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Talk with prudence to a beggar

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

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Images such as this show people in real situations, I think this one is so sad for the old woman. But it's an excellent docu-shot.

2 Mar 2011 5:09am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

another powerful street scene, is this canada? the woman looks like she'd be in/from eastern europe

2 Mar 2011 5:10am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

She has the most expressive face... the eyes reveal much about a hard life. The truly astounding thing is that I also see these vivid heartrending faces all over my own city. A deeply powerful moment, Mariana, superbly seen and stopped within time.

2 Mar 2011 5:13am

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Another stunning image. Beautifully done.

2 Mar 2011 5:16am

Pierre from Cape Town, South Africa

well done with a beautiful image. i love how you captured the emotion in the woman's face.

2 Mar 2011 5:48am

houshang from hamaedan, Iran

amazing shot .well done indeed

2 Mar 2011 5:56am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot, very well got

2 Mar 2011 6:21am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

The white scarf tricks the pedestrian to whom it is ... She has a beautiful face!
An authentic street scene!

2 Mar 2011 6:23am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC the way you captured the lady and the surrounding and people around her. what a contrast!!!! beautiful work!!!

2 Mar 2011 6:50am

Richard T from Leicester, United Kingdom

Such sadness being expressed ...

My goodness M' ... what a capture.


2 Mar 2011 6:56am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Superb shot...

2 Mar 2011 7:00am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


2 Mar 2011 7:09am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Her white scarf makes the image startling, I can almost feel the texture of the cotton and the framing is perfect, a superb capture.

2 Mar 2011 7:31am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

One of my favorites of yours. Really well done in every respect.

2 Mar 2011 7:36am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Its expression is poignant, magnificent portrait of two companies to cross without seeing. Good day.

2 Mar 2011 7:49am

Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

A very good photo from this old woman.
Nice the emoton on her face.

2 Mar 2011 8:01am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Wealth vs. poverty. Well seen the expression of the woman.

2 Mar 2011 8:36am

thami from Morocco

Excellente capture : posture, gestuelle, expression!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!

2 Mar 2011 8:51am

Emmeji from France

L'expression de cette femme est très touchante !

2 Mar 2011 8:53am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Hard life... poor woman... looks like she is in pain.

2 Mar 2011 9:04am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great capture again !

2 Mar 2011 9:09am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5****

2 Mar 2011 9:16am

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Great capture, here!

2 Mar 2011 9:28am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bravo pour cette photo ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


2 Mar 2011 9:30am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Une image forte avec des "vrais" gens.

2 Mar 2011 9:51am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

This is an amazing shot. I like the way you bring the camera down to eye level with the woman. The hunched figure and look in her eyes is quite sad - and she seems trapped in the sea of advancing bodies around and behind her.

2 Mar 2011 10:41am

Subhendu from Berhampore, India

Beautiful moment of life. Nicely presented.

2 Mar 2011 11:34am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You have caught far more than an image here . . and, as Stephen is saying, your very approach to the image gathers in so much more than most of us would even see.

2 Mar 2011 11:35am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Oh ...So well seen ! A great capture !

2 Mar 2011 11:45am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A strong image of real people in real situations. Well done Mariana!

2 Mar 2011 12:18pm

Amir Hamze Mshayekhi from jiroft, Iran


2 Mar 2011 12:40pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

thank you !!:)

2 Mar 2011 1:22pm

@Lougris: thank you for what ? IS that a comment on a picture ????

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What wonderfully expressive eyes she has! They are truly the windows to the soul! Nicely captured Mariana! ;-)

2 Mar 2011 1:58pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

I don't know if i'm right or wrong because hand gestures vary from one country to another, but she seems for me meaning something very little, very small, maybe just a coin. The contrast with the man and its phone gives a dramatic effet to the photograph.

2 Mar 2011 2:03pm

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

Incredible shot! I just don't know what else I can say, but I find it both captivating and fascinating.

2 Mar 2011 2:58pm

@dagilmar: thanks a lot Digilmar ;)

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

A great portrait, as usual!

2 Mar 2011 3:06pm

@Didier: thx Didier for all these comments .

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

je reviens vers vous je ne vous ai pas oublié ; j’ai encore pris le soleil du Maroc pour mon plus grand bonheur
C'est très émouvant comme portrait

2 Mar 2011 3:29pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic portrait!

2 Mar 2011 3:42pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Such an expressive face and an image that goes so much deeper into today's social issues.

2 Mar 2011 3:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A marvelous capture Mariana..such expression always - not just in the subject but in the way you capture and convey....superb! Is that your friend on the left?

2 Mar 2011 3:52pm

@Denny Jump Photo: He is a passer-by who gave her a coin that you can see in her hand, and he wanted to take a picture of her too ! Thanks Denny

mauro from barcelona, Spain

Great shot powerfull!!!! exelent image!!!

