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Life is Beautiful

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 16 October 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Kitchener, ON
Sep, 2010

Met this couple and took this picture in September, when they were homeless. Saw them today again. They are now in a shelter, happy but still outside enjoying a beautiful weather !

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/250 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

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Nice one. Yes, when one's content, life is beautiful - whatever the conditions may be. Its all about the perspectives!

16 Oct 2010 5:48am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Well....they have food, and shoes, and clothes, and the sun on their face.
And have caught them in the light, most interestingly!! :-)

16 Oct 2010 5:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Très jolie cette lumière ! Je te souhaite un agréable samedi.

16 Oct 2010 6:02am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Mais avec une belle lumière, la misère reste la misère...

16 Oct 2010 6:13am

fereshteh from Iran

very nice !

16 Oct 2010 6:38am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Life is beautiful but not easy for everyone, poverty is growing in all countries. Superb image, despite their condition they appear to be happy. Mariana great day.

16 Oct 2010 6:47am

Ekios from Une des trois iles du Salut, Guyana

As a "form of" firemen I can't see anything else than their pity health + what they seems to eat ... if they are homeless ... I'm affraid of what will happen when one of their arterys will get stuck :(

Life ain't beautiful, your shot is.

16 Oct 2010 6:48am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Life is varied, varied is beautiful. As this shot, too.

16 Oct 2010 6:59am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely light, interesting title, life is beautiful if you are healthy and content, the guys expression seems to say, "it's okay, we're okay"

16 Oct 2010 7:09am

oncho from granada, Spain

Fantastic scene

16 Oct 2010 7:17am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful capture, and it really shows in a "Marianan" way the beauty of life.

16 Oct 2010 7:18am

Emmeji from France

" It seems to me that the misery would be less painful with the sun" ( Charles Aznavour )

16 Oct 2010 7:34am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

great, love your look on life

16 Oct 2010 7:43am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

This is not the Mediterranean diet.
Enjoy your meal!

16 Oct 2010 7:45am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Great shot, like the lighting in this

16 Oct 2010 8:26am

thami from Fès, Morocco

Eternelle question : manger pour vivre, vivre pour manger ?
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse!

16 Oct 2010 8:45am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Definitely life is as beautiful as we want!

16 Oct 2010 9:02am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

A totally delightful capture.

16 Oct 2010 9:08am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Supersize me on that one:)

16 Oct 2010 9:14am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Forgot to say love the light
Glad they have a bed at night

16 Oct 2010 9:45am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

.. is happy her face tells us. Good Instant Mariana. They are hungry and eat heartily! Nice smile that spends waiting for your picture to continue his meal peacefully! Best regards, Adela

16 Oct 2010 9:47am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hahaha... well caught :) And what a beautiful light also. Enjoy your weekend :)

16 Oct 2010 10:14am

Oscar from Perpignan, France

Super shot. Yes, beautiful life

16 Oct 2010 10:16am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

you are absolutely right...

16 Oct 2010 10:36am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

It's good to have shelter, but maybe they enjoy their free lifestyle. Lovely image.

16 Oct 2010 10:41am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Let's talk bout vegetables and grilled fish ;-)

16 Oct 2010 11:19am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful shot of them, good to read they are in a shelter now

16 Oct 2010 11:44am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha, a homeless life clearly doesn't skimp on calorie intake!

16 Oct 2010 12:31pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, NB, Canada

Love the story behind this photo. You've captured life on the street as it's suppose to be captured. Showing happiness through misery. Great photo and good luck to them!

16 Oct 2010 12:43pm

@Don Levesque: thanks on their behalf :) He got a new bike, he is very happy :)

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, what a beautiful life

16 Oct 2010 12:49pm

@Yvon: wow... do you really think so ?

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent instant of life

16 Oct 2010 12:55pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seems like they are preparing themselfs for the rude Canadian winter. You be ready for editting a book on the Canadian Great Book of the Homeless, Mariana?

16 Oct 2010 1:02pm

@Peter: why homeless only ? Yes, I am preparing a book :)

Nitin from Raipur, India

Lovely picture Mariana - the characters and the subject is fantastic no doubt but whats also great is the quality of the picture. Cheers!

16 Oct 2010 1:34pm

NaDu from Köln, Germany

A scene full of light against the totally blacked background make this one clear and potentially joyful. As often with your pics, my emotions are driven in different directions. Ok, it's fuckin' great to be alive, as Frank Zappa said, but this pair seems to enjoy in a very basic, heavy bodily and also unhealthy way, so what to think about?

16 Oct 2010 1:37pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Good to show the aminus communitiy that live is not always easy. However it's a beautiful shot, made with compassion.

16 Oct 2010 2:02pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

fabulous lights in this this shot! :)

16 Oct 2010 2:17pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

it's so goowonderful to make a connection with those that one photographs....a positve outcome so far...a good image and story for you!!! !thanks for sharing it

16 Oct 2010 2:39pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Ni tanto que es bella.Saludos.

16 Oct 2010 3:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

it is indeed. terrific capture

16 Oct 2010 3:25pm

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

I love the lighting ... Great picture

16 Oct 2010 3:29pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love this! What wonderful light, and really interesting subjects....makes me want to know more about them!

