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The Passerby

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 400 110 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

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great black and white portrait, I like the detail and contrast.

25 Jun 2011 5:48am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

what a great face. You captured it perfectly in your distinct style.

25 Jun 2011 6:05am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Goodmorning MAM are you doiing?

A fantastic portrait full of details Mariana of a man who is living his life..................

25 Jun 2011 6:13am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

marvelous portrait of a marvelous man, look at those life lines in his face

25 Jun 2011 6:29am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Ca c'est une gueule comme on dit en France ! Juste magnifique !

25 Jun 2011 6:30am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain


25 Jun 2011 6:34am

cajera from France

Un visage marquée par la vie qui semble avoir été dure pour cet homme.
Le traitement sombre de l'image et la netteté du visage renforcent cette dureté de la vie.
très beau portrait

25 Jun 2011 6:38am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bravo ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

25 Jun 2011 7:10am

Pixim from Nice, France

Wow, I like your precise glance on the life, on the human being. Your sharp, precise development, tells a story. And these eyes are a link between two persons who meet ;)

25 Jun 2011 7:13am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid Mariana, a portrait of beauty. 5 *. Nice day.

25 Jun 2011 7:13am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent! The off centre framing gives great impact - and I like the way he looks directly into the lens.

25 Jun 2011 7:19am

Fraucha from БІЛА ЦЕРКВА, Ukraine

Love this, I wonder what he is thinking ... your photos always make me think that. Well, the people ones! :-)

25 Jun 2011 7:30am

H. Heitjohann from Germany

Perfektes SW Foto

25 Jun 2011 7:32am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

The detail makes this almost 3 D - my Spotlight nomination for today. Well done.

25 Jun 2011 7:33am

guillaume from Paris, France

Fantastic intensity !!

25 Jun 2011 8:00am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Mariana, genius! Looks like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean!

25 Jun 2011 8:02am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful portrait. Your portraits have great impact. They make us think ... Five Stars Mariana :)

25 Jun 2011 8:04am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A marvellously enigmatic expression. Nice treatment too

25 Jun 2011 8:09am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Un superbe portrait avec ce regard franc.

25 Jun 2011 8:14am

Thami from Morocco

Une belle gueule au mégot!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

25 Jun 2011 8:34am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A fabulous portrait in your genuine style, great work!

25 Jun 2011 9:34am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

voila un personnage pas banal trés belle prise marianna.

25 Jun 2011 9:51am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great portrait !! Great b&w as usualy ...

25 Jun 2011 9:52am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France


25 Jun 2011 10:06am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

An all seeing very intent look, fabulous portrait

25 Jun 2011 10:06am

Frida from Sweden

Excellent contrasts a face that have lived and tells a story.

25 Jun 2011 10:08am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

hi mariana, a simply question first! do you ask the people for a permission to take a photo, or? and how is their reaction about that, cause i hardly believe that they really recognize, what´s your idea, your passion?
very impressive portrait again, your processing fits perfect to your style of photography!
great art mariana!

25 Jun 2011 10:39am

@klausZ: Hi Klauz . In 90% cases I do NOT ask people to take their photo . I do not like photos when people pose and smile for photo. Love to have their portrait in natural pose with natural expression ;) Thanks a lot !

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

impactante retrato!
un buen blanco y negro sin duda

25 Jun 2011 10:44am

Z from Shanghai, China

fantastic portrait! Have a great day!

25 Jun 2011 10:57am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Fantastic portrait. Great great great work Mariana

25 Jun 2011 11:25am

Marco Carbocci from Paris, France

Un autre de ces superbes portraits où l'on identifie tout de suite ta passion et ta signature.

25 Jun 2011 11:27am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Magnificent portrait! I think so this fellow have not objected to the photography. Or it was useless to object?

25 Jun 2011 11:51am

Thierry from Bordeaux, France

Extraordinaire portrait, tu as réussi à capter de la plus belle des façons ce regard qui semble nous percer l'âme !

25 Jun 2011 12:07pm

Monik from PARIS, France

Un portrait extraordinaire. Que d'expressions dans le regard de cet homme au visage marqué par la vie...BRAVISSIMO!!!

25 Jun 2011 12:08pm

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

I like your rough treatment, Mariana. Super.

25 Jun 2011 12:37pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy


25 Jun 2011 12:51pm

RonnyVee from Tielt, Belgium

A very good natural portrait,Mariana! Een ' karakterkop' ( in dutch !).

25 Jun 2011 1:10pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

great expression as always!

25 Jun 2011 1:47pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great work! Excellent portrait!

25 Jun 2011 1:52pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A riveting portrait with fantastic eye contact and expression, and all of this incredible skin and whisker detail. Wow.

25 Jun 2011 2:01pm

Harry from United States

Great shot of this weather-beatten face.

25 Jun 2011 2:05pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great portrait !
excellent job

25 Jun 2011 3:04pm

@Shaahin Bahremand: thanks :)

alireza from tehran, Iran

wow!!! really nice b&w portraite, good sharpness and contrast..

