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Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 27 April 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Waterloo, Ontario
Dec, 2010


"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

Carina M. I. Soriano from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Wooow! stunning portrairt! great B&W

27 Apr 2011 5:02am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Marvelous :)

27 Apr 2011 5:07am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Un portrait fort.

27 Apr 2011 5:12am

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

A superb portrait, Mariana. The eyes are captivating.

27 Apr 2011 5:27am

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent portrait! clever BW

27 Apr 2011 6:23am

Gobou from Senegal

Very strong look and excellent portrait - love ger eyes and the BW

27 Apr 2011 6:25am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Don't look at me, you scary me!
Great great great.

27 Apr 2011 6:36am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Woaaa! A tough shot, a difficult stare....beautiful details !!

27 Apr 2011 6:40am

@DULCIE: thx know me - i do not like sweet things/ people faces ... they are very ordinary :)

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Just amazing!!!! 5*. Nice day Mariana.

27 Apr 2011 6:41am

Thomas from Paris, France

What a strong portrait! Congrats.

27 Apr 2011 6:45am

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Like a turtle trying to get out of it's shell ;-)

27 Apr 2011 6:55am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Ce portrait aux très forts contrastes est une pure merveille ! l'expression est fabuleuse ! Bravo ! Bonne journée Mariana

27 Apr 2011 7:24am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Amazing portrait! Looks like she will move!

27 Apr 2011 7:25am

guillaume from Paris, France

Eyes are impressive !!

27 Apr 2011 7:38am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Un portrait à fort caractère, bravo !!!!!!!!! *****

27 Apr 2011 7:39am

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Un excellent portrait !!
Une photo très dure !!!

27 Apr 2011 7:44am

noel from Paris, France

Amazing portrait ,great capture well done

27 Apr 2011 7:46am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Excellent and strong portrait, also a nice framing

27 Apr 2011 8:14am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

WoW! The eyes have it

27 Apr 2011 8:18am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


27 Apr 2011 8:27am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une photo dont tu as le secret : bravo ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

27 Apr 2011 8:40am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wow, very strong portrait, amazing eyes staring straight at me. The light is fantastic and the processing wonderful

27 Apr 2011 8:46am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

What a great intensity in those eyes. Splendid one.

27 Apr 2011 8:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice rich tones and texture. The eyes have it

27 Apr 2011 8:53am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

27 Apr 2011 9:09am

Chantal from TERHEIJDEN, Netherlands

I love his facial lines

27 Apr 2011 9:10am

Florence from Paris, France

A very successful portrait Mariana. Powerful, vibrant, poignant in many ways. Your rendering on details is remarquable and your mono is simply exceptional by the quality on the contrasts. 5 stars for you, you deserve a spot.

27 Apr 2011 9:21am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Ahha..! This is stunning.. Its a very powerful portrait and those eyes looking straight at you make a strong contact right away - difficult to take away eyes from.
This is fantastic Mariana.

27 Apr 2011 10:14am

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

Un regard chargé de désespoir pour ce fabuleux portrait.

27 Apr 2011 10:32am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Strong portrait.

27 Apr 2011 10:33am

Henny from Thorn, Netherlands

Mariana, again a gorgeous portrait! Tell me your secret :-) I love B&W

27 Apr 2011 10:46am

@Henny: there is no secret :))) just my feelings involved in this :)

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Great expression.

27 Apr 2011 10:47am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really strong shot.

27 Apr 2011 11:01am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Powerful! WOW!

27 Apr 2011 11:26am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

the shot is excellent, the face a little scary

27 Apr 2011 11:28am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A dark portrait , very strong !

27 Apr 2011 11:28am

Marco Carbocci from Paris, France

Mariana, c'est un plaisir de découvrir chaque jour la variété de ton inspiration. Une variété dont on relève cependant très vite la cohérence. Alors, ce portrait : absolument parfait, formellement et sémantiquement. Je n'y mettrai pas davantage de mots : trop d'éloges ont toujours un petit son hypocrite et non crédible. Mais je conclurai tout de même en te disant que c'est là une image puissante et dont on se souvient.

27 Apr 2011 11:33am

@Marco Carbocci: thanks Marco .

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

A 5 star portrait!

27 Apr 2011 11:51am

joshi daniel from India

loved this and excellent contrast!

27 Apr 2011 12:00pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful capture of character and expression through the eyes. Superb b&w tones in this portrait.

27 Apr 2011 12:10pm

Christian from Leeds, United Kingdom

This is lovely. Really good eye contact!