16 Oct 2010 4:01pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

muy buena captura, un abrazo pablo

16 Oct 2010 5:45pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

really beautiful ?

16 Oct 2010 5:54pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

ohhhhwwww my this realy............speechless......

16 Oct 2010 6:16pm

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Their story is amazing....shows you to never give up on life...circumstances are what you make of them....Love the light and framing in your photo! :)

16 Oct 2010 6:31pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Nothing to pretend..beautiful moment!
Nice to know they are in a shelter now!

16 Oct 2010 6:47pm

P. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Ekios said it best, their life may suck but your picture is great.

16 Oct 2010 6:47pm

@P. Morris: their life and their health suck for sure. my title is rather ironic !

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

These two do not look healthy, but photographed in a special way

16 Oct 2010 6:48pm

philippe from moselle, France

la bouffe à tout prix, beurkk !!!

16 Oct 2010 6:55pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

good your tittle!

16 Oct 2010 7:10pm

@Olivier: i am not a writer. title is not important at all .

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It is a good outcome for them to be in a shelter now. Lovely capture.

16 Oct 2010 7:40pm

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

yeah !!!

16 Oct 2010 8:35pm

Alfredo Jimenez Casimiro from Burgos, Spain


16 Oct 2010 9:27pm

69mil from On the road, Argentina

Haha it seems that for them life smiles, is a good street capture
Good day

16 Oct 2010 9:50pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

At least, they have something to eat. Well, life is possibly beautiful.

17 Oct 2010 12:13am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

HAHAHA!!! Life is beautiful and maybe delicious!!!! ; )))

17 Oct 2010 12:20am

Shoti from Manila, Philippines

fascinating. i love the story behind this, good thing they were able to transcend from being homeless.

the light that bathes them looks terrific with the dark background. and the attitude of both is complementary to each other! :)

17 Oct 2010 12:47am

Julie from Easton, United States

Really nice capture. How sad it is that everyones economies are really taking a beating and everyone is suffering. Glad to hear they found a shelter!

17 Oct 2010 2:07am

Elliott from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

great photo,, your work is amazing it always captures a sad perspective, but tells a story as well

17 Oct 2010 2:10am

SerenaRVP10 from Burnaby, Canada

beautiful story! nice capture

17 Oct 2010 3:29am

rem_la from Villiers, France

un bel instant !

17 Oct 2010 3:46am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

They seem to be kind of happy with their life. I like the light and how it seems to be highlighting them. Wonderful colours as well

17 Oct 2010 7:16am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Your commentary on street life would make a super book. Well done.

17 Oct 2010 8:12am

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

Nice capture.

Is life so beautiful ?? Just enjoy the moment ... for these men : Sun, food ... sufficient ?

17 Oct 2010 9:35am

@Bruno: life is miserable in fact :)

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

LOL super

17 Oct 2010 11:20am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It is beautiful indeed, and it needs better clothes! :-)

17 Oct 2010 11:47am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Your light is beautiful too !
A very tender shot, with lot of humanity.

17 Oct 2010 1:02pm

rian from fullerton, United States

good for them.. they look quite healthy here.. ;) nice capture..

17 Oct 2010 6:05pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

He is interested in you, too!!! Peaceful man! Superb shot!

17 Oct 2010 11:59pm

@flyingwind风飞扬: o, ya :) I am slim, not his girl ;) ha ha

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Good food, good friends, and a chance to kick your shoes off. That's the life.

18 Oct 2010 12:07am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful candid shot ! Nice lighting.

18 Oct 2010 1:13am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Life is Beautiful , live beautifully....

18 Oct 2010 9:27am

Laurent from near Lyon, France

happy for them they found a shelter, nice light.

18 Oct 2010 11:45am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

"Bon appétit !!" ! :-) Zero complex, be wat you are ! :-) Great capture !

18 Oct 2010 4:41pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Very special picture. Really nice!

19 Oct 2010 8:58pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

un robado excelente!!

20 Oct 2010 12:33am

NeeZee from Freiburg, Germany

this is just a great photo!

25 Oct 2010 6:04pm

tce76 from Saint laurent de brèvedent, France

Pourtant je reviens tout juste du Canada, et je n'ai pas observé pariculièrement de gens obèses.

25 Oct 2010 7:01pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

You want to tell them to stop! They will eventually explode!

28 Oct 2010 5:26pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Je me baladais dans toutes ces photos et j"avais l'impression de découvrir des pages de vie dans toute sa simplicité. J'aime vos photos et la plupart des titres que vous leurs donnez.
Je me suis arrêté sur cette photo pour poster un commentaire car j'ai trouvé que son titre colle très bien avec ce que je ressens : "La vie est belle".

Surfing upon all your pictures, I had the simple impression of discovering life in its simplicity. I like your shots and most of the titles you gave them.
I stopped on this picture to post a comment because I found its title was so close to what I feel : Life is Beautiful.

30 Nov 2010 6:55pm

1/250 second
ISO 400
75 mm