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Nothing But a Memory

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/9.0 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

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


1 Mar 2011 5:26am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great street scene! This is simply amazing I love all the birds and the elderly woman

1 Mar 2011 5:44am

Julie from Easton, United States

Now that is alot of birds! And a good memory it seems to be!

1 Mar 2011 5:45am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

A very strong image

1 Mar 2011 6:25am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

very beautiful light and scene. I love this old woman who crosses the life with a very tangible envy to continue her for a long time

1 Mar 2011 6:46am

Fraucha from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine

Are you stalking that Babushka?

1 Mar 2011 7:10am

@Fraucha: no, i am simply loving her

Oscar from BCN, Spain

Nice capture... Las palomas se vuelven locas por comer, has captado el momento muy bien

1 Mar 2011 7:25am

Shahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow! perfect idea

1 Mar 2011 7:26am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I like the smiles on the faces ! Great colors and atmosphere on your shot ! Phil

1 Mar 2011 7:30am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Très jolie scène qui fait la joie des passants et spectateurs ! j'aime beaucoup la lumière sur les ailes des pigeons ! Bonne journée Mariana

1 Mar 2011 7:32am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A beautiful combination of great tenderness. I like this atmosphere

1 Mar 2011 7:39am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Brilliant shot!

1 Mar 2011 7:48am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your images tell such strong stories . . this seems to stretch Time itself.

1 Mar 2011 7:59am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, a delicious shot. I love all that blue color, the facial expressions, and the clutch of pigeons.

1 Mar 2011 8:09am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great light and capture !

1 Mar 2011 8:59am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A beautiful harmony of colors and atmosphere...

1 Mar 2011 9:00am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

fabulous picture where I love the fligt of the pigeons,and the superb light .The old woman gives a strong impact to the picture.

1 Mar 2011 9:23am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Withourt memories we are nothing

1 Mar 2011 9:59am

jafar from Pakdasht, Iran

Good job..... very good see

1 Mar 2011 10:01am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The memory of that time has passed. Superb picture with all these pigeons and light in their wings. Good day.

1 Mar 2011 10:29am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

The end result of 'the process' ... has finally given this fine woman a bit of a good feeling it seems .


1 Mar 2011 10:53am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

l'or et le bleu des ailes est une merveille !! like Marry Poppins song : feed the birds...

1 Mar 2011 10:53am

Putter from Brugge, Belgium

So much to see and yet all the attention goes to the elder lady... good one, very well done.

1 Mar 2011 11:16am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great title, light and capture

1 Mar 2011 11:21am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Elle passe devant tous ces pigeons sans les voir ,trop occupée à se remémorer tous ces souvenirs !!
Excellent Mariana *****

1 Mar 2011 11:49am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great shot...5*****

1 Mar 2011 11:54am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot! Perhaps she is the only one who remembers. Without her, memories would be lost – and scatter like the pigeons!

1 Mar 2011 12:14pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

A very nice street shot... a lot to look at.

1 Mar 2011 12:30pm

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

A great image with plenty of power. I love it.

1 Mar 2011 1:04pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Oh my, poignant! Well done.

1 Mar 2011 1:09pm

Ricardo from Lousada, Portugal

I know you probably want to focus on the old lady, but are the chicks in the background laughing about the pigeon feeder?
nice shot and composition!

1 Mar 2011 1:16pm

@Ricardo: i would not say so .... girl is covering her face, being afraid that one of these birds would go straight into her face ;))) Yes, you are right - old lady and pigeons are these who took my attention ;)

Franz from Baden, Austria

stunning colours and shapes, so full of life! i like the way the birds spread their wings and allow the light to shine through!

1 Mar 2011 1:51pm

VigneshTG from chennai, India

Great composition

1 Mar 2011 1:56pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

She is truly lost in her world of memories! Despite the commotion all around her she is serene of countenance! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

1 Mar 2011 2:07pm

Pastelle from Lyon, France

Une scène extraordinaire, wow... Bravo.

1 Mar 2011 2:18pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

first the technical part of this shot ... brilliant light and shapes
second the story .... i told on the last picture that i could follow her thoughts,
yeah ... she looks really thoughfull and mourns all these old passed days!

1 Mar 2011 2:20pm

mistral from France

Nince one!

1 Mar 2011 2:28pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

wow a great mood and moment captured, lots of emotions in this photo, Mariana!

