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Look at Me Now!

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 29 September 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.


Should I boast again ? No! This time I feel so shy to say anything but wish you to read this article - NOT A POST ABOUT ME by photographer and writer Jim Hockings! Thanks for reading it ! Thank you Jim for this enormous support and new inspiration in my work!


AM3 is painfully slow today, and not good for my bad patience. It is killing me since yesterday! See you some other time ;)


Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 400 75 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 Francisco, California, United States

great portrait, your title is really fitting

29 Sep 2011 5:17am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Wow....that's a powerful portrait. Very gritty with a great impact.

29 Sep 2011 5:30am

PATRICK from miramas, France


29 Sep 2011 5:55am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

extremely sharp and gritty. Nice work.

29 Sep 2011 6:18am

masoud from tehran, Iran

wow !!!
great bw portrait.

29 Sep 2011 6:21am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Wonderful portrait , an invitation to the love !
Sorry , my English is not good enough to read the article...Phil

29 Sep 2011 6:27am

@Phil: invitation to the love ? ha ha ... cool thought :)

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Great portrait

29 Sep 2011 6:30am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A challenge indeed, superb. I read the article wonderful and deserved words from Jim, I tried to leave a comment but for some reason could not get it accepted.

29 Sep 2011 6:36am

@Christine: Thx Christine. Very nice of you to read it ;) I really appreciate it !

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fantastic and awesome image .... great work Mariana!

29 Sep 2011 6:55am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

"Here I am, this is me..."
Great portrait!

29 Sep 2011 9:08am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, impressive portrait shot - stunning work!

29 Sep 2011 9:08am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

ein hervorragendes Portrait.

29 Sep 2011 9:16am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ce portrait est superbe. J'aime beaucoup ce qu'il dégage ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

29 Sep 2011 9:17am

Z from Shanghai, China

I read the article by Jim and you deserve it! :)

29 Sep 2011 9:31am

@Z: thx Z :)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

terrible corps en perdition...comme un navire trop usé..

29 Sep 2011 9:55am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

marvelous B&W portrait

29 Sep 2011 10:08am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Oh!!....interesting personality....5*

29 Sep 2011 10:12am

@PRASHANT: yes, very interesting :) Thx P .

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic portrait! I also like the solid repetition of the bricks. Your subjects always fit so well into their background or streetscape.

29 Sep 2011 10:16am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

fantastic portrait though quite intimidating, the article echos what your followers at am3 already knew, keep up the excellent work

29 Sep 2011 10:22am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

The article is enthusiastic and very true. We may add a few other photographers in the genre in which you work (Paul Strand, Eugene Richards, for exemple, many others certainly, in my opinion).
So great. You found and buit a distinctive way, that's already enormous !

29 Sep 2011 10:33am

@Gérard Beullac: thx Gerard :) Very nice of you :)

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Wonderful portrait as always.

29 Sep 2011 10:50am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Excellent and well done!

29 Sep 2011 11:08am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful portrait and beautifully detailed in b/w!
Congratulations on the article...wonderful recognition to your photography and nice background information on you too! Very nicely said.

29 Sep 2011 12:21pm

@RBL: thx for your time reading it . much appreciated, Ruth ;)

Harry from Apex, United States

Mirianna, I tried to post the following at the article you linked to, but the page kept swalloing my comment and not displaying it. Quote:
This is a perceptive and insightful analysis of Marianna's work. I have been following her site for quite a while - she is on my daily RSS feed. My only issue with the analysis is that it makes light of Marianna's skill with Photoshop. It is true that her images are REAL, but her skill at Photoshop goes beyond "just tweak(ing)" the images; she brings out tones and contrasts that bring out beyond life-like realism, perhaps a contradictory phrase, but one that fits.

I agree with the comparison to Robert Frank, Dorothea Lang, Walker Evans, and Diane Arbus, and sadly also to the comments about the marketability of her work. While a coffee-table book might sell, few would want her prints on their wall, and today if it doesn't sell it doesn't hang on gallery walls. But I am enriched by the faces that she displays, and hope that she continues to produce.

29 Sep 2011 12:30pm

@Harry: So nice and friendly of you Harry ! Thx !

Journey Photographic from Australia

His expression is just perfect! Congrats on the great write-up.

29 Sep 2011 1:04pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You're surrounded by pretty faces...; ] best…jf

29 Sep 2011 1:11pm

@ordinaryimages: All kind of faces are around me, but my camera is attracted to these faces like Vladimir's :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent portrait !

29 Sep 2011 1:12pm

Emmeji from France

Un superbe portrait de Vladimir !

29 Sep 2011 1:19pm

Monik from PARIS, France

Un portrait saisissant qui se reçoit comme un coup de poing dans l'estomac. Bravissimo pour ton travail, j'adhère à l'article , du moins ce que j'en ai compris.. ! ;-)

29 Sep 2011 1:49pm

Landy from Miami, United States

strong strong well a greeting

29 Sep 2011 3:17pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great job, Mariana - I also love his expression here..the title you chose is's like he's saying, "Hey, check me out, world!" Fantastic portrait, Mariana!

