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Celebrating Elvis Presley's Birthday

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 10 January 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

On Sunday afternoon I heard him playing Presley on his accordion.
I stopped to wish him happy New 2012!
He said :"You know Marian, I am happy that all these holidays are over, and today I am happy playing Presley on his birthday - January 8th!"
In 1976. Vladimir traveled to Buffalo, NY. to see Elvis performing before 18,000 fans in Memorial Auditorium.

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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

morgan from canyon Country, United States


10 Jan 2012 5:38am

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Really impresive Mariana. I like the whole setting (Christmas tree, photo etc).

10 Jan 2012 7:12am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A beautiful meeting once more , wonderful portrait , Phil

10 Jan 2012 7:24am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific shot, what a lovely story to it too

10 Jan 2012 8:03am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb portrait and as always great framing

10 Jan 2012 8:03am

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

Great character!!
I love the movement of the hands .........

10 Jan 2012 8:14am

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Great portrait! I like the expression!

10 Jan 2012 8:24am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Presley and accordion: surprising !

10 Jan 2012 8:24am

@Gérard Beullac: Vladimir and Accordion !!!

Chantal from Netherlands

very good capture of his expression

10 Jan 2012 8:26am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

"Heartbreak Hotel" or "Don't be cruel" with a piano and brace (accordion), I hear that! Pretty face, beautiful instrument!

10 Jan 2012 8:59am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great Portrait in action...5*

10 Jan 2012 9:16am

@PRASHANT: just movement of his hands while talking to me ... no action :)

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Un portrait joyeusement musical !
Bonne journée lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

10 Jan 2012 9:18am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

a wonderful portrait & interesting story coming with it... :)

10 Jan 2012 9:20am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super image.

10 Jan 2012 9:29am

PATRICK from miramas, France


10 Jan 2012 9:36am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Very good capture and good expression!

10 Jan 2012 9:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Marvelous portrait, Mariana, with so much to like - the movement of his hands; the beautiful accordion; and festive window behind him. A very special image.

10 Jan 2012 10:45am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a great story behind this shot, Mariana - fantastic!

10 Jan 2012 11:50am

Hossein saharnaz from Iran

dear mariana
Ilike all your realist fantastic works .

10 Jan 2012 12:51pm

@Hossein saharnaz: thx Hossein . I would love to see your work too . Link is missing !

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

incredible details and story - a masterpiece

10 Jan 2012 1:11pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Great street portrait, full of character.

10 Jan 2012 1:19pm

@digitalCG: thanks a lot .

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

He was also a star in his time! Splendid portrait of this artist. Mariana nice day.

10 Jan 2012 1:31pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great portrait and a beautiful tribute to Elvis!

10 Jan 2012 1:32pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Love it! He is looking at somewhere or he is looking back to 1976 :)

10 Jan 2012 1:35pm

@Z: only he and I were standing there. He was talking about Presley !

Baldwin J from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful portrait ..

10 Jan 2012 1:49pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow !! Superb !!

10 Jan 2012 2:27pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

impressive portrait

10 Jan 2012 3:04pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Another impressive and gritty portrait. I bet he has a few stories.

10 Jan 2012 3:29pm

@Stu: a lot of stories he already shared with me ;) thx Stu

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great expression in his face

10 Jan 2012 3:32pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Great. Definitely 5*.

10 Jan 2012 3:43pm

Moein from Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran

Nice shot :)

10 Jan 2012 3:51pm

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

fabulous portrait !! ;)

10 Jan 2012 4:18pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Always loved "Hound Dog" played on a squeeze box ; ] Good gesture! best…jf

10 Jan 2012 4:25pm

alex centrella from California, United States

great shot .. !

10 Jan 2012 4:33pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Excellent capture, love the expression Mariana!
Wonderful street shot, beautiful anniversary to celebrate :-)
Well done.

10 Jan 2012 5:07pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

A very interesting man to take a picture off.

10 Jan 2012 5:17pm

@Joke: and to be a friend with ...

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Strong portrait !!

10 Jan 2012 5:31pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

A love this story and such a kind of man....I realy love the people you are photographing Mariana!!!!

10 Jan 2012 5:32pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great portrait !

10 Jan 2012 5:48pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

In 1976 he travelled to Buffalo to see Elvis and in his mind he´s still there! compliment for that shot!

10 Jan 2012 6:01pm

@klausZ: he is in all kind of the music of the 60's and 70's... homeless Vladimir does not ask for change but people love him and his music and share change to him. I was freezing this afternoon when was standing with him, but not him . HIs music warms his heart and soul ....Love this man so much !

cajera from France

Jo Privat's birthday :-)
Un beau portrait

10 Jan 2012 6:04pm

Ed von Ems from Vila do Conde, Portugal


10 Jan 2012 6:34pm

Mehrdad from maragheh, Iran

woooooooow like

10 Jan 2012 6:38pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A nice story and lovely image....a wonderful warmth to it !!

10 Jan 2012 7:13pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

love this...remarkable shot

10 Jan 2012 7:22pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful street portrait Mariana! Good to hear that he had the opportunity to see his musical idol! ;-)

10 Jan 2012 7:25pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantástico mariana genial bravo

10 Jan 2012 8:25pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Gorgeous portrait image. nice shot.

10 Jan 2012 8:35pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Vladimir is so real in a photo rich with stories real & imagined. Thanks for your explanation which helps us get to know your friend.

10 Jan 2012 8:52pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Wonderful image Mariana
good capture of his expression

Yes I know
when I was young I loved Elvis
Now .. Elvis fan and still am

10 Jan 2012 9:06pm

franz from Baden, Austria

the king rulez ... and so will vladimir as one of his followers! what a warm portrait, and your words come from the heart !!

10 Jan 2012 9:06pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Beautiful colour and detail.

10 Jan 2012 9:42pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

you are surrounded by so many rich characters!

10 Jan 2012 9:54pm

@Ted: lucky me to get all these good portraits :)

Oscar from Espìra de l'Agly, France

I know this face! happy celebration!

10 Jan 2012 9:59pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

always talented for great portraits !

10 Jan 2012 10:17pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A wonderful portrait! He is a true Elvis fan! Long live the King!

10 Jan 2012 11:35pm

Gérard Méry from France

Quelformaidable portrait haut en couleur avec le mouvement du bras Bravo

10 Jan 2012 11:41pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great portrait.

11 Jan 2012 12:31am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

un retrato muy bueno . un beso grande . Alejandra

11 Jan 2012 1:32am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Beautiful portrait accompanied by a great story. Thanks for sharing.

11 Jan 2012 1:47am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Neat shot, interesting fellow not much of an Elvis guy but I did grow up on his music, perfected Dylan myself:)

11 Jan 2012 4:36am

Stephane.D from In my head, France

magnifique, puissant, un visage fort, rempli d une vie eloquante ;)

11 Jan 2012 3:18pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Beautiful portrait. Love his expressions ... :)

11 Jan 2012 3:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lot of memories and experiences he has. A splendid portrait.

13 Jan 2012 11:15pm

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

un excellent portrait qui supporte bien la couleur !

15 Jan 2012 10:17am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

nice, crisp candid shot here.. :)

2 Feb 2012 4:02am

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/60 second
ISO 100
6 mm