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Daydreamer's Nightmare!

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"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

Vincent de Perrot from Tokyo, Japan

A great portrait. I love the rendering of the skin and hair. Nice work!

18 Dec 2010 5:15am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

intense portrait Mariana!

18 Dec 2010 5:18am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic portrait, great b/w and details. He is doing his "siesta" :)

18 Dec 2010 5:24am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Encore un portrait de haute qualité par le modèle, l'expression, et la réalisation ! Superbe ! Bon w.e. Mariana

18 Dec 2010 5:30am

Krunal from Mumbai, India


18 Dec 2010 5:30am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe ce visage buriné !

18 Dec 2010 5:39am

Brine from France

It is stunning as you know well how to return the expression of the subjects which you photograph. Here, the man seems lost in a cruel world and we have pain with him. I like the soft light which caresses the skin, the neatness of its hair. Very strong emotional impact in this portrait. Bravo, Marianna!

18 Dec 2010 6:24am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Superb portrait Mariana full of details and different textures. It's great that we see a small peace of the bench this man is sitting on and it looks he's realy in deep thought with his selve.
This is realy a emotional shot for me Mariana!
Thanx for sharing...

18 Dec 2010 6:42am

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

A very strong portrait and great accompanying title!

18 Dec 2010 6:52am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb portrait, an almost black & silver portrait, I love it

18 Dec 2010 7:04am

Ddo from Verdun, France

A very great portrait. Love details.

18 Dec 2010 7:14am

Mijo from Rognonas, France

An excellent portrait !

18 Dec 2010 7:15am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning portrait

18 Dec 2010 7:17am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

A sensual event this saurian skin with the white beard. Santa Claus or a beggar or an artist or your father? Also crisp b/w.

18 Dec 2010 7:20am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

I forgot, super title also!

18 Dec 2010 7:22am

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

superb portrait. Nice use of space in this frame. Excellent work. Tfs.

18 Dec 2010 7:23am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

No one escapes your eye. This is a marvelous portrait; a private moment caught in exquisite detail !!

18 Dec 2010 7:23am

@DULCIE: well, this man is already Am3's friend . I posted a few times his portrait ! thx Dulcie :)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


18 Dec 2010 7:33am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Excellent ! Une sérénité intérieure sur perturbations extérieures si on en croit l'expression tourmentée du visage.

18 Dec 2010 7:48am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Where do you find these people for these great shots??!! Awe, respect......

18 Dec 2010 8:04am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent :)

18 Dec 2010 8:09am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


18 Dec 2010 8:22am

Babzy from Besançon, France

wow !!!

18 Dec 2010 8:29am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great and intensive portrait. Love your processing.

18 Dec 2010 9:10am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic and wonderful portrait. 5 * Good day.

18 Dec 2010 9:16am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Outstanding Mariana.

18 Dec 2010 9:28am

fereshteh. from Iran

Great portrait...!

18 Dec 2010 9:34am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Remarquable portrait expressif où le N/B convient à merveille !

18 Dec 2010 9:39am

STEED from France

Poussé à l'extreme par le traitement......Belle valorisation des traits d'un portrait déjà fort naturellement....Bon Week' Miss....

18 Dec 2010 9:40am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Cher père noël, il va falloir se réveiller c'est bientôt le D-Day.

18 Dec 2010 9:44am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Great, really a great portrait, and so well presented.

18 Dec 2010 10:05am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

What a stronger portrait. I love it!

18 Dec 2010 10:19am

Piero from LYON, France

Beautiful portrait !

18 Dec 2010 10:30am


Such a marvellous portrait ...

18 Dec 2010 10:42am

Pascale from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

excellent and strong portrait,with such stuning textures and sharpness,giving an incredible impact!

18 Dec 2010 10:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Marvellous textures. A history book of a face

18 Dec 2010 10:54am

DomLortha from France

Your portraits are fabulous!! We can feel the time passing by on his face. Great shot again.
Have a nice day.

