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The Question of Generations

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 9 August 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.


This is "too much Canadian" picture that is hard to be understood by someone who does not know anything about life in Canada !
This old woman moved to Canada from Pakistan when her daughter was the age of her granddaughter ! She is still keeping her dressing style, her traditions, her culture ... Her daughter ? No, for sure . She is already a big girl, in jeans, adjusted to fast food ... Tim Horton's, Mc.Donald's ...
A little girl ? I am sure she will never speak native language of her mom and her grandma. English is going to be her only language !

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/500 second F/9.0 ISO 200 200 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

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Everyday life - it's special and it's so common ... Very special photo.

9 Aug 2011 5:11am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Things happen...very clean b&w...and an image a man would not dare to post. best…jf

9 Aug 2011 5:34am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

If you got to got you got to go.

9 Aug 2011 5:52am

Abhijit Dharmadhikari from Mumbai, India

Superb thematic image! Lovely b&w!

9 Aug 2011 6:09am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

An intriguingly strange shot. Well captured.

9 Aug 2011 6:32am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Yes, interesting capture of three generations.

9 Aug 2011 6:40am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


9 Aug 2011 6:59am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Mariana superb, great art !!!!! 5 *. Nice day.

9 Aug 2011 7:06am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

your B&W at the moment is GREAT

9 Aug 2011 7:18am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great black and white, there is quite a bit going on in this photo, great composition

9 Aug 2011 7:28am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice find… Almost a political shot… Cheers

9 Aug 2011 7:53am

Z from Shanghai, China

Excellent shot for quite symbolic 3 generations..what the question is? :)

9 Aug 2011 7:58am

Nathanael from Paris, France

You could call it where to look... The 3 persons seems to have each one there own préoccupation... But, th emost importante is may be the little boy préoccupation isn't it? ...

9 Aug 2011 8:10am

Gobou from Mali

Formidable capture, really bravo

9 Aug 2011 8:24am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

'Emergency on street'...candid moment.

9 Aug 2011 8:43am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a wonderful trio:)

9 Aug 2011 8:52am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

One different kind of shot, the trio makes it interesting

9 Aug 2011 9:05am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

a combination of different generations and i think also cultures ... the world is moving closer!
very appealing street life photograph! congrats!

9 Aug 2011 9:49am

M,Saniee from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful shot .......

9 Aug 2011 10:21am

jafadabret from Annonay, France

Trois générations semblent faire une très belle photo.

9 Aug 2011 11:49am

joh from kapel-avezaath, Netherlands

thats real life , wonderful view a lot expressions to see

9 Aug 2011 12:04pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wonderful capture, Mariana. I love your scenes of the moments of the people you see. So much revealed there.

9 Aug 2011 12:11pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

ein gutes Motiv und sehr gut Verarbeitet.

9 Aug 2011 12:17pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great documentary shot!

9 Aug 2011 12:44pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb capture and really appreciated your information on this, three generations and how they change

9 Aug 2011 12:46pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


9 Aug 2011 12:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great editorial photo.

9 Aug 2011 1:02pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Well seen & explained! Too many people want immigrants to blend in after only a few weeks, but it takes two generations!

9 Aug 2011 1:05pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: I am so glad for your 'Canadian' comment and understanding of the image . I usually do not write anything about my images, but this morning I felt I needed to add a few words, to explain a reason of taking a pic of this moment . Thanks a lot .

Emmeji from France

Cette vieille femme habite au Canada, mais son coeur est resté au Pakistan...

9 Aug 2011 1:15pm

@Emmeji: something like that ... and this little one will never go to see a country where her mom was born .... a lot of things to think and talk about , at least for me :)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

And rightly so! I agree with you completely!

9 Aug 2011 2:09pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A nice one to think about.
Her native "culture" is going to be inherently "Canadian, but I suspect she will learn much about religion and culture of Islam and the Indian sub-continent. I see much of these culture clashes here, South Shields has large Yemeni and Bangladeshi communities who are now third and fourth generations. Most are bi-lingual.

