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Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 23 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Second Hand Store! Pots, glasses, dishes, books, mugs, furniture, kitchen appliances, just everything one can find here. Book corner is usually empty, looks like nobody buys and reads books any more. This man pleasantly surprised me.
Was he reading or just resting in a warm store on a comfortable chair, that is for sale too, I do not know.

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"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

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

A confy place to read ! or to choose the right book ? Annierita

23 Nov 2011 5:25am

Z from Shanghai, China

Beautiful b&W..the lights are perfect

23 Nov 2011 6:25am

Kala from United States

Fantastic light and details - this looks to be such a cozy place to spend the afternoon browsing through.

23 Nov 2011 6:25am

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

This is a really cosy place. Excellent shot Mariana

23 Nov 2011 6:44am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

fun shot to study. Nice capture.

23 Nov 2011 7:03am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Dans un superbe environnment une belle bibliothèque quel homme qui lit, superbe
Bravo et belle journée

23 Nov 2011 7:10am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image, he looks to be quite comfortable there

23 Nov 2011 7:24am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

A perfect way to spend a few hours. Very nicely done, Mariana

23 Nov 2011 7:25am

PATRICK from miramas, France


23 Nov 2011 7:29am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Marvellous - the lost world of the book corner!

23 Nov 2011 7:29am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Calm & peaceful corner....great collection.

23 Nov 2011 7:32am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

23 Nov 2011 7:33am

STEED from D, France

In the silence of the Library......A Picture fuul of wisdom.....Love it..

23 Nov 2011 7:37am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

He looks interested in what he is reading, comfortable and used to books, great capture of this moment.

23 Nov 2011 7:38am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France


23 Nov 2011 7:47am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Could almost be a library - lovely shot !

23 Nov 2011 7:55am

Chantal from Netherlands

your B&W's are always so strong.

23 Nov 2011 8:16am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This man does seems to be settled in for a good looks like a comfortable spot.
He seems unaware of being photographed...too adsorbed in his book, perhaps !!

23 Nov 2011 8:35am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

outstanding light and contrasts in this stunning b&w portrait - great work

23 Nov 2011 8:46am

Mandar from Kudal, India

Perfect Ambiance...

23 Nov 2011 8:57am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb portrait !Beautiful B&W!

23 Nov 2011 9:30am

Marco Carbocci from Paris/Bruxelles, Belgium

Jolie composition. Puis, tous ces bouquins ... ça ressemble à mon appartement.

23 Nov 2011 9:42am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

every bookshop should have them, comfortable chairs that is :)

23 Nov 2011 10:19am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Another excellent bw

23 Nov 2011 10:40am

Abhijit Dharmadhikari from Mumbai, India

Nice crisp image! Ambiance is excellent!

23 Nov 2011 10:44am

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Great catch ! Well done !

23 Nov 2011 10:47am

Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

what a beautiful place for a great portrait.
I like also the light in your picture that brings a lot to the mood.

23 Nov 2011 11:41am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Big flat book, probably lots of pictures maybe just a comfortable place to rest; but then again?:)

23 Nov 2011 12:00pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Relaxing with a good book.
Nice photo

23 Nov 2011 12:09pm

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A wonderful capture. Beautifuly captured and presented in b&w.

23 Nov 2011 12:35pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

nice atmosphere, great find

23 Nov 2011 1:16pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice chair. He is really relaxed. Nice composition.

23 Nov 2011 1:20pm

@Hiro: $5. would you like to buy it ?

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Superb lighting in this corner of the store. A very crisp and detailed photo. Looks beautiful in b&w.
The man looks really absorbed into his book. Well seen Mariana!

23 Nov 2011 1:24pm

@Don Levesque: everyone would see it, but a few would use a camera on this place, with 50 people around, mostly homeless or immigrants who do not like cameras :) thx Don !

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A beautiful image of peace & security gained through books.

23 Nov 2011 1:25pm

@Williams: and bad, bad me taking a camera out of my bag in the middle of crowded store and taking a few clicks :) Thanks !

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

To take the time to breathe the odor of paper, to caress the backs of the books, to choose one and to sit down to discover what it counter ...
...It's the happyness

23 Nov 2011 1:39pm

@Mamyni: i agree with you :)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

There is something special about a good book and a comfortable chair that is comforting! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

23 Nov 2011 2:00pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

une blibliohèque bien remplie, il a de quoi lire pendant quelques années, je pense

23 Nov 2011 2:16pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

gorgeous eyesight

23 Nov 2011 2:30pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

He seems interested in this book!

23 Nov 2011 2:49pm

@Jean-Luc T.: yes, very interested that he even did not notice me :)

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

He's actually trying out the chair ; ] Have you know I bought a real used book through Amazon. Josef Sudek: Poet Of Prague. There ; ]

23 Nov 2011 3:01pm

@ordinaryimages: In this store I bought at least 100 books , each of them 50c, when was learning English !

Francisco Romer from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

One of the mos delightful places for me on Earth. And sometimes you can find real jewels for next to nothing. Great image of the place. I love the light.

