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Portrait and Reality

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 12 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.


May, 2011
Kitchener, Ontario


My favorite picture of all my work is Deeper Shade of Black where you can see the same man as today. Than I was not brave or quick enough to stop this man and ask for a portrait. I was happy that couple days ago I met this man ( Dave ) again and he did not mind me taking a few shots !
And please, do not be scared of this image, Dave is very nice, quiet, shy man !

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/200 second F/5.0 ISO 400 105 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

I am impressed with your portraits, a magnificent work. This look is terrible !!!!! 5 *. Nice day.

12 May 2011 5:15am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

Woow,what a head,what an expression,and what a portrait!I love the light in the hair! Superb!

12 May 2011 5:43am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

what a impressive portrait!!!!!! wow!!!!

12 May 2011 6:01am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Check out ( this guys look can cut through you like a knife

12 May 2011 6:04am

Oscar from barcelona, Spain


12 May 2011 6:14am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Encore un fabuleux portrait ! je te souhaite une agréable journée

12 May 2011 6:21am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Strong and impressive portrait of a reality.

12 May 2011 6:27am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

With Dulcie (goes and see the link given by J.R ) you're going to scare us the blues ! Enormous portrait, Phil

12 May 2011 6:29am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

A great character. I love your processing.

12 May 2011 6:41am

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Amazing expression you have here, this really looks like a very sinister person.

12 May 2011 6:50am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

he looks irritated. i hope nothing happened to u, LOL

12 May 2011 6:51am

@MK: he is very friendly

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A strong is just too tough sometimes. :-(

12 May 2011 6:57am

gobou from Bamako, Mali

Intense and very strong -superb

12 May 2011 6:58am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

il à une tête à faire peur aux petits enfants!
le portrait est trés réussi marianna!!

12 May 2011 7:06am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Again, a snapshot expressive ! One would think out of a Dostoyevsky novel !

12 May 2011 7:16am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

This man looks angry, a strong portrait.

12 May 2011 7:35am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

12 May 2011 7:56am

thami from Morocco

Quelle présence dans ce regard et quel détachement de ce portrait du fond!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

12 May 2011 8:00am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Une magnifique expression ! j'aime beaucoup la belle lumière dans ses cheveux ! Bonne journée Mariana

12 May 2011 8:06am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Compelling portrait - we can imagine seeing life through those eyes.

12 May 2011 8:15am

Murphys from Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom

Well and truely looks down and out Mariana.Superb shot.

12 May 2011 8:18am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Interesting his hairstyle.. Great.

12 May 2011 8:36am

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

Sorti tout droit d'un film d'épouvante, portrait rare d'expression foudroyante..Bravo !

12 May 2011 8:54am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, what a impressive portrait, well done!

12 May 2011 8:59am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

he looks angry at the world

12 May 2011 9:10am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Once again the eyes have it. terrific tones

12 May 2011 9:12am

guillaume from Paris, France

Impressive eyes !!!

12 May 2011 9:23am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Wow, the intensity of his stare, superb portrait, amazing light

12 May 2011 9:30am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

impressive portrait , Iam struck by his glance.

12 May 2011 9:43am

Lila from Leipzig, Germany

like your portraits a lot!
very dramatic

12 May 2011 10:11am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

His expression makes everything wonderful!

12 May 2011 10:35am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a photo can say a thousand words what then may a look say???

12 May 2011 10:57am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

tes portraits sont hallucinants !!
de plus en plus de maturité et de profondeur au fur et à mesure du temps qui passe !!
un travail remarquable Mariana !!!

12 May 2011 11:07am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Intense and strong

12 May 2011 11:20am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful street portrait Mariana! Not scary at all! This is a face of someone who has been beaten down by society and yet simply refuses to give up! Bravo! ;-)

12 May 2011 12:07pm

Marco Carbocci from Paris, France

Quelle extraordinaire puissance ! Ces yeux baissés, mais qui semblent cependant amorcer la détermination d'un regard sont formidablement évocateurs.

12 May 2011 12:17pm

Laurette from South Africa

A very emotional portrait. Well captured.

12 May 2011 12:34pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is the strongest portrait that I've ever seen. Terribly great !

12 May 2011 12:44pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran


12 May 2011 12:46pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, talk about a look of hardship - fantastic shot, Mariana!

12 May 2011 1:09pm

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

great portrait ! great details !

12 May 2011 1:25pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

superbe !!!!! une expression fantastique !!! details et N/B extra ! 5*

12 May 2011 1:45pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Totally fantastic image, Mariana...looks can be deceiving can't they? Thank you for your narrative ;-)

12 May 2011 1:53pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impressive somber look and portraiture! Outstanding image.

12 May 2011 2:24pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great B & W portrait. Intense expressions. Amazing light here. One of your best. Great, Mariana. :)

12 May 2011 2:37pm

klausZ from Kustein, Austria

that is what i call a "dramatic" look! you can definitely see in this eyes, that he isn´t a winner in this world!
do you asked him, if you´re allowed to pick up a photo? i couldnt imagine that!
great portrait! wow!

12 May 2011 2:45pm

Nicou from Switzerland

Quel portrait, quelle iamge, et rendu fantastique iamge.
Belle soirée

12 May 2011 2:49pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I can see why you like " Deeper Shade of Black", it's intriguing but this one is very nice for other reasons.

12 May 2011 2:55pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

exceptional portrait - a very interesting face

12 May 2011 2:59pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! What an incredible portrait! There is an intensity in his eyes that just goes straight through a person! Beautiful processing, too!

