14 Jun 2010 8:34am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

A very cool shot. Love the effect here!

14 Jun 2010 8:41am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful and strong image.

14 Jun 2010 9:07am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Your words are wondeful with this image, the old guy life slipping away and the fast car

14 Jun 2010 9:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

It certainly does and the older you get the faster it does it

14 Jun 2010 9:35am

Florence from Paris, France

Yeah. How philosophical Mariana ! And yes, like this man wearing time on his shoulders, and on the edge to cross a road (I suppose), while a car passes by, we're just crossing life. As temporary passengers.

14 Jun 2010 9:45am

oncho from granada, Spain

Beautiful capture, great moment

14 Jun 2010 10:42am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great shot with great effect...

14 Jun 2010 11:39am

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium


Beautiful realization and creative, wishes you a beautiful day.
Well with you.Mariana

14 Jun 2010 12:01pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A nice feel to this picture Mariana! Well seen and captured! ;-)

14 Jun 2010 12:02pm


............Yesterday,I was only 20........................

14 Jun 2010 12:05pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Fast and slow... Beautiful Mariana !!

14 Jun 2010 12:11pm

Irene from France

Superbe métaphore...

14 Jun 2010 12:37pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A superb title for a superb and touching shot

14 Jun 2010 12:41pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Oh yes !!!!!!
excellent picture !!!:)
and title so true !!!:):)

14 Jun 2010 12:53pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Beautiful allegory. The dreamy atmosphere in his back feels like memory of the past to me. And he's in between, present and going. Really nice photograph, sweet life-story.

Cheers Mariana.

14 Jun 2010 1:39pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Very artistic and yes I know the feeling! My friends are having their 50th birthday celebrations soon - only seemed like yesterday that they wre having their 40th!!

14 Jun 2010 1:45pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice, I like what the reflection add to the mood of this.

14 Jun 2010 1:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

So true, so true! A very touching interpretation!

14 Jun 2010 1:54pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful and creative shot ! well done !

14 Jun 2010 1:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Indeed it does!! Well done.

14 Jun 2010 2:09pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

I love the light and movement. The hat man ... looks like my grandfather!

14 Jun 2010 2:10pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Speed and slowness, both in a only picture. Great!

14 Jun 2010 2:43pm

Don from spokane, United States

A strong image for the emotion it evokes in all of us to are experiencing the "speed of life." His downcast head is a prime factor in the mood this picture creates. Nice one!

14 Jun 2010 3:10pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Wow! A very touching image!!

14 Jun 2010 3:58pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is captured so well. The title perfectly stated. The world actually moving fast around the man.
Really great!

14 Jun 2010 4:02pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

beautiful and strong !

14 Jun 2010 4:53pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice processing

14 Jun 2010 4:55pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great capture and the title is very true Mariana!! Enjoy life, it's very short.......

14 Jun 2010 5:06pm

@Richard: I will, thanks Richard !

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Yes ... but the gentleman should look before crossing the street, if not ... it may be even shorter ! ;)

14 Jun 2010 5:26pm

@Marlowe: next time I see him I will warn him. I find different feelings seeing him leaving the Nursing home, with his head down. well, we all see/ feel things differently !

Megha from Mumbai, India

very nice mariana...great capture, the timing is great

14 Jun 2010 5:32pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

sepia and old goes hand in hand, 5*****

14 Jun 2010 5:32pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb title for this beautiful photo with a great atmosphere !

14 Jun 2010 5:52pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Still, we tend to feel that older people have miserable lonely lives, but for many I know it is a rich and calm life where the moments are often rich with meaning. But I love the metaphor here with the speeding car. I think I'd rather be on the know, Rousseau and all that!

14 Jun 2010 6:07pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

It does...and you really captured it with the motion in the foreground.

14 Jun 2010 6:08pm

pascale from Belgium

a picture full off emotions!

14 Jun 2010 6:08pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

So sad to see people walking with their heads down. Very telling image, Mariana.

14 Jun 2010 6:15pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, sometimes it does seem to go by too fast. This superb photo captures that idea perfectly. Bravo!

14 Jun 2010 6:23pm

Kristo Nurmis from Tallinn, Estonia

This is one great photo. You are on to something... More!

