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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

Z from Shanghai, China

Nice portrait...comprehensive feelings!

16 Jun 2011 5:19am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid on this portrait contrasts, magnificent job Mariana. Nice day.

16 Jun 2011 5:19am

Z from Shanghai, China

Got the comprehensive feelings from the portrait..good one!

16 Jun 2011 5:27am

STEED from D, France

You've definitely found a (great)Style !!!

16 Jun 2011 6:01am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The expression of this portrait beautifully photographed

16 Jun 2011 6:12am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Un visage marqué, très contrasté, mais une belle expression et des yeux pétillants ! Un très beau portrait ! Bonne journée Mariana

16 Jun 2011 6:24am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

different portrait !

16 Jun 2011 6:26am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Now , you have to write a book , with the story of all you portrait ! Phil

16 Jun 2011 6:50am

parisa from shiraz, Iran

great shot excellent

16 Jun 2011 7:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est excellent ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

16 Jun 2011 7:12am

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Beautiful detail ...Excellent!

16 Jun 2011 7:23am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful portrait - life's experience etched on their face!

16 Jun 2011 7:27am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

her face looks like a road map of Georgia so many lines and wrinkles, so many miles this woman has traveled

16 Jun 2011 7:37am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

strikingly direct

16 Jun 2011 7:58am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What an excellent portriat.. beautiful details.

16 Jun 2011 8:18am

fereshteh. from Iran

Wonderful portrait...

16 Jun 2011 8:45am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un travail remarquable! finesse du regard qui donne à cette peau le rôle principal !!

16 Jun 2011 9:15am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

Strong lines in the face, I love it in B&W

16 Jun 2011 9:20am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A strong portrait !!

16 Jun 2011 9:28am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Lovely strong b&w portrait ! Nice shot, well done !

16 Jun 2011 9:39am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Great great job!
The expression is strong and mysterious.
Her presence is ...enormous.

16 Jun 2011 10:17am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent strong expression !!

16 Jun 2011 11:43am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful street portrait Mariana! A face that tells many stories! ;-)

16 Jun 2011 11:47am

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellent traitement pour ce portrait criant de vérité silencieuse!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

16 Jun 2011 11:53am

Val37 from Tours, France

Whow, a beautiful and strong portrait, I like it !

16 Jun 2011 12:15pm

H. Heitjohann from Germany

ein sehr gutes SW Portrait.

16 Jun 2011 1:07pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato Mariana, con una expresión capturada muy buena, saludos!!

16 Jun 2011 1:27pm

Putter from Brugge, Belgium

Wow, what a character... cool portrait!

16 Jun 2011 1:31pm

tataray from france, France

Une grande personnalité ce portrait. Magnifique.

16 Jun 2011 1:38pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

this portrait are really your speciality! very impressive imagery!

16 Jun 2011 2:23pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! I love the "gritty" really helps to tell a story about her.

16 Jun 2011 2:24pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful portrait! Her expression is strong and determined.
Well seen Mariana!

16 Jun 2011 2:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


16 Jun 2011 2:28pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

de magnifiques trait de caractere pour ce superbe portrait, bravo

16 Jun 2011 3:15pm

Eric C. from France

Wonderfull portrait, encore une fois !
Bravo for the treatement again.

16 Jun 2011 3:34pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

What a terrific mood. The hard expression of her face and the hard processing make for a very hard image.

16 Jun 2011 3:50pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful portrait. Powerful too. Great capture of her strong expression. Great work. Love it. :)

16 Jun 2011 4:15pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandiose portrait et image, superbe quel rendu sur le visage, une merveille

16 Jun 2011 4:41pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Inimitable work in style of MARIANA!

16 Jun 2011 4:45pm

@Oleg: thanks Oleg !

Emma.b from ivry, France

Bravo Mariana ! Quel beau noir & blanc ! Wonderful !

16 Jun 2011 5:00pm

@Emma.b: thanks Emma . And thanks for adding my page to your Blogwatch list .

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Just came back from a business trip to Turin, Italy. I tried to find your "stars" and in the next days I will upload a few samples. Of course in your case the quality remains superb!