18 Dec 2010 11:01am

noel from Paris, France

very great capture of this man
nice job done

18 Dec 2010 11:15am

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Wonderful B&W with details enhanced so well on his face. The 3/4 up lighting is perfect too. I like his eyes lost in deep wrinkles and his praying/dreaming attitude. I'd have add light bluring effect on planks as dreams are erasing reality. Great portrait! Enjoy your WE.

18 Dec 2010 11:16am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a powerful and emotive portrait

18 Dec 2010 12:20pm

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada

Your processing is as wonderful as your capture. So sharp and distinct. Always a pleasure to visit here.

18 Dec 2010 1:08pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

His skin is like a piece of parchment where could be read the story of his life...

18 Dec 2010 1:13pm

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Mariana

So stunning! Great post with some textures in the skin and hair, and we can see the bench where he ie seated in the background. Hard life, for sure!

18 Dec 2010 1:18pm

Natalia from Barcelona, Spain

The skin is like a life road!!
I like it so much!!

18 Dec 2010 1:43pm

Mireia from France

First of all, thanks for your comment on my photo. I took me some time to reply as I think I am opening a new gallery… However, thanks for coming by!
This portrait is stunning: it is not just the BW edition, which is great. It is also the way you catch the expression of this man. Congratulations! It is a very powerful scene. Simply perfect!

18 Dec 2010 3:00pm

Murphys from Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom

Brilliant B+W portrait.

18 Dec 2010 4:18pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant portrait! awesome details - even gruesome, taken the objective of the picture! very clever title, too!

18 Dec 2010 4:53pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow. What a telling life story of a face! You were so close, too. Great angle on this amazing human portrait.

18 Dec 2010 4:59pm

@Rick: yes, I was very close to him . HE knows me already and my craziness for photography . It is the same man as one on a snow, I had a few days ago. thx Rick !

guillaume from Paris, France

Great frame ! Bravo !

18 Dec 2010 5:07pm

Hediyeh from Tehran, Iran

wonderful portrait & title !

18 Dec 2010 5:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous portrait. this is one of my very favorite of all of your photographs. it is stunning. i like the background as well as that extraordinary face

18 Dec 2010 5:19pm

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

great portrait. faboleous contrast

18 Dec 2010 5:42pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic portrait - excellent details

18 Dec 2010 5:48pm

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

magnifique portrait et tonalités fabuleuses...

18 Dec 2010 5:53pm

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

le jeu entre le premier plan et l'arrière plan est excellent !

18 Dec 2010 5:53pm


How thoughtful and beautiful
Registration is very good

18 Dec 2010 5:55pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

18 Dec 2010 6:07pm

Frida from Sweden

Excellent, his skin and hair looks really good.

18 Dec 2010 6:26pm


How thoughtful and beautiful
Registration is very good

18 Dec 2010 6:31pm

@HAMZEH: what is registration on a picture ? I never heard of registration :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Terrific post processing, so gritty, intense, and high contrast.

18 Dec 2010 6:34pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

OH ...What a strong portrait !

18 Dec 2010 6:35pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Could it get any more real than an attention like this, which is yours.

Cheers, Mariana.

18 Dec 2010 6:48pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

magnifica la calidad de este retrato, de los mejores que he visto recientemente, un abrazo!!!

18 Dec 2010 7:09pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

wow Mariana today you show me really an outstanding portrait, compliments

18 Dec 2010 7:22pm

LGBravo from Lisbon, Portugal

Wow, what a portrait! Superb tones and detail. Very strong!

18 Dec 2010 7:29pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

very good........mariana *****

18 Dec 2010 7:30pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

what a great portrait !

18 Dec 2010 7:34pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

encore un super portrait d'un homme marqué par la vie ,bravo pour le cadrage .

18 Dec 2010 7:37pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

A tremendous portrait! Full of verve and feeling, and an excellent W&B, so sharp and incisive.
Well done!