1 Mar 2011 2:30pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful street photo! A lot of action, movement and emotions...well done Mariana!

1 Mar 2011 2:47pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

great capture of the place. reminds me of my corner of the world I was born Krakow, Poland. Was it taken somewhere in Europe?

1 Mar 2011 3:25pm

@sunstone_maria: all these pictures in a last week are pictures from Sarajevo ( ex-Yugoslavia), a city where I was born and lived till war happened there . Then, I found another home here in Canada. Last month it was my first visit of my hometown after 16 years !

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great location and lighting, but the sest is the smile at the old woman's face

1 Mar 2011 3:32pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Now THAT'S a pigeon party! And this interesting woman going about her business...completely unaffected by the swarm around her.

1 Mar 2011 3:33pm

@Amanda: i would not say so - just take a look at her lovely smile. she enjoyed this moment so much :)

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Now I understand why those places are so familiar to me. I wonder how you felt after visiting your country 16 years later. I love music of Goran Bregović and listen to it almost daily - he recently announced he is returning to Sarajevo. Are you planning to return to your place of origin?

1 Mar 2011 3:39pm

@sunstone_maria: I love Bregovic too, and legendary Bijelo Dugme, with all singers the group had during their existence ! No, I would never go back to live in Sarajevo ! This is a totally different city, with different people living now there. I even could not have waited to come back home. I got sick of the constant scenes of terrible poverty and miserable life over there. That is not a city I loved and carried in my heart all these years , being out of it . Now, all I feel for it is an enormous sorrow and nothing else .

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It will be a disaster the day in which even we have no memory. Good combination of new and old life in this pic.

1 Mar 2011 4:21pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A detail-packed and wonderful image. The elderly woman has such a great face; someone to sit and talk with, learn from. I love how the different generations share this scene, and the large gathering of pigeons is such a globally iconic visual as well. So much here, to read like a book...

1 Mar 2011 4:22pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

very nice street, indeed

1 Mar 2011 4:23pm

@jhcibils: you mean - picture, instead of nice street :) Right ?

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic image with all the activity from the pigeons behind this very serene lady with the lovely face, the light and composition is superb

1 Mar 2011 4:45pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

mmmmmmmm, de espaldas se va la juventud y de frente avanza la edad.....................muy buena,
un beso mariana

1 Mar 2011 4:56pm

@Melocoton: thanks dear ;

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


1 Mar 2011 5:01pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


quelle concentration de pigeons sueprbe compo et iamge, viviante et colorée, grandisoe.

bravo et maitié


1 Mar 2011 5:27pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

I like all these birds opening their wings.

1 Mar 2011 5:31pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe cette scene !

1 Mar 2011 5:51pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

It's the same old woman.....but i like her Mariana.....don't know why? but ske's got something! The combination with the pigeons is great, i think she likes them?

I realy enjoy this photo Mariana! Wonderful!

1 Mar 2011 5:53pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

Well i understand why the young girl is protecting her face... But old people don't feel afraid of them. Maybe they have some stories to share...

1 Mar 2011 6:01pm

thami from Morocco

Les pigeons font le spectacle et animent la scène!

1 Mar 2011 6:20pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful job Mariana - awesome capture...and I love this lady, she is like Alfred Hitchcock showing up in one scene of each of his movies!! Very Cool!

1 Mar 2011 6:34pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful shot...I love that some of the birds have taken flight and the same woman appears in this photo as yesterday's photo as well.

1 Mar 2011 6:35pm

Natalia from Barcelona, Spain


1 Mar 2011 6:42pm

@Natalia: ah dear, do not be a child ... by the way who ask you to love birds.. we are here to comment a picture:) right ?

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Nice work from Sarajevo. I especially like this one.

1 Mar 2011 7:03pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


1 Mar 2011 7:35pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Reading your reply to 'sunshine_maria'; It must have been exciting but ultimately disappointing to return to your homeland. There have been a number of excellant films over the last 20 years documenting the problems in this area. All of them bring home, even to someone who has not visited the region, the terrible suffering that has taken place.
I now understand the meaning behind the title of these photos. However, no one can take away your memories from 16 years ago.

I remember starting my first job over 30 years ago. We were developiong Radar systems for the Yugoslavia Military. My work colleage, who visited the area extensively due to the job, said that the whole country would collapse as soon as Tito died. I did not take any notice of him at the time but he was certainly correct.

