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retired security guard

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 21 July 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

July, 2010
Waterloo, Ontario

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 400 135 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

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, well spotted

21 Jul 2010 5:25am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bien vu ! je te souhaite une agréable journée

21 Jul 2010 5:37am

Tom DFR from Paris, France

sush a cool image with lot of details !

21 Jul 2010 5:46am

@Tom DFR: thanks Tom :)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love it !

21 Jul 2010 5:48am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i hope not. But it made an interesting shot. well done

21 Jul 2010 6:02am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, Mariana, you are BAAAAAd! But that is a very funny joke I will be the first to admit. Great shot, you !

21 Jul 2010 6:11am

@Dulcie: I am not sure you got my picture / my words . This man used to work as a security guard of one other bank, and as he told me he likes to come and sit for hours in front of some bank and watch people passing by:) I really loved his story and tried to put his words into my title ( that I now changed ) . Thx Dulcie !

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

nice shot

21 Jul 2010 6:11am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Me gusta este estilo de fotos... Felicidades!!

21 Jul 2010 6:35am

Ginnie from Netherlands

So much to see in this image, Mariana, but I keep going back to that man!

21 Jul 2010 6:41am

Oscar from barcelona, Spain

I like! Full of colours, full of tonalities and textures... great!

21 Jul 2010 6:46am

CElliottUK from United Kingdom

Lovely colours, great idea, well executed

21 Jul 2010 7:13am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Terrific processing for this deep image of that man looking the life to pass from the corner of the street!

21 Jul 2010 7:33am

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

je remarque que les bornes à incendie sont orange et verte... c'est drôle.
Mais quelle super photo... une de plus !

21 Jul 2010 7:38am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A man resting in his improvised chair ... (So it seems). You look after your sunglasses. A perfect and timely Instant Mariana! Ironic, too? Best regards, Mariana! Adela

21 Jul 2010 7:47am

@Fonts: This is a walker, Adela . A lot of old people are using it while walking ;) Could be for resting too , as a chair ;))

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

bless!! makes for a very intresting shot!:)

21 Jul 2010 7:51am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

I'm not shure if it makes me sad or not. ¿?

21 Jul 2010 9:02am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Some of the colors in this shot are very eye catching but some thing that is more intersting is the man who is very special in the middle of everything !

21 Jul 2010 9:17am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Love the rich tones of this street shot

21 Jul 2010 9:25am

richard T from Suffolk sojourn, United Kingdom

Heck retirement can often leave some people with a huge void in their lives .... this guy maybe an example of that phenomena ... potent colours ... just wish the guy wasn't dead centre.


21 Jul 2010 9:27am

@richard T: why not Richard. People are always in a center of my pictures, so nothing wrong having this man right there :)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful colours.. nicely processed.

21 Jul 2010 9:33am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lolll!! I think that gangsters do not risk anything:)) Awesome this cliche. Beautiful day Mariana.

21 Jul 2010 9:40am

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning Mariana,
it is an interesting scene. The warm colors and details of the scene are excellent for expression. Have a nice day, and all the best. Sincerely Christel

21 Jul 2010 9:53am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The bright colors belie the 'tragedy' of this lonely is sad when we are reduced to having no usefulness by society...great shot!

21 Jul 2010 10:07am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Nice warm colours and processing !! and he is 'working' with his sunglasses on :)

21 Jul 2010 10:40am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Ha, haaaa! Cool shot.

21 Jul 2010 10:52am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

The colors and composition are superb, great street shot.

21 Jul 2010 10:59am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

relive is live again... Warm colours I like. Cheers.

21 Jul 2010 11:09am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the clear vivid colors. Superb shot.

21 Jul 2010 11:38am

Saeed from -, Iran

wow! very nice street shot, well done

21 Jul 2010 11:40am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Oh..the colors..the textures..the light. WOW!

21 Jul 2010 12:00pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

He just can't let it go

21 Jul 2010 12:05pm

@Paul: right; he is pretending he is still actively working ;)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un cadrage subtil et un travail sur les couleurs superbe!

21 Jul 2010 12:10pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Can't help smiling looking at this one..I really admire your great sense of
picturing ordinary situations and turning them into real great moments in time..

21 Jul 2010 12:23pm

Imaginerf from Troyes, France

I love the composition and how you've done with the colortones

21 Jul 2010 12:34pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Is he guarding that bank? Your pic raises interesting questions.

21 Jul 2010 12:43pm

@Michael Skorulski: thx for comment back ;) I wrote above - he used to work as a security guard of Montreal bank, now retired, but still love to 'pretend working ' sitting for hours in front of the bank, monitoring people passing by ...

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Love the color rendition.

21 Jul 2010 12:52pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Like the background...nice shot.

21 Jul 2010 1:09pm

@PRASHANT: what is background for you here ?

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

He must be a true lover of the job! Even in retirement he watches out for the bank! I think he has his eye on you now...wondering what you're up to. :) I love the random splashes of yellow througout the scene--even in the poster on the metal box!

21 Jul 2010 1:13pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

very cool your color management

21 Jul 2010 1:17pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

wonderful work :)

21 Jul 2010 1:24pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A large photograph, a character quite alone, beautiful photograph of street, well with you Mariana

21 Jul 2010 1:43pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Yeah.... and he's still got that look and is watching you..! Cool shot.

21 Jul 2010 1:55pm

@Michael: a good proof he did tell me a truth ;))

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

A fine contrast between animate and inanimate!

21 Jul 2010 2:14pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Souvent la retraite est synonyme de fin pour certaines personnes et il est sûrement important pour cet homme de revenir sur les lieux de son travail pour se sentir vivant!
Belle journée!

21 Jul 2010 2:15pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great shot! i love all the arrow in all directions. And yet he sits, calm, looking right at you, having found his place to sit. The colors and textures are excellent. It's a beautiful street shot!

