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Either way you're right

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 13 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"If you think you can, or if you think you can't, either way, you're right."

~ Henry Ford


"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

un superbe antagonisme !

13 Aug 2010 5:09am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image

13 Aug 2010 5:26am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

this picture needs b/ says so much

13 Aug 2010 5:27am

Yvon from Orleans, France

great street life shot, excellent in B and W

13 Aug 2010 5:32am from Wemmel, Belgium

Woaw ... utterly awesome street capture ...

13 Aug 2010 5:35am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

What contrasting characters.. Nice.. The picture speaks a story..

13 Aug 2010 5:35am

Véro from Savoie, France

bel anatagonisme des êtres , l'un passe indifférent , l'autre s'attarde devant ton objectif.

13 Aug 2010 5:51am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Do we have to follow always the arrow?
Each follows the road.

13 Aug 2010 5:57am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Probably....................Nice picture,M'....

13 Aug 2010 5:57am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Fabulous quote for this image, Mariana. A provocative street scene.

13 Aug 2010 6:01am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great title to describe the motive. Great photo to illustrate the title. Either way is right, anyhow! :-)

13 Aug 2010 6:02am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

What a contrast! I'm not sure if I agree with Henry Ford in this! :))
Good contrasted b/w, as the subjet is!
Have a good weekend

13 Aug 2010 6:05am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice shot, but a strong shot

13 Aug 2010 6:06am

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

interesting shot! great contrast of colours, and live contrast

13 Aug 2010 6:33am

Ekios from une des trois iles du salut, Guyana

Ah woaow, THAT is strong !!

13 Aug 2010 6:52am

Prarthana from Singapore

very nice image

13 Aug 2010 6:57am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid this street scene enhanced by N & B beauty. Nice day.

13 Aug 2010 7:03am

Emmeji from France

Great picture !!! I like it !

13 Aug 2010 7:10am

Amir Pouryousef from Tabriz, Iran

You know it is a great work. the title, Henry Ford's sentense, and composition of old man with the arrow at the top all together are at a conceptual harmony.
well done.

13 Aug 2010 7:26am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

fantastic capture, very though provoking

13 Aug 2010 7:42am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

A compendium of city life in an image full of strength. Great,

13 Aug 2010 7:50am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Cool capture

13 Aug 2010 7:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot..

13 Aug 2010 8:06am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Incredible moment, Mariana! Two people crossing without even looking ... The visual effect allows us to imagine that the young man leans on the back of the old ... curious perspective that shrinks the heart! Excellent title and text of Henry Ford! Best regards, Adela

13 Aug 2010 8:06am

Marie LC from France

Seen well these two characters so different who cross themselves and beautiful work of treatment

13 Aug 2010 8:24am

Suji from Iran

oh! i just call it perfect! really perfect!

13 Aug 2010 8:32am

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

excellent !

13 Aug 2010 8:55am

Ittiqa Abbas from Karachi, Pakistan

lovely capture

13 Aug 2010 8:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Great interplay between the two people. One strides in to life and the other comes to a shambling painful halt

13 Aug 2010 9:13am

QB from Victoria, Canada

The arrow says there is only one way, one direction to go in, but neither of these guys is going that way... The juxtaposition is very clever!

13 Aug 2010 9:57am

Mhelene from Paris, France

:-) ..A superb capture !

13 Aug 2010 10:04am

Marie from Visé, Belgium

The black and the white gives a particular atmosphere to this strong image... Beautiful graphic lines and many contrasts... I like very much...

13 Aug 2010 10:09am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

You really manage to make your point clear on photos :) Very interesting quote.

13 Aug 2010 10:12am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

good placement of all the elements

13 Aug 2010 10:20am

m_zeinab from tehran, Iran

Interesting and meaningful
Be successful and happy

13 Aug 2010 11:02am

fereshteh from Iran

wow.! very good image

13 Aug 2010 11:04am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super street shot Mariana! Henry Ford's quote is most appropriate here..... ;-)

13 Aug 2010 11:35am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

The young man seems to walk out of the older mans body, I like that connection.
Well done.

13 Aug 2010 11:42am

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

Your street work just amazes me.

13 Aug 2010 12:34pm

@Monte Stevens: many thx Monte :)

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Wonderful photo with exactly the right quote!

