Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

As the cold wind blows......

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 105 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

S A B E R from Tehran, Iran

good good

11 Dec 2010 5:36am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A great image of this poor, cold fellow. He seems to be really suffering. The B&W is very strong and shows the detail so well.

11 Dec 2010 5:44am

Brine from France

Wonderful B&W. I really suffer with him !
Great shot


11 Dec 2010 6:31am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Ouch ! I can feel his the harsh texture of his face and the deep blacks tones.

11 Dec 2010 6:46am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

This face wrinkled by the wind, the weather, shows that it is not the first time that suffers this frozen wind.
Excellent, as usual, portrait.

11 Dec 2010 7:11am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

The master of BWs - Mariana. This is a wonderful capture. The expression on the face of the cold, of the suffering, of the old age wrinkles and to add to that - the BW feel.
Very strong, yet one wants to keep looking at it. Masterful work!

11 Dec 2010 7:18am

@Punit: thx Punit ;)

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

So much pain expressed in his face ...


11 Dec 2010 7:35am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Mariana

Always astonished by your close street portraits and the way you enhance them. This one looks more as a Chinese ink painting!

11 Dec 2010 7:46am

@CLODO: many thx Clodo !

delkoo from marguerittes, France

A nice, spontaneous b&w portrait with documentary value .

11 Dec 2010 8:15am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wow not only birds have hard times during the winter. This shot has a lot of emotion in it Mariana!! Superb...
Wish you a great weekend;-)

11 Dec 2010 8:17am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

terrific!!!!! it's just great

11 Dec 2010 8:21am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Impresive picture. I like it

11 Dec 2010 8:32am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Strong contrasts for a strong composition !
Kind regards

11 Dec 2010 8:36am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

life can be hard

11 Dec 2010 8:42am

max from Verneuil sur Seine, France

Hello Mariana, as usual you presente us beautiful photogrophy. Shots which are above all human. This man with ages, hard life marked on his face is intense. GREAT, GREAT shot. Happy WE

11 Dec 2010 8:50am

Franz from Baden, Austria

this poignant portrait shows how tough life is for some of us! haven't we seen this gentleman before in one of your photos ?!?

11 Dec 2010 9:09am

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

... his thoughts wander back to the times when he woke up in the morning tickled by rays of sunshine - when the feeling of being kissed by nature warmed his heart ...
Great portrait !

11 Dec 2010 9:12am

@R.J.Dee: thanks Ralf !

Jean-Luc from France

Incredible how you catched the expression of his face....beautiful contrasts , and now i'm frozen...brrrrrr

11 Dec 2010 9:15am

Look13 from Marseille, France

Superbe portrait.
Les détails sont superbe ainsi que l'expression de ce visage.

11 Dec 2010 9:23am

@Look13: thanks :)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

magnifique portrait ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

11 Dec 2010 9:26am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I'm as cold as the cold wind, blows when it snows and it's twenty-below
Ask me why man, I just don't know know know know know know
I'm as cold as the cold wind, blow blo blo blow blow blow blows
Oh oh oh oh

Beautifully captured. This guy is feeling every frost-degree, probably been some time since he had any food to warm him

11 Dec 2010 9:34am

@CElliottUK: Oh oh oh oh :)))

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The expression and facial features are superbly rendered, a large portrait Mariana. Nice day.

11 Dec 2010 9:36am

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Is that a sneeze he's in the middle of? ;-) Love your black and white work here.

11 Dec 2010 9:38am

@Claus Petersen: no, that is expression when very cold wind blows straight into your face !

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

11 Dec 2010 9:44am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent portrait!

11 Dec 2010 9:51am

foto-rolero54 from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A quite beautiful realization, good day with you

11 Dec 2010 9:59am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

an inward shiver
made me quiver

11 Dec 2010 10:24am

Klaus from Germany

great emotions .. well done Marianna

11 Dec 2010 10:26am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

What beautiful processing !

11 Dec 2010 10:33am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Oh, I feel the chill, superb in B&W

11 Dec 2010 10:47am

guillaume from Paris, France

Ouah, very impressive, human portray ! Bravo !

11 Dec 2010 11:17am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very intense picture!

11 Dec 2010 11:37am

Tushar Kanti Mandal from Delhi, India

High Contrast superb composition. A perfect frame and great composition with original expressions. The image is nicely sharped and processed.