18 Dec 2010 8:01pm

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

He shows a very reflective mood ... as if he is shutting out the glare of the modern world.

Your usual powerful processing Mariana.


18 Dec 2010 8:06pm

chris b from olburgen, Netherlands

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow ,Fantastic portrait
super Bl/w

18 Dec 2010 8:07pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a fantastic portrait Mariana ! The details are incredible... great work !!! Enjoy your weekend :)

18 Dec 2010 8:08pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Fantastic portrait, details are perfect

18 Dec 2010 8:49pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

A superb portrait , the light and the tones are stunning. A fabulous piece

18 Dec 2010 9:07pm

philippe from moselle, France

un portrait extraordinaire, Mariana, comme on on voit rarement, tu frôles le sublime avec tes photos !!!
quel talent .....

18 Dec 2010 9:12pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Amazing portrait. Wonderful details in the face.

18 Dec 2010 10:02pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Wonderful shot. I love the detail and the crisp processing.

18 Dec 2010 10:03pm

L'explorateur from Vancouver, Canada

Mariana, you always give us such gorgeous portraits! You're great! This one is really very impressive.

18 Dec 2010 10:10pm

Matt Lomas Photography from Mansfield, United Kingdom

Lovely image, how do you get so many good shots with people in? Do they know or do you just secretly pop out and then dissapear?

18 Dec 2010 11:41pm

@Matt Lomas Photography: Well, I am among them .. I see them , they see me , there is no other secret ;) thanks a lot ;)

marci from Morocco

wow - look at the life etched into his face! wonderful!

19 Dec 2010 12:02am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It's these lines on the face that are usually so well earned. A life lived hard:) Great portrait.

19 Dec 2010 12:15am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent portrait !!! And I like the thoughtful title.

19 Dec 2010 12:18am

Enzo Giorgio Ros from Lausanne, Switzerland

Alors la tu fait fort! ce portrait est splendide 5*

19 Dec 2010 12:33am

Cory from Phoenix, United States

His face tells of a thousand lifetimes.

19 Dec 2010 1:12am

Julie from Easton, United States

What an awesome portrait!

19 Dec 2010 1:23am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Oh! he needs to go to a skin doctor! ; ))

19 Dec 2010 2:00am

@ORBIT: well, it is time for you to learn a little bit about portraits :)))

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic portrait! Nice lighting and details...

19 Dec 2010 2:09am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An amazing portrait! The detail is incredible.

19 Dec 2010 3:37am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

wonderful work...

19 Dec 2010 3:41am

Peter from Moonbeam, Canada

This is a fantastic capture is a fine portrait of a man with very much character.....peter:)

You would be right to think that I LIKE IT! (::::;;;;;:::):

19 Dec 2010 5:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic portrait! Superb framing and capture of the light. The lines on his face tell us so much about his experience in life.

19 Dec 2010 6:09am

kerfendal from Paris, France

this portrait, yet, is gorgeous

19 Dec 2010 7:20am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Looking back on your posts since I last made a comment, I must just say that they are all as good as ever, some real masterpieces but all of them I would have liked to comment. But it´s soon Christmas and suddenly there are just to much to do.
This portrait is really good!

19 Dec 2010 7:41am

@larans: thx Lar . Nice to see you here :)

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

An incrediblyl strong, moving image

19 Dec 2010 8:34am

jafadabret from Annonay, France

Excellent portrait en noir et blanc. Le visage buriné par le temps et les épreuves est bien rendu par le choix de la lumière.

19 Dec 2010 8:49am

Tushar Kanti Mandal from Delhi, India

A stunning portrait. Love the you you are delivering your black and white works. Really masterpiece.

19 Dec 2010 8:56am

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

excellent portrait from solitude . very nice shot .

19 Dec 2010 9:49am

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Nice portrait. It´s impresive.

19 Dec 2010 9:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

c'est excellent ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

19 Dec 2010 10:22am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Impressionnant niveau de détails sur ce visage, cela nous apporte une expression profonde, bravo !