23 Nov 2011 3:17pm

@Francisco Romer: yes, sometimes it is like a golden mine :) you never know what you gonna find there for a few dollars :)

Jean-Luc from Bourg en Bresse, France

Hello S, back from vacations , and now time to read a good book and take time , like this man. He have choice and look totally absorbed ;-) Time to look to all the friends photos , upsssss i'm in late again and again ! have a nice day

23 Nov 2011 3:30pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Looks like a wonderful place for a read - just a book and one's thoughts. Lovely tones here Mariana!

23 Nov 2011 3:35pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful capture of the reader and the dense books, beautiful lighting and a very beautiful b/w!

23 Nov 2011 4:15pm

alex centrella from California, United States

nice catch .. !

23 Nov 2011 4:42pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

I love this Marianne, like you went back in time to a place I am not familiar with but
like a much loved home where this looks so very inviting, and with the right book it
would please me very much !~

23 Nov 2011 4:48pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: You do not know for Second Hand Stores ? Cannot believe ! When came to Canada I discovered them, and without money in my pocket or having a job, I truly enjoyed them. You as a great collector can find a miracle in these type of stores .

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the portrait and the interior very much - excellent work

23 Nov 2011 4:49pm

rob from faenza, Italy

A really nice portrait, with a magical analog/film touch.

23 Nov 2011 4:50pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany


23 Nov 2011 4:51pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Beautiful image of peace and nice portrait

23 Nov 2011 6:09pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


23 Nov 2011 6:10pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beautiful composition!
like the nice atmosphere Mariana..
Well done*****

Grz Sien

23 Nov 2011 6:29pm

Judith from Linz, Austria

Nice portrait!

23 Nov 2011 6:34pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

wonderful mood! the light is great

23 Nov 2011 6:36pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I love this B&W. Excellent frame.

23 Nov 2011 6:45pm

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Excellent!! Brilliant!!! Stunning!!
Everything in this capture is perfect.
Love it!!! 5*****

23 Nov 2011 6:50pm

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Excellent!! Brilliant!!! Stunning!!
Everything in this capture is perfect.
Love it!!! 5*****

23 Nov 2011 6:50pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

All things come together in this photo Mariana!!! This looks like a perfect studio setup and you found it just on your way...."beautiful photo's are everywhere....but we have to see them!!" Love it dear!!

23 Nov 2011 6:51pm

philippe from moselle, France

belle lumière pour se plonger dans un bouquin !!!

23 Nov 2011 7:18pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle attitude captée !

23 Nov 2011 7:25pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful image. very nice composition.

23 Nov 2011 7:49pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Le meilleur endroit pour lire, non ?

23 Nov 2011 7:49pm

franz from Baden, Austria

superb light and lines and tones (the technical part), a wonderful place to be, one of my favourites, and this gent seems to know it, too! (the emotional part)

23 Nov 2011 8:15pm

@franz: double thx for technical and emotional part of comment ;) ha ha

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

heaven if there's coffee as well?

23 Nov 2011 9:12pm

@Ted: no free coffee here ... sitting is free, using chair for sale is free, reading books is free; no food or pets allowed :)

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantastica mariana, , very nice

23 Nov 2011 9:44pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful shot. This was taken from a great vantage point. Seeing all the books and dishes in the store. A wonderful image!

23 Nov 2011 10:11pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Love it Mariana.
Fantastisch moment!
:) Aly

23 Nov 2011 10:41pm

Frida from Sweden

Great capture. We have daily newspapers at the library and many older people go there to read them rather than buying them.

23 Nov 2011 11:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He seems to be reading but, either way, he has found a nice comfortable spot. An excellent capture of the light flooding the room.

24 Nov 2011 12:34am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

like the pov and exposure

24 Nov 2011 4:11am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

It looks like he has a lot of reading to do.

24 Nov 2011 12:21pm

Tatiana from Paris, France

Nice !

24 Nov 2011 1:40pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture. Nice POV. He is really comfortable. Well done. :)

24 Nov 2011 1:43pm

cajera from France

Voilà un endroit qui semble bien agréable pour rester plongée dans un livre. Ils en ont de la chance ces lecteurs.

24 Nov 2011 5:06pm

Oscar from BCN, Spain

the perfect place for reading! thanks for this image, i like

24 Nov 2011 9:44pm

eva from Oxford, United Kingdom

How can you cope with SO many comments...BUT I just had to stop by...This is a superb image, great composition!

25 Nov 2011 5:48pm

@eva: I have no time to thank everybody who is commenting and I do not comment back, but at least 40 minutes daily I spent on Community Page where get a look at every single picture posted for that day, where I love to leave a comment for the pix I like ! Have a look at this page, you might find some more interesting photos .

Julie DiCarlo from Austin, United States

I love the light in this one, especially on the empty chair. One of my favorites.

26 Nov 2011 4:34am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Mariana - I think this is a favorite! What a great shop! I could get lost in there for hours and probably end up taking home a truck-load! I love your point of view here, showing the shelves of books, the light from the window and this gentleman sitting so comfortably enjoying this book (no doubt while his wife shops away!) Beautiful!

26 Nov 2011 7:38pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

that's a very good candid shot you got here.. it almost looks like a studio shoot.. :) well done..

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/30 second
ISO 250
6 mm