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Shandor !

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 14 April 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.


Shandor is brother of these two boys.
He almost cried saying I gave more money to his brothers than him.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 80 6 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

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

An image difficult, we do not know our happiness when we see the difficulty that this family must have to survive. Moving. Mariana nice day.

14 Apr 2011 5:19am

@Tede: we are not all happy Tede, even if we are not living the same life as Gypsies.

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

one more very sad double picture showing us how the life can be difficult in some others countries. The portrait associated with a wider view is a very good idea to make the picture still more touching.

14 Apr 2011 5:33am

Mijo from Rognonas, France

A beautiful lesson of humility for those which complain wrongly about their small daily worries !

14 Apr 2011 5:45am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Both shots are amazing.

14 Apr 2011 6:07am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Pathetic documents, the child expression is so terrible!

14 Apr 2011 6:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I don't know why, but this has really got to me-even more than many of your other shots-powerful stuff

14 Apr 2011 6:29am

@CElliottUK: thanks . I feel the same !

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Hard lovely pictures , I'm not well in my shoes seeing this portrait ...Phil

14 Apr 2011 6:29am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Your camera and your eye tell powerful stories Mariana and this is one of the most powerful. It's not easy wondering how many kids and families are in a position like this. How we, sat at our computers, live lives so very different to this and how luck and location makes such a difference to our situation.

14 Apr 2011 6:57am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Une incroyable expression pour ce gamin ! Bravo ! On prend conscience en les voyant de la dureté de leur existence ! Bonne journée Mariana

14 Apr 2011 6:59am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A great pair of wonderful images...the faces tell their story so well...great work!!

14 Apr 2011 7:08am

Emmeji from France

Quelle tristesse, pauvres enfants...

14 Apr 2011 7:19am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Such a very sad world (in places)

14 Apr 2011 7:37am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

you've captured his expression so clearly...and the tally of his short like already etched on his face:))

14 Apr 2011 8:05am

pict from France

strong shot !
they found a shelter in a foreign country but the fear is still is their eyes ...

14 Apr 2011 8:25am

@pict: that is not a foreign country for them . I am sure their grand, grand parents were from here ... Gypsy do not have their country, they are everywhere in a world ...

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

A strong and emotional portrait of this kid !
Kind regards

14 Apr 2011 8:31am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The first one is totally deeply moving and I prefer the second which moves less the heart

14 Apr 2011 8:33am

@Marie LC: second shot moves me more than first after seeing a little one , the youngest one who is holding some coins too in his small palm ;) did you see him ? he probably does not know to say what his name is, but coins he is counting too !

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

A pair of images, especially the first one, who not leave us indifferent.

14 Apr 2011 8:43am

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Apr 2011 9:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A striking portrait documentary combination. It should remind us how we view these from such a privileged point of view.

14 Apr 2011 9:14am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Ooooh Mariana, this is seriously powerful, it is up there with the best and should be on the front page of National Geographic like the photo of the Afghan girl. Shandor's eyes question your soul.

14 Apr 2011 9:20am

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Just simply amazing capture! Clever and genius! It's always the emotion of your portrait that strucks me! BEAUTIFUL!

14 Apr 2011 10:14am

@Dokmateo: thx for noticing it ... emotions...only emotions are these I have been searching in other people pictures too ;) I love to smell flowers on a field , cannot smell it in a picture !

Lougris from Toulouse, France

saisissant portrait !!

14 Apr 2011 11:26am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Powerful testimony these kids don't ask to be born into poverty, but it happens.

14 Apr 2011 11:42am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

it is a strong and worth seeing photo.

14 Apr 2011 11:45am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

What a childhood...

14 Apr 2011 11:48am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

How sad.

14 Apr 2011 12:41pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Powerful double image - from either angle it's a harsh life and hard childhood.

14 Apr 2011 12:44pm

Nicou from Uvrier, Switzerland

Super ce deux image, un très beau portrait colorée et une blele image NB vivante et émouvante.
Bravo et amitié

14 Apr 2011 1:13pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Beau portrait.

14 Apr 2011 1:42pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

It is so emotional that I forget about the photograph itself.

14 Apr 2011 2:10pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Strong shot.

14 Apr 2011 2:12pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Une enfance passée à mendier. Quelle tristesse !

14 Apr 2011 2:46pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Shandor the boy has the face of a man way beyond his years. You show us how lucky we are.

14 Apr 2011 3:02pm

@Williams: Thx Paul . I did not mean to show how lucky we are, but how kids somewhere else are living .... Kids, Shandor's age, here is Waterloo are making faces and ready to cry if you look at them and smile :) Probably in your city too !

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture and expression, you can see the question in his face, sad story of more difficulities.

14 Apr 2011 3:07pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Counting YOUR hard earned money... what a sadness of situation, that young kids who in other parts of the world are playing Xbox and have it so good, are the minority number on a planet where SO many children are living brutal lives. These are powerful photos, to say the least! Shandor's features are a study in abject misery : he is so old before his time, his eyes are desperate, he is being "taught" that surviving is equal to counting on others in order to do so. Potent photography, Mariana.

14 Apr 2011 3:09pm

@Rick: sometimes I do not know how to thank you Rick for your so sensitive comments ... it feels so good to have a friend who feels my pictures the same way as I do ....well, I said that already, but I need to repeat myself !!!