27 Apr 2011 12:28pm

franz from Baden, Austria

sad eyes, so sad! and a feeling of freezing cold! terrible, but just as excellent!

27 Apr 2011 12:41pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Fantastic but nearly scared me out my seat tres brilliant

27 Apr 2011 12:47pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully strong portrait Mariana! Very expressive eyes..... ;-)

27 Apr 2011 12:56pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This just shakes me - amazing and fantastic portrait, Mariana! This needs to be on a cover....and certainly in a studio on a wall ....Awesome!!

27 Apr 2011 1:30pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Great :)

27 Apr 2011 2:14pm

Zus from Osaka, Japan

Powerful eyes. Great shot!!

27 Apr 2011 2:15pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

He seems in need of a doctor. Great image.

27 Apr 2011 2:19pm

Ilia from Rome, Italy

Amazing portrait,deep eyes...

27 Apr 2011 2:20pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

One of the best portraits I have ever seen. Stunning black and white, and a fantastic face with super expressive eyes. Bravo!

27 Apr 2011 2:24pm

@Rick: thx a million Rick. I am very proud of this portrait and it feels great to read a comment like this :)

Damian B from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is awesome, a shot that definately resembles Lee Jeffries work, the contrast in the tones are breathtaking, great processing too - I love this!!!

27 Apr 2011 2:42pm

@Damian B: many thanks Damian ... that is rather cool comment ;) But, please, never think of my work as a attempt to copy JL's work ;)

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Very strong image, Mariana. This is one of your best, and that's saying something.

27 Apr 2011 2:57pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

This portrait of the semi-hidden face is really touching. Bravo once again!

27 Apr 2011 2:59pm

STEED from D, France

Superb one....

27 Apr 2011 3:12pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent lighting, contrast and expression

27 Apr 2011 3:19pm

Julie from Easton, United States

What an awesome portrait!!! The detail is just amazing!

27 Apr 2011 3:24pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

£Quel portrait expressif, quel rendu, fantastique iamge, grandisoe
Belle soirée

27 Apr 2011 3:25pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Outstanding treatment, looks like it was etched from coal, beautiful.

27 Apr 2011 4:14pm

Megha from Mumbai, India


27 Apr 2011 4:35pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Very intensive photo and meaningful glance. Excellent.

27 Apr 2011 4:56pm

RSB from portland, United States

Those eyes!!! Great framing. As usual-superb!

27 Apr 2011 5:07pm

@RSB: thanks Bob ... when are your pictures are going to be displayed ? I clicked on link - there is nothing ;)

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mariana this portrait is so magnificent, it leaves me speechless.

27 Apr 2011 5:35pm

Emmeji from France

Mariana, you are the best !!!

27 Apr 2011 5:40pm

@Emmeji: ha ha .. Im glad this portrait got you :) the best on Am3 with Portraits only - hmm.. not a big deal ;)

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Wonderful portrait!

27 Apr 2011 5:44pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Awesome portrait. Really compelling.

27 Apr 2011 5:46pm

lili from *, Iran


27 Apr 2011 6:04pm

@lili: that is the last attribute I would say - lovely !!!! why lovely, tell me please ;) thanks for visiting ;)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

What emotions! Strong and so hidden!

27 Apr 2011 6:34pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Look at his eyes....fantastic!! This shot is full of power and emotion, love it!!

27 Apr 2011 6:39pm

@Richard: are things are going to be different if tell you it is a woman ? thanks a lot Richard !

farzaneh from tehran, Iran

What an awesome portrait!!! The detail is just amazing!

27 Apr 2011 6:54pm

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. A very impressive portrait. Her face and her look tell a lot about what she must have endured.
Have a nice day,

27 Apr 2011 7:01pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Quel regard !

27 Apr 2011 7:08pm

@Kat: what do you mean ?

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

IMPRESIONANTE Mary...........*****

27 Apr 2011 7:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Haunting! Beautifully done!

27 Apr 2011 8:02pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Another brilliant portrait - just fantastic.

27 Apr 2011 8:05pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Une grande émotion dans ce portrait ; beaucoup de fatigue ou de tristesse

27 Apr 2011 8:54pm

lili from *, Iran

I'm sure she was lovely 50 years ago!
What do u think?