14 Jun 2010 6:28pm

Majo from Mumbai, India

huh -ghostly effect.
nicely done

14 Jun 2010 6:29pm

philippe from moselle, France

belle prise sur le vif et belle atmosphère !!!

14 Jun 2010 6:32pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

I love the blur and the title fits perfectly. Life goes too fast indeed. I can't believe it's basically the middle of the year already. This man's posture is somehow sad looking ( I know he's old so it's probably just because of age ), but seeing that he was leaving a nursing home, I could not help it but to feel sorry for him.

14 Jun 2010 6:40pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

it's so true !!! nice shot ...

14 Jun 2010 6:47pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

You said a lot with this one... I'm hurrying to keep up.

14 Jun 2010 6:52pm

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Wonderful feel of poor eye sight in the older members of society and the pace of life passing them by.

Nicely thought out Mariana.


14 Jun 2010 7:29pm

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

jolie, jolie. très bonne image, de solitude et tristesse... c'est dur, il faut combattre ça

14 Jun 2010 7:30pm

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

really one of the best photos of today.
comparing speed of car and old man is simply shown.
it meens at least for me that how we are careless to old people about us. grandparents parents and
well done

14 Jun 2010 7:40pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Sadly, yes. I walk like this old man...looking at my feet or the ground with every step. Maybe if people would pick up after their dogs, I could look around more and better experience this fast moving world. :)

14 Jun 2010 7:42pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful expression of father time passing us by.

14 Jun 2010 8:09pm

rian from mobile, United States

excellent work dragging the shutter for this one.. well done.. :0

14 Jun 2010 9:29pm

Gérard Méry from France

Il risque un accident en travesant tête baissée

14 Jun 2010 9:40pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

two different speeds, a great motion capture!

14 Jun 2010 9:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Your title really drives home what was captured here. Your timing and composition were perfect!

14 Jun 2010 9:50pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Well captured, very sad and dramatic composition! Love the color in this! Love the sense of motion in this shot! Superb!

14 Jun 2010 9:51pm

Papalopoctli from D.F., Mexico

Nostalgic image....
Bella foto.

15 Jun 2010 12:47am

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

Superb, I got the feel.

15 Jun 2010 2:24am

ghasedak from mashhad, Iran

What a strange feeling s image, so man makes himself disappear ...

15 Jun 2010 3:03am

@ghasedak: ???? I do not get your comment !

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

una foto magica y nostalgica de ese hombre mirando hacia abajo, muy buena, saludos!!

15 Jun 2010 3:08am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Wonderful title and I love the shot.
Enjoy life. It could be gone any moment.

15 Jun 2010 4:38am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Awesome capture ! Great title, perfect for this image.

15 Jun 2010 6:12am

larans from Lund, Sweden

This picture tells/says so much. Very well processed for the meaning of the picture.

15 Jun 2010 11:08am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

cool capture !!!!

15 Jun 2010 11:48am

`Paul from Minneapolis, United States

great shot with superb title... love those log exposures.

15 Jun 2010 5:33pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Indeed it goes.

15 Jun 2010 5:58pm

ghasedak from mashhad, Iran

Sorry ... My language weak ... Very nice your photos.

15 Jun 2010 5:59pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

doesn't it? I like very much the blur motion.
Makes me think that most of the people that I used to love are fading away. Maybe there is another image: melting?

16 Jun 2010 1:58pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

A special one, Mariana... the hat of the old man reminds me on my grandpa, he'll turn 80 this year... and sometimes I think it's quite unbelievable how fast time goes by... makes me sad... somehow... Too much I wanna know and see and live... too much for one human life span..

So. Enough with those moody thoughts. I LOVE your picture, 5***** :)

16 Jun 2010 7:01pm

B◊nΛng∠e from Paris, France

Très belle illustration !

16 Jun 2010 7:10pm

JD from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

love the soft blur of the background, and the warmer colour tone, very nice

18 Jun 2010 7:29am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Love this shot. The use of shutter speed is fantastic. It's really quite entrancing.

19 Jun 2010 8:34pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

This is a cinema shot

19 Jun 2010 9:09pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

This looks like a scene from a movie. Five stars.

3 Jul 2010 11:42pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This is a 5 stars ;)

5 Oct 2010 10:44am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/125 second
ISO 100
19 mm