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At midnight hour she went, not willingly...

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

Lovely BW tones here!

22 Dec 2010 5:47am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Impressive Mariana! She is sitting totaly in herselve and not for fun i think;-(
When i look at this photo Mariana my thoughts are that there are to many people in this world who are totaly alone and not communication with anyone.
Yes, this is realy a great photo Lady, compliments...

22 Dec 2010 5:49am

Brine from France

All the poverty of big cities, summarized in a photo... Solitude, precariousness, distress, to sleep abandoned on a bench or to search trash cans to be able to eat!
It is very moving... Bravo, Mariana, to have known how to so get in an image the drama that live men and women right by us! Good day

22 Dec 2010 5:57am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Chacun dans son monde, chacun dans sa solitude, un message très fort à travers ton image ! Bonne journée Mariana

22 Dec 2010 6:29am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, the life of the street caught in the wee hours. Tenderly and beautifully caught !!

22 Dec 2010 6:46am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Great social photo showing hardship without superfluous aesthetic play. Super.

22 Dec 2010 6:48am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Hi Mariana, I am fortunate to live in the countryside, I often go to Paris yesterday, I saw scenes like this amazing image of humanism! It breaks my every time there is more and more people in trouble! And what to do? Otherwise a little help ... Thank you to you for this picture before the Christmas festivities! Mariana good day.

22 Dec 2010 6:57am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Perfect! Sad but perfect!

22 Dec 2010 7:02am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Unseen by most, seen by you, real life, real people, real micro-drama-played out every day.

22 Dec 2010 7:59am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A very beautiful picture of loneliness, your photos are always carried a message. Mariana nice day.

22 Dec 2010 8:21am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Mariana, you are the photographer of personal situations below the average ... someone must remember it. These people also exist.
Have a nice time!

22 Dec 2010 8:51am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

practically perfect in contrast!!!!! Merry Christams Mariana

22 Dec 2010 8:52am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Time standing still ...well almost


22 Dec 2010 8:59am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Superbe photo !! belle compo et toujor ton N&B très profond !!
Bravo Mariana et bonne journée à toi !!

22 Dec 2010 9:00am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

tthe what we are given..... the choices we can make......the end results always

22 Dec 2010 9:25am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great capture of daily homeless ! Make me think ! Well done !

22 Dec 2010 9:31am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Hard life... You have clear eyes to capture it.

22 Dec 2010 9:52am


Ths picture tells a story; but it could be of any kind ... great

22 Dec 2010 10:20am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

powerful capture. Amazing

22 Dec 2010 10:21am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Love the implied story in the title

22 Dec 2010 11:09am

JCJ from Troyes, France

poverty and loneliness, even desolation...

22 Dec 2010 11:14am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great composition of this sad capture !

22 Dec 2010 11:23am

Franz from Baden, Austria

a portrait of dejection and defeat, it seems! quite sad, especially at this time of the year!

22 Dec 2010 11:27am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

poverty and depression, congenial shown here. This expressive kind of black&white seems the only possible way to show it.

22 Dec 2010 11:34am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very sad subject... but beautiful processing

22 Dec 2010 11:40am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Absolutely brilliant shot - superb tones and textures, the frame is fantastic and the composition brilliant. I just love this photograph Mariana. Many cheers!

22 Dec 2010 11:50am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

great b&w,

Unfortunately, scenes that we see more and more in large cities

22 Dec 2010 12:03pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great B&w

22 Dec 2010 12:30pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I really like whate Brine had to say...I can't add much more...all that was said is so true - I see it in San FRancisco and LA and San Diego and New York and Philadelphia...Your work brings focus and to keep this issue in the front is very helpful for sure..Best Wishes to you, Marianna!

22 Dec 2010 12:42pm

DomLortha from France

Tragic scene so well captured, with a great BW!
Have a nice day.

22 Dec 2010 12:56pm

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

this is a influential picture , very nice work .

22 Dec 2010 1:15pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is a very sad scene for me Mariana! Two people so close and yet miles apart from each other....alone in their own despair! A moving and powerful capture! Well done! ;-)

22 Dec 2010 1:21pm

Putter from Brugge, Belgium

Touching shot in great b/w tones.

22 Dec 2010 1:29pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

In a wonderful way a story photographed Mariana

22 Dec 2010 1:52pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

shivers down my spine, you create amazing slightly dark mood ;)

22 Dec 2010 1:52pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


22 Dec 2010 2:17pm

Pascale from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

Mariana,I admire you for your way to tell stories with 1 photo.This one is a sad storie,and the impact of the picture is very strong!

22 Dec 2010 2:44pm

@Pascale: Many thanks Pascale. I appreciate your comment so much ! I am very glad that you read a story in my images, instead of seeing a technical side of my images, that is totally unimportant in my work .

Ddo from Verdun, France

Sad loneliness for those two in this christmas time. Hearts on her trousers not give her chance.

22 Dec 2010 2:56pm

@Ddo: A girl on the right is working on a bus-terminal, cleaning trash cans, and she is curious about this woman in pajamas and slippers sitting there, when no one bus will appear any longer ... till early morning !

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Sad to see, but a great shot.

