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They Stepped On Her

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/400 second F/9.0 ISO 400 90 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

Kala from United States

What a shot - she looks so surprised! And that is the perfect title.

6 Oct 2011 5:25am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

You isolated her well from the legs in the background. Great attitude.

6 Oct 2011 5:47am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

But she still challenge them ! Nice shot ! Phil

6 Oct 2011 5:56am

@Phil: yes, she is still alive ;)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

She has a great 'look' about her. Something is bothering her, or has she seen someone she knows? That is the beauty in photographs like this....the viewer can interpret in a number of different ways.

6 Oct 2011 6:04am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb composition, the young legs made me think that time had marched by, her youth had gone and left her behind

6 Oct 2011 6:11am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Superbly processed and shot and spotted.

6 Oct 2011 6:15am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

belle expression ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


6 Oct 2011 6:43am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The light on it is magnificent!!!!!! Pushing the youth of old age:)) Nice day Mariana.

6 Oct 2011 6:47am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Photographed with beautiful light on the face of this woman

6 Oct 2011 7:17am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Strong contrast between generations !

6 Oct 2011 7:30am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


6 Oct 2011 8:43am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

le regard fatigué, la foule se presse derrière elle, mais elle semble statique et son esprit attiré par tout autre chose que les passants... une image intrigante.

6 Oct 2011 8:46am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Poor lady...
Nice title!

6 Oct 2011 9:06am

mike from Cap d'Agde, France


6 Oct 2011 9:23am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

The lines in her face are marvelous, they show life

6 Oct 2011 9:45am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great expression on her face with deeply furrowed brow - fitting title

6 Oct 2011 9:54am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A dramatic image - taking the shot at her eye-level creates great sympathy when we view this.

6 Oct 2011 10:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Legs hope not

6 Oct 2011 10:18am

@grouser: not these , some others for sure

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das ist wieder sehr gut gemacht.

6 Oct 2011 10:34am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

hihi...I don´t think that: But nice catch and titel. Happy stuff! :)))

6 Oct 2011 10:40am

@Ralf Kesper: well, what I said in a title , I really mean - she has been stepped on and pushed down many, many times in her life ... not by these legs of course :) thx !

klausz from Kufstein, Austria

she looks like, that the life "stepped on her", that she´s definitely not living on the sunny side of life
and lost and captivate in this so quick modern world, searching for an exit, but find no way out!
... no more words ... simply fantastic!

6 Oct 2011 11:24am

@klausz: This is exactly what I think of this poor woman whenever see her in town. This moment I catch when she was sitting on the pavement , surrounded by these legs. It was a perfect moment and situation to tell a bit more of her ! many thx Klaus !

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful mood here Mariana! Youth passing by the older generation! Well done! ;-)

6 Oct 2011 11:43am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Another wonderful character shot, Mariana! She looks quite curious at the world around her and all of those legs - so young! She must have been that young once. Wonderful capture!

6 Oct 2011 12:05pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Her face is lit up with the sun, brighter than young people's legs !

6 Oct 2011 12:23pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

what a charecteristic expression....

6 Oct 2011 12:25pm

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

So many people have been stepped on in life, the trick is keep on keeping on.

6 Oct 2011 12:26pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Stepped on perhaps but her face tells me she still has her pride. Once again terrific light on your subject.

6 Oct 2011 12:36pm

Z from Shanghai, China

She's so quiet as if the people behind her are not there

6 Oct 2011 1:06pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

She certainly looks downtrodden and in need of a helping hand. Very telling capture Mariana.

6 Oct 2011 1:19pm

taolechat from potenza, Italy

tres belles expression et lumière
j'aime le contraste du visage fatigué aec les jambes des jeunes gens à l'arriere plan

6 Oct 2011 1:35pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

My eye wanders to the nice pair legs behind her head...and naughty thoughts ; ] best…jf

6 Oct 2011 1:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

You captured two meanings in one fine shot; the literal stepping on of legs surrounding her, and that which is visible in her face... that life has metaphorically stepped on her. Her expression is amazing, rather inscrutable. Another very fine street frame!

6 Oct 2011 1:53pm

@Rick: actually there is only one meaning of my title and this image - Life is too Rough on Her! Thanks for this fine comment , Rick ;)

Landy from Miami, United States

I imagine that this senora in his youth was classical ballet dancer since it has kind of become his youth by his physical and of the pisoton I imagine that not him Gaius anything either on its face sombrio greetings

6 Oct 2011 2:01pm

@Landy: wow... what an imagination you got ;) thx for this !

Sam from Chennai, India

What an expression ... The pain in her eyes ... Great capture and title. :)

6 Oct 2011 2:16pm

Sérgio Pontes from Lisboa, Portugal

Great shot, love it

6 Oct 2011 2:54pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Magnifico blanco y negro, una expresión mas allá de la vida, es impresionante, bravo mariana

6 Oct 2011 3:04pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great expression in her face and body pose!

6 Oct 2011 3:21pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


6 Oct 2011 3:55pm

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

angular lady, looks if she has some doubt

6 Oct 2011 4:11pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

une superbe expression, bien vu

6 Oct 2011 4:44pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot, interesting pov

6 Oct 2011 5:08pm

cajera from France

Joli coup d'oeil.
Le portrait de la dame est vraiment bien réussi.

6 Oct 2011 5:22pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

what a beautiful portrait that expression !!!!!. a kiss. Alejandra

6 Oct 2011 5:43pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Perfect point of view Mariana!!!

6 Oct 2011 6:00pm

TheoF from Emden, Germany

another great portrait, and well composed the photo

6 Oct 2011 6:09pm

Linda from Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

She looks like she is thinking what on earth is going on around her, stunned amazement, great capture :-)

6 Oct 2011 6:49pm

Furax from France

Wonderful portrait as usual !!

6 Oct 2011 7:17pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Je trouve le visage ferme presque inexpressif et paradoxalement très fort
Un portrait superbe qui ne laisse pas indifférent

6 Oct 2011 8:40pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Very good POV and lighting. But she has an extraordinary facial structure isn't she? Great find.

6 Oct 2011 9:51pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

where she looks?
What she thinks
very nic portrait
:) Aly

6 Oct 2011 9:56pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine lighting

6 Oct 2011 11:04pm

Amanda from Kitchener, Canada

This is an amazing portrait, I'm sure I've seen her before and she always looks so sad. Do you ever approach the people in your portraits and ask about who they really are? I've always wondered about how they truely see the world but how do you really ask.

6 Oct 2011 11:08pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful light. She has the look that life has given her a hard blow but I wonder what she was thinking.

7 Oct 2011 12:10am

franz from Baden, Austria

yet another evocative and poignant street scene, made even better by the contrast between the lady and the young legs behind her ...

7 Oct 2011 8:21am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great expressions...nicely spotted.

7 Oct 2011 10:05am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She's down but not out yet. This is a great allegorical photo.

7 Oct 2011 8:12pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

What a type! Nice!

7 Oct 2011 8:22pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

NIce and so emotional catch! Looks like if her mind was so far from the street.
Have a nice day.

9 Oct 2011 1:09pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
90 mm