Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

A Thing of Beauty

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/40 second F/2.8 ISO 200 6 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

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Spooky and cool! Another great one, Mariana.

27 Jul 2011 5:33am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Looks like he wants to be 1st in line! Great work on this

27 Jul 2011 5:35am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love the strong drama of the very black contrast and the silhouetted shapes, as well as the drama of the advertisment on the wall. A dynamic street shot.

27 Jul 2011 5:48am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Encore une très belle association entre les personnages et le décor et toujours avec un contraste superbe et fort ! Bonne journée Mariana

27 Jul 2011 6:06am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Ce visage lumineux au regard penetrant sur la publicité parait d'autant plus prometteur que l'ambiance ici est sombre et les passants couverts presque insignifiants. Une scene au contraste savamment dosé

27 Jul 2011 6:25am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Perhaps he just sits and stares at this beauty, the hooded figure adding even more interest. Superb capture and dramatic in B&W

27 Jul 2011 6:26am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

best shot

27 Jul 2011 6:26am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The contrasts are splendid, a great image. 5 *. Mariana nice day.

27 Jul 2011 6:38am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Cool. :D

27 Jul 2011 6:39am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Excellent ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


27 Jul 2011 7:19am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful B&W image. Lovely contrasts. Very dramatic capture. Love it :)

27 Jul 2011 7:23am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

wieder ein Foto ganz nach meinem Geschmack.
Ich mag diese harten Kontraste.

27 Jul 2011 7:28am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Super b/w image with nice contrasts

27 Jul 2011 7:38am

Gérard Méry from France

énigmatique cette photo et belle à la fois

27 Jul 2011 8:23am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Big brother is watching you.

27 Jul 2011 8:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

is a joy forever. Excellent viewpoint

27 Jul 2011 8:27am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

awesome work today

27 Jul 2011 8:32am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Muy buena.Siempre me sorprendes.Saludos Mariana.

27 Jul 2011 8:32am

Z from Shanghai, China

Cool! What we see is 'forced' to our eyes..the real people's face are always in a darkness and they are silent

27 Jul 2011 8:43am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great image

27 Jul 2011 9:35am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Is it a Zara store, by any chance? The person in the hoodie looks ... err...mmm! 4stars. ^_^

27 Jul 2011 9:39am

@janina: no, not a Zara store...a Fair-view mall here in Waterloo !

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Great point of view. I like the perspective. Great shot Mariana!

27 Jul 2011 9:40am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

strange atmosphere where you have superbly managed the low light and the darkness.Superb!

27 Jul 2011 10:37am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great timing - love the hooded figure - like the ghost of fashions past!

27 Jul 2011 11:02am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great atmosphere! The figure walking by is very mysterious looking. Wonderful composition!

27 Jul 2011 11:50am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The hooded woman walking in the shot really gives this a sense of foreboding! Excellent choice of B&W for this shot Mariana! ;-)

27 Jul 2011 11:53am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great composition...Interesting background.

27 Jul 2011 12:08pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Love how the eyes in the poster pull you in, like she knows what you're thinking. Beautiful contrast. The person walking by gives the impression of being in a hurry, trying to pass those eyes unnoticed. Wonderful!

27 Jul 2011 12:12pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

So cool, this alignment of walker and "watchers" ... and your processing is always so perfectly suited to what you capture. Have a great Wednesday, sister and thanks for the so nice comment today! Off to work I go.

27 Jul 2011 12:31pm

Priscilla from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful to see where the light rests. The scene taking place with the movement makes the poster even more stunning!

27 Jul 2011 12:54pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

There is something slightly ominous about this shot - I like it :)

27 Jul 2011 1:25pm

alireza from tehran, Iran

beautiful and a bit stark...

27 Jul 2011 1:31pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


27 Jul 2011 1:57pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Outstanding "street" scape.

27 Jul 2011 2:03pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent moody and dramatic shot - well done, Mariana!

27 Jul 2011 2:08pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Or so he thinks...interesting arrangement of shapes. best...jf

27 Jul 2011 2:16pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Strong photo. The selling of dreams goes on & on while the ability to achieve them seems more & more diminished. .

27 Jul 2011 2:20pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique perspective et ocmpo sueprbe iamge quel pancarte avec le personnage quel effet et cadrage

27 Jul 2011 3:07pm

mike from Cap d'Agde, France

Pour une fois c'est l'arrière plan qui est mis en valeur par le premier.
Très beau noir et blanc. J'aime beaucoup cette lumière

27 Jul 2011 3:11pm

@mike: thanks Mike !

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian a question, where do you keep so many stars? *****

27 Jul 2011 3:35pm

@Melocoton: stars ? I do not care for them ;) anyway, thanks for these 5 !

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great shot!!

27 Jul 2011 3:44pm

enegative from Chennai, India

wow! amazing gradient..kudos! :)

27 Jul 2011 3:44pm

@enegative: thanks for all your comments and effort to view more than 1 picture ;)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Magnificent tones and angle Mariana..and the people are VERY intriguing here =- as mush as the sign ;-) Cool

27 Jul 2011 3:53pm

jafadabret from Annonay, France

Un univers sombre éclairé par un sourire grand format !

27 Jul 2011 4:05pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

une magnifique compo, bravo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

27 Jul 2011 4:40pm

Paul from Netherlands

great scene and mood!!!!!!!!!!!!

27 Jul 2011 5:05pm

Roland from Manila, Philippines

very dramatic! with those lights and shadows playing together...great composition, the man on the foreground seems to be staring at that big lovely face.

27 Jul 2011 6:21pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine diagonal line

27 Jul 2011 6:33pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

superbe cette composition, bien vu !!!!

27 Jul 2011 8:00pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, what a surreal world you're taking us to! magnificent image and processing!

27 Jul 2011 8:37pm

vaFA from tehran, Iran

Very nice shot!beautiful..classic.well done.

27 Jul 2011 9:01pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

A Walking Ghost in the Dark

27 Jul 2011 9:10pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Her eyes are so captivating!

27 Jul 2011 9:30pm

Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

Powerful shot. Very interesting toning, making it look more than a little scary!

28 Jul 2011 5:52am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful treatment. The woman's eyes are so bright.

28 Jul 2011 10:09am

saleh from tehran, Iran

Thank you, Strong Tones and Shadows.

28 Jul 2011 1:12pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


28 Jul 2011 6:05pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Great Bw! I love the difference between the real world and an artificial world of beauty.
Have a nice day.

28 Jul 2011 6:39pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

the contrasts are splendid !

29 Jul 2011 7:11am

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Wonderful b&w image, Mariana! Love the figure in front of the image of the beautiful woman and the figure in the foreground appearing to be watching.....awesome job!

29 Jul 2011 2:33pm

oncho from granada, Spain


30 Jul 2011 8:52pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

very nice processing here.. :)

31 Jul 2011 4:23am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

La balance de la lumière et le réglage des contrastes donnent une composition très forte !

31 Jul 2011 5:22pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

good perspective.

31 Jul 2011 6:03pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/40 second
ISO 200
6 mm