22 Dec 2010 2:57pm

@Terral: there are so many sad things around us, much more than happy ones ... so I am probably blind and cannot see those happy moments :))))

Pastelle from Lyon, France

Ca raconte plein d'histoires... Un peu tristes.

22 Dec 2010 3:00pm

@Pastelle: hey, thanks for all your comments . I am glad you paid an attention to portraits in my portfolio since I see you are working on portraits too ;))) Will be soon on your page to criticize your portrait ;)) he he

Rick from Toronto, Canada

The body language is so expressive, as is your photography. Nice work, M.

22 Dec 2010 3:00pm

marci from Morocco

you are a student of humanity, I think. your shots always tell a story. especially powerful done in B&W!

22 Dec 2010 3:05pm

@marci: i was a student a long ago, now I am taking things much more seriously and professionally ;)) thx for comment !

Nicolas from Switzerland


Fantastique compo et image, superbe le graphisme le coupole le NB avec ce personnage sur le banc, de toute beauté.

Merci et amitié

22 Dec 2010 3:25pm

thami from Morocco

Minuit, l'heure de tous les possibles!!
Bonne fin de journée!

22 Dec 2010 4:18pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

timely capture ! lovely rendering .. !

22 Dec 2010 4:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding pov and composition. so many people are struggling to survive

22 Dec 2010 4:42pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent street work and processing

22 Dec 2010 5:00pm

Michael Valcic from United States

Wow, great shot. I love the mood this photo conveys.

22 Dec 2010 5:08pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Wonderful focus and impressive title for this...

22 Dec 2010 5:14pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This is a reality of our we make progress in material terms, we become more and more isolated and de-humanized! You serve these lost souls well, by drawing our attention and empathy to them! Bravo!

22 Dec 2010 5:28pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Quiet and lonely . Wonderfully captured.

22 Dec 2010 5:32pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

hello you see ? I'm not late !
Wonderful composition, with a nice black and white. Good job !

22 Dec 2010 5:34pm

@Marie: sure, do not be late :)) then I can get back to you , but I already did for your fabulous image ;)

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

22 Dec 2010 5:50pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A sad image, and agreat POW

22 Dec 2010 5:56pm

Anita Pena from Bretagne, France

Toujours aussi saisissantes tes photos.
Le N@B lui donne ce côté triste des solitudes dans nos villes.
Belle soirée

22 Dec 2010 6:17pm

jafadabret from Annonay, France

Quelle ambiance d'un monde à l'opposé de la fête !

22 Dec 2010 6:22pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

Great B/W, I`m sure, there is a lot of left, I´ve to learn!
B/W shots, have a very special expression!
All the best!

22 Dec 2010 6:40pm

@klauSZ: just take it easy :)) You started with BW and I am sure you will do it better and better each time ;)) thanks a lot :)

Yvon from Orleans, France

superbe scène de rue nocturne

22 Dec 2010 6:58pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Kertesz can sleep quietly....

22 Dec 2010 8:52pm

@STEED: why , be more precised :)

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good mono image

22 Dec 2010 9:04pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Lovely WB

22 Dec 2010 9:11pm

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. What a contrast with your preceding shot. These two women are fighting for their survival. Life is harsh. Yesterday's woman came from a completely different walk of life. This is what makes your portfolio so interesting!

22 Dec 2010 9:30pm

@Philippe: thx .. glad to know you are following my work ;)

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Very expressive shot of survival in the cities... on Christmas Eve.

22 Dec 2010 9:32pm

@Didier: not yet a Christmas Eve .. Maybe I really go on the street that night and take a few pictures of the same moments as this one ... thx Dedier !

wim van creij from nuland, Netherlands

beautiful shot and a great compositie

22 Dec 2010 9:32pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

The tones and contrast does it for me in this shot. Lovely documentary feel to it.

22 Dec 2010 9:36pm

Anne Jordan from Figtree, Australia

Your documentary shots are wonderful and speak of another life to mine. It is how we learn

22 Dec 2010 10:29pm

@Anne Jordan: thanks Anne !

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Super texture and nice lines, compo

22 Dec 2010 10:55pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

a frozen moment in two people's lives...

22 Dec 2010 11:21pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Poignant point of view......

23 Dec 2010 12:36am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Superb composition and great b/w tones.

23 Dec 2010 2:33am

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice mood!

23 Dec 2010 3:13am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love the sheen light off the top of the canopies. Great tones through your processing here. Happy holidays, Mariana!

23 Dec 2010 3:39am

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India

lovely street shot, wonderful processing

23 Dec 2010 3:56am

Julie from Easton, United States

A moment caught in time, how sad it must be at this time of year for all in this situation. Well captured.

23 Dec 2010 1:17pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Your processing enhances the "city" feel to the scene.

23 Dec 2010 3:19pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom

Fabulous composition, and superb post capture processing.

23 Dec 2010 3:58pm

reza from kermanshah, Iran

very good
nice shot

23 Dec 2010 6:12pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Yeah... well stated and photographed.

24 Dec 2010 3:43pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura urbana, muy buena, saludos!

24 Dec 2010 11:14pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

It makes me feel so lucky when I look at images like this. Love the composition and B&W is perfect for this sad image

28 Dec 2010 8:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Sad but brilliantly seen. Bravo!

9 Jan 2011 1:08am

1/250 second
ISO 400
75 mm