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To be Awake is to be Alive.

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/200 second F/5.0 ISO 400 150 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

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe ce portrait !

10 Aug 2010 5:12am

Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Great portrait! Makes me think of giraffes for some reason :-)

10 Aug 2010 5:14am

@Chris Anderson: you know what ? the best models are girls with a long neck :) This old lady reminds me of a fashion models, now old, but still with this gracious posture ! thx for making me laugh ;)

Slovthra from Brisbane, Australia

For some unknown reasons it brought tears to my eyes.
Superb shot Mariana.

10 Aug 2010 5:17am

@Slovthra: imagine, the same feeling I have when was looking at her from some distance !

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Incredible character study

10 Aug 2010 5:20am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

What a great face, you have great timing

10 Aug 2010 5:29am from Wemmel, Belgium

This is just amazing ... what a portrait and expression on the face ... excellent

10 Aug 2010 5:39am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Despite the passage of time this woman has a great dignity and does not hide her beauty of when she was very young. Very nice portrait

10 Aug 2010 5:52am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super portrait Mariana

10 Aug 2010 5:55am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

that is a great portrait with a superb contrast between foreground and subject, nice done

10 Aug 2010 5:58am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A strong expression! The title is perfect for the vitality of this old lady. Great portrait!

10 Aug 2010 6:03am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

We imagine the strength and the dignity of this woman. This is a portrait of strength and pride.

10 Aug 2010 6:03am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Exactly...........Nice Portrait...

10 Aug 2010 6:16am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Wonderful portrait, love her expression.

10 Aug 2010 6:17am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great capture. Her expression is amazing. I love the man behind her in the dof and the Exit sign beside her. She seems unmoved by it all with quite some pride in her face. Excellent title as well.

10 Aug 2010 6:19am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Great expression on her face.. Proud and majestic..

10 Aug 2010 6:21am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Yes,. we must keep our mind open What is she looking at with so attention ? Have a good day.

10 Aug 2010 6:22am

@Ddo: It was a blues festival on the street, but even without looking at the stage she walks like that . Shoted her later, with her head up even more ;)) Will post one of these pictures soon ;) Thx . Great day to you too .

QB from Victoria, Canada

Perhaps she was a dancer. Such grace and posture.

10 Aug 2010 6:27am

@QB: Probably !

Preeti from Mumbai, India

Great capture....

10 Aug 2010 6:50am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

A very elegant lady well captured

10 Aug 2010 6:51am

BlogPhoto from France

Funny shoot with the word "open" contrast the woman's face

10 Aug 2010 6:52am

@BlogPhoto: I would say that word - Open, matches very well her posture . World is open for her, for this graceful Queen !

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wow, she has lived! your title is very thought provoking, love it

10 Aug 2010 6:58am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Chin up, the powerful gesture ... defiantly! I love this woman! She still can and wants to take it into account! Life can be long and the spirit much more! Excellent image of strength Bettina! Best regards, Adela

10 Aug 2010 7:07am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

great street capture

10 Aug 2010 7:15am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

She seems to have a lot of class despite his age. Very beautiful portrait very elegant. Nice day.

10 Aug 2010 7:16am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Wonderful image and the title is as powerful as the image

10 Aug 2010 7:27am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Lovely portrait, Marianna,,
Love your title....makes one wonder...

10 Aug 2010 7:32am

jpla from Anjou, France

Ton portrait est magnifique : c'est peut-être une ancienne danseuse ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

10 Aug 2010 7:42am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a proud posture

10 Aug 2010 7:54am

Marie LC from France

Très sérieuse posture !

10 Aug 2010 8:28am

B◊nΛng∠e from Paris, France

She didn't look very open.

10 Aug 2010 8:38am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot..

10 Aug 2010 8:51am

Hoom@n from Tehran, Iran

nice shot ,,how is she old .i think about 80 or 90

10 Aug 2010 9:01am

@Hoom@n: She is over 80 . That is what I heard from her daughter !

Mhelene from Paris, France

A beautiful portrait . The will makes the difference in the life .

10 Aug 2010 9:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully done.

10 Aug 2010 9:25am

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

unusual protrait. she is old but so alive
well done. she looks very powerful with a deep look.
my english is poor and it is difficult for me to explane.
well done.

10 Aug 2010 9:32am

@Amir Pouryousef: thx Amir . Your English is well enough to express what you want :)

larans from Lund, Sweden

Stange gaze, a withering glance for me. I don´t think I like it, her glance. She´is certainly awake, but alive?
Great portrait and picture anyhow.

10 Aug 2010 10:12am

@larans: she is very, very alive . she is Queen :)

trilliana from Munich, Germany

what a wonderful portrait. all her wrinkles make her extra beautiful, i find.

