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"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

Gobou from Bamako, Mali

the title make me laugh !!!! the capture, the angle and the perspective are outstanding - superb

14 Jun 2011 5:32am

@Gobou: this title and his board makes me think , not laugh ;) Thanks Gobou !

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Another instant classic from you, Mariana! Stupendously perfect angle and framing, with this wonderful face and all that he has going on for details and interest. Also, how ideal to have your title be a perfect echo of his sign!

14 Jun 2011 5:35am

@Rick: thanks Rick .

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Que cette image est belle et forte ! et ce qui marque, c'est le sourire malgré les conditions difficiles ! Bonne journée Mariana

14 Jun 2011 6:19am

STEED from D, France

FANTASTIC !!!!!!! Classic for You,and always amazing for us .....5 Stars more...

14 Jun 2011 6:26am

@STEED: thanks STEED !

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Incredible shot !! So true and nice ! Phil

14 Jun 2011 6:31am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

He does everything at the same time !!!!! Incredible man and splendid B & W Mariana nice day.

14 Jun 2011 6:41am

Isa from Vaucluse, France

Beau cliché en N&B ....

14 Jun 2011 6:45am

Emma.b from ivry, France

Woah ! Super photo ! Belle scène, bel angle, beau noir et blanc ! Un grand bravo !

14 Jun 2011 8:03am

foto forté from Phoenix, United States

Fantastic, Mariana:). Great angle, detail...the sign and chessboard in foreground really make it so very good... Well done

14 Jun 2011 8:28am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

Marvelous and strong B&W

14 Jun 2011 8:31am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great low angel shot...wonderful POV.

14 Jun 2011 8:32am

Murphys from Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom

Very good Mariana, dont know how you find these people.

14 Jun 2011 8:48am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

extremly impressive contrasts here mariana, outstanding! and yes, he has a problem! ín austria we use the phrase: Self-Knowledge is the first step! ( i think you know them) but in his case, i´m not sure, if this is right!

14 Jun 2011 8:51am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb portrait !

14 Jun 2011 8:52am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nothing a smart move won't change:) Great viewpoint

14 Jun 2011 9:05am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This one is great, it's the use and position of his hand that does it. how many portraits do you look at which don not show the animation of the subject's hands? They are such an important contributor to life and our gestures. This is almost the ultimate in non verbal communication.

14 Jun 2011 9:09am

skarlet from kerman, Iran

what is his problem...?? nice composition!

14 Jun 2011 9:28am

@skarlet: what is your problem ? don't you think we all have them ? thanks !

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Great capture Mariana. A very incredible B&W for this beautiful composition !

14 Jun 2011 10:07am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

I love his expression! Playing chess, the harmonica and guitar, looks like an extraordinary person.
Well seen Mariana!

14 Jun 2011 10:24am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

une scéne trés touchante ,bravo pour cette photo marianna!

14 Jun 2011 10:44am

Emmeji from France

Beau portrait !

14 Jun 2011 10:50am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a huge image you create from such a small moment . . love that knowing smile.

14 Jun 2011 11:32am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Excellent!! Love your point-of-view and framing here!

14 Jun 2011 11:33am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I agree with Curly for once at least GREAT!

14 Jun 2011 11:38am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Obviously a talented and creative soul! Another wonderful street shot Mariana! Well done! ;-)

14 Jun 2011 11:42am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Intriguing portrait - low angle is fabulous!

14 Jun 2011 11:53am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Waiting for next move

14 Jun 2011 11:55am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture, he looks happy and content in his moment. Beautiful b/w.

14 Jun 2011 12:32pm

Z from Shanghai, China

a real touching angle and super love that shining black&white!

14 Jun 2011 12:59pm


a dark shot but a super angle and very interesting moment to capture

14 Jun 2011 1:06pm

@DIMITRIOS: dark ? not for me ! thanks D.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What an interesting sign -very different for sure...and so is your perfect perspective down here,,,we are on the "same plain" and it puts us right in the story with him....a marvelous image Mariana!! I really like this one ;-)

14 Jun 2011 1:48pm

Thomas from Paris, France

Stunning scene. Nice POV!

14 Jun 2011 1:55pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

A wonderful street shot !!! I am pretty sure this man is a chess master !

14 Jun 2011 2:23pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

again, a great portrait !!!!!!!!!!

14 Jun 2011 2:24pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Stunning image. Love the nice low angle. He looks happy at his moment. It is touching ...
'Dear, I think we have a problem ... ' Love it, Mariana. One of your best. :)

14 Jun 2011 3:02pm

Bruno F from France

Superb ! A strong but effective b&w !

14 Jun 2011 3:21pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada


14 Jun 2011 3:47pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

COOL point of view and a great composition of this poor man and his game Mariana!!!
His text is realy great and made me smile.....thanx for sharing my dear!!

