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Death of One Toilet

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 27 September 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.


Taken from a car in a last instant! bad picture quality, I know, but I love it anyway! a scene we do not see everyday. right?


"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

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wow... it actually looks like he is grieving for this toilet! What a find. What a quick capture to preserve something we definitely don't see everyday, or ANY day! :)

27 Sep 2011 5:06am

PATRICK from miramas, France


27 Sep 2011 5:32am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Definitely goes downhill from here ; ] best…jf

27 Sep 2011 5:50am

Chris Pereira from San Francisco, California, United States

this is so dramatic! especially in black and white! great photo, and well seen

27 Sep 2011 5:52am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Wait and see .. it will fight back...

27 Sep 2011 5:56am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Interesting find. RIP "One Toilet" :)

27 Sep 2011 6:02am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Aborto requiem en pace :-))
I´m glad to get shown this curious scenery. And the quality is okay.

27 Sep 2011 6:05am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Perhaps he is going to bury it, very funny capture :))

27 Sep 2011 6:13am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

I saw one abandoned on a traffic circle on Sunday, if it can inspire him...Phil

27 Sep 2011 6:30am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est la fin ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

27 Sep 2011 6:39am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Such a violent end. Amazing you caught it on film. So tragic. Great shot.

27 Sep 2011 6:44am

@morgan: so tragic ---- I could not agree more with you :) for many it is a funny, not for me ;)))

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Something to save ?

27 Sep 2011 6:45am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A funny shot...glad you grabbed it. It could be a pair to one Jerry-ordinary images- posted of a toilet sitting out on the curb !! ;-)

27 Sep 2011 6:45am

@DULCIE: yes, I remember his recent toilet shot ;) thx Dulcie ;)

STEED from D, France

R.I.P,Toilet ......

27 Sep 2011 6:45am

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

Like the toilet has been pushed out of a speeding car as someone rushes
so sympathetically to its aid. Wonderful shot for ST.

27 Sep 2011 7:06am

Sam from Chennai, India

A powerful title. And a matching image. Great capture. Well done. :)

27 Sep 2011 7:27am

@Sam: what about opposite, Sam ?

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Very good!

27 Sep 2011 7:36am

Stéphane Thémèze from Paris, France

Better than dying on one of these.
Could he be actually looking for spare parts kneeling like that, or was he depositing the item in the one before last spot to have a spat at.

G'd day to you lady Mariana.

27 Sep 2011 7:41am

@Stéphane Thémèze: he looked to me as crying and giving a last hug to his daily friend ;) it is not easy to say good-bye ;)

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Marcel Duchamp is not dead ? :)

27 Sep 2011 7:46am

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

OH MY GOD....I love it!! No, this is not a scene you see every day....made me smile at the end of a long day...thanks, Mariana:)

27 Sep 2011 7:51am

Pnyks from Warsaw, Poland

You really know how to capture precious and elusive moments!

27 Sep 2011 8:03am

@Pnyks: thanks Pnyks ;)

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Not sure who is going to win...

27 Sep 2011 8:16am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Whoever installed this clearly did not leave the Usage instructions ! A Tuesday contract, I imagine.

27 Sep 2011 8:20am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Oh!!...painful work..nicely spotted.

27 Sep 2011 9:08am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A terrible image, the death of a toilet is always sad :)) Great scene. Mariana nice day.

27 Sep 2011 9:13am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Funny capture

27 Sep 2011 9:25am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das sieht man wirklich nicht jeden Tag.
Sehr gute Szene auch die Qualität finde ich noch in Ordnung.

27 Sep 2011 10:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is my first time to see death of a toilet and the owner who grieves over the death of his toilet.

27 Sep 2011 11:17am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A strange object to be wrestling with!

27 Sep 2011 11:18am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great scene, fantastic capture

27 Sep 2011 11:25am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Flushed away in the prime of it's life! Well seen and captured Mariana! Happy ST! ;-)))

27 Sep 2011 11:46am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

A great moment. Well done!

27 Sep 2011 11:49am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wonderful excellent and interesting capture! It does look like he is grieving for an old friend! Maybe he's thinking he found a treasure and can use it for a planter ;-) You are so great, Mariana - really!

27 Sep 2011 11:56am

@Laurie: thanks Laurie ;)

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

............and the winner is ?.........................LOL

27 Sep 2011 11:57am

@Lydia.Dd: there is no winner .. this is a DEATH !

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture, funny, great angle in your shot!

27 Sep 2011 12:07pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Some toilets need to die!

27 Sep 2011 12:14pm

@J.R.: that is true, but isn't it terrible to loose this daily friend of all of us ;)

Roman from Austria, Austria

a perfect shot for Silly Tuesday - great!

27 Sep 2011 12:51pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Looks like that toilet needed a good clean. Fantastic find Mariana, and the angle is superb!

