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So Close, Yet so Far Away


"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

Fraucha from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine

Good catch! Did you do selective structure on the stonework?

23 Feb 2011 6:00am

@Fraucha: thx Fraucha! I do not know what 'selective structure' means ! It is just my usual processing and rendering !

Je@n-M@rc from Nancy, France

Encore un graphisme très particulier pour cette scène de la vie quotidienne ... J'aime

23 Feb 2011 6:20am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really good image, very strong

23 Feb 2011 6:28am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i like the textures, n the story

23 Feb 2011 6:40am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Beautiful texture and composition !!

23 Feb 2011 6:50am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great title and photo

23 Feb 2011 7:17am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

J'aime ce cadrage et toujours une texture si particulière et réussie ! Bonne journée Mariana

23 Feb 2011 7:22am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb composition and I love the textures

23 Feb 2011 7:30am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely processing and a beautifully conceived photo

23 Feb 2011 7:35am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Tes gris sont magnifiques ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

23 Feb 2011 7:40am

Pastelle from Lyon, France

Peut être le rendez vous ? Superbe composition et traitement.

23 Feb 2011 7:41am

Pierre from Cape Town, South Africa

stunning image, the high contrast mono tones work very well in this image.

23 Feb 2011 8:07am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A sense of Time in every pixel here . . moving slowly and in one direction only.

23 Feb 2011 8:31am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Costing a walk becomes a marathon when your legs are too old. Very beautiful image, superb contrast. 5 * Good day Mariana.

23 Feb 2011 9:28am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

J'aime beaucoup la texture de tes photos. Encore une réussite aujourd'hui

23 Feb 2011 9:36am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Un noir et blanc très puissant offrant une superbe texture

23 Feb 2011 9:42am

guillaume from Paris, France

great great !! superb !

23 Feb 2011 9:54am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Mariana

Good double life separated by a big stone wall. Maybe they are going to meet through the open door?

23 Feb 2011 10:01am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Huge composition with this long wall and the old woman. Great!!
Have a nice day.

23 Feb 2011 10:31am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Another very cool shot that you are so good at

23 Feb 2011 11:12am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot - an amazing door and archway. These are stunning textures as well.

23 Feb 2011 11:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

lumière argentée pour promeneuse désargentée...un N&B pousé qui donne un très bon rendu !!

23 Feb 2011 12:06pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

..poussé ...not pousé..sorry :) !

23 Feb 2011 12:06pm

Emmeji from France

Le reste du chemin semble pénible pour cette dame!

23 Feb 2011 12:29pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Indeed, with the passing of years, small distances turn into long, endless.
Good pic and title.

23 Feb 2011 12:53pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

great processing: amazing brillance of the stones.
well composed image

23 Feb 2011 1:03pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

A superb image made by a master, Mariana. The serendipity of the figure beyond the wall, in the courtyard, really elevates this image to a higher level. Perfectly composed. Glad to have you back. I hope your trip met your expectations. Peace.

23 Feb 2011 1:16pm

@Bill Laing: many thanks Bill. Well, after 16 years not being home, I did not know what to expect, and what I saw is far from I wished to see .

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the tones, the composition, and the story.

23 Feb 2011 1:30pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

May be the story of a dreadful encounter...

23 Feb 2011 1:46pm

@PixeLuz: let's hope not :)

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Your shot is perfect and tells a story; I love it!

23 Feb 2011 1:53pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful story line in this shot Mariana! A great sense of age to it! Well seen and captured! ;-)

23 Feb 2011 2:00pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks Eric !

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic. Multiple worlds, realities, the walls and doors that separate or allow access, and aging... and so much more. One has the sense of time perfectly stopped here, as if we could return to this very spot and the woman would be as we found her. Your work is so interesting, consistent, acutely seen in its most truthful layers.

23 Feb 2011 2:52pm

@Rick: Thanks a lot Rick . The way you comment my pictures is very special and different than from others ! I appreciate it so much !