14 Jun 2011 3:48pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A classic !

14 Jun 2011 4:23pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe portrait, bien vu

14 Jun 2011 4:25pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Seems to me this man knows much...Greatly good!

14 Jun 2011 4:40pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

Super angle. happiness

14 Jun 2011 4:44pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Encore une merveille bravo quel captage et compo

14 Jun 2011 4:58pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Strong picture,, loaded with its lot of despair, obviously even if I see some humoristic sign, here.
Maybe , I'm too optimist...

14 Jun 2011 5:12pm

Eric C. from France

Quel traitement du noir et blanc ! Superbe image .

14 Jun 2011 5:30pm

Irene from L C, France

Une image forte et belle ! Et un brin d'humour que cet homme a l'élégance d'oser ...

14 Jun 2011 6:06pm

philippe from moselle, France

tu viens de perdre ton roi Mariana , mais tu y gagnes un superbe plan et 5 °....

14 Jun 2011 6:13pm

RonnyVee from Tielt, Belgium

Sometimes talented people end up in the gutter for whatever reasons!
It's a good thing that someone like you, takes us back with our feet to the ground.
Again a very realistic picture with more layers than one could think!

14 Jun 2011 6:15pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I love this photograph. So many great things...

14 Jun 2011 6:17pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

I have no idea how you get these shots! Amazing.

14 Jun 2011 6:37pm

rainboy from Delhi, India

Awesome...lovely angle... like the shadows and b/w was a rreally good idea :)

14 Jun 2011 7:22pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Great great shot !!

14 Jun 2011 7:34pm

Philippe from Nivelles, Belgium

Hi, Mariana. A very good upward view with an amazing depth of field. The man and his instruments - most of his life, I suppose - are perfectly placed in the frame.
Have a nice day,

14 Jun 2011 7:38pm

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

Looks like he has a massive fight on his hand on the chess board and in life but he is still fighting back. nice shot

14 Jun 2011 7:43pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Jun 2011 8:05pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Wow. The smile conveys the depth of this fellow's heart and soul. A remarkable capture. The photograph is so powerful because you took us down to look up at him. Bravo, Mariana.

14 Jun 2011 8:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Problems not withstanding, he can smile still. I see that as a sign of resilience that he has and we all hope we have. The difference is that his has been tested. Another of your fabulous portraits, Mariana.

14 Jun 2011 10:25pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic angle and just a superb shot overall of a street musician. Wonderful work as always!

14 Jun 2011 11:15pm

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Street photography at its best.

15 Jun 2011 2:10am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

great low angle for this candid shot.. i like the smile you captured on him.. :)

15 Jun 2011 3:21am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb composition. Fine POV

15 Jun 2011 4:54am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Encore un fabuleux portrait !

15 Jun 2011 10:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, perfect shot !

15 Jun 2011 10:53am

JCJ from Troyes, France

excellent composition!

15 Jun 2011 12:16pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great point of view!

15 Jun 2011 12:54pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

From a good low position photographed, it gives the photo extra power.

15 Jun 2011 2:02pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a great PoV you've captured from down low! That guitar looks like it has gotten a lot of good use out of it with the many signatures and stickers on it.

15 Jun 2011 8:34pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Beautiful shot, it's better to get some humour when you are in the street !

16 Jun 2011 7:52am

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

He doesn't seem to have problems at all!
a very good composition, street photography at its best.

16 Jun 2011 6:08pm

@Longroute: unfortunately he has a lot of problem ...! thanks D.

Marco Carbocci from Paris, France

Ciao Mariana. J'ai regardé toutes les images que tu as postées durant mon absence. J'ai beaucoup de retard dans mes commentaires et je n'essayerai pas de le combler. Je m'arrête donc sur cette image qui m'a vraiment impressionné et que je t'envie monstrueusement !

17 Jun 2011 10:54am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Well captured moment... and always a strong BW.
Have a nice day.

17 Jun 2011 7:06pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a facinating story here!
a wonderful image that conjours up many questions!

18 Jun 2011 3:10am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

awesomw photo, really wonderful

18 Jun 2011 1:33pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Très belle prise , une image pleine d'émotion

18 Jun 2011 8:28pm

Lacroux from Aubergenville, France

"Dear I think we have a problem"? Incentive to play chess with him?
Still a fantastic picture! what smile, what angle shooting, and what quality in the details. I not get tired of seeing your photos, and even better to discover a multititude at once, as if visiting an exhibition. It's great!

20 Jun 2011 4:20pm

Lila from Leipzig, Germany

great point of view!

21 Jun 2011 10:21am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Tu sais quoi Mariana... tu as véritablement l'art et la manière de "regarder" l'être humain, tes portraits sont toujours terriblement saisissants. Tous aussi forts mais tous différents.
5 * ne suffisent pas.....

26 Jun 2011 7:28am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique scène !

3 Jul 2011 7:51pm

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