21 Jul 2010 2:18pm

Frida from Sweden

Great shot with lots of things to look at. I like the color spots and that man keep calling for my attention.

21 Jul 2010 2:37pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Love the over the top colors!

21 Jul 2010 2:50pm

@Larry Lefever: you mean this couple under umbrella ? they are very colorful :) have to tell you your comments make me laugh ;)

Don from spokane, United States

A fine street shot of the retired security guard. I liked your explanation of this fellow's lifestyle of continuing to find his involvement with banks part of this lifestyle. Love how the sign show up against the dull color of the bank.

21 Jul 2010 2:52pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

lovely colors and composition

21 Jul 2010 3:34pm

rian from fullerton, United States

so that's what they do when they retire.. ;) love this colorful street scene you captured.. :)

21 Jul 2010 3:35pm

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

gorgeous shot ... "the poor man and the bank"

21 Jul 2010 3:37pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a lot of details and colors in this street scene, in contrast with the grey walls !

21 Jul 2010 3:49pm

@Anna.C: yes, but 'working man ' is my point ;) thx Anna!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That's a cool shot, I find it really interesting to see how modern signs distract from this great old building.

21 Jul 2010 4:14pm

@MadScientist: you are an expert for the buildings and streets , so thanks for opening my eyes. I even did not notice it ... I only stare at my man ;)

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

very powerful picture.

21 Jul 2010 4:17pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

I guess you know the gentleman! How many people live in Waterloo? The sign is way too modern!

21 Jul 2010 4:28pm

@Sonia Nansid: he he ... there are 27 of us :)) ha ha no, trust me, i do not know him ... but I shoted him , he saw me, and I was on that way so stopped and said hello . after this hello we talked 20 minutes more :))

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great shot Mariana! Some of the older people have no goal in there life. They walking around and sitting somewhere looking at other people to spend there time. Is this waisting of time, i don't know..... but for sure life is to short.....

21 Jul 2010 4:31pm

@Richard: not wasting of time at all. I love doing the same . ok, I am with camera, but anyway it is always cool to find a good spot and watch people ;) why not . thx Richard !

Michael Rawluk from Canada

The colours are glorious. I prefer the muted aged colours to the bright blue BMO. That is a very cool shot.

21 Jul 2010 4:34pm

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Wonderful composition, colors and textures in this image. I've spent long moments looking at it and will probably come back to view again.

21 Jul 2010 4:41pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting shot :)

21 Jul 2010 4:49pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the light of this shot a lot

21 Jul 2010 5:10pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

I love this picture. It is full of details. The person focuses and unifiesthe viewer's interest. Very good.

21 Jul 2010 6:06pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very interesting shot!

21 Jul 2010 6:08pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

yes, of course ! I forget to notice him and talk about him ! he seems to be lost in the city and in his life, a boring retirement I guess !

21 Jul 2010 6:22pm

philippe from moselle, France

superbe, j'aime aussi !!!

21 Jul 2010 6:59pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

What colors! And love your title for this, Mariana... Great find! :)

21 Jul 2010 7:22pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Love the colors in this such a cool street shot

21 Jul 2010 7:24pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nice one - well spotted and very clever title.

21 Jul 2010 7:56pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Sure its not a retired Bank Robber? Doing a bit of 'look out' to keep 'his hand in'? The man really gives this photo interest and the Bank logo great colour.

21 Jul 2010 7:58pm

Gérard Méry from saint-cyr sur Loire, France

C'est le directeur de la banque ?

21 Jul 2010 8:05pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

You have such a way of making time stand still. This is outstanding Mariana.

21 Jul 2010 8:17pm

@Gary: hey Gary. Nice to see you again . You go and come back all the time ;))

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Wahahaha, great shot Mariana and well spotted, it made me laugh.

21 Jul 2010 8:29pm

Jaol from Gijon, Spain

You miss nothing, your eyes are always ready to shoot, and so to make us think, imagine of the people and their lives.

21 Jul 2010 8:30pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

heeey..real nice idea and the title

21 Jul 2010 8:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He's still on duty! Even though he has a walker, he is still keeping an eye on things. That is dedication! I like the colors in this image a lot.

21 Jul 2010 9:33pm

Thami from Morocco

La flèche indique la pente à suivre pour la retraite....
Bonne fin de journée!

21 Jul 2010 9:43pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Tha's what I want to do - not - but the image here is really cool.

21 Jul 2010 10:23pm

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

He has a bench just a little further but he seems to prefer this point of view. Nice colors.

22 Jul 2010 12:09am

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

great shot!!

22 Jul 2010 12:27am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

How did you make the shot look so beautiful? The colors.. the tones.. are excellent!!

22 Jul 2010 1:58am

Becky from los angeles, United States

I was wondering the same thing, Chetan! - (above comment). Stunning color and character in this shot. Just love it.

22 Jul 2010 2:33am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great shot, like the framing. Nice, contrasting colors...the blue stands out real well.

22 Jul 2010 2:52am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome capture! Lots of color and detail. Of course, the old man in the middle makes the shot.

22 Jul 2010 4:21am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Old habits die hard.

22 Jul 2010 6:35am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente compo y color!!

22 Jul 2010 5:03pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Yepp shure..... nice colours.

23 Jul 2010 11:18am

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolies couleurs dans cette scène.

24 Jul 2010 3:26pm

Luis from Mexico City, Mexico

Love this color and texture...nice street work.

25 Jul 2010 1:05am

Line from Chambly, Canada

Très belle scène de rue. J'adore le traitement ici.

31 Jul 2010 1:16pm

Gildas from Montreuil-sous-Bois, France

Il claque ce bleu.

13 Nov 2010 9:30pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
135 mm