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Time with Granddaughter

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 13 April 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

It's hard to talk about this old woman. She is sitting here hours and hours thinking this girl on a poster is her granddaughter. Both her daughter and granddaughter lost their life in civil war in Sarajevo.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/800 second F/3.5 ISO 400 19 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

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Incredible. You really have a powerful image here. Love what you captured.

13 Apr 2011 5:09am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A contrast between the little girl's smile and eyes lost grandmother. The bottom as the war was terrible. Wonderful picture. 5 *. Mariana nice day.

13 Apr 2011 5:13am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Heart breaking power in this shot, and with your explanation... an image made all the more potent for her looking directly at you. Amazing photography about life and loss.

13 Apr 2011 5:14am

@Rick: you know me - I usually do not write anything, but this picture would not be enough without explanation ... many thanks Rick :)

Zsákai Péter from Budapest, Hungary

poignant photo. great shadow and lights and bw tones for this.

13 Apr 2011 5:40am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Oh... sad story. :(

13 Apr 2011 6:09am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

On lit toute la tristesse de cette femme sur son visage ! Belle image Mariana ! Bonne journée à toi

13 Apr 2011 6:11am


Una foto de gran intensidad; el encuadre perfecto.

13 Apr 2011 6:23am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Unbelievably poignant Mariana. The light on the girl is amazing.

13 Apr 2011 6:24am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

fabulous in contrast

13 Apr 2011 6:29am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

loss of our children can make us lose our minds the very being of who we are.
I wish with all my heart that this could not be...:))

13 Apr 2011 6:34am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

fascinating photo, clearly an image to lay your eye's on and look at a long long time.

13 Apr 2011 6:34am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

You have caught her broken heart which can never be mended, it is in her empty eyes and should be in B&W as there is no colour in this ladies life and never can be again. A very poignant image.

13 Apr 2011 6:39am

@Christine: thanks Christine :)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Pour certain la vie est bien triste ! Ton N&B est encore superbe pour mon plus grand plaisir ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

13 Apr 2011 6:39am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I guess you spoke to her to get the story. It must have been a ghostly conversation

13 Apr 2011 7:28am

CLODO from PESSAC, France

Hi Mariana

powerfull image due to the harsh light, the juxtaposition of the real and fake persons, and your explanations.
Kind regards

13 Apr 2011 7:29am

Silvia Ganora Photography from Domodossola, Italy

Amazing shot and so powerful. Great eye too!

13 Apr 2011 7:40am

Kat from Lorraine, France

A very sad story for this beautiful black and a white

13 Apr 2011 7:48am

STEED from D, France

Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 Apr 2011 8:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

What a sad story .... Still hoping that the girl on the poster is her granddaughter ...
Very powerful and painful image here ... :)

13 Apr 2011 8:40am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I am really very admiring of this type of image whom I do not know how to make. A right-hand page of life of course which you knew how to get, even if I understand that it was able to be difficult.

13 Apr 2011 8:52am

Damian B from Manchester, United Kingdom

Aw this is such a haunting image, the girl in the window is almost 'ghost like' reflecting maybe exactly what the old woman is seeing, maybe she only knows in her troubled mind but if that makes her content then so be it - A tragic story but again an amazing capture!!

13 Apr 2011 9:03am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

It looks like a photo from the album of my old father, a great shot .. bravo 5*

13 Apr 2011 9:14am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The true story of all wars. When will we learn? A very powerful documentary shot, Mariana.

13 Apr 2011 9:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A marvellous combination of geometry, old age, youth and a heart rending back story. Great reportage

13 Apr 2011 9:45am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Wow !! les deux personnes semblent aussi immaterielles l'une que l'autre !!
les deux semblent rajoutées dans ce décor, figées pour l'éternité !!:)

13 Apr 2011 9:51am

Thomas from Paris, France

wow amazing composition (as usual). I love the contrat between this old woman and the "kid" in the window. Nice snap !

13 Apr 2011 10:10am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing shot...but sad to hear story behind it ,

13 Apr 2011 10:34am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Elle semble intriguée par la photographe ???
Très bonne photo !!

13 Apr 2011 10:41am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It isn't easy to live with the pain caused by the barbarity of war. An image of photojournalism. Mariana.

13 Apr 2011 10:49am

JCJ from Troyes, France

well seen, light is interesting. sad note.

13 Apr 2011 11:00am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow, poignant and powerful image! An excellent documentary of the casualties of war.

13 Apr 2011 11:54am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sometimes, we need to stop for a quiet moment and remind ourselves that it was not a disaster it rained this morning or that I left it too late to book my favorite table at the restaurant or that I got a parking ticket . . we are, indeed, blessed with good fortune . . . strong stuff, Mariana.

13 Apr 2011 12:07pm

Chris from Haute-Loire, France

A strong image, facial expression and the story are very touching. Beautiful black and white. Light plays with geometry.

13 Apr 2011 12:24pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Powerful image she was the young girl at one time, the tragedies of war, no spoils of war for her.

13 Apr 2011 12:44pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

Well seen and captured. It´s really like they both are looking just into your camera. A great composition buta tragical story!

13 Apr 2011 2:03pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Before I read your text I looked at the image and I thought that the little girl did not look quite right, but couldn't figure out why.....Your words are so true, Mariana...what can one say? The loss of a child or grandchild.....I cannot imagine...

13 Apr 2011 2:17pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

really fantastic ! excellent

13 Apr 2011 2:19pm

Zus from Osaka, Japan

So sad. At first I didn't know which one is real and which one is artificial. Ambiguous like this old lady's mind. Nicely captured, indeed.