19 Dec 2010 10:52am

pixator from kerman, Iran

WOW !!!
Amazing !!
Really good job !

19 Dec 2010 10:54am

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

stunning portrait

19 Dec 2010 11:06am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Incredible shot mariana. such a strong compelling portrait. superb stuff! cheers!

19 Dec 2010 2:42pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Great angle and tone add great emotion,beautiful feeling.

19 Dec 2010 3:10pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


19 Dec 2010 4:43pm

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

La plupart de tes photos dégagent une certaine force et un sentiment "d'urgence".... je les ressens ainsi.
Sûrement à cause du réalisme qu'elles dégagent.
Ce portrait est magnifique.

19 Dec 2010 5:12pm

Beat from Switzerland

what a fantastic and stunning portrait. superbe work 5*****

19 Dec 2010 5:26pm

Morten Pedersen from Norway

This is a strong portrait. Great work.

19 Dec 2010 5:52pm

parisa from shiraz, Iran

Its really really nice. I like b&W portrait same this

19 Dec 2010 6:02pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Top marks 5 stars, love the detail

19 Dec 2010 6:40pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

precioso retrato!! un blanco y negro muy acertado

19 Dec 2010 7:08pm

xavshot from Lucenay, France

Félicitations pour le spotlight bien mérité. Un superbe portrait.

19 Dec 2010 7:28pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Powerful portrait and expression of humanity here. Excellent - as always!

19 Dec 2010 7:29pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Yes Lady!!!! You deserves the spotlight!!!! Congratulations with the nomination!!

19 Dec 2010 7:30pm

@Richard: O, what surprise :) Thanks Richard !

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful portrait and feeling, congratulations on the spotlight...well deserved!

19 Dec 2010 8:04pm

@RBL: thanks a lot ;)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

100% deserving of the Spotlight. congratulations and bravo!!!!

19 Dec 2010 8:40pm

@john4jack: many thx Jack ;) It is kind of surprising !

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the "Spotlight". Good day.

19 Dec 2010 8:42pm

@Tede: thx Tede :)

Rue Du Lavoir from France

Tu donnes des cours de photographie sur le thème du portrait?
Il faut réserver longtemps à l'avance? ;-)
J'adore... Bonne semaine à toi!

19 Dec 2010 9:02pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Congratulations for your "Spotlight" photo Mariana

19 Dec 2010 9:14pm

@Willem: thanks Willem :)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Congratulations for this well deserved spotlight Mariana ! Well done :)

19 Dec 2010 9:22pm

@Tamara: thanks Tamara !

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. His face is well framed by his white hair and beard. The lines on his forehead and around his eyes mark his face very deeply, telling us about all he has endured. I also like the way his face cuts the image into two triangles. Excellent portrait.
Have a nice day,

19 Dec 2010 9:36pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Congrats Mariana! Beautiful portrait, well deserved! Stunning!!!!! A Fabulous shot for spotlight!!!!!

20 Dec 2010 3:02am

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

You are a great photographer.

20 Dec 2010 3:37am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Masterful BW again - congratulations on a very well deserved spotlight!

20 Dec 2010 4:03am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The rare portrait! His life is written deeply on his face....

20 Dec 2010 5:36am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

20 Dec 2010 6:12am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Wonderful framing for that portrait... Congrats on spotlight.

20 Dec 2010 6:13am

Amygdala from Singapore, Singapore

Absolutely stunning portrait!! Totally deserves the spotlight!

20 Dec 2010 7:15am

Pierre from Belgium

Superbe ce portrait. Le contraste est le bienvenue sur cette image.

20 Dec 2010 9:48am

Rosa Frei from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Wonderful image!

20 Dec 2010 10:32am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

The intensity of your images is really beautiful. What a portrait!

20 Dec 2010 4:46pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

I don`t know why you call it "nightmare..."
it`s another demonstration of your feeling for themes!!!!!!