10 Aug 2010 10:17am

Ajay from Pune, India

There is nothing wrong in this photo, Mariana. In fact, I like the head held high face, a sign of power and experiences of life. And I also like the detailed portrait. I am sorry I hadn't reached to this photo yet. Was thinking of the doing it few hours later but now I think it was absolutely necessary I tell how much I adore and appreciate this photograph. :-)

10 Aug 2010 10:27am

@Ajay: I know this is a perfect , deep, emotional portrait of this old Queen Lady ! I simply could not understand last night when you commented that industrial shot , skipping this one . Well, well...who can understand all these AM3 rules and games ?

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

seems that the portrait expresses great story, beautiful photography

10 Aug 2010 10:43am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifull street portrait Mariana! Age has done nothing to detract from this proud woman's features. Keep on Rocking!! ;-)

10 Aug 2010 11:53am

@Eric Cousineau: thx a lot Eric . Nice to see you back ;)

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

That's a haughty look. Or is it just dignity. Well seen with great timing.

10 Aug 2010 12:06pm

@Stu: Timing was not an issue, since this lady was keeping her head this way all the time :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, I bet she was a fashion model 50 years ago.

10 Aug 2010 12:11pm

Peter from Birmingham, United Kingdom

aww what i like about this shot is that it shows that there was a time, and now the camera no longer once was what it use to be.

10 Aug 2010 12:15pm

Marie from Visé, Belgium

Always this power to seize a particular face or an expression... Very beautiful feminine portrait...


10 Aug 2010 12:34pm

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

This portrait certainly brings with it a story. It makes you wonder who she is and what her life was/is about. I also can't help but notice the soft focused face of the bearded gentleman in the upper left corner. Another story waiting to be told. You have a real talent at catching these moments.

10 Aug 2010 12:36pm

@Earl: Thanks Earl . Her daughter was with her, she smiled at me, and when I came closer, I told her - wow, she is a Queen . Daughter said - how do you know, she is a real queen :) And this man behind, passing by, is really another story . When saw hm, I stopped taking pictures of my Queen, and run after this man. He was kind of King for my night of the blues Festival ;))

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I think she knows what to expect from life. Better don't mess with her... :-)

10 Aug 2010 1:04pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Lovely expression.....nicely spoted.

10 Aug 2010 1:40pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

that i believe to be true and thats wot i am actually trying to relate in the writing at the top of each photo in my photo blog. see u share the same motto :)

10 Aug 2010 1:41pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Great portrait. Remarkable woman. Cheers!

10 Aug 2010 1:45pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nice portrait. She's obviously concentarting on something!

10 Aug 2010 2:11pm

Rags from Plano, United States

She has a really pretty and expressive face.

10 Aug 2010 2:14pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Shoulders back, neck long, chin up...wonderful sense of pride and grace. As though she's a tough lady, but still trying to exude properness.

10 Aug 2010 2:19pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How captivating! Super catch!

10 Aug 2010 2:38pm

@hugo poon: Once I read Karine's answer to somebody who also commented - great catch for the People picture, and now I remembering and still admiring her witty words, and really cannot but not to tell the same - I am not a fisherman, Hugo, to catch people on the streets . I never ever expected this kind of comment from you . Sorry !

don from spokane, United States

What a strong face you've captured with this shot. A fabulous shot.

10 Aug 2010 2:38pm

@don: Thanks Don . Let's stop playing this cat-moue game, appearing from a mouse-hole every second day :)

Morten Pedersen from Norway

The queen of portraits! that's you!

10 Aug 2010 2:51pm

@Morten Pedersen: I love you my friend :)) and you know what ? I agree with you :)) ha ha How modest I am :)))

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

yup, could not agree more

10 Aug 2010 2:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wonderful face. Terrific title. The title reminds me of Rumi's admonition, "Be awake!"

10 Aug 2010 3:08pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

amaising title, amaising image...All is supposing something open...And for me these eyes looks like something empty, but blind in a way...What a metaphoric image while looking with the text you put with...

10 Aug 2010 3:30pm

@KriKridesign: thx Kri ;)

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

one of the amazing maks of god.....i love the word open for someone who seems so closed

10 Aug 2010 3:35pm


Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Wow...what detail in her she could share some stories with us...she is still dressed up and ready for life :) Perfect posture!

10 Aug 2010 3:58pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Great capture :)

10 Aug 2010 4:06pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

With the perspective here, she has that look of domineering ways...not that this is here real demeanor, but the view and her expression lead to a conclusion. Another image open to interpretation -that is why yours are so great. Thanks Mariana

10 Aug 2010 4:13pm

@Denny Jump Photo: thx Denny ! Much appreciated !

Jennie from United States

Excellent portrait, lots of character.

10 Aug 2010 4:31pm

Jean-Louis from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

J'adore 'The double eyes'. Great portrait.

10 Aug 2010 4:43pm

@Jean-Louis: Thanks JL ;)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Graceful and dignified portrait.

10 Aug 2010 5:25pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

I see independence. Well done, Mariana.

10 Aug 2010 5:40pm

@Larry Lefever: I saw Queen :))

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I imagine a stiff, hard and proud person ! a great portrait of this old lady !