12 May 2011 2:59pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fabulous portrait!

12 May 2011 3:16pm

foto forté from Phoenix, United States

fantastic portrait, Mariana:) I love how you process your's very distinctive and bold. Love it. He looks like he's shy to look straight at the camera.

12 May 2011 3:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Your portfolio is filled with astounding character faces, Mariana, and this is one of the best of the bunch. I am glad you wrote the text about Dave, because it is far too easy for people to assume a certain mood or personality due to a facial expression, or even the way a face appears naturally. The piercing direct gaze is so powerful here, as it the crisp detail and this ultra rich black and white that you consistently present. Bravo. (and thank you, Dave)

12 May 2011 4:21pm

@Rick: yes, thank you Dave and all others with such a significant life and faces . What to do with plain faces ? Only to look at them and say - wow, what a sweet girl, what a handsome guy ;) Many , many thanks Rick !

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Your reply reminds me of a thing that occurs to me sometimes : you know, when someone says "OH, he is SO tall", or "She is SO beautiful!" ?? ... it seems that people act as if that alone is an accomplishment, when it is something passed along through genetic code. I have had friends who were very good looking and they almost resented it because it disguised their inner qualities just as much as a fierce looking appearance can disguise a sweet and gentle soul. We should always, ALWAYS, look deeper at everything in this life. You do that very well, and it is why I look forward to seeing your photos.

12 May 2011 4:34pm

Julie DiCarlo from SF Bay Area, United States

What a strong portrait. Congratulations on this: it takes a lot of courage to make a shot like this!

12 May 2011 5:27pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

This is reality and powerful portrait simultaneously!

12 May 2011 5:41pm

L'explorateur from Vancouver, Canada

I think that the people that we like the most are those whose face, whose eyes, whose whole body let us see their soul inside. This is when a portrait becomes special. Like this one today.

12 May 2011 6:28pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Wow...that look in his eyes is realy amazing Mariana!!!! and i think it's a very kind man?
You made a wonderful portrait of this man lady;-) Good work!

12 May 2011 6:28pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Mariana what else to say! You have a kind of magic with people's expressions

12 May 2011 6:39pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great portrait and detail !

12 May 2011 6:40pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful !!!
kiss !

12 May 2011 7:26pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

One of the most awesome portrait I've ever seen

12 May 2011 7:44pm

Irene from L C, France

What a face ! Very strong portrait...

12 May 2011 7:54pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great composition, beautiful strong high back light, fine DOF & a face with eyes that bore right into my soul. A totally brilliant photograph!

12 May 2011 8:13pm

Christian Devoise from Mantes La Jolie, France

Impressionnant regard..

12 May 2011 8:46pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

very good focus, nice b&w

12 May 2011 9:38pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A very emotional portrait.
Well seen Mariana!

12 May 2011 10:23pm

Xavi Dom Buendia from Lewes, United Kingdom

this is extremely good! very powerful shot!

12 May 2011 11:14pm

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

Dear Marianne,
I haven't visited your blog for a while...
I'm impressed with this photo. Nice shot

12 May 2011 11:51pm

Zus from Osaka, Japan

What a strong eye power he has. Very impressive.

13 May 2011 12:19am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Gosh - it is all in the eyes:)

13 May 2011 1:01am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

His body language says so much.

13 May 2011 2:33am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I trust you Mariana but, he looks dangerous. Those eyes seem to look right through you. A brilliant portrait to say the least.

13 May 2011 3:21am

rafafotografia from Madrid, Spain

Impressive portrait. Strong

13 May 2011 4:52am

STEED from D, France

Fantastic Portrait's gallery as Your's !!!!!!!!!

13 May 2011 7:03am

Florence from Paris, France

I'm wowed dear. Such a powerful portrait. Thrilling.

13 May 2011 7:21am

@Florence: thrilling ? hmmm.. great and thanks ;)

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

une tête à faire peur aux petits enfants, beau portrait

13 May 2011 11:15am

Marcie from Newton, United States

So evocative. WOW!

13 May 2011 12:03pm

Florence from Paris, France

I was talking about the process, of course.

13 May 2011 12:37pm

@Florence: process without this character would mean nothing ... at least this is what I think :) thanks again Florence !

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Incredible character!

13 May 2011 3:58pm

Marie from Busan, South Korea

wow...what a portrait. that is a stolen moment well captured. I love it!

14 May 2011 4:58am

JCJ from Troyes, France

what a face!

14 May 2011 10:51am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Je ne sais comment tu fais pour arriver à saisir ces regards qui disent tant.

14 May 2011 2:00pm

30065 - Javier Martín from Barcelona, Spain

Impresive portrait and great BW!

15 May 2011 7:39am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

woah! he looks like some sort of wizard! :D great catch!

15 May 2011 5:06pm

joshi daniel from India

very intense!

15 May 2011 6:52pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wow! Amazing portrait!

18 May 2011 4:42am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Your portraits are always strong! This one is brilliant!
Have a nice day.

21 May 2011 11:48am

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

so cute.
I enjoy seeing your portraits.
bravo mariana

9 Aug 2012 10:36am

@Mehdi Monadi: this adjective - CUTE sounds very provocative . He is not cute at all, but portrait of him is an extraordinary ! Btw. I am not interested in cute, empty faces as you can see from my portfolio !

indrajit from kankavli, India

intense !!!

18 Apr 2013 7:55am

1/200 second
ISO 400
105 mm