13 Apr 2011 2:34pm

Twojays from Emigrant, United States

The thing that grabbed me was the dark spots for Grandma's eyes, without life almost. Your frame and treatment works well with the emotions the scene emanates. A limbo place in life. So distraught by loss, one can only exist in a memory, a hanging on the best way she can.

13 Apr 2011 2:38pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Terrible history. Besides, the photograph is very, very good.

13 Apr 2011 2:43pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture and sad story.

13 Apr 2011 2:59pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Very powerful.

13 Apr 2011 3:10pm

@Williams: thx Paul ;)

Emmeji from France

C'est une histoire très émouvante que tu nous racontes avec cette photo...

13 Apr 2011 3:22pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding work! The message (story) is so clear. You framed and captured her stunningly

13 Apr 2011 3:23pm

@Magda: thanks Magda ! Stories like this one are everywhere in Sarajevo !

Megha from Mumbai, India

omg, is that true? sad...sometimes life could b so cruel ...
nice pic but maybe u could have taken the pic when she is looking at the poster

13 Apr 2011 3:44pm

@Megha: and to see her back ? no way .. I usually do not take pictures of people from behind ! Face, expression, eyes are only that show and tell us so much :) thanks for suggestion :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Her life must be empty and her mind as dark as those shadows, the pain in her heart will be as sharp as that shaft of light.

13 Apr 2011 4:04pm

@Curly: she is so very was hard to understand what she was talking .. thx Curly !

Carina M. I. Soriano from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

WoooW..!great shot! Mariana, me encantan tus instantaneas en la calle!
un abrazo!

13 Apr 2011 4:09pm

Michael from Sparta, United States

Very nice. Excellent image

13 Apr 2011 4:18pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


13 Apr 2011 4:52pm

The#1AcePhotog from portland, United States

Wow! How different they are. And how telling! Wonderful photo

13 Apr 2011 4:52pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Life is hard enough, we do not need to make it harder with wars.

13 Apr 2011 5:54pm

Richard from Didam, Netherlands

What a awesome story Mariana!! Your photo and how it's processed fits her mind perfectly! A deep bow for you Mariana!!

13 Apr 2011 6:06pm

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

2011. Or 1930. We are reviewing other images, with Gothic characters, blonde girls, poverty ... Nothing changes.

13 Apr 2011 7:08pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

How sad to lose his descendants... Very powerful image Mariana !!

13 Apr 2011 7:12pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Heart-rending story!!!! At first glance the girl looks real.

13 Apr 2011 7:20pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

So so sad.

13 Apr 2011 8:04pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

The suffering of a generation, tired of fighting to eat every day, and the illusion of a new generation in the look of the girl who expects to have better luck.
Very nice Marian

13 Apr 2011 8:07pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A stunning realisation of different generations. I old woman was once a girl too.

13 Apr 2011 8:16pm

@Michael: hmmm... I wrote a right story, Michael ;) Ok, one who does not read it can interpret it like that which means to me - a picture is a total failure !

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Belle image avec un joli contraste entre les deux personnages.

13 Apr 2011 8:25pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Mariana, so sorry I did not read the story. Yes it is very sad for the old woman, wars are terrible for everyone. Your photo is not a failure.

13 Apr 2011 8:32pm

@Michael: hey, thx for coming back :)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Her haunting stare tells the story of the real tragedy of war. Her life destroyed even though she lives on. Such a sad but brilliant photo.

13 Apr 2011 9:00pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Quel talent pour photographier les personnes , la jeune souriante et la plus âgée qui ne se fait plus d'illusion on dirait

13 Apr 2011 9:10pm

Floweringredbud from South Dakota, United States

Straight to the heart, amazing capture!

13 Apr 2011 9:30pm

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

wow, your photograph is always splendid.

13 Apr 2011 11:24pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a very nice composition !
kiss !

13 Apr 2011 11:49pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Poignant, heart rending image. The fact that the little girl looks so real to us in your image underscores the very real delusion of the old woman. Excellent journalistic work.

14 Apr 2011 1:41am

Phil Morris from Canada

This is wonderful because for that one forgotten moment in time, you have
given the granddaughter back to the grandmother. I would hope she could
see the poignancy of the image, the grandmother deserves this.

14 Apr 2011 1:53am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A sad moment to capture but it tells us so much about the people of Sarajevo, both tragedy they endured and their ultimate survival.

14 Apr 2011 2:01am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

this is a terribe story,but a very beautiful picture. The little gil is smiling,maybe she knows that she has all her life to try to forget,but for the older woman, this is impossible.

14 Apr 2011 4:46am

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Looks like a photo from the distant past. Really nice

14 Apr 2011 4:50am

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Beautiful and captivating shot! Looks like an apparition of the grand daughter! Excellent framing as well!

14 Apr 2011 10:10am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

The girl is very beautiful . It seems she's just jumping out of a book to find her grandmother !!

14 Apr 2011 6:09pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh no so sad Mariana. It must have been very hard for you to see this.

14 Apr 2011 8:46pm

Araceli Martinez from Barcelona, Spain

Buena captura!

15 Apr 2011 4:40pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

tes noirs et blancs sont toujours magnifiques. Jolie scène.

15 Apr 2011 6:57pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

So timeless! Could be anytime..anywhere. Lovely!

16 Apr 2011 9:55am

Romana from Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Striking one, really sad and lonely mood

17 Apr 2011 5:01am

Jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

Such a sad story! And a sad look in her eyes.

17 Apr 2011 2:37pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Every picture you share is a wonderful surprise! What can I say? Fantastic!!!
Have a nice day.

17 Apr 2011 4:13pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/800 second
ISO 400
19 mm