13 Aug 2010 12:50pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Fantastic street capture.

13 Aug 2010 12:58pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

The image held my attention for a long time. Seems the fellow facing us may have all of his early belongings in his shirt pocket. You have a great eye for the human condition, Mariana.

13 Aug 2010 1:19pm

@Larry Lefever: thx Larry . Great weekend to you too ;)

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Henry Ford was a smart man. I love this quote paired with this scene...and the One Way Arrow pointing to the "right". :)

13 Aug 2010 1:22pm

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Amazing this photo, Mariana. you've portrayed it very well...I like that connection between the 2 guys, awesome processing!!

13 Aug 2010 1:28pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great find ...Excellent capture.

13 Aug 2010 1:37pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

interesting perspective in this street shot in wonderful tones

13 Aug 2010 1:47pm

Jean-Louis from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

Très belle photo. L'etat du poteau qui rappelle l'etat du sdf, l'autre personne qui lui tourne le dos et qui part dans la direction opposée, tout ça ne peut faire qu'une grande image. Encore fallait-il la voir et être là au bon moment. Exellent travail.
Very nice picture. The state of the post, which reiterates the state's homeless, one person who turns his back and gone in the opposite direction, all that can make a great image. Still had to see it and be there at the right time. Exellent work.

13 Aug 2010 1:51pm

@Jean-Louis: Thanks a lot . I took this shot from a car, while waiting for the light ! Later, when saw it on computer I really loved this composition including the arrow !

jafar from Pakdasht, Iran

Very fine capture!

13 Aug 2010 1:52pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Wonderful street shot. Have/have not. The light's perfect, the tones brilliant.

13 Aug 2010 2:08pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

AWesome for sure, the old guy looks in pain from the light hitting him whic seems a bit glary - I hate being out in glary light...I can identify with him.
A very telling capture Mariana Thank You,

13 Aug 2010 2:41pm

@Denny Jump Photo: This old man , or at least old looking man , is in much more pain, but in pain from the light . Take a look at this image - Everything is Broken. This is the same man ! Thx Denny !

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

It looks like neither of them is taken the way the signal sugests! That its so true, either way or no way is right! Great capture!

13 Aug 2010 2:46pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A sad portrait.

13 Aug 2010 3:00pm

@sherri: I would not call it - portrait, Sherri. That is just a street candid shot with a very deep story behind :) Thanks for viewing .

Sunder from Chennai, India

Nice street photograph in B & W...

13 Aug 2010 3:04pm

Frida from Sweden

Strong and somewhat melancholic street shot. Well done.

13 Aug 2010 3:13pm

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

Wow, there's a lot happening here -- great juxtaposition of people and visual elements!

13 Aug 2010 3:15pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A sad reality for many people..beautiful captured though!

13 Aug 2010 3:23pm

Gérard from Tours, France

Not on that they see each other by crossing itself

13 Aug 2010 3:26pm

Wan from Singapore, Singapore

wow love this picture! i'm studying management and "brightsizing" is one the things that crossed my mine when i saw this. we need new ideas and fresh blood to move forward in society...the old and unchanging just gets left behind...

13 Aug 2010 3:28pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

You are really catching that flavour of city life. The two sides that come together but do not mix.

13 Aug 2010 3:46pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Just great. love the two of them in their positions - one standing - one walking forward - love the stripes on the shirt and the stripes on the wall - and the lighting on the papered pole -

13 Aug 2010 5:51pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice study in contrasts! Such different people going their separate ways. Lovely B&W.

13 Aug 2010 6:08pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

hola mariana, ¿por que sera que esta mañana vi a este hombre en mi ciudad?.......tal vez sea un ciudadano del mundo.

13 Aug 2010 6:36pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Very nice! I love all the visual and implied contrasts!

13 Aug 2010 6:50pm

Devendra from Mumbai, India

great street shot!

13 Aug 2010 7:17pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super timing.

13 Aug 2010 7:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding urban portrait! Gritty mono. Ford was absolutely right on.

13 Aug 2010 7:40pm

@john4jack: I like this Ford's quote too . Very true !

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Fantastic shot

13 Aug 2010 8:10pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

it;s just a life!!yeaaa

13 Aug 2010 9:02pm

RT Farty from Netherlands

Wow, the two opposite characters below this one way traffic sign. How symbolic!