Nice times

11 Dec 2010 11:56am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Fantastic capture. Superb effect.

11 Dec 2010 12:14pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great portrait of this weathered face!

11 Dec 2010 12:37pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

such a powerful portrait that says so much, the emotion, the cold the aging on his face, spectacular

11 Dec 2010 1:13pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

What an incredible face.

11 Dec 2010 1:23pm

thami from Morocco

Excellente expression sur ce visage sous le vent...ce qui donne des frissons!
Bonne fin de semaine lumineuse!

11 Dec 2010 1:48pm

Frida from Sweden

So good!!

11 Dec 2010 1:53pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

Gorgeous portrait, fabulous Mariana

11 Dec 2010 1:57pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Terrific this shot!

11 Dec 2010 1:58pm

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Nicely captured. I like the emphasized details and darkened tones of the image. Have a good weekend!

11 Dec 2010 1:59pm

@Earl: thanks Earl ;)

Julie from Easton, United States

Now that is an awesome portrait! How his face tells the whole story!

11 Dec 2010 2:00pm

@Julie: Thanks Julie . His face is always expressive.... To see him better you can see a tag I put under this image to show all pictures of him .

cristoF from montbéliard, France

quelle intensité ce portrait,excellent travail .bravo;5*sans hesiter

11 Dec 2010 2:03pm

69mil from On the road, Argentina

Great capture of his expression

11 Dec 2010 2:37pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Comment fais tu ! Mais comment fais tu ?! Marianna ou l'art de la mise en lumière.
Elle est splendidement humaine.
***** et bien plus encore....

11 Dec 2010 2:58pm

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

A really super shot

11 Dec 2010 3:01pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

He looks so alone and sad.

11 Dec 2010 3:06pm

Pascale from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

Impressive!We can feel all the textures,and all the pain of this man!

11 Dec 2010 3:20pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A Powerful contrast image with a nice focus

11 Dec 2010 3:28pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Superb expression capted just in time......Excellent !!!! .....

11 Dec 2010 3:35pm

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

Nice shot and well captured

11 Dec 2010 3:50pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

La souffrance et le froid sortent de l'écran!
Une photo saisissante!

11 Dec 2010 4:06pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very interesting portrait :)

11 Dec 2010 4:09pm

jacklineG from Béarn, France

Superbe cette expression ! vraiment un magnifique portrait ! Bon w.e.

11 Dec 2010 4:21pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


11 Dec 2010 4:22pm

Mistral from Alsace, France

Very touching.

11 Dec 2010 4:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I like how his facial expression is so different from that of the woman in the background.... highly interesting moment you have captured!

11 Dec 2010 4:36pm

Martin A. Mora from North Platte, United States

Beautifully Done, no need for words, the images say it all, I cannot get over your work, I dont come visit as often as Id like, but when I do, Im always in awe.

11 Dec 2010 4:36pm

@Martin A. Mora: o, these are so lovely words, martin ;)) you know how to make me happy :)

Jasp from Plymouth, United Kingdom

Impressive portrait, very impressive.

11 Dec 2010 4:42pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is a face that tells a thousand stories! Some good, some not as pleasant. Each day is a struggle! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

11 Dec 2010 4:45pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

he sure looks cold...great portrait!

11 Dec 2010 5:21pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Afghanistan

fantástico retrato , fabuloso b/w, lleno de fuerza y expresión., un saludo pablo

11 Dec 2010 5:49pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

What a great portrait! Very hard too. A top of the top B&W!

11 Dec 2010 5:54pm

harry from apex, United States

Phenomenal portrait - both the capture and the processing.

11 Dec 2010 5:59pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Guauuu. 5*****. Soberbia. Felicidades.

11 Dec 2010 6:04pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

Beautiful,beautiful photograph. Exquisite tonal range, your work is simply outstanding, I love this photograph

11 Dec 2010 6:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb portrait!!!

11 Dec 2010 6:18pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Encore un portrait magnifique , tu es une spécialiste de ces photos , je serais curieux de savoir comment tu fais et le traitement que tu travailles pour arriver à ce résultat , grand bravo

11 Dec 2010 6:33pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

It took many years to toughen that skin to fight the elements, and I bet they were hard years. excellent portrait.

