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Dark Truth

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 9 December 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

- original picture ( no crop, no processing)

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/10.0 ISO 200 230 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

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Great idea, very well done.

9 Dec 2010 8:45am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Good shadow play, the whole truth in it.

9 Dec 2010 8:52am


MARIANA, SUPER this photo!


9 Dec 2010 8:54am

@NANNE NICOLAI: thanks Nanne :)

Franz from Baden, Austria

great and strong silhouette! (i have one today, too, but not as good i'm afraid!)

9 Dec 2010 8:57am

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Very concise! You know how to present the basic essentials with these great chineese shadows.

9 Dec 2010 9:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

bien vu ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

9 Dec 2010 9:06am

thami from Morocco

Joli effet ombres chinoises!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!

9 Dec 2010 9:17am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid this shadow effect, great shot. Nice day.

9 Dec 2010 9:19am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a terrific shot, what a expressive silhouette!

9 Dec 2010 9:21am

Spright from Small Town, South Africa

Less is more, great detail creating mood. Lovely.

9 Dec 2010 9:23am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wonderful silhouette!!

9 Dec 2010 9:24am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very mysterious, I like it!

9 Dec 2010 9:26am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Mariana

He is in his deep thoughts, and has a problem, looking at the ground to find a solution. This is enhanced by the tree silhouette over him, pressing on him.

9 Dec 2010 9:26am

@CLODO: You are so close, with little correction - it is SHE !!! She suffers a mental illness.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Awesome shadows. I love the way his shadow is echoed in shape by the tree.

9 Dec 2010 9:32am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Nice silouette together with the geometries, you have an extraordinary eye for this captutes.

9 Dec 2010 9:37am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Great framing and very nice focus in the shadows!

9 Dec 2010 9:55am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautifully photographed, the tree has the same attitude as the person, well done

9 Dec 2010 9:56am

Anneke from Veendam, Netherlands

What a great picture, great job!
A nice peaceful image, with beautiful details.
I see this picture with a story

9 Dec 2010 10:22am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wonderful silhouette of this dejected figure, I love the tone of the building behind

9 Dec 2010 10:25am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Sensational photo. Looks like Johnny Cash

9 Dec 2010 10:27am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

9 Dec 2010 10:30am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

great chineese shadow !

9 Dec 2010 10:46am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

awesome composition

9 Dec 2010 10:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A perfect silhouette

9 Dec 2010 10:51am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Well done , wonderful shadow , phil.

9 Dec 2010 10:56am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

excellent silhouette shot

9 Dec 2010 10:56am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

A fine composition making good use of silhouette, light and shadows

9 Dec 2010 11:03am

kerfendal from Paris, France

a great shade, like in a little theater

9 Dec 2010 11:09am


Very beautiful
Have a good picture of that, thank you

9 Dec 2010 11:09am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


9 Dec 2010 11:24am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Clean and strong. I like that the figure and tree are placed almost to one half of the frame's totality. The white grout lines in the stone backdrop are serving this image very well, too.

9 Dec 2010 11:31am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Nice siluette.

9 Dec 2010 11:32am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow! Lovely and sharp silhouette – creates a dark mood with the head tilted down and the cold stone backdrop.

9 Dec 2010 11:59am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The shadows are so crisp that he must have been just out of shot(Just a boring observation, really) So, of course the question is what is in his mind? Fed-up?, Deep in thought? Looking at a leaf on the pavement? Who knows...but I do know that it's a stunning shot!

9 Dec 2010 12:01pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


9 Dec 2010 12:10pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Simply beautiful ! well done !

9 Dec 2010 12:14pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Dawns on us all . . strong stuff.

9 Dec 2010 12:41pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent use of light and shadow to create a wonderful mood Mariana! Well done! ;-)

9 Dec 2010 12:46pm

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Possibly her closest aquaintance is her shadow ... ?


9 Dec 2010 12:47pm

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

Almost like an old shadow play Very well seen and captured!

9 Dec 2010 1:04pm

Emmeji from France

Elle semble porter tout le poids du monde sur ses épaules...

9 Dec 2010 1:16pm

Jean-Luc from France

Nice ! i like how you played with shadow here , with a beautiful contrast. Nice shadow , S:, the silhouette look in full thoughts, maybe trying to guess your size for BRA :-))))) ;-)

9 Dec 2010 1:18pm

@Jean-Luc: he he .. my size ? you silly B :)) he he next time - one black, sexy one for S :)

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

to portrait people is defenitely yours! (seen in your portfolio)
and this silhoutte is very especially!

