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The Silent Beggar

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 400 85 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

The rain fits the mood...great b/w. best…jf

27 Dec 2011 5:08am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5***

27 Dec 2011 5:41am

Chantal from Netherlands

back into the strong B&W photo, love it

27 Dec 2011 7:18am

Frida from Sweden

This is the images that touches my heart. Harsh reality in B&W.

27 Dec 2011 8:09am

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran


27 Dec 2011 8:22am

zahra ostadzadeh from qom, Iran

عالیه...من غمشو دوست دارم...خیلی خوبه...

27 Dec 2011 8:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

Silent. but a powerful image on a rainy day. Great capture and Title. :)

27 Dec 2011 8:37am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

A classic Marianna.

27 Dec 2011 8:39am

RonnyVee from Tielt, Belgium

I just read in the newspaper that we - in a small country like Belgium is - have no less than 50,000 homeless!
Not really appropriate to put a "smiley face" here, I thought.
Very nice B/W, Mariana!

27 Dec 2011 8:41am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

The Dark side of Life....great B&W.

27 Dec 2011 8:51am

tatar@y from France

Emouvante image .))

27 Dec 2011 8:51am

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A very classical shot..excellent treatment and great capture of the reflection! A very dramatic scene!

27 Dec 2011 8:56am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

I agree with Frida, a powerful and gritty image.

27 Dec 2011 9:11am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

b&w makes this a so much more powerful image

27 Dec 2011 9:41am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A raw image about a raw aspect of life. The wet street and the framing of the legs intensify the feeling that produces the woman with the child.

27 Dec 2011 10:15am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The poverty.
Excellent post.

27 Dec 2011 10:24am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

So easy to walk by and never look; better it is to give than to receive.
Religion loves their buildings and rituals God loves and honors those
who pity the poor.

27 Dec 2011 10:55am

Z from Shanghai, China

A real cold atmosphere...

27 Dec 2011 11:23am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

If it stops raining at least...

27 Dec 2011 11:36am

Pedro Alves from Porto, Portugal

Sign of our times.

27 Dec 2011 11:52am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Powerful photo of this dramatic image, the rain gives this photo extra power.

27 Dec 2011 12:23pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime beaucoup cette photo ! J'espère que tu as passé d'agréable fête ! journée


27 Dec 2011 12:25pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Full of sorrow ...

27 Dec 2011 12:31pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

So sad...

27 Dec 2011 12:34pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Powerful image with a strong message.

27 Dec 2011 12:50pm

Jean-Luc from Bourg en Bresse, France

deep and powerfeel. Misery is everywhere. Have a nice S

27 Dec 2011 12:55pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

nice portrait image. great captured !

27 Dec 2011 1:00pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Dramatic shot; silence and rain....

27 Dec 2011 1:27pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great b&w shot and message

27 Dec 2011 1:32pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

It looks like a European town scene. Wonderful tones, beautiful.

27 Dec 2011 1:35pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada


27 Dec 2011 2:57pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Image touchante et émouvante qulle scène de rue avec le brillant de la pluie

27 Dec 2011 3:01pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great scene street Mariana and great b&w !!

27 Dec 2011 3:23pm

roy from ostend, Belgium

Sadly, speaks volumes.

27 Dec 2011 4:11pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic street scene...the woman and child, the people walking about in the puddled rain, very strong image, great capture!

27 Dec 2011 4:35pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Great work Mariana... the tones are excellent ! Have a lovely day :)

27 Dec 2011 4:47pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Something that is hard to see during the holiday season. The slick, reflective surface of the pavement adds a nice element to this composition. Well spotted and captured.

27 Dec 2011 5:14pm

@Steven: holiday season or not, this is hard to see anytime ;) thx Steven

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

A sobering image.

27 Dec 2011 5:50pm

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

strong photo

27 Dec 2011 6:12pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

The poorest people of the street, it would not be able to
The Dark side of Life, great shot Mariana

27 Dec 2011 7:17pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Nice documentary shot. Superb rainy image.

27 Dec 2011 7:42pm

STEED from D, France

There goes the World today ............... Superb picture,M'.....

27 Dec 2011 7:49pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

wonderful shot!!! " sad life...."

27 Dec 2011 7:50pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

a sad picture Mariana
Cold and wet
Is this the world in 2011?

27 Dec 2011 7:56pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A very powerful image and so sad. The rain and the chill and she has the child with her. The way she has her head down just says so much.

27 Dec 2011 8:45pm

Hanry from Castricum, Netherlands

Actually very sad topic, but a beautiful picture. B / w is a good choice! The rain strengthened the sad impression. Feel sorry for the woman with child.

27 Dec 2011 9:02pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian I kiss you with all my heart, with emotion in this picture, you know touch the feelings, by Marian
is one of the best pictures I've seen in my life

27 Dec 2011 10:04pm

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

Le N&B renforce la tragédie, on dirait une image d'un film de Charlot "les lumières de la ville "

27 Dec 2011 10:12pm

....peter from Canada

This is a very dramatic and touching scene Mariana.... thank you for sharing it with us....peter:)

27 Dec 2011 10:44pm

@....peter: thanks Peter ;)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

So emotional, so powerful - a tale you tell so well through your images, Mariana. Excellent work!

28 Dec 2011 1:06am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

The need, the cold and the wet, the legs passing by...such sad beauty in black and white.

28 Dec 2011 4:44am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fantastic POV, the legs suggesting absolute indifference, the wet and reflections adding even more emotion, just superb

28 Dec 2011 8:06am

Mandar from Kudal, India

Excellent Shot......Monochrom added spice in it....

28 Dec 2011 10:59am

Jim Wilson from Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

A very touching shot. I agree that the legs of the passersby makes it all the more poignant.

28 Dec 2011 2:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The kind of scene we see more and more of here. A sad scene but superb documentation of it.

28 Dec 2011 11:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

incredibly sad, but unfortunately all too common nowadays, it seems!
(it took me a while to figure out how the two women/girls fit together!)

29 Dec 2011 12:59pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Touching and tragic. A great BW scene again!
Have a nice day.

4 Jan 2012 9:38am

cajera from France

Un belle image qui nous montre l'indifférence et la détresse.

7 Jan 2012 12:42pm

Monte Stevens from Fort Collins, United States

Powerful! Emotional! I love how you see the world around you!

10 Jan 2012 4:31pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

this just tugs at my heartstrings.. nice shot..

25 Jan 2012 5:21pm

1/160 second
ISO 400
85 mm