9 Aug 2011 2:09pm

@Curly: This is really wonderful what I hear from you . I respect that very much. I dislike what I see among my friends whose kids do not speak Yugoslavian language ! It is more than funny to listen to their conversation with parents :)

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe photo, de cette scene de vie

9 Aug 2011 2:50pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! best shot

9 Aug 2011 2:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Truly an amazing and insightful image and text, Mariana. Brilliant job here in every respect! Thank you...

9 Aug 2011 3:04pm

@Denny Jump Photo: thanks Denny . Much appreciated !

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful storytelling here, Mariana. This picture truly is worth a thousand words.

9 Aug 2011 3:08pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot, really tells the story

9 Aug 2011 3:27pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Good shot and great commentary, I agree with you.

9 Aug 2011 3:40pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great story in this beautiful photo !

9 Aug 2011 3:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Here it seems to be the opposite. People need not learn English. An excellent photo and observation you make. The B&W is super.

9 Aug 2011 4:30pm

@Steve Rice: they do not learn and do not speak English ? How strange !

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful capture. Interesting information. Nice shot on 'Generations ...' Well done. :)

9 Aug 2011 4:43pm

@Sam: thanks Sam ;)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique scène et iamge, superbe toutes ces dames et contraste de générations

9 Aug 2011 4:50pm

cajera from France

Funny street scene in which an mother simply changes the diaper of her daughter.

9 Aug 2011 5:46pm

@cajera: changing diapers ? wow.. I even did not see that :)

Ol from Aschaffenburg, Germany

thanks for a well done shot!:) i also think your words accompanying are at least as valuable, if i may say so: i like your attitude a lot. there´s a lot of trust and hope in it, instead of fear and suspicion... encore une fois: merci!

9 Aug 2011 5:48pm

@Ol: Thanks a lot Ol.

Kat from Lorraine, France

excellent !

9 Aug 2011 6:43pm

Visioplanet from Kolkata, India

Well, I'd say it's a choice only they have the liberty to make... How one chooses to be cannot be controlled by anyone else, and if someone does try to control another person's choices, I believe it would be plain wrong...

9 Aug 2011 7:08pm

philippe from moselle, France

une envie pressante :o) !!!

9 Aug 2011 7:33pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian Rarely, I have seen a picture so beautiful. you're amazing

9 Aug 2011 7:43pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Nice words to share and beautiful portrait. Full of stories. Nice job.

9 Aug 2011 8:22pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A wonderful generational shot, lovely deep black and white treatment, and interesting to read your comments and reflect about this issue. Not easy issues in any country, I think.

9 Aug 2011 8:42pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

No comment!

9 Aug 2011 9:04pm

@Oscar: how come ?

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Love how you show the changes from one generation to the next.
Great capture!

9 Aug 2011 9:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I like what you said and it is so true. I just hope that the mother keeps some of the cultural traditions to pass on to her daughter so she will know her roots. Beautiful touching portrait.

10 Aug 2011 12:57am

Julie from Easton, United States

The stories of the cultures and their changes! Really good b&w!

10 Aug 2011 1:55am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

ah, the li'l girl had an accident.. :D nice candid shot..

10 Aug 2011 2:31am

@rian: last thing I would think about :)

Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

That's a great shot, and I love your commentary on it.

10 Aug 2011 5:49am

larans from Lund, Sweden

An ordinary moment in extraordinary brilliant capture and BW!

10 Aug 2011 7:14am

Andrew from Simsbury, United States

This picture is great in B&W.

11 Aug 2011 2:54pm

@Andrew: i'm glad you like it , but I am sorry that you did not read the last picture, which is really strong, emotional one .

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I learned something about your country. Thank you for sharing.

12 Aug 2011 1:59am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

nice candid shot

12 Aug 2011 7:00am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Great text with your picture; I love both the image and your speech.
Have a nice day.

12 Aug 2011 7:49pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful candid shot with great observations from you. I have witnessed what you describe so many times. The second house that I bought was a large one owned by a Portuguese couple who had moved to Toronto in the mid-sixties. They barely spoke a word of English but their daughter was fluent. Their grandchildren didn't speak any Portuguese... our country embraces immigration and it is keeping Canada alive and moving forward in so many important ways, and I wish that the traditions and tongues of the mother countries would remain intact within the new homeland as well.

15 Aug 2011 5:24pm

leyla from linkoping, Sweden


14 Nov 2011 2:28pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
200 mm