Franz from Baden, Austria

i really love your "usual processing and rendering" as it allows us to see shades and meanings that would perhaps be lost otherwise!

23 Feb 2011 3:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. beautifully processed

23 Feb 2011 4:24pm

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

attractive W&B picture ... I love it . good job !!

23 Feb 2011 5:10pm

@KHT: i would say - nice story , instead of attractive BW pic. anyway - thx !

PATRICK from miramas, France


23 Feb 2011 6:06pm

© Jean-Bernard Reynier from Lyon, France

This Bw with strong contrasts suits perfectly with the subject here.

23 Feb 2011 6:09pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Amazing Trip's pictures........Love it.....Really !!!!

23 Feb 2011 6:09pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just a powerful image all told! The lady walking, looking down, assisted by the umbrella/cane (?) ...her look as she moves against the old stone wall...this is a "moving" piece!!

23 Feb 2011 6:18pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Une magnifique photo comme tu sais si bien nous monter Mariana !!
Ton N&B est superbe !!

23 Feb 2011 6:51pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The attitude of the lady denotes the effort. Well captured.

23 Feb 2011 7:02pm

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

FAntastic! Gorgeous ordinary scene.

23 Feb 2011 8:06pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

......nos trasladas a todos, un pensamiento que nos obliga a preguntarnos muchas cosas.........................
tu fotografía es un ejercicio de conciencia para mi *****

23 Feb 2011 8:12pm

thami from Morocco

Une porte largement ouverte, un soleil généreux à l'inté crois que c'est une invitation à la dame qui arrive...
Bonne fin de journée chaleureuse!

23 Feb 2011 8:30pm

Bertrand - BlogPhoto from paris, France

Excellent shoot with the old woman and the door. Great perspectiv for her and us! Good shoot

23 Feb 2011 9:21pm

Ddo from Lorraine, France

j'aime l'aspect de la pierre, la perspective du mur, la lumeire sur la porte qui avec cette dame au pas lent et incertain offre une tres belle composition.

23 Feb 2011 9:39pm

Harry from United States

Nicely composed and excellently processed.

23 Feb 2011 9:48pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

It's scenes like this that makes 'Old Age' a bit scary, what a struggle for her. A top quality image.

23 Feb 2011 10:51pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautiful treatment for this shot

23 Feb 2011 11:46pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A wall that seems so imposing, yet at the same time presents nice patterns between the blocks and mortar joints.

24 Feb 2011 12:12am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great B&W image, I love the textures of the stones as well as the figure in the background.

24 Feb 2011 1:38am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful lighting - great image!

24 Feb 2011 1:44am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

such a sad scene..

24 Feb 2011 2:31am

philip earl from Oregon, United States

Very Nice Image .. Great Wall and Archway !!

24 Feb 2011 2:43am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

the material of the wall provides a good contrast for the person. the open door symbolic of.......... well seen and shot Mariana

24 Feb 2011 3:16am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

It looks something will happen, but not sure! Maybe the two persons have such great contrast in their expression and gestures! The door and the wall have special feel as well! Excellent!

24 Feb 2011 3:22am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

So true - close, yet far with those tired feet - the textures of the wall are wonderful in your always fantastic tones!

24 Feb 2011 4:48am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Impactant! I can't stop looking at it!

24 Feb 2011 8:19am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

I love this composition,the wall,the door,the place of the woman,and the treatment is superb !

24 Feb 2011 11:55am

Marcie from Newton, United States

This is amazing. So much emotion captured!

24 Feb 2011 2:25pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Another great capture! The details to the wall and stones are awesome!

24 Feb 2011 2:32pm

sophie avrillault from bidart, France

excellent, j'aime beaucoup le traitement apporté au cliché, ça donne un côté intemporel

24 Feb 2011 8:27pm

@sophie avrillault: thank you :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She does seem to struggle to get to the doorway. I love the perspective and incredible details and textures.

25 Feb 2011 4:22am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Great textures here!

26 Feb 2011 4:37am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


26 Feb 2011 10:15am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Muy buena.Saludos.

28 Feb 2011 11:35pm