16 Jun 2011 7:37pm

Florence from Paris, France

Your process and technic on portrait are truly admirable Mariana. Wow, wow, wow. And what a character.

16 Jun 2011 7:39pm

@Florence: To be honest since first time I got a comment from Damian who said that many of my portraits resemble Lee Jeffries I started paying more attention to portraits and their processing. I think I still keep my style, without coping LJ's portraits ( which is impossible in fact - he is a genie). Thanks a lot for your comment Florence !

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Another hard made again a perfect portrait Mariana!! I realy like this photo!!

16 Jun 2011 7:45pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Impressive !!! Great work !!

16 Jun 2011 7:56pm

philippe from moselle, France

superbe portrait !!!

16 Jun 2011 8:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely portrait of this lady with the weathered face. I like the way she wears her hat and perches her sunglasses there.

16 Jun 2011 8:18pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

As always - wonderful.

16 Jun 2011 8:18pm

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

what a great and strong portrait,so far from the usual portraits! Excellent, Marianna, so chatacteristic of you!

16 Jun 2011 8:30pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great structure in this monochrome. Well done.

16 Jun 2011 8:35pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantástica mariana, impresionante la mirada, un beso pablo

16 Jun 2011 8:40pm

Photocube from Pirgos, Greece

Unique woman......!!!!!Unique capture.

16 Jun 2011 8:42pm

Josh from New York, United States

Amazing portrait. Such great texture.

16 Jun 2011 9:08pm

Frida from Sweden

Excellent contrasts and a splendid portrait.

16 Jun 2011 9:41pm

Kala from United States

Superb contrast and details.

17 Jun 2011 4:00am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Look at this fantastic face and expression ! Wow, another one for the portfolio of memorable people. You are getting superb textures and tones with these portraits!

17 Jun 2011 4:14pm

@Rick: thanks Rick . I was sure you did not like this portrait , as many others who viewed it without saying anything ;)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Hey M : no no no... somehow I missed this one yesterday, and probably because I was up all night watching those idiots rioting in Vancouver on the news. I love this shot !

17 Jun 2011 5:47pm

@Rick: ok, thanks . you know what ? I'm recently getting comments only from these whose pix I commented already ! Even some of these are so polite and say - thanks Mariana, without commenting back, or they go back to Beautiful girl ( on Spotlight page ) or some old image and comment on that one ;) Funny and strange ! Sorry, I know how much you like Am3 community, but being here over 2 years I like it less and less !

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Excellent portrait !!! This face tells a million tales and stories. Very well captured and processed.

17 Jun 2011 5:55pm

@Elsabe: thanks a lot .

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Your work and how often it is recognized places you in a different situation than someone like me, and I bet you after a couple of years I will be less infatuated with the experience... but I'm telling you, sister, compared to MySpace and the stupidity and egotism that I put up with there for 4 years, this is paradise! ;-) (for me, I like to view work that is thought-provoking and inspiring : that is why you will see a lot of me here on your blog, and I don't care one bit if you return the comment on what I post... it's not why I am here or like this photo site) Big smile for your weekend, M : it's going to be beautiful weather.

17 Jun 2011 6:42pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

A great portrait again. You have such a talent for this exercice! Great!
Have a nice day.

17 Jun 2011 7:19pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

J'adore ces contraste puissants , encore un superbe portrait

17 Jun 2011 9:08pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

super details, and perfect exposition!

17 Jun 2011 10:29pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a life lived!

18 Jun 2011 3:12am

Bruno F from France

Amazing woman face !

18 Jun 2011 6:37am

PATRICK from miramas, France


18 Jun 2011 7:52pm

larhune64 from AHETZE, France

Une expression bien captée , elle a de la force dans le regard

18 Jun 2011 8:32pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

nice portrait shot.. :)

19 Jun 2011 10:31pm

Lacroux from Aubergenville, France

What determination on the face of this woman weathered by time.

20 Jun 2011 10:31am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Voilà le génie est en toi !!!
C'est ce que j'écrivais, tous différents mais toujours superbes, dans chacun la force d'une personnalité que tu sais voir, révéler, tous sont beaux à travers ton regard, touchants, émouvants, parce que tu sais les regarder.

26 Jun 2011 7:35am

1/500 second
ISO 400
300 mm