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Don’t Drink and Drive, have a Taxi !

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 18 August 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

LCBO - Liquor Control Board of Ontario

Waterloo, On
July, 2010

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/7.1 ISO 400 75 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

18 Aug 2010 5:31am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

C'est partout pareil: boire ou conduire... il faut choisir
Nice shot

18 Aug 2010 5:32am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

walking is preferable!!!!!!

18 Aug 2010 5:34am

@fabrizio: or waiting for Taxi as they do :)) thx :)

Ginnie from Netherlands

At least they're not driving, Mariana. :D

18 Aug 2010 5:35am

amirreza from tehran, Iran

so clear and sharp shot

18 Aug 2010 5:40am

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I don't know if the bag is full of alcool but she seems to carry it... Nice street shot.

18 Aug 2010 5:41am from Wemmel, Belgium

Beautifull and very crispy ...

18 Aug 2010 5:44am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

This one made me laugh.

18 Aug 2010 5:47am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Good title.. And a clear and sharp picture

18 Aug 2010 5:52am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

One way of getting your daily calorie intake!

18 Aug 2010 5:53am

Oscar from Espira de l'agly, France

Alcool and drive... imposible

18 Aug 2010 6:16am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great shot! You have a wonderful, admirable way with people. Drunk ones being no exception. :)

18 Aug 2010 6:35am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Wonder if they are drinkers or collectors of bottles ? (Gotta give them the benefit of the doubt.) ;-)

18 Aug 2010 6:47am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

They really need a taxi ! Nice scene , I love it , Phil.

18 Aug 2010 6:48am

jpla from Anjou, France

Ils sont bien partis ... Je te souhaite une agréable journée

18 Aug 2010 6:55am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Alcohol abuse is dangerous, it is better to walk straight preferably :)) Beautiful day.

18 Aug 2010 7:06am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great shot with a nice focus

18 Aug 2010 7:33am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Drink water is better: excellent shot!

18 Aug 2010 7:51am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

excellent portrait *******************

18 Aug 2010 8:01am

Prarthana from Singapore

nice picture :-)

18 Aug 2010 8:01am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot...

18 Aug 2010 8:08am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An open greeting to you maybe? Good citizens that their selective garbage and container looking glass! Mariana extraordinary composition! I like the arm covering the man's face ... Creative and well seen! Best regards. Adela

18 Aug 2010 8:11am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

very sharp ... nice portrait

18 Aug 2010 8:20am

Emmeji from France

En France on dit : "Boire ou conduire, il faut choisir" !

18 Aug 2010 8:21am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Where is Stevie Wonders? Really good, Mariana.

18 Aug 2010 8:21am

fereshteh from Iran

good idea

18 Aug 2010 8:43am

Thierry Masson from orly, France

I like the light

18 Aug 2010 8:56am

ryse from bordeaux, France

Toujours avec modération sinon....bonjour les dégâts !

18 Aug 2010 9:16am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely light, great title

18 Aug 2010 10:44am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Funny one! Great light!

18 Aug 2010 11:08am

Marie LC from France

Good message !

18 Aug 2010 11:21am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain


18 Aug 2010 11:49am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

That is true.

18 Aug 2010 11:51am

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Bien vu !

18 Aug 2010 11:52am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Words of wisdom......too often ignored at their peril! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

18 Aug 2010 12:16pm

Hinah from Karachi, Pakistan

the background is perfectly out of focus...nice colorful image!

18 Aug 2010 12:37pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

lol very funny one :)))

18 Aug 2010 1:00pm

bahram from Tehran, Iran


18 Aug 2010 1:12pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Don't drink and ride your bicycle friend learned that the hard way. :)

18 Aug 2010 1:15pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

great capture !!
kiss !

18 Aug 2010 2:00pm

Val37 from Tours, France

It's a good idea !

18 Aug 2010 2:12pm

B◊nΛng∠e from Paris, France

or walk :-)

18 Aug 2010 2:14pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

this is good because I had to look seriously to take in all the details

18 Aug 2010 2:21pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Good message, and as always, a picture is worth a thousand words....

18 Aug 2010 2:28pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: If only this girl did not have her sunglasses it would be really very original photo . Her right eye is totally blue, with terrible bruise ... she told me she felt down and hurt her eye ...

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great point!

18 Aug 2010 2:31pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

they choose taxi, it's really better

18 Aug 2010 2:34pm

Bernardo from Spain

Un buen disparo.

18 Aug 2010 2:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Now there is an important public statement. Fine selective focus. I love the looks on their faces.

18 Aug 2010 2:42pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Wise advice! Beautiful shot!

18 Aug 2010 2:43pm

Don Levesque from New Brunswick, Canada

Always loved these kinds of photos, shows the human side of people. Great capture! And great advice!

18 Aug 2010 3:04pm

Preeti from Mumbai, India

nice one.....perfect quote for them :)

18 Aug 2010 3:11pm

laura from the beach..., United States

i am glad they are taking their bottles away for recycling! i love your captures of people being people. bravo!

18 Aug 2010 3:15pm

@laura: thx Laura . To be honest I was surprised to see them with empty bottle in this bag . They came out from some bush, pretty drunk, asking for cigarettes !

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super colour.

18 Aug 2010 3:16pm

@Nigel: colors ? what a cool comment ! I see you taking people shots too, so very surprising to comment the colors !

