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Death Walks Behind You

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/10.0 ISO 200 180 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

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Too great that shadow, superb shot. 5 *. Beautiful day.

11 Oct 2010 5:18am

Yvon from Orleans, France

une image très poignante

11 Oct 2010 5:19am

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

WOW ! Really nicely done !

11 Oct 2010 5:26am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

fantastic shadows, terrific b/w

11 Oct 2010 5:54am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

The shadow is creepily interesting.

11 Oct 2010 6:07am

STEED from Somewhere, France

We'll never walk alone ( Elvis)

11 Oct 2010 6:17am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Muy bien pillada!! Un saludo.

11 Oct 2010 6:26am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

So glad the shadow is in front of him, the shadow looks more bent and older than he, a sign of what is to come. I think we have seen him in another shot his shadow is always with him.

11 Oct 2010 6:41am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

A very poignant image. Evokes a feeling of much sadness.

11 Oct 2010 6:45am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Hmmm... U ve created a nice creepy atmosphere... Nice shot...

11 Oct 2010 7:13am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine

Great shot!! You creeped me out for a moment :-)

11 Oct 2010 7:19am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

L'ombre est géniale : superbe composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

11 Oct 2010 7:39am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

or in front of you, I agree with Christine, the shadow looks more hunched over than he is, I like the atmosphere you created here

11 Oct 2010 7:44am

Babzy from Besançon, France

strong image and the cross follows you ....

11 Oct 2010 7:55am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Or dead walks in front (as the shadow). Funny pic with surprising title. I'd crop the pic on top and left and let the title uncropped. Happy day.

11 Oct 2010 7:59am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Not a happy picture for the begining of the week , but nice shot and deep B§W , Phil.

11 Oct 2010 8:20am

@Phil: Sorry, but you already know me - I do not care for happy and sweet pictures :) Have a sweet week ;)

oncho from granada, Spain

Great capture...fantastic

11 Oct 2010 8:36am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

sad symbolism, well presented

11 Oct 2010 9:01am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Muy bien captada la imagen,bonita foto.Saludos Mariana.

11 Oct 2010 9:19am

@Manuel Hompanera: many thx :)

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wow - nice strong capture of the shadow. The title describes the image very very well.

11 Oct 2010 9:25am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

He walks as a ghost, a living ghost. Great.

11 Oct 2010 9:26am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

This man and his shadow could be the subject of a short story! Amazing!

11 Oct 2010 9:37am

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Great street scene. I like very much!

11 Oct 2010 10:00am

farzane from tehran, Iran

wow...it1s wonderful shot...nice shadow ...!

11 Oct 2010 10:54am

Journey Photographic from Australia

The more I look at this picture, the more I like it...

11 Oct 2010 10:56am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Strong but excellent!

11 Oct 2010 11:18am

Emmeji from France

Une ombre un peu inquiétante...

11 Oct 2010 11:52am

Christian Devoise from Mantes La Jolie, France

Great shadow and title.. life seems to be heavy on his shoulders..

11 Oct 2010 12:14pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

It's true that medicines & cosmetics are slow poison...Great title.

11 Oct 2010 12:40pm

@PRASHANT: strange vision of this image . thanks .

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

Agree with the other comments so far - great b&w shot that captures so much

11 Oct 2010 1:14pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

I love it !!! beautiful B & W shot !! The shadow is amazing !

11 Oct 2010 1:56pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice. looks like the same guy from Sept. 15; the same posture. the shadow here is superb

11 Oct 2010 2:28pm

Val37 from Tours, France

I like the contrats between the guy and his shadow ! 5*****

11 Oct 2010 2:49pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice shadow play !

11 Oct 2010 3:47pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

You are absolutely right. But you don't need to remind us (lol).

11 Oct 2010 4:41pm

@António Pires: funny :)

Gianny from Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia

.... and sometimes is even faster than we think it is..... Nicelly captured moment. Greetings.

11 Oct 2010 4:42pm

Irene from L C, France

Une réalité dure . Une très belle réalisation photographique.

11 Oct 2010 5:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Whoa! What an awesome photo Mariana...this is really dramatic and kinda scary too :-) Great piece!

11 Oct 2010 5:38pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

como es la vida , a veces tienes que seguir a tu propia sombra, muy buena, un abrazo pablo

11 Oct 2010 5:52pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Actually in this case, SHE is in front of him:-)
Is he living in your neighborhood ... I think I recognize him from another picture

Great shot !