13 Aug 2010 9:03pm

Ken from United States

I like the silimarities I see between the rundown ( dirty, used) street pole and the "rundown" man...

13 Aug 2010 9:21pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

One of my favorite quotes. So simple. This image explains both sides well.

13 Aug 2010 9:31pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

These two almost look attached...I keep looking for the young man's disappearing foot.
Very nice processing to make a statement here. There couldn't be more variance between them !
Yet, they both represent "man" traveling though life. ! :-)

13 Aug 2010 9:35pm

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

cool shott

13 Aug 2010 10:43pm

oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Interesting sentence, Mariana. It suggested me a new tittle for my today's picture (If you believe, or if you don't, either way, you're right)... But I'm sure this is not the question ;)

A contrasted picture to illustrate two contrasting ways, two contrasting social achievements (I suppose)... The two people are right? The one who follows the arrow and the other who doesn't? I'm not sure, at this point... The man with the striped shirt walks upward. The other appears to have two options, remain stopped or went down... The only differences between them are their thoughts?

Do not worry too much of my words... Today I had a hard day, and maybe it is not my best time to write a comment... I love this picture... but I'm not sure that this sentence can be completely applicable concerning social status...

Please, don't hesitate to remove this comment if you think that is inappropriate or impertinent, in the most literal sense of the word.

With my congratulations and my best wishes.

13 Aug 2010 10:53pm

@oriol: hey, thanks a lot for this long comment , after hard and long day :)) It means you really were able to concentrate on the image . I appreciate it very much :)

Landy from Miami, United States

Tremenda fuerza hay en esta toma, gran detalle de esta persona desamparada, un saludo

13 Aug 2010 10:53pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Beautiful shot

13 Aug 2010 11:39pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Perfect caption for this composition with the men looking in opposite directions. You processing in B&W reveals some strong contrasts as seen in the plaid and striped shirts, along with the mortar joints.

14 Aug 2010 1:05am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Excellently contrasted monotone!!!

14 Aug 2010 3:29am

@Dutçh: thx Kristen :)

One from Açores, Portugal

Very good composition with a magnificent juxtaposition !
Well done.

14 Aug 2010 4:13am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

A stunning capture.. love the way the white seems like glowing :)

14 Aug 2010 5:13am

@Chetan: thx a lot ;)

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Very very nice street shot!
Greetings after a long time

14 Aug 2010 6:13pm

@Robert Kruh: thx Robert . Nice to hear from you !

Naeem from Abbottabad, Pakistan

This is lovely composition of B&W. Theme of picture is great.. and if you see.. you age is going and old is coming... :)

14 Aug 2010 10:08pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

A perfect title for this great shot.

15 Aug 2010 2:04am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

So sad...this fellow looking so defeated and the young strong man going in the other direction. So well done.

15 Aug 2010 3:31am

Mark Johnson from Rural Douglas County, United States

Great shot; really gives a sense of sadness.

15 Aug 2010 5:45am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Excellent shot, this scene is really "speaking" to me !!

15 Aug 2010 7:37am

Marcie from Newton, United States

What absolutely perfect timing. Terrific street scene!

15 Aug 2010 5:52pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent street shot !

16 Aug 2010 1:32am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Wonderful B & W shot !! Love it !

16 Aug 2010 7:34am

rian from fullerton, United States

great title for this candid scene you caught.. well done.. :)

16 Aug 2010 7:51am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Two worlds collide in this incredibly powerful street shot. Both are almost completely oblivious to the presence of the other, worlds apart, as paths cross oh so briefly never to meet again. If the arrow is the correct path to follow, perhaps one man swims against the tide. A sad and painful frame to these eyes, and yet wonderfully snatched from the window of the car by a soul who cares.

16 Aug 2010 3:43pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thanks again, Soul ! This man I usually see in the city, and even once I had a chance to come closer to him and talk . What a tragedy . He is only 40 ... he started talking his story, but suddenly started yelling at me, so I left him, did not know how to soothe him ...

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

An impressive juxtaposition! Poorness looks harsh in the new world, too.

16 Aug 2010 4:32pm

joshi daniel from India

that's so nice!

17 Aug 2010 6:55pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

très jolie scène de rue, dans un magnifique noir et blanc.

19 Aug 2010 8:37am