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they won't give you there penny (i)

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 22 July 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Roger Daltrey - It's a Hard Life

It's A hard life
When you feel down
And nobody understands you
They leave you hanging around
You waste all your days
Miss all your nights
Sit round just dreaming
You can do nothing right

It's a hard life
When your alone
Cramped in your lonely little room
Under dressed like a bone
You Walk in the streets
And people are so blind
Won't give you there penny
They just don't have the time

Ooooh It's a hard life
Up on the road
You better check it well
Before you meet all the blows
For you won't like the walkin'
You'll get caught in the rain
But the steep on the highway
Lord you wish you never came

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 400 90 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

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

It's a hard life ! By no face for the people who are passing you show it very well ..

22 Jul 2010 5:20am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great street shot

22 Jul 2010 5:26am

CElliottUK from United Kingdom

Hard hitting street shot

22 Jul 2010 5:28am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A touching street shot

22 Jul 2010 5:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Il a l'air pensif sur sa chaise ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

22 Jul 2010 5:47am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Nice street shot - the pattern on the shirt is really eye-catching.

22 Jul 2010 5:55am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

very touching photo

22 Jul 2010 6:03am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Your processing is super

22 Jul 2010 6:04am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, sometimes the street shots show the hard parts of life. Beautiful catch.

22 Jul 2010 6:15am

Metti from shiraz, Iran

Very well done, dear Mariana ;)

22 Jul 2010 6:19am

@Metti: thanks Metti

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful street shot and words...I like the guy with the shades, lookin at you!

22 Jul 2010 6:22am

STEED from Somewhere, France

It's a hard Life,yes...................Strong Picture....

22 Jul 2010 6:23am

QB from Canada

Ah, the woman is more interested in looking at her own reflection in the shop window... Great detail in the high contrast. Love the processing.

22 Jul 2010 6:23am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

visual perspective of the life can change in wheel chair, but the world turns ever in the same direction!!! interesting street shot

22 Jul 2010 6:37am

Oscar from barcelona, Spain

execellent shot! everybody see, but nothing for he

22 Jul 2010 6:42am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

There are many people out there competing and
fighting for every dollar we earn, not to mention
spare change.

22 Jul 2010 6:42am

Jaol from Gijon, Spain

Touching, sad, and real. People need our help and we pass long them oblivious to their desperation. Great for us!!

22 Jul 2010 6:42am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

good street scene!!!

22 Jul 2010 6:47am

Ken from United States

Mariana, how do you take great images one after the other??

22 Jul 2010 6:51am

@Ken: how ? simply - i am a great photographer ;)) ha ha

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A dramatic scene with a dramatic b/w, I like its social heavy meaning.

22 Jul 2010 7:00am

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Strong, dramatic, deep, well ... a classic human scene ..

Well done M.

22 Jul 2010 7:08am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Life has become every man for himself, a superb example of solitude. Beautiful day.

22 Jul 2010 7:08am

Jose Luis Bernal from Jerez Fra, Spain

Buen contraste y tonos. Veo una amplia gama de grises. Lastima que no pudieses encuadrar al señor de la silla de ruedas. Un saludo

22 Jul 2010 7:12am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

All look but few see ...
Have a good day Mariana.

22 Jul 2010 7:18am

Imaginerf from Troyes, France

Usual sight, everyday and everywhere : Well done !

22 Jul 2010 7:20am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great composition ,everybody's back and he is waiting and thinking !

22 Jul 2010 7:27am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great shot and just as great a title. No one's got pennies, no one's giving pennies, no one needs pennies now, it's not enough. The turning backs and the sense of hopelessness is great here. Excellent capture, Mariana.

22 Jul 2010 7:51am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

this one really hurts me. the man half covered by the bush tries to stay unseen and unrecognized wearing the sunglass and covering his face with his hand. actually he needs help but won't get. it really hurts me.

22 Jul 2010 8:06am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India


22 Jul 2010 8:26am

Saeed from -, Iran

dramatic shot, nice connection between title and shot, well done

22 Jul 2010 8:32am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

oh yes hard life...but sometimes, just sometimes...magical life too....sometimes...

22 Jul 2010 8:33am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

one of them who society seems to forget, this is sad

22 Jul 2010 9:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent street shot and the hand on his face is perfect, but I have to ask the question. "Is there no social security in Canada?"

22 Jul 2010 9:36am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Unfortunately it is a daily scene in most cities. Well catched.

22 Jul 2010 9:41am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great street shot Mariana

22 Jul 2010 9:46am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

hurting and touching pic, S. The sad reality ...yes . Well catched.

22 Jul 2010 9:56am

Emmeji from France

Indifference to the misfortune of others ! Sadness !

22 Jul 2010 10:09am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your text ... awesome Mariana! A good picture story ... in my country people are the same or similar to this ... just that hes always seen here sitting on the floor! Good attitudes frozen moment or different between each other! He thinks! but you seem to see through his dark glasses! Best regards, Adela

22 Jul 2010 11:01am

endlessnight from dayyer, Iran

excellent.great B&W.
It's a hard life
When your alone....