11 Dec 2010 6:37pm

philippe from moselle, France

un portrait très marqué par le temps et surement rehaussé par un traitement dont tu as le secret , Mariana !!!

11 Dec 2010 7:21pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

An Amazing portrait.. Mariana - He rather looks fa,iliar...this pose and the placement is fantastic!

11 Dec 2010 7:41pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

dramatic portrait! Very incisive and expressive. Well contrasted W&B.
A good capture.

Best regards,

11 Dec 2010 7:54pm


I wonder whether there is something left for you to learn about pictures ? Very interesting photo.

11 Dec 2010 8:51pm

@KENT KB: do not laugh now when tell you - yes, I need to learn everything, for I have never learned anything about pictures. All I do I do with my instinct , or better to say with my natural talent :) Many thanks Kent!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

You can feel his cold - the b&w processing almost looks like he is covered in a layer of frost.

11 Dec 2010 9:27pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Just incredible, Mariana!

11 Dec 2010 9:53pm

Sophie from Windlesham, United Kingdom

What a life this man carries on his face...Ammazing

11 Dec 2010 10:19pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Spine tingling shot. You are a marvel

11 Dec 2010 10:32pm

rian from Vestavia Hlls, United States

he looks really grizzled.. that's a nice capture of him.. :)

12 Dec 2010 1:16am

Michael Valcic from United States

Amazing capture here. Beautiful lighting and mood.

12 Dec 2010 2:05am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great portrait!

12 Dec 2010 2:38am

RobertB from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Fantastic candid. What a face.

12 Dec 2010 3:18am

@RobertB: thx Robert! Your link is lost .. cannot get back to you !

Beat from Switzerland

this is just an awesome shot with the perfect pp. Great work!!!!

12 Dec 2010 4:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Too cold ! But clearly reproduced. Nice work.

12 Dec 2010 8:50am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Superb shot.

12 Dec 2010 9:28am

Still from Valence, France

strong image... How difficult life seems to have had this man...

12 Dec 2010 1:54pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

Barbu, ébouriffé et beau bravo pour ce formidable portrait

12 Dec 2010 3:15pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Joli portrait et très beau n/b ! peace !

12 Dec 2010 3:36pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Hey Mariana...... i don't get the latest photo???

12 Dec 2010 3:40pm

@Richard: I changed the date for tomorrow . Need to go , cannot be here, commenting back ! Got pissed off by one comment on one of my old picture; simple cannot stand being here today !

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great portrait - full of social messages

12 Dec 2010 4:14pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Powerful expression.

12 Dec 2010 6:40pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Perfect detail on this street portrait.

13 Dec 2010 1:55am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

this image speaks a thousand words......... i can utter but a few. Thank you Mariana for your amazing portraits and observations

13 Dec 2010 9:52am

Pau Blasi from Badalona, Spain

Amazing expression and detail.

13 Dec 2010 11:33am

Juliango from Caen, France

Le rendu du noir et blanc est superbe... un visage marqué bien mis en valeur.

13 Dec 2010 2:56pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

he looks veru weathered (is that a word). great

13 Dec 2010 4:39pm

@POBSB: he he .. i never heard of this word for describing facial expression ;)

fdstbn from reus, Spain

Very nice, expressive and dramatic portrait. I love it.

13 Dec 2010 4:41pm

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada


14 Dec 2010 4:15pm

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

This is so painful to look at.
Having pity doesn't help him!
Great work

14 Dec 2010 4:35pm

@Anneka: and give me a critique for the last shot . Why you come here to comment ? I would really like to hear what you think of the last picture ! .

DomLortha from France

What a dramatic face! Your deep BW shows every detail of his face! Amazing!
have a nice day.

15 Dec 2010 4:32pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

You always have the most amazing portraits!

16 Dec 2010 10:28pm

Pastelle from Lyon, France

Fantastique portrait !!!

22 Dec 2010 2:43pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

my favorite so far! truly amazing!

1 Jan 2011 5:05pm

@jeffrey: no way ! why fav ? there are no favorites for me .. they are all favorites and unique ! each of them with unique story and personalities ....

1/100 second
ISO 400
105 mm