27 Apr 2011 9:27pm

@lili: I would not talk about this woman, if she is pretty or not . This is totally unimportant for one good portrait . Try to learn to view a picture, and not to talk if somebody is pretty or ugly . Btw. I am hardly interested in taking portraits of doll faces :)

Itziar from Bilbao, Spain

Really good and strong treatment. i like it

27 Apr 2011 9:37pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super x 5 !

27 Apr 2011 9:44pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Eres una maestra con los retratos.Un trabajo muy bueno.Saludos Mariana.

27 Apr 2011 10:06pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

Impresionante retrato, realmente impactante.
Un saludo

27 Apr 2011 10:31pm

@Carmen: thx Carmen :)

Himera from Ljubljana, Slovenia

This is just amazing!

27 Apr 2011 10:38pm

@Himera: thx Himera for your comments :) Much appreciated !

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I'd love to know where you find your subjects - stunning portrait!

27 Apr 2011 11:07pm

@Jason Politte: I use to say - they are around us, around you too , but we need to feel them and see them :)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture and processing. amazing eyes

27 Apr 2011 11:18pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The eyes are so mesmerizing. This is quite a powerful portrait. I knew this was a woman, despite the haircut.

28 Apr 2011 1:28am

@Julie Brown: thanks Julie ;)

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Incredible portrait. A gallery-level classic.

28 Apr 2011 2:07am

@Stu: wow.. love your comment Stu ;)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting portrait with that wrap around her head. I love the irises of her eyes.....with highlighted "lines" within them.

28 Apr 2011 2:43am

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Excellent portrait, great details !!

28 Apr 2011 3:27am

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent portrait. Powerful eyes. Like it. :)

28 Apr 2011 3:34am

merilee from United States

great portrait.

28 Apr 2011 3:36am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great portrait in B & W!

28 Apr 2011 3:59am

Rafa from Madrid, Spain

Fantastic, great strength

28 Apr 2011 4:44am

Ddo from France

A strong portrait. I love all those details. Her turtleneck stresses admirably its glance

28 Apr 2011 8:22am

Murphys from Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom

Sad but oh so good.

28 Apr 2011 8:36am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

superb and confronting together maketh for a remarkable portrait!

28 Apr 2011 9:04am

Damien from Le Havre, France

94 comments ... 95 now! And it's really deserved!
A superb shot... hard, sad but heady and captivating ...
5 *****

28 Apr 2011 9:35am

@Damien: thanks a lot ;) 95 or 195 it really does not matter ;) I saw so average pictures with over 130 comments ???

larans from Lund, Sweden

Another very strong and marvellous portrait. Wonderful lighting and the square format together with your framing really makes it justice. Strengthens that intensive look and face!

28 Apr 2011 1:27pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

quel troublant portrait ,je ne sais pas ,si je doit avoir peur ,ou pitié .....
en tous cas une excellente photo comme toujours chez toi!

28 Apr 2011 5:45pm

@cristoF: you do not have to be afraid or even pity for this person . this is photograph only ... have a look at this FABULOUS site by Lee Jeffries

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada


28 Apr 2011 6:47pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France


28 Apr 2011 9:06pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

such a striking portrait shot.. excellent work.. :)

29 Apr 2011 1:38am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

merci pour le lien marianna ,son travail et sa vision son vraiment superbe !!!!

29 Apr 2011 7:08am

parisa from shiraz, Iran

wonderful shot

29 Apr 2011 11:33am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Amazing and strong! Your portraits are unforgettable!! Great!
Have a nice day.

29 Apr 2011 7:36pm

Mehrsan from Montreal, Canada

Great portrait with expressive eyes. Everything is perfect.

29 Apr 2011 9:12pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Another great portrait.

1 May 2011 9:22pm

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Tu fais de tres jolis protraits, tes traitements N&B sont parfaits...mais comment fais tu ?

9 May 2011 7:57pm

@Grandoude: thanks :)

David from Orange, France

Un vrai talent pour les portraits, superbe.

10 May 2011 7:14am

@David: thanks David !

Lila from Leipzig, Germany


12 May 2011 10:10am

gogoli from Tehran, Iran

great shot!
well done

20 Mar 2012 6:44pm

@gogoli: yes, great portrait of very interesting character . i wish to see a portrait with similar quality on your page too .

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

A strong portrait.very very nice

30 Jul 2012 1:34pm

indrajit from kankavli, India

nice portrait. people always try to capture smiling faces. when character smiles for the photograph that adds a artificial element in the image. u avoided that in this shot. i think that is what this picture is amazing one. this face carry's whole story of life.

18 Apr 2013 7:41am

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