22 Jul 2010 11:02am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

good one.
watching his chair and his expression, I do not think he needs money.
He is just waiting for someone. ¿?

22 Jul 2010 11:11am

Geneviève Caouette from Québec, Canada

What an interesting shot. I like the fact that he is partly hidden behind the "bush". As some people prefer not to see him anyway. Great capture, great B&W.

22 Jul 2010 11:30am

@Geneviève Caouette: thx Geneviève

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Life is definitely hard, and more so for some, not so much for others. A great street capture and story telling.

22 Jul 2010 1:16pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A fantastic capture Mariana - I love the lyrics if you would mind sharing the composer :-)//....
Our world and North America is rapidly turning in to a world of "haves and have nots"....the avalanche is coming I am afraid to say...

22 Jul 2010 1:24pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I attached the link of the song - The Who and Roger Daltrey ! Thx Denny !

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

just beautifully done

22 Jul 2010 1:43pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Life happens. A poignant street capture.

22 Jul 2010 1:44pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

nice street capture way of life

22 Jul 2010 2:06pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot :)

22 Jul 2010 2:12pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Yes, he certainly looks like he needs some help. An excellent image of a hard knock life.

22 Jul 2010 2:13pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of this street scene. The B&W processing highlights the wrapping around the guy's knee nicely.

22 Jul 2010 2:14pm

Patrick from Belgium

Triste et choquant à la fois. Belle image sur l'indifférence des gens ...

22 Jul 2010 2:17pm

@Patrick: Patric, the validation code does not appear . I am not able to enter a comment ;))

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

OH Thank you Mariana....for the link

22 Jul 2010 2:29pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine street capture of the plight of the street-bound and handicapped people... and the world passes them by. Fine image.

22 Jul 2010 3:07pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a striking scene and powerful image! Brilliant timing and composition!

22 Jul 2010 3:18pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

They won't give you there penny and they won't even look at you.

22 Jul 2010 3:25pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice shot , great expression

22 Jul 2010 3:41pm

Marie LC from France

I like your bw treatment. Nice street capture.

22 Jul 2010 4:05pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Fantastic combination of this photo and the poem! The composition of this photo is brilliant Mariana! 9/10 people don't have any interest in other human beings. You show it us with this photo!! Great work!!

22 Jul 2010 4:06pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Wow, how touching this photo is. Really nice b&w.

22 Jul 2010 4:18pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

nice shot

22 Jul 2010 4:30pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

L'indifférence générale! C'est triste, très triste!
Lui-même semble résigné!
Bonne journée à toi!

22 Jul 2010 4:39pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente foto urbana, me gusta la expresion del hombre, saludos!!

22 Jul 2010 5:02pm

Fade ToBLACK from Iran

Great street capture

22 Jul 2010 5:27pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

it would not be as hard if i lived in a jungle away from civilization yes people make it harder !

22 Jul 2010 6:17pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Look the other way!

22 Jul 2010 6:33pm

Frida from Sweden

It´s easier for some to look the other way I think. Great street shot, a bit sad but great.

22 Jul 2010 6:46pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A great streetshot..and sad,how the people all look the other way..

22 Jul 2010 6:57pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

I think it's not only a story about money here. The disease and the difference mind people because they don't know how to behave. Then the eyes turn out unfortunately... Great scene well contrasted

22 Jul 2010 7:29pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is such a sad shot - a touching scene. Nobody is paying any attention to him. Superb pov and the detail is fantatic! I like how he "covers" his face with his hand and sunglasses - almost as if he is in hiding... maybe from the general population... life... maybe he doesn't want to be noticed.

22 Jul 2010 7:40pm

@✿ Anina ✿: He is on the street asking some change . Maybe, he was shy and found that hidden place ... I do not know .

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Very powerful and touching street shot, so well done

22 Jul 2010 7:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Life is not always easy for some people. I love your processing in b&w - the details are so sharp and defined, great work.

22 Jul 2010 8:21pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A splendid street portrait, Mariana - your image tells the whole tale well.

22 Jul 2010 8:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A sad story brilliantly told.

22 Jul 2010 9:30pm

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

nice b/w

22 Jul 2010 9:49pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

You always know how to tell a complete story in just one picture. Amazing!

22 Jul 2010 10:12pm

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Half hidden by the plant might not be the best place indeed to get money. Nice expression captured of this poor man.
Thank you very much for all your comments on my "people" blog.

23 Jul 2010 1:47am

@Akarui: you are very welcome. your people blog is fantastic :) I truly enjoyed it ;)

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Superb b&w tones and clarity. A very evocative candid street shot.

23 Jul 2010 2:18am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great street shot !

23 Jul 2010 2:46am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Maybe next one.

23 Jul 2010 11:19am

saravana from India

feeling sad..evoked instant emotions.. i also would've done the same..

25 Jul 2010 1:55am

elena from turin, Italy

great bw!

26 Jul 2010 11:12pm

1/320 second
ISO 400
90 mm