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If Life Were Easy....

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/125 second F/5.0 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

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

One watching life go by...the other texting his dog. It's a funny world. best…jf

15 Dec 2011 5:10am

Sien from Netherlands

Superb image, lovely processing
Love the fine details Mariana, well done!

15 Dec 2011 5:13am

Bob from New Jersey, United States

Always much to look at in your pictures. I do not know how you do it.
I love how the dog is just as focused on the cell phone as his master is.

You are a true artist.

15 Dec 2011 5:13am

@Bob: thanks Bob, much appreciated :)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Deux portraits, deux personnages dans cet ensemble merveilleux.
Belle journée

15 Dec 2011 5:45am

Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion from Saint Paul, Reunion

Toujours la vraie vie dans tes photos ! On dirait que le chien regarde ce qu'écrit son maître !

15 Dec 2011 5:56am

@Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion: dog feels his master's pain :) thx for ur visit !

PATRICK from miramas, France


15 Dec 2011 6:25am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Indeed a moment. 5*

15 Dec 2011 6:31am

Chantal from Netherlands

good shot, you really have a skill in B&W Mariana

15 Dec 2011 6:58am

@Chantal: who cares for skill in BW .... I have a skill for much more than good BW !

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very expressie picture.

15 Dec 2011 7:02am

Mike from Sochi, Russian Federation

Great photos. With love to watch all the portfolios. Under each photo I want to leave an enthusiastic response.

15 Dec 2011 7:05am

@Mike: thx MIke . I am really glad you enjoyed my portfolio :)

Abhijit Dharmadhikari from Mumbai, India

You capture 'life' very well! :-)

15 Dec 2011 7:08am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

always elegant your monochrome, really well in contrast

15 Dec 2011 7:19am

@fabrizio: i'm trying to express little life stories in my pictures but not to be perfect in monochrome. thx for visit

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

...We would know it ! Nice true live scene , Phil

15 Dec 2011 7:23am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

It's tha first time I see a dog memorizing the phone numbers his master is calling !

15 Dec 2011 7:38am

@Gérard Beullac: are you sure a dog is trying to read or memorize the number ? somehow i think a dog is feeling his master's pain ... just see his face !

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Superb title for this powerful image. Great once more :)

15 Dec 2011 7:48am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Such a contrast between the lifestyles of the two men.

15 Dec 2011 8:43am

@Nigel: but both of them are unhappy ....

Z from Shanghai, China

I admire your B&W treatment and you are always good at finding the ironic part of our daily street scene...:)

15 Dec 2011 8:46am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Nice capture, life isn't always that easy for those who seem to have it made. But at least the have 3 squares a day and a rood over their head.

15 Dec 2011 9:06am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Two very different lives but the happier of the two is probably not who you think! Excellent street scene. Mariana nice day.

15 Dec 2011 9:08am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

... We would know the recipe!

15 Dec 2011 9:24am

@Christian Richer: right :)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un contraste poignant dans cette image !!

15 Dec 2011 9:24am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

that´s just another great shot! and the title is plain perfect, directing the viewer to the question "what´s really important in life?!"...

15 Dec 2011 9:39am

@Ol: apparently - money is not :) Thx Ol !

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The parallel is striking enter this sat man who smokes a cigarette, a only small pleasure which still stays in him and the indifferent passer-by who walks his dog while phoning which sad world we cross!

15 Dec 2011 9:49am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

stimulates the mind to make a story here

15 Dec 2011 10:04am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

great street shot!

15 Dec 2011 10:18am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

One man has others to talk to and a dog as a companion - yet he does not know how lucky he is and closes his eyes to the world!

15 Dec 2011 10:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really interesting combination of the two.

15 Dec 2011 11:39am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is a wonderfully complex image Mariana! Nicely captured! ;-)

15 Dec 2011 12:26pm

Mandar from Kudal, India

Wonderful Portrait

15 Dec 2011 1:34pm

narcissus from Iran, Iran

bon cadrage...
un autre moment de la vie reelle... tres interessent....

15 Dec 2011 1:40pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Wonderful capture. Great momments of Life. Very powerful shot. :)

15 Dec 2011 3:10pm

Agus from Bogor, Indonesia

All three objects here show that life were never easy. Even the dog look so serious looking at his master cell phone. Excelent !!!

15 Dec 2011 3:23pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Interesting slice of life photo.

15 Dec 2011 3:31pm

alex centrella from California, United States

another great catch ..

15 Dec 2011 3:41pm

Yves from Isserpent, France

But happiness is in no small.

15 Dec 2011 3:46pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Wonderful image !

15 Dec 2011 4:31pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

tres belle image, bien vu

15 Dec 2011 5:06pm

d.apskos from Orléans, France

Portraits impécables.
Le regard du chien est bien attrapé...

15 Dec 2011 5:40pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Enormous! And the funny thing is that the one looking more relaxed is the one seemingly having less. Amazing. Great.

15 Dec 2011 5:41pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb portraits of both , each on ein his life !

15 Dec 2011 6:49pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Very nice find. Fantastic street scenery.

15 Dec 2011 7:34pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


15 Dec 2011 7:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, it all depends on your point of view. Life does seem to be easier for some than for others. Another of your excellent street shots.

15 Dec 2011 7:41pm

Tat à l'oeil from Paris, France

Bons portraits, et bonne composition

15 Dec 2011 9:01pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Very rich detail which allows the mind to imagine many stories. As an aside I like that the guy is smoking right under the no smoking sign.

15 Dec 2011 9:17pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

nice juxtaposition

15 Dec 2011 9:35pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

I love the little pooch, the star in your picture.

15 Dec 2011 10:05pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

fantastic street scenery.....
how different their lives...

15 Dec 2011 11:58pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A very nice title...perfect portrait to describe it! Life´s not easy and most of the time´s not fair!

16 Dec 2011 12:24am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Just a wonderful slice of life. You take such amazing photos!

16 Dec 2011 1:22am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Photographs can be interpreted in so many ways, with a different treatment these two men could look at their pleasure and ease.

16 Dec 2011 1:40am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a fantastic scene you captured here Mariana - it tells the story perfecly. Excellent shot!

16 Dec 2011 2:12am

Richard Geven from Didam, Netherlands

These are the modern times....

People aren't communicating with eachother except by phone and computer....i hate this!!
I wanna talk with people see them look in the eyes...that's life for me...

16 Dec 2011 6:47pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

You really catch the attitude here, a no nice shot !

17 Dec 2011 1:33pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb capture of expressions, all of them concerned

18 Dec 2011 8:47am

K V Sarath from Bangaluru, India

Different shades of life. Good one.

19 Dec 2011 4:57pm

rian from Vestavia Hills, United States

there seems to be a story here.. that guy leaving looks kind sad.. nice capture..

2 Jan 2012 4:19am

1/125 second
ISO 400
75 mm