9 Dec 2010 1:24pm

@klauSZ: thanks Klaus ! Yes, street photography and people are my interest mostly !

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the way you've played with this silhouette ! Nice work Mariana ! Have a lovely day :)

9 Dec 2010 1:30pm

cristof from France

belle ombre chinoise!

9 Dec 2010 1:54pm

jacklineG from Béarn, France

Une bien jolie façon de jouer avec les ombres ! Bonne journée

9 Dec 2010 2:02pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

Great silhouette, I love the way we can infer so many things from his posture. I also like the detail of lines on the walls, and the way he is contained within a square.

9 Dec 2010 2:10pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Elle est perdue dans ses pensées!
Le personnage en noir donne beaucoup de profondeur à l'image!

9 Dec 2010 2:12pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Awesome shot! Excellent colours and lighting

9 Dec 2010 2:16pm

oncho from granada, Spain

Good capture, good....

9 Dec 2010 2:23pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Amazing work and such a brilliant title

9 Dec 2010 2:41pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Sometimes the demons within us are the hardest to fight, as the world watches us with caution instead of offering a helping hand. You can be amongst people and yet so alone. A superb frame, M.

9 Dec 2010 2:51pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Jolie silhouette bien capturée !

9 Dec 2010 3:26pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes I agree with Journey Photographic's comment entirely...Almost all of your images are so expertly captured in such a way that the "inference" (as spoken above) is often comprised of many options...choose one. I choose to view this as one of many elements: human, structure (the wall) and nature (the tree)...the "look" of the person is the final piece which now allows us to draw our inference. OUr ind=ference, howeveer, is also influenced by our own makeup and mindset at the time, and from befoe..all of these factors go in to the development of the inference. Your work is so magnificent!!!

9 Dec 2010 3:26pm

@Denny Jump Photo: thanks a lot Denny !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous silhouettes

9 Dec 2010 3:45pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great silhouette, and title.

9 Dec 2010 4:00pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

great silhouette

9 Dec 2010 4:06pm

Burning Dodge Studios from Manchester, NH, United States

I love shadow work! I need to do more of this because this is incredible.

9 Dec 2010 4:08pm

Gildas from Montreuil-sous-Bois, France

Tristesse d'une tête baissée.

9 Dec 2010 4:09pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb effect ! Beautiful composition .

9 Dec 2010 4:13pm

Pascale from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

superb,excellently done!I love the idea,the details in the hair,everything!

9 Dec 2010 4:16pm

LB Vision from paris, France

superbe ! peace !

9 Dec 2010 4:23pm

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Exquisite silhouette, seems to express depressive mood, but who knows the truth when it's dark?

9 Dec 2010 4:36pm

69mil from On the road, Argentina

Great picture in their natural state, perfect contrast, reminds me of a scene from the film Frank Miller's Sin City, very nice
Good day

9 Dec 2010 4:41pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Mariana - love this image - powerful and beautifully done!

9 Dec 2010 4:47pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

well :)

9 Dec 2010 4:56pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

silhouette pensive sous un arbre c'est bien vu

9 Dec 2010 5:27pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

wow, very good silhouette

9 Dec 2010 5:56pm

Nicolas from Switzerland


Merveilleuse iamge et compo quel découpage de cette silhouette, quelle réalisation sueprbe.
Belle soirée et merci

9 Dec 2010 6:17pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a beautiful shadow Mariana, the shadow is also tacksharp. Realy great work and the first thought was: the photo is screaming SHADOW ON THE WALL.........(mike oldfield;-)))

9 Dec 2010 6:25pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Magnifique cette ombre sur ce fond éclairé par le soleil !!
J'aime bcp !!

9 Dec 2010 6:33pm


The picture describes perfectly what you have reported about it. It is a life in shadows as well, it frightens you

9 Dec 2010 6:35pm

Martin A. Mora from North Platte, United States

awsome as usual. have come to expect a;ways the best from you, ya know though, I think this is "Elvis"

9 Dec 2010 6:58pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition *****

9 Dec 2010 7:09pm

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India

wonderful silhouettes

9 Dec 2010 7:12pm

Michael Valcic from New York City, United States

Lovely photo! It almost looks like it was drawn on the wall.

9 Dec 2010 7:40pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fascinante perfil mariana, te atreves con todo eres maravillosa

saludos waterloo from salamanca

9 Dec 2010 7:42pm

tataray from france, France

Belle silhouette.))