2 Mar 2011 3:54pm

Juliango from Caen, France

Encore un choc des cultures qui souligne l'incompréhension. Une photo symbolique forte.

2 Mar 2011 4:19pm

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Teresa sister is back! What a difference betwenn her attitude, her gesture and the passers by's! Great street life shot!

2 Mar 2011 4:31pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Stunning. Your black and white photographs of S are filled with a kind of melancholy. Such beautiful work.

2 Mar 2011 4:48pm

@Susan: that is exactly what I felt while being there ...thx Susan :)

Franz from Baden, Austria

another insightful picture of humanity - beauty in hardship! i just love the wistful look in the old lady's face, and the gesture - looks like a blessing!

2 Mar 2011 4:53pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


Fantastique compo quel portrait de cette dame elle me fait penser à Mère teresa, fantastique captage, bravo.

Merci et amitié


2 Mar 2011 5:13pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful composition! I love the moment!

2 Mar 2011 5:19pm

@Sugata: thx Sugata :)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Another stunning image, great work Mariana

2 Mar 2011 5:29pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

excellent portrait, 5*****

2 Mar 2011 5:30pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

quelle émotion dans cette photo !

2 Mar 2011 5:39pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fabulous photography
perfectly portrays a life in the eye,
makes us question, about us,
I find myself closer to her than my reality.
impressive Mariana
Paul kisses

2 Mar 2011 6:36pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

You catched this woman with a lot of tenderness. What an expression on her face!
Have a nice day.

2 Mar 2011 6:49pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Une timidité très expressive !!
Superbe photo !!

2 Mar 2011 6:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb capture and composition. the juxtaposition of the woman with the phone is telling

2 Mar 2011 7:09pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Nice shot :)

2 Mar 2011 7:41pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent portrait of this tiny woman with a large worn hands. She seems to have quite a story to tell.

2 Mar 2011 7:53pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Beautifully framed and presented, Mariana. Excellent depth-of-field at the perfect moment.

2 Mar 2011 8:42pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Giving to the poor is like leading to God; He will repay

2 Mar 2011 8:58pm

@J.R.: who ? God ? would be great if so !

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

This is a fantastic streetshot Mariana!! The contrast between the old woman and all the others is so big!!
You did another great job lady ;-)

2 Mar 2011 9:24pm

Co33 from libourne, France

Très "mignonne"! I don't know how teo say in english...
May be "cute"

2 Mar 2011 9:56pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Preciosa imagen,muy bien realizada.saludos.

2 Mar 2011 9:57pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Precious shot and so candid! cheers!

2 Mar 2011 11:43pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great street capture.

3 Mar 2011 1:32am

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Excellent capture, the angle/ viewpoint is perfect !

3 Mar 2011 2:53am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An expression that tugs at one's heart strings. Great capture!

3 Mar 2011 3:30am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

such a sad shot..

3 Mar 2011 3:37am

Carina maria itati soriano from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

excelent!i lovely it....hug

3 Mar 2011 3:56am

Mike from United States

Love this picture! The womans expression and posture are wonderful. The walking guy in back adds nice movement to the shot, too.

3 Mar 2011 8:27am

@Mike: thx Mike . Nice to see you on my page :)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great expression....other side of Life...Full marks.

3 Mar 2011 8:32am

Monik from PARIS, France

Un portrait naturel et très émouvant !!!

3 Mar 2011 10:37am

saverio from Rome, Italy

scatto espressivo

3 Mar 2011 11:46am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great moment and expression

3 Mar 2011 5:02pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

here two world´s clashes! the post modern world, equipped with modern tecnology and on the other side the former generation, which is so overstrained cause this rapidly technological progress!
again a very impressive shot with a great story!
you, this are the shot i really love!

3 Mar 2011 7:44pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

....sorry i want to write ...
these are shots i really love!
;-) sorry again!

3 Mar 2011 7:46pm

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

one more time, a very touching picture ! With her white scarf, we see only this woman.

3 Mar 2011 9:04pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

well titled, seen and shot! excellent frame and clarity.

4 Mar 2011 4:16am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Well seen, really. The womans face is so full of expression,but I think I can see both melancholy and in a way some hope in it. Great capture: the composition, the depth of field, the framing...all of it!

4 Mar 2011 9:27am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Superb !! What a great portrait and action street view ! Love it very very much !! 5*

4 Mar 2011 7:40pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The subtle difference between the apparent affluence of the man (with his mobile) and poverty of the lady captured in a super picture.

4 Mar 2011 9:17pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

si fragile...

5 Mar 2011 5:58pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I am a complete sucker for women like that, or even half of the pathos she shows.
Wonderful Mariana to see this great shot from the perfect angle, almost as if she
has a gun in her coat, her hand probably cold. Wonderful woman.

5 Mar 2011 9:42pm

1/250 second
ISO 400
75 mm