11 Oct 2010 5:54pm

@Gilles: NO, this CROSS is behind him . Nobody sees it unfortunately ;)) NO, he is not in my neighborhood , but very often I go to Downtown I see him.

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Superb shadow and attitude of the man ! Great street view !! Well seen !

11 Oct 2010 6:03pm

Hadi from Shiraz, Iran

Well done!!

11 Oct 2010 6:06pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Well seen, great catch.

11 Oct 2010 6:08pm

Andrew Gould from Santiago, Chile

This really does have an ominous look to it. So well done...

11 Oct 2010 6:15pm

@Andrew Gould: many thanks Andrew !

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wonderful catch Mariana!! That shadow is fantastic!!

11 Oct 2010 6:46pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

well caught, with the shadow

11 Oct 2010 7:09pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yeh, and this time dressed in a checkered shirt! Indeed the shadow is omninous, great scene

11 Oct 2010 7:11pm

@Peter: Always the same shirt . Check this and others , but I do not think a shirt is important ;) i

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Whaouh ! Fantastique et très touchant.
Une photo percutante dans tous les sens du terme.

11 Oct 2010 7:24pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Just make sure it will never look at you in the eyes ...

A real nice shot

11 Oct 2010 7:51pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I love that clearly defined shadow - the grim reaper.

11 Oct 2010 8:34pm

Oscar from Perpignan, France

Nice title, and super shadow! fantastic!

11 Oct 2010 9:12pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very strong image

11 Oct 2010 10:48pm

Ken from United States

Terrific Mariana!

12 Oct 2010 12:08am

@Ken: I know :)) thx Ken :)

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Oh...What an impressive title!
Goood job, Bravo. : )

12 Oct 2010 12:45am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot!
love the shadow and the title...

12 Oct 2010 4:20am

Julie from Easton, United States

This shot is kind of hmmm...yes creepy as others have said, but notheless, an interesting shot!

12 Oct 2010 4:21am

larans from Lund, Sweden

I think we have seen this walking guy before. Interesting picture, but I have some problems with it. Death behind, the shadow or both the guy and his shadow? Makes me a little confused. But that´s a good picture.

12 Oct 2010 7:15am

@larans: yes, not only once but a few more times. thx Larans !

Monte Stevens from Westerville, United States

Girl, you have a way of coming up with astounding images from the streets. And, you do it on a regular basis. Another well done image.

12 Oct 2010 1:38pm

@Monte Stevens: thanks a lot Monte !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Ah, I see the cross. But still, it seems his shadow is dark and death like and preceding him. Regardless of the interpretation, this is a super B&W.

12 Oct 2010 11:01pm

Dave Hill from United Kingdom

Love the photo. You captured it perfectly

13 Oct 2010 4:10am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Wow ....the shadow....fantastic

13 Oct 2010 8:07pm

Elliott from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

Brings a tear to my eye,,, we live in this world, this country and this is a part of our every day life,,, a wonderful capture to make one stop and be Thankful for the little things in live well done

13 Oct 2010 8:07pm

@Elliott: yes, that is so true Elliott! My heart is breaking when see this man in downtown of Waterloo . Each time I try to stop , talk to him, give him some change and warm words . For thanksgiving I gave him 20 $ for a nice lunch .. My God, he told me a million times - "God bless you dear !" . His eyes were full of tears !

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is one powerful image and title!

13 Oct 2010 8:33pm

kinshuk from mumbai, India

hey awesome snap! the cross goes unnoticed a bit, still, good thinking

14 Oct 2010 5:52am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Compelling photo.. the title is aptly named!

15 Oct 2010 3:29pm

JD from NORTHERN IRELAND, United Kingdom


16 Oct 2010 6:52pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Nice shot.

16 Oct 2010 8:13pm

Shoti from Manila, Philippines

if we only understand life, death actually is our friend.

to each sunrise, there's a sunset. and to each death, a new child is beget.

anyway, this one's a terrific photograph. one can feel heavy feelings of melancholy just by looking at the man.

17 Oct 2010 1:06am

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, Switzerland

waouw ... I'm Speechless ... this pic is terrific ... so strong ... I stop talking ...

17 Oct 2010 7:56am

1/500 second
ISO 200
180 mm