27 Sep 2011 1:40pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh my heavens..I read some of your responses to others which I do not always do (so as not to prejudice my comments)...but you mentioned that he was actually looking sad to you, as well.... and that sure is what I can see here too as I am looking at him...oh my heavens ;-) Well I still cannot help but chuckle a bit, but this is a great scene and I really love your title! And for this poor fellow, it appears that evrything has gone to pot!! I do love this one Mariana....I hope you are doing is always great to see your words and your work ;-)

27 Sep 2011 1:48pm

@Denny Jump Photo: ha ha .. oh, my heavens ;) you make me laugh, Denny :) See, before this shot, I never thought how much is human connected to toilet ... We work for money, we buy food, we need this toilet every day, not even once but who knows how many times ... you know, this image makes me think of period when did not have water in a war period, and it was impossible to go to the toilet ... then, one can see how much we need to love and appreciate the toilet ... also, as an immigrant in Serbia, once I needed to move to my grandma's house on village, it was terrible problem to be without toilet , I mean a real one . Corn field was my toilet for 2 years ... was not cool to go there in winter and on heavy rain ... yes, we do not think of toilet the way it deserves ;)))) now, do not tell me I am a nutz :)))

Ol from Aschaffenburg, Germany

haha, i love it too... :)

27 Sep 2011 2:06pm

Mijo from Avignon, France

Ah ah ah ! Ecologic toilet ?

27 Sep 2011 2:06pm

Z from Shanghai, China

I read the tones, the drama, the emotion,all of those composes a nice moment...a high 'quality' image for sure!!

27 Sep 2011 2:31pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

After quietly enduring what it has endured during all its life, it does not deserves a final like that.

27 Sep 2011 2:36pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Thank you Mariana - your story brings a perspective that we, who have been so fortunate (and very spoiled) do forget, until the reality of things is reminded to us...thank you very this lesson....and I appreciate it sorry if I offended too by the way.

27 Sep 2011 2:38pm

@Denny Jump Photo: no no no .. I know you do not have any intention to offend me ;) I only wanted to share this story , my personal experience with Toilet, in order for everyone who looks at this image to better understand old man's connection with his toilet ;)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle scène originale superbe cet homme avec ces toilettes, on se demande ce qu'il fait super.

27 Sep 2011 2:50pm

Sam from Chennai, India

I appreciate your sharing the experience and story so well here. It is much more powerful than your title and the image. You are GREAT Mariana. All the best :)

27 Sep 2011 3:23pm

Landy from Miami, United States

I am in accordance with the title of this good catch... but I wonder and now where the hara this sr, jajajjaja greetings

27 Sep 2011 3:29pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

je je je , eres genial, mi amiga realmente simpatica

27 Sep 2011 3:33pm

franz from Baden, Austria

this is very, very strange, despite all the philosophical "explanations" of man's connection with his toilet! i'm just happy for you he embraced it and did not sit on it ... ;-))

27 Sep 2011 4:27pm

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

oh my God ... he is angry , isn't he ? :D

27 Sep 2011 4:29pm

Philippe Bondaz from Arbois, France

Bonjour Mariana, je vois que tu es toujours au top avec cette image "originale" bonne soirée.

27 Sep 2011 4:30pm

cajera from France

C'est une bonne idée de transporter ces toilettes, mais c'est pas pratique :-)
Etonnant, tu arrives toujours à prendre des scènes vraiment insolites

27 Sep 2011 4:50pm

Andrew from Simsbury, United States

That's an interesting scene indeed. Nice capture!

27 Sep 2011 5:12pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

it seems that he really mourns! :D o.k. perhaps they spent a lot of time together! *lol*
for this capture it is totally equal how good the quality is, the motif is superb!
thanks for giving me this laugh!

27 Sep 2011 5:21pm

TheoJ from Emden, Germany

A great find. Interesting to speculate about what he is doing there :-)

27 Sep 2011 5:22pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

lollll , original ce wc public , mdrrr

27 Sep 2011 5:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a strange meeting… Nice shot

27 Sep 2011 5:47pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

A very dramatic shot. It is so much fun to wonder what story lies behind it!

27 Sep 2011 6:04pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

l'histoire ne dit pas si le personnage se recueille ou s'il procède à un prélèvement d'organe !

27 Sep 2011 6:08pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I hope that the man survived. :-))

27 Sep 2011 6:31pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

quite humorous.. but yeah, it does seem like he's mourning the death of that toilet.. :) great candid shot..

27 Sep 2011 6:34pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Your title definitely lends character to the humor of this shot! Taking out an old toilet has alwaya been one of my least favorite home improvement tasks. And not because it's heavy. :-)

27 Sep 2011 6:48pm

Tony from Darlington, United Kingdom

Nice one, what a great photo....

27 Sep 2011 6:55pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Struggling with the toilette? Very interesting street shot

27 Sep 2011 7:02pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Quick call 911! Someone is choking a toilet!
I love this and yes you don't see this everyday.
A fabulous Silly Tuesday photo Mariana!

27 Sep 2011 7:24pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Is this what you call a public toilet????
I made me smile Mariana!

27 Sep 2011 7:48pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Yes, I think he finally got the better of it...

27 Sep 2011 7:54pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr sur Loire, France

Ha ha très drôle la chasse (d'eau) est ouverte

27 Sep 2011 10:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot! He looks like he has been wrestling with it for a while. I am glad he won!

28 Sep 2011 12:31am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

man kills toilet (lol)

28 Sep 2011 2:56am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

ha ha! ;)

Great title for this shot!

29 Sep 2011 5:31am

mike from Cap d'Agde, France

Joli coup d'oeil!

30 Sep 2011 7:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, he seems to be dismantling this old toilet. Maybe, a few parts are still useable. Cool shot.

30 Sep 2011 9:00pm

JCJ from Troyes, France


6 Oct 2011 9:51pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Funny shot! Terrific fight between the man and the toilet!!
Have a nice day.

8 Oct 2011 8:19pm