Sam from Chennai, India

What a great images. Moving and full of expressions ... You have done it again, this time more powerful ... :)

14 Apr 2011 4:26pm

Lydia .Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

A poor little one , really sad , but a nice picture again Mariana .

14 Apr 2011 4:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

M : I am sure that many here are feeling these powerful frames as you do in your heart, but maybe the words don't come forth as easily. It is not for me to say, really, but I do want to say "no need to thank me" at all : just keep doing what you are doing because it is very truthful, important, and is some of the finest photography I have ever seen anywhere anytime. There should be, and probably will be one day, books containing your portraiture.

14 Apr 2011 4:39pm

@Rick: ha ha .. would you please write about me in this book .... maybe I should start telling you my biography :) It is going to be very interesting, I promise :) ha ha

Fotoptikon from Warsaw, Poland

Wondeful portrait, Mariana. Wonderful street photo too...

14 Apr 2011 4:46pm

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Nice portrait. An le shot with his family is great, i like contrast

14 Apr 2011 5:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

These kids have already moved beyond childhood it seems. Instead of playing, they are on the streets hustling for a living. And a hard living it is. Another superb set of street shots showing us life as it is.

14 Apr 2011 5:20pm

fereshteh. from Iran

wonderful images...beautiful portrait.

14 Apr 2011 5:24pm

Richard from Didam, Netherlands

These are two very impressive photo's Mariana!!!
They realy comming into me.... what a childhood they have looking at my own two boys....
Compliments lady!

14 Apr 2011 5:32pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Intersting combination . A colorfull : close . full of details . and a B&W street shot .
And behind them a story ...

14 Apr 2011 6:07pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

la vie n'est pas facile pour tout le monde ,une trés belle image ,qui montre la dureté de la vie!!!
bravo pour cette photo

14 Apr 2011 6:26pm

@cristoF: merci beaucoup. Vos images sont bien aussi;)

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

two "strong" pictures ,mariana ! wonderful !
five stars !
kiss !

14 Apr 2011 7:12pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Really Marian, the life is hard, for many human beings, but mas five-peseta coin is to meet us since we live
And non-stop to embrace them,
This photography is a lesson of feelings.

14 Apr 2011 7:27pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Powerful portrait and street scene

14 Apr 2011 7:43pm

STEED from D, France

Fabulous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Apr 2011 7:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a story indeed....we have it so good...we are lucky

14 Apr 2011 7:54pm

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Fantastic and sad history.

14 Apr 2011 8:41pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Whew - what a childhood indeed. Only when we see this do we really know how fortunate we are.

14 Apr 2011 8:45pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Very strong picture. Your photos give very poignant stories.

14 Apr 2011 10:31pm

@Don Levesque: thanks Don :)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

So moving.......

14 Apr 2011 10:39pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Ce portrait est tout simplement extraordinaire! 5*

14 Apr 2011 11:25pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Ce portrait serai également très beau en B&W

14 Apr 2011 11:29pm

@Enzo: maybe.... I did not feel like processing it in BW though !

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Eyebrows can say so much when it comes to expression, such as surprise and anger. He seems to be expressing a little bit of both. And those eyes with the reflections seems like we're peering into his soul.

14 Apr 2011 11:38pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

He has the face of a pugilist after a fight.

15 Apr 2011 12:22am

@JoeB: he has a dirty face, he is freezing on that cold day being out and waiting for some money all long day , .... he is hungry and thirsty , does not have coke or hamburger, warm room and computer games ....... etc ... think about all that ....very unexpected comment , Mr. JoeB !!!!!

merilee from United States

you shot very artistic and with emotions...i really like your portrait.

15 Apr 2011 1:19am

@merilee: thx Merilee ;)

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

We have no idea what their struggle is like.... begging to survive.

15 Apr 2011 3:09am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

very strong portrait.....5******

15 Apr 2011 3:20am

guillaume from Paris, France

Impressive portray !!

15 Apr 2011 8:57am

Irene from L C, France

Strong, touching portrait... I love his eyes' light !

15 Apr 2011 10:53am

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Un portrait qui fait un peu de peine , il y a de la souffrance dans ces yeux

15 Apr 2011 7:43pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Such a powerful portrait. So much emotion captured here.

16 Apr 2011 9:53am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

You always seem to misconstrue the comments that are made, it was meant as a comparison, a metaphor. I guess you don't have a warm room, a computer? if you really cared so much why didn't you go to the closest pawnshop and hawk your precious Powershot and buy him a hamburger. You should get off your high horse once in awhile.

16 Apr 2011 3:57pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

Looks like you've had some very interesting times

17 Apr 2011 7:39am

Arash from Dubai, UAE., United Arab Emirates

poor guy, so sad.

17 Apr 2011 11:08am

larans from Lund, Sweden

This shot and boy really says much more by their expression than most other photos I´ve seen here and lately. It will engrave itself on my memory and make an indelible impression on me for a long time! This is one of your absolutely best captures!

17 Apr 2011 12:52pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Wow! Same thinking as the next one! Amazing shot!
Have a nice day.

17 Apr 2011 4:15pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

that sure is a fine portrait shot of this kid.. :)

17 Apr 2011 8:16pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Une expression et un portrait tous deux très impressionnants !!! BRAVO.

21 Apr 2011 9:55pm

indrajit from kankavli, India

story telling portrait

18 Apr 2013 7:42am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/160 second
ISO 80
6 mm