25 Jun 2011 3:22pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful details and contrast in this portrait

25 Jun 2011 3:30pm

Emmeji from France

Encore un splendide portrait !

25 Jun 2011 3:37pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice portrait, the contrast really pulls out the detail in his face and use of a wider stop take the eye exactly where you want it to go.

25 Jun 2011 4:01pm

Abhijit Dharmadhikari from Mumbai, India

Lovely portrait! Excellent tonal gradation and composition!

25 Jun 2011 4:42pm

Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

Great de de details on his face a excellent portrait.

25 Jun 2011 4:44pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique portrait!

25 Jun 2011 4:45pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A fabulous portrait wit such an expression !

25 Jun 2011 5:24pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

25 Jun 2011 6:27pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just fantastic! Look at that face! Beautiful job and excellent pose, Mariana!

25 Jun 2011 6:39pm

@Denny Jump Photo: thx Denny !

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

One of the best portraits you've posted here.
The processing is one time again superb and I'm very admirative of your ability achieving so brilliant portraits in the street. Have a good week-end!

25 Jun 2011 6:43pm

Roland from Manila, Philippines

excellent portrait Mariana! beautiful eye expression and reflections, and the lines in his face says it all.

25 Jun 2011 6:51pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful portrait! Expression on his face is timeless.

25 Jun 2011 7:10pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I see the wonderful detail and texture of his face and can only wonder and imagine about the detail of his life. Very thought-provoking !!

25 Jun 2011 7:25pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful portrait and piercing gaze. Beautiful b/w.

25 Jun 2011 7:47pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful eyes in this portrait shot Mariana! A face that tells many tales..... ;-)

25 Jun 2011 8:16pm

@Eric Cousineau: yes, very expressive , rather than beautiful eyes ;) thanks Eric !

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

magistral mariana bravo, a kiss of melocoton..........

25 Jun 2011 8:34pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

For some life seems to get better, but for some that day never seems to come. Great capture

25 Jun 2011 9:21pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

amazing portrait and processing!!

25 Jun 2011 9:58pm

marci from Morocco

wow, this is a superb portrait!! those eyes have certainly seen a lot.

25 Jun 2011 10:03pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

a hard life written on his face. once again a great B&W. you know how to make good contrasts with the white and the darker tones.

25 Jun 2011 10:21pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

beautiful. Alejandra

25 Jun 2011 11:57pm

@AMH: thx Alejandra :)

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Excellent POV and of course your exquisite processing! BEAUTIFUL portrait my friend! two thumbs up!

26 Jun 2011 12:07am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Such intense eyes..and a soulful emotive expression.

26 Jun 2011 12:10am

foto forté from Phoenix, United States

Great perspective, really nice image, the eye contact and the contrast of it.

26 Jun 2011 2:12am

@foto forté: thanks Jen .

Behzad from Shi, Iran

good job

26 Jun 2011 3:43am

@Behzad: i would say - good photo, instead of good job :) thanks

masuod from tehran, Iran

The photos are very beautiful
Thank you visit me

26 Jun 2011 4:41am

@masuod: you welcome .... that image was really great !

UweB from SH, Germany

Impressive portrait! A real strong one telling a story.

26 Jun 2011 11:31am

@UweB: thanks . I do not know if you agree with me but today image is much more story telling ;)

Oscar from BCN, Spain

Very strong look!

26 Jun 2011 2:06pm

@Oscar: and good portrait ;) [ i think so ... ]

Michelle Holland from Pomona Park, United States

Fantastic portrait. His face tells of a hard living life. His eyes have a great deal to tell.

26 Jun 2011 2:33pm

@Michelle Holland: thanks Michelle !

Ddo from Verdun, France

great portrait !

26 Jun 2011 9:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning portrait! I think there is more than a hint of danger in that look.

27 Jun 2011 3:34am

Babzy from Besançon, France

i miss words , this portrait is one of your best ever !!!

27 Jun 2011 7:37am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

GREAT !!...A++

27 Jun 2011 8:36am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

great portrait shot! well done!

28 Jun 2011 2:46am

rafafotografia from Madrid, Spain

Fantastic, beautiful, great portrait !

28 Jun 2011 4:56am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

very very nice and strong portrait! The eyes,the bear,the light in the hair give it a particular intensity. Superb!

28 Jun 2011 8:09pm

@Pascale.: thanks a lot Pascale !

domlortha from Roanne, France

Wow! Nice and strong prtrait! Really good!
have a nice day.

29 Jun 2011 2:39pm

Michael from Sparta, United States

Love this shot. Your street photography is wonderfull.

30 Jun 2011 12:46pm

mike from Cap d, France

Un regard qui en dit long,et une belle gestion de la lumière. bravo!

4 Jul 2011 1:08pm

Lacroux from Aubergenville, France

Your portraits are always so fabulous.
What eyes! what blackness!

9 Jul 2011 7:29am

1/250 second
ISO 400
110 mm