20 Dec 2010 8:17pm

@klauSZ: well, I see this man so often in a city and know enough of him to call this portrait just like that ! A few images of him I already posted, one recently where he was sitting on a snow .....from these few images you can understand better this face and his feelings .... thx !

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! What a fantastic portrait this is! I always enjoy your 'original' portraits! :)

20 Dec 2010 10:31pm

@Magda: thx Magda !

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

WOW. Another comment from me to say
Congratulations on your place in the AM3 Spotlight. Excellent job !

21 Dec 2010 2:36am

@DULCIE: thx Dulcie :)

rian from Vestavia Hlls, United States

excellent portrait of this man..

21 Dec 2010 3:05am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

yet a photographer's dream........

21 Dec 2010 6:21am

@Suzanne: my dream ??? what do you mean ?

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Congratulations for "Spotlight" ...Great.

21 Dec 2010 7:01am

@PRASHANT: thanks :)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A great portrait…

21 Dec 2010 7:48am

@Calusarus: thanks :)

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Excellent portrait!

21 Dec 2010 7:27pm

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

Congrats on your spotlight Mariana.


21 Dec 2010 8:34pm

@Stéphane Thémèze: That is very nice of you Stephane. Many thanks :)

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

that he has the most beautiful face to have the priviledge to photograph..............

22 Dec 2010 9:42am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A BRILLIANT portrait with outstanding detail and treatment! A very well deserved spotlight! Congratulations!!

22 Dec 2010 3:00pm

@Pavan Kaul: that is very lovely of you Pavan to come back to this picture and congratulate ! not so many "friends" did so .

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Such a pleasure to see great work rewarded! Recognition and appreciation is the life - line of all creative artists...I rejoice for you:)

22 Dec 2010 5:24pm

@Pavan Kaul: thanks again Pavan .

Reed from St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Hi Mariana, congratulations on your Spotlight - well deserved many times over! Nice Job!

22 Dec 2010 7:31pm

dixx emerson from Xiamen, China

Awesome portrait! Congratulations on the Spotlight!

23 Dec 2010 4:14am

philip earl from hood river, United States

pure art ~ soo wonderful to see such great talent ~ this is a masterpiece !!

23 Dec 2010 9:05am

JCJ from Troyes, France

i missed this shot, which is a spotlight now, and deserves it. great processing on the white tones, impressive portrait

23 Dec 2010 10:34am

@JCJ: I do not care for Spotlight images, but anyway - thanks ;)

ghetu from Mumbai, India

Congratulations on Spot Photography!!!

23 Dec 2010 11:35am

@ghetu: thanks :)

عɼiϾ from Narbonne, France

wow, it s a fantastic picture, there so musch emotions to feel when you see it !
* congratulation for this fabulous shoot *
5* 4u ^_^ and merry xmas

23 Dec 2010 2:30pm

foto-rolero54 from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A great portrait!

24 Dec 2010 2:29pm

@foto-rolero54: as any other ;) thanks !

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Five stars....

24 Dec 2010 3:41pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Une compo remarquable et des détails...
Big up!

26 Dec 2010 10:07pm

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Great portrait!

27 Dec 2010 1:22pm

DonVitto GHANA from Accra, Ghana

Great great photo..

1 Jan 2011 7:00pm

@DonVitto GHANA: my every foto is great . u should not go so back to say that !

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

It's the chrismas father !!!

8 Jan 2011 9:03pm

Behzad from Shi, Iran

just wowwwwwwwww

24 Jan 2011 3:50am

Damien from Le Havre, France

Peut-être la photo que je préfère parmi toutes celles vues récemment...
Un noir et blanc parfait !
Un visage marqué par le temps, très photogénique. Une barbe blanche parfaite !
Beaucoup d'émotion dans ce cliché !

29 Apr 2011 1:10pm

@Damien: looks like you are very impressed and obsessed by Spotlight ....thanks again ....

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