10 Aug 2010 5:45pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna !

RT Farty from Netherlands

Wonderful portrait. Love the unusual composition, with the bearded bloke in the top left corner and the signs on teh right hand side, both beautifully unsharp.

10 Aug 2010 5:55pm

@RT Farty: thanks a lot :)

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

So true.... as long as we are alive...and maybe after that too. By being awake I understand being conscious!

10 Aug 2010 6:17pm

@Sonia Nansid: that is so true . and after all, I hope you like this picture too ;)

joshi daniel from India

look at her wrinkles and the look she is giving! excellent!

10 Aug 2010 6:31pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

yeaaa..strong shot with areal col title

10 Aug 2010 6:47pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

magnifique portrait jusque dans ses moindres détails

10 Aug 2010 6:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

look "hard", a pretty picture, mariana!
Five stars!

10 Aug 2010 6:59pm

PANAMEPHOTOS from Champigny Sur Marne, France

Dit donc elle a pas l'air facile

10 Aug 2010 7:00pm

JOSE LUIS BERNAL from Jerez de la Fra. (Cádiz), Spain

Excelente composición y exposición. Buenos colores conseguidos.

10 Aug 2010 7:10pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Fantastic portrait! Love her expression.

10 Aug 2010 7:22pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Superbe portrait , great composition

10 Aug 2010 7:53pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Allez, un autre: She is inspecting something/one on the other side of the road and at that precise moment you caught her. Great.
(what about that checkered dress and the red high heels?)

10 Aug 2010 8:22pm

@Peter: I will post soon another picture of this woman, walking down the street . That is her posture, not what you think - she is expecting something / somebody , and she is all high on her hills ;)) / NO, just her posture. Thx Peter .

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Such character and strength in her face! wonderful photo!

10 Aug 2010 8:35pm

Gérard from Tours, France

effroyable regard mais excellent portrait

10 Aug 2010 8:47pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Well timed - a striking portrait.

10 Aug 2010 9:08pm

philippe from moselle, France

superbe portrait marqué par le temps qui passe, très joli !!!

10 Aug 2010 9:16pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I read the quote above recently, it was a good one, glad you are using it. This is an excellent portrait full of character, nicely taken. Her expression is definitely one of anticipation and waiting.

10 Aug 2010 9:29pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Ha! She's alive and she sure is awake! great!!

10 Aug 2010 9:41pm

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

Open mind.

10 Aug 2010 9:50pm

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Yes! To be awake is to be alive... We must open our eyes, we must open our mind... It may seem very serious. At all, is the only way that life can leave their marks on our skin. Another extraordinary portrait, Mariana.

10 Aug 2010 10:04pm

manel from Spain

Sensacional, la expresión y la textura de la piel. Enhorabuena.

10 Aug 2010 10:08pm

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

Is a teacher? a teacher of old school! I

10 Aug 2010 10:58pm

Landy from Miami, United States

Muy exprecivo esta imagen, buen balance de colores, mucha fuerza, saludos

10 Aug 2010 11:07pm

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

great portrait!! ;))

10 Aug 2010 11:18pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Hold your head proud , nice one

10 Aug 2010 11:27pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

A self confidence and self pride which has obviously always worked well for her. great capture.

11 Aug 2010 12:20am

Prarthana from Singapore

very very nice portrait of a beautiful woman. well captured.

11 Aug 2010 12:21am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent portrait shot. That title's perfect for this image, great capture !

11 Aug 2010 1:02am

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

but some ppl are awake but not alive.. that's what I felt.

11 Aug 2010 1:23am

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful portrait, a little mystery with the visible surroundings.

11 Aug 2010 1:24am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great clarity in this photo to be able to capture her eyelashes. She's definitely got that inquisitive look as if to say, "What do we have here?"

11 Aug 2010 1:42am

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

beautiful face, I wonder what she was looking at ^^

11 Aug 2010 2:22am

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11 Aug 2010 3:09am

Megha from Mumbai, India

Superb....I like it :)

11 Aug 2010 3:50am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Wonderful expression. Love it!!

11 Aug 2010 9:15am

endlessnight from dayyer, Iran

spectacular portrait.

11 Aug 2010 12:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She's awake, alive, and focused on something like a laser beam. Another super portrait!

11 Aug 2010 4:54pm

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

A great expressive portrait ! A best of !

11 Aug 2010 6:48pm

rian from fullerton, United States

true.. true.. :) you've got some interesting elements in the frame you captured here..

11 Aug 2010 7:00pm

jjh from London, United Kingdom

Fabulous shot! Well done.

11 Aug 2010 9:22pm

Metti from shiraz, Iran

Very effective portrait... Realy I love it... ;) 5*****

12 Aug 2010 8:09am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

this portrait captures such dignity, a sense of pride

12 Aug 2010 4:03pm

Marie from PARIS, (Fresnes), France

quelle expression ! Superbe portrait.

12 Aug 2010 7:32pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

such character!

8 Oct 2010 4:50am

1/200 second
ISO 400
150 mm