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

Totally agree with the tite.. BTW dont drink and get photographed, you end up covering someone else's face too :)

18 Aug 2010 3:20pm

@Pravin Patade: well, who is on the street always have a good chances to be photographed ;)) A public place, my eye ... my camera .. why not ? Thanks for your comments !

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Hee the bag of 'empties' ! So she had a black eye? That would of changed the feel of this photo huh? Also love her arm in his face like she forgot he was there "sorry honey, didn't mean to smack you" Great photo!

18 Aug 2010 3:20pm

@Sara: thx Sara :)) Good kids , ha ?

Richard T from Suiffolk for a while, United Kingdom

''black eye falling down'' . That made me fall off my chair laughing and even I didn't get a black eye.

Strong shot in alsorts of ways Mariana .


18 Aug 2010 3:29pm

@Richard T: I am afraid to say ... but I would rather think of - black eye dangerous boyfriend :)))

Marie from Visé, Belgium

A beautiful urban, colored and alive photo...


18 Aug 2010 3:47pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

haha..good one

18 Aug 2010 3:49pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Good citizens there. Great Photographer out of view but snapping the shutter!!

18 Aug 2010 3:54pm

Sarala from Chicago, United States

Funny portrait.

18 Aug 2010 4:06pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

At least, they aren't driving. But, they've had plenty to drink. Super street document.

18 Aug 2010 4:36pm

Ken from United States

It is definitely HIS bag of booze. Nice street moment! Are you the taxi? Meaning : are they waving at the photographer?

18 Aug 2010 4:53pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Ha! Great street image! Amazing clarity and colors - Just brings a huge smile to my face.

18 Aug 2010 5:00pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very interesting tones in this shot.

18 Aug 2010 5:02pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

ok mariana , natural y sencilla , fotografias que no todo el mundo se atreve a hacer.

18 Aug 2010 5:14pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great cautionary message...
Well conveyed in this picture..
I do hope they are only waiting for their taxi..

18 Aug 2010 5:56pm

@Sunder: well, bottles are empty ;) they need a cab for sure :)

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Clever couple! ;)) The focus is fantastic here!

18 Aug 2010 5:56pm

PHIL MORRIS from Canada

Oh yeah.......they're wasted !

18 Aug 2010 6:16pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful candid portraits and very good advise

18 Aug 2010 6:35pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Really well observed, and beautifully shot.

18 Aug 2010 7:12pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Nice urban shot! Intersting people. (Thought she was waiving at you first, so thanks for the title.)

18 Aug 2010 7:54pm

Ked from Sidney, Canada

Nice candid shot.

18 Aug 2010 7:57pm

Mohammad from mashhad, Iran

;)) yes ,u right

18 Aug 2010 8:09pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Back off....... this is my shot ! Sensible advice and a natural shot.

18 Aug 2010 8:11pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Very different kind of portrait here.

18 Aug 2010 8:58pm

pax from Mahon, Spain

muy real. un retrato diferente

18 Aug 2010 9:59pm

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

I remembered some stories from C. Bukowsky books

18 Aug 2010 10:23pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I had a feeling the sunglasses were being used to hide something rather than protect from UVA and UVB rays. I can hear her calling for your attention after she spotted your camera. :-)

18 Aug 2010 10:32pm

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

You've been collecting some fine stranger portraits, and some are stranger than others! This is a fun shot -- well done!

18 Aug 2010 11:44pm

@Gillian Barfoot: That is all what interests me in photography - street photography and portraits ;)) Thanks a lot Gillian !

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

nice shot mariana! :)

19 Aug 2010 12:42am

Ajay from Pune, India

I envy you... in a way. No body really seems to be questioning you when you take their photographs. Over here, I'll have to think hundred times before I click on someone's face. That's why I end up with flowers and birds.

19 Aug 2010 1:47am

@Ajay: Ajay, I take pictures of everything I like, what I find very interesting . I ask nobody for permission. Ok, so many people who see me they start talking to me . Some people come to me asking if I do not mind taking their pictures. These pictures I usually do not like and never post on Am3, since they are really not appealing to me ;)) SO, no reason to envy, just be brave , go out , see people around you, take a picture ( if you like street photography .... 0 many thx ;)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting shot.

19 Aug 2010 2:01am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

They look like they are really needing a taxi too! Lucky she didn't bomp him on the nose :)

19 Aug 2010 2:46am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I like the way you caught it with her arm in his face.

19 Aug 2010 3:34am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

great moment!

19 Aug 2010 3:37am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

And don't forget to quit smoking. hehe.

19 Aug 2010 4:00am

Julie from Easton, United States

Nice capture! Atleast they didn't litter either! hehe.

19 Aug 2010 4:52am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Cool situation and I love that arm just in front of his face! Great colors and dof!

19 Aug 2010 4:52am

Hoom@n from Tehran, Iran

woman masked man ::)

19 Aug 2010 6:13am

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

He'll bite her arm! Very good moment shot

19 Aug 2010 12:37pm

@jhcibils: thx a lot :))

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like your way of shooting, or I have to say, I like their way of being shot. Her had on his face !!

19 Aug 2010 12:52pm

@Hiro: isn't that the same, Hiro ? ha ha thx :)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot with a nice focus, great moment!

19 Aug 2010 6:01pm

Jean-Louis from Villers le Peuplier, Belgium

I love the light of this great shot.

19 Aug 2010 9:03pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany


20 Aug 2010 6:46pm

1/320 second
ISO 400
75 mm