29 Sep 2011 3:21pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe portrait, bravo

29 Sep 2011 3:26pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Mariana "the single finest street photographer the world has ever seen". Congratulations. And can I add my own opinion: I love your work: you are really a graet photographer. Have a nice day.

29 Sep 2011 3:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow, Mariana, what a fantastic article! Congratulations. I totally agree. Your photos are wonderful and they evoke so much emotion. Your work reminds me those photographers and the works of Vivian Maier. I love the expression on this man's face. Wonderful image!

29 Sep 2011 4:08pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Yes !! I say yes !! One more time !!

29 Sep 2011 5:15pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Yet another stunning street shot, and Jim's words are so true

29 Sep 2011 5:21pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Riveting in many ways. You and your camera have given this man a stage, and he is making the most of it! Aminus is molasses today; I understand your frustration.

29 Sep 2011 5:26pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great portrait. Very powerful. Nice title. :)

29 Sep 2011 6:22pm

TheoF from Emden, Germany

impressive portrait of a conscious man

29 Sep 2011 7:04pm

Andrew from Simsbury, United States

I cannot get over the details you've captured of this man. This is very well done!!!
p.s. I'm having issues with Am3 too, seems like everything is laggy and slow!

29 Sep 2011 7:32pm

franz from Baden, Austria

outstanding and very touching, as if he was baring his inner self to you and the world - us! stunning processing, as per usual one might be tempted to say ...

29 Sep 2011 7:46pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Fantastic portrait Mariana

29 Sep 2011 7:47pm

STEED from D, France

Amazing portrait..Strong !!!!

29 Sep 2011 8:21pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantastic marian, bravo

29 Sep 2011 8:21pm

cajera from France

En effet, Mariana tu es une excellente photographe de rue.
Be careful guys, I am here, watch the man !
seems to say this man

29 Sep 2011 8:26pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

That is a wonderful endorsement from Jim. You must be sooooo very proud. I am proud of you, too !! :-)

29 Sep 2011 8:31pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

oh my!!

29 Sep 2011 9:38pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

What a great portrait with fantastic tones and textures. Two thumbs up.

29 Sep 2011 10:15pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Your title fits the shot perfectly Mariana! Well done! ;-)

29 Sep 2011 10:43pm

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

What software are you using?

30 Sep 2011 2:25am

Sam from Chennai, India

Mariana, your works are so powerful ...
'The single finest street photographer the world has ever seen' ... A wonderful endorsement from Jim
You are so modest. We are proud of you, Mariana. All the best :)

30 Sep 2011 3:39am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

almost to realistic

30 Sep 2011 4:45am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique iamge superbe quelle vue c'est vraiment la classe tes image, splendide

30 Sep 2011 6:23am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Another fantastic portrait, splendid work. Congratulations for the article on you, I think the same thing as him, you're really talented. Mariana nice day.

30 Sep 2011 7:15am

Kala from United States

Congratulations to you - what wonderful and well-deserved commentary.

30 Sep 2011 8:34am

@Kala: thanks Kala ;)

Tom from Stekene, Belgium

Great b& w portrait.

30 Sep 2011 8:39am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Clicked on punctuation lady and got this guy, wow I thought my eyes were failing me. Yeah Aminus3 is amazingly slow.

30 Sep 2011 9:30am

@J.R.: punctuation lady will come some other day . now, I am glad you took a look at this super portrait ;)

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Excellent! These are the people I love and you have such a wonderful magical way of capturing their personalities and their attitudes. Love this one, Mariana!

30 Sep 2011 11:56am

klausz from Kufstein, Austria

... take a look at me now .... i rememberd this song from phil collins by reading this title and it fits perfect to this pose! he signaled his openness, like .... what should happens! processing as always TOP! congrats!

30 Sep 2011 11:56am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Terrific look captured! "this is what I am..." Superb

30 Sep 2011 3:35pm

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Outstanding work, Mariana.....just beautiful!

30 Sep 2011 5:15pm

mike from Cap d'Agde, France

Superbe! J'aime beaucoup l'expression du regard.

30 Sep 2011 7:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A powerful portrait of this fellow with the proud or, perhaps, sinister expression.

30 Sep 2011 8:55pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente retrato magnifica expresion capturada!!

1 Oct 2011 4:52am

Dubus from CHARLEROI Mont sur Marchienne, Belgium

Superbe portrait,bravo .

1 Oct 2011 2:13pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

very strong portrait - thank you for sharing this : )

1 Oct 2011 6:51pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Is this the new Jesus?
Perfect photo of this man Mariana!!

2 Oct 2011 3:08pm

ImpréVUS from Dijon, France

I (almost) always your portraits but they trouble me , they ask me for my attitude to difference.

6 Oct 2011 4:54pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Have a nice day.

9 Oct 2011 9:26am

1/200 second
ISO 400
75 mm