1 Mar 2011 8:45pm

@Philip: Thx Phillip for your respect and understanding. Yes, I watched many of films about happenings in ex-Yugoslavia from period 1992-96, but none that I watched could be a real picture of the situation. One needed to be there and experience all that tragedy to be able to create a good and true film. My memories will never die , and my visit of Sarajevo was a part of my recovery of sudden homesickness and nostalgia. Well, at least I saw my family after so many years, and all these new impression about some 'new Sarajevo' I will document through my pictures and try to forget it as soon as possible ...Thx again ;)

STEED from Somewhere, France

A Coloured explosion................Superb !!!

1 Mar 2011 8:47pm

Frida from Sweden

A nice one. Love the colors!

1 Mar 2011 8:55pm

tataray from france, France

Belle lumière. ))

1 Mar 2011 9:23pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Memories can be good or bad; pleasant memories can be beautiful but for many of our older souls who end up in rest or nursing homes they are haunted by memories past, but the expression on her face maybe her memories were more pleasant. Great capture

1 Mar 2011 10:06pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Seems to be a good memory though, I see a faint smile...

1 Mar 2011 10:12pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

delightful capture. what a charming face

1 Mar 2011 10:56pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Who knows what memories this woman carries with her....
beautiful shot!

1 Mar 2011 11:00pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Mariana - I hope one day you will visit this beautiful country and you will see hope and future and optimism in people's hearts. I do not know for how long you have stayed there but from my experience I know the first two weeks are hard whenever I visit my country - I can't stand the ignorance of rich people, poverty of small and injustice everywhere. I realized one thing - the longer I stay there, the more I understand and get used to the reality and at the same time I find the same old land I used to grow up.

I am writing this post while listening to my favorite "Ederlezi" music. fantastic absolutely fantastic and inspiring music. and it brings some memories to me as a teenager I followed all his concerts and did not miss a single Emir Kusturica’s movie .. I have huge love for the creative spirit of Yugoslavia!

1 Mar 2011 11:23pm

mauro from Spain

great scene!!!

2 Mar 2011 1:15am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That nice smile on her face says that she must have some pleasant memories. Maybe she fed the pigeons with a loved one in days gone by. A really beautiful and emotive shot.

2 Mar 2011 1:31am

pete from Australia

excellent urban image, the pigeons look great...

2 Mar 2011 2:29am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Ooooh! Beautiful composition with all of the "busy-ness" captured in the birds' commotion. Great color contrasts with the blue and orange on the underside of the birds' wings.

2 Mar 2011 2:48am

Satvik from United States

Beautiful street capture ! Love the way you have captured the birds in mid-flight, great timing !

2 Mar 2011 3:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

la lumière est très belle ! JP

2 Mar 2011 9:31am

noel from paris, France

very nice shot with great work on shadows and lights
well done

2 Mar 2011 10:25am

Journey Photographic from Australia

Love it, especially with the lighting on the pigeon's wings.

2 Mar 2011 11:58am

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

After reading your reply to sunstone_maria's comments, I really appreciate your inner thoughts about your homeland, the truth behind these images and find them even greater now. Thanks for sharing with us.

2 Mar 2011 2:56pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

It seems you followed her in the city and that's great! Nice street shot.

2 Mar 2011 3:04pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Great scene; I love the dignity in the attitude of the old woman. Nicely done.
Have a nice day.

2 Mar 2011 6:36pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very nice ,I like it :)

2 Mar 2011 7:42pm

Co33 from libourne, France

Something like "the birds " of Hitcock! Beautifull light

2 Mar 2011 9:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice street capture.

3 Mar 2011 12:54am

Mike from United States

This reminds me of Mary Poppins. Marvelous.

3 Mar 2011 8:29am

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

me gusta este momento captado, la expresión de la cara de las ancianas enmedio de tanta paloma
un grna momento

3 Mar 2011 6:59pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

A great street picture. There is so much happening, so much to see. And I like the way you captured the colors (or maybe processed it?) on the wings of the flying birds and in the face of the old womwn. It really "makes" this picture!

4 Mar 2011 9:19am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique scène dans une très belle lumière.

6 Mar 2011 8:24am

1/400 second
ISO 400
75 mm