9 Dec 2010 7:45pm

mohsen from Tehran, Iran

good shadow and strong frame

9 Dec 2010 8:26pm

morteza from tehran, Iran

woww.. great shot... always love the shadows

9 Dec 2010 8:54pm

Vink from Grasse, France

Fantastic silhouette ! well composed !

9 Dec 2010 9:00pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Very strong contrasts between the wall and the shadow. This looks like a very pensive man with a lot on his mind. Great framing with the tree behind him.

9 Dec 2010 9:24pm

@Steven: this is a woman, Steven . thx !

Still from Valence, France

Oh a great capture! i like how your choice of a deep black!

9 Dec 2010 9:32pm

RobertB from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Fantastic silhouette! This is one of those images that makes you wonder what is going on inside his head.

9 Dec 2010 9:42pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Buena reflexión.Saludos Mariana.

9 Dec 2010 10:06pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

As is the case some times with your images, it leaves the viewer much to think about. I really like that aspect.

9 Dec 2010 10:14pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Estas fotos " solo las ves tu". Felicidades.

9 Dec 2010 10:17pm

Brine from France

The truth is always dark ? Sure, if the woman whose silhouette is showed suffers a mental illness, as you said ! Terrible truth but great shot, Marianna, with a wonderful shadow.
Thanks for your passage .Regards


9 Dec 2010 10:22pm

jpboies from montreal, Canada

wow... so strong... the lines on the wall framing that almost cartoony silouhette (nose and hair) in shape, but very serious (thinking or sad ???) in attitude... i love it....

9 Dec 2010 10:35pm

Oscar from perpignan, Spain

Great Shadow, or is a silhouette?
:) i like

9 Dec 2010 10:44pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Sometimes I wonder how this sort of picture is done by photographer...Do they wait for a long time or jsut an occassion... Hope he is not sad for something but is just in consideration on Christmas! Very nice cast shadow and framing is much like a Chinese word "井“(water well)!!!

9 Dec 2010 11:52pm

alex centrella from California, United States

simplicity at its best .... got my 5 stars..

9 Dec 2010 11:52pm

Kala from United States

Very compelling silhouette image.

10 Dec 2010 12:38am

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

another great work, Mariana. Love the silhouette!

10 Dec 2010 1:02am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Very compelling image! I love the composition and texture! Perfect light in this! Brilliant capture!!!!

10 Dec 2010 1:30am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Yohahaha.....!!! : D : D

10 Dec 2010 1:30am

@ORBIT: o, honey, you are such a happy girl ;) would love to know what is so funny to laugh together with you :)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

I don't see how some are getting a man out of this :)
You got timing on this.

10 Dec 2010 2:04am

Julie from Easton, United States

Now that is a great shadow and title!

10 Dec 2010 2:29am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

beautiful photo. the refleccion leaves the position of this man

10 Dec 2010 2:59am

Tushar Kanti Mandal from Delhi, India

A frame within a frame. And the mood very well presented.

10 Dec 2010 3:44am

David from Detroit, United States

Great shot. The silhouette almost looks like a painted mural or graffiti tag.

10 Dec 2010 3:56am

Shelle from Washington State, United States

super. Love the shadow.

10 Dec 2010 4:26am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Dreamlike and stripped, like the movement of the shadow that matches that of the tree! Great achievement!

10 Dec 2010 6:18am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

contemplation can be..............

10 Dec 2010 9:46am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Beautiful shadow quibbles

10 Dec 2010 12:39pm

Mistral from Alsace, France

Very nice.

10 Dec 2010 4:40pm

Vinay from Bangalore, India

beautiful title for a beautiful photograph.

10 Dec 2010 5:27pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

A little Mantovani orchestral music in the background suits your photos well....

10 Dec 2010 6:19pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

it makes me think to Hitchcock ... Excellent compo

10 Dec 2010 8:34pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Fantastic silhouette..and so perfectly framed!

10 Dec 2010 9:22pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

On devine les sentiments de la personne même sur sa silhouette , bravo

10 Dec 2010 9:51pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice !

11 Dec 2010 1:53am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Awesome! Love those strong silhouettes.

11 Dec 2010 4:02am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fabulous work !

12 Dec 2010 9:28am

Rue Du Lavoir from France

Magnifique travail sur la lumière...

12 Dec 2010 9:44pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Alfred Hitchcock? j/k Nice use of shadow to creat a compelling image.

13 Dec 2010 1:56am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

good composition

13 Dec 2010 4:48pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

A very dramatic portrait. Great capture indeed.

13 Dec 2010 11:46pm

Rosa Frei from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Wonderful image with great framing!

22 Dec 2010 2:37pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany


24 Dec 2010 6:06pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
230 mm