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Desanka, Kitchener

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Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 5 June 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.


Kitchener, ON
June, 2012

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/10.0 ISO 400 50 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

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Excellent portrait. She is so expressive.

5 Jun 2012 5:03am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A superb portrait, with the strenght of the character!

5 Jun 2012 5:13am

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

Superb portrait .bravo

5 Jun 2012 5:25am

Maria from California, United States

great attitude of the woman, great portraiture, Mariana

5 Jun 2012 5:29am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Un portrait vraiment très impressionnant par un traitement que tu sais toujours bien choisir et un beau visage marqué par le temps

5 Jun 2012 5:34am

Bruno F from France

Such an incredible portrait ! One more time !

5 Jun 2012 5:41am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great portrait!

5 Jun 2012 5:53am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

A great softness on this strong face , Phil

5 Jun 2012 5:59am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Great hair dressing !

5 Jun 2012 6:09am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great portrait Mariana !

5 Jun 2012 6:14am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

I like your portraits are of rare beauty, great job. Mariana ***** Nice day.

5 Jun 2012 6:26am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb portrait, great angle

5 Jun 2012 6:50am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super - as ever.

5 Jun 2012 7:32am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

quality portrait - so much detail

5 Jun 2012 8:01am

Jean-Luc from Bourg en Bresse, France

Incredible, u are the queen , S !!!!!!! kiss kiss

5 Jun 2012 8:19am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

If you could read the lines there is a story in every one

5 Jun 2012 8:30am

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

Great expressive face and a wonderful hairdo!!

5 Jun 2012 8:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

Splendid. Strong character, yet very graceful. Love this powerful portrait, Mariana. Five Stars !!!!! :)

5 Jun 2012 8:40am

Chris Pereira from San Francisco, California, United States

powerful portrait, love the black and white treatment

5 Jun 2012 8:58am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Il y a des visages qui ne trompent pas! Excellent !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

5 Jun 2012 9:10am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb character, great shot Mariana

5 Jun 2012 9:36am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une fois de plus un joli portrait ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

5 Jun 2012 9:42am


A great personality showed in this great portrait !

5 Jun 2012 10:52am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Great portrait, I love.

5 Jun 2012 10:58am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Life's experience etched on her face - excellent portrait, Mariana.

5 Jun 2012 11:02am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany


5 Jun 2012 11:23am

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe portrait

5 Jun 2012 11:27am

arvin from sari, Iran

Good shot and nice

5 Jun 2012 11:38am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

WoW! She has seen a few things in her time. Nice portrait

5 Jun 2012 12:04pm

Yves from Isserpent, France

Tant de vies, dans ce portrait !

5 Jun 2012 12:15pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb portrait ! She is nice !

5 Jun 2012 12:31pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Incroyable portrait et iamge quel rendu sur ce visage quel trait, fantastique.
Belle journée

5 Jun 2012 1:00pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

si vie s'écrit sur son visage. superbe portrait.

5 Jun 2012 1:14pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A strong portrait!

5 Jun 2012 1:26pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

A photograph for twitter

5 Jun 2012 1:40pm

@Pedro Callealta: twitter is better than Aminus3 ?

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Frightening !
Good work on the texture of the B and W.

5 Jun 2012 1:46pm

@Basile Pesso: why frightening ? he he she is a nice 86 y/o grandma :)

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Yes, but she also looks like a character of The Return of the Jedi that I won't name !
(In fact this character has no name anyway !)

5 Jun 2012 1:54pm

@Basile Pesso: ok, ok .. now when you are on Am3, you will get familiar with characters dear to me ;) I do not care or waste time taking pictures of beautiful faces ;)

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Yeah, I know many of your portraits !
I think I even saw some beautiful faces !
But this one has something different.
Of course beauty is not an obligation.

5 Jun 2012 2:00pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

you are a master with portrait Mariana !!!!!!!

5 Jun 2012 2:06pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

A weathered face yet quite the light still in the eyes. Well done, Mariana!

5 Jun 2012 2:08pm

Harry from Apex NC, United States

What an amazing face! Another excellent portrait, Mariana.

5 Jun 2012 2:28pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A WOW portrait for sure! Excellent face and you captured it beautifully.

5 Jun 2012 2:39pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

With every line and wrinkle there is a story!!! LOL
Great B&W portrait!

5 Jun 2012 2:42pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

excellent portrait ,very nice and expresive !

5 Jun 2012 2:58pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

Marian masterly portrait, excellent

5 Jun 2012 3:07pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5***

5 Jun 2012 3:42pm

Lewy from Wallis, Switzerland

Another great face. Very special.

5 Jun 2012 3:46pm

Sam from Chennai, India

I respectfully love the lines on the lady's face. Yes, it is all time ...
If we all live enough, sure we will have more wrinkles on our faces. Lines of record of time and wisdom !!! ... :)

5 Jun 2012 4:11pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Quelle expression dans ce visage

5 Jun 2012 4:35pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible close-up that you've captured here! I love the reflection of light in her eye.

5 Jun 2012 5:29pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

love the joy in her face. Great portrait.

5 Jun 2012 5:45pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

a masterwork

5 Jun 2012 5:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An incredible portrait!

5 Jun 2012 6:00pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I wonder how many thousands of good meals have been cooked with their own hands. Fantastic portrait.

5 Jun 2012 6:10pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Excellent portrait.

5 Jun 2012 6:14pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful portrait!

5 Jun 2012 6:16pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A face full of character and experience! Nicely captured Mariana! ;-)

5 Jun 2012 6:18pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Another beautiful portrait Mariana.:-)

5 Jun 2012 7:25pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Un portrait fort.
Sa peau raconte toute une histoire.

5 Jun 2012 7:30pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Magnificent portrait !!!! Light and contrasts are fabulous ...

5 Jun 2012 7:35pm

Emmeji from France

Tu as vraiment le chic pour dénicher de tels "personnages" aussi photogéniques, bravo!

5 Jun 2012 7:38pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Superb portrait, great details.

5 Jun 2012 7:41pm

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

Quel portrait saisissant avec de grands détails, un contraste poussé au maximum..Brtavo Mariana

5 Jun 2012 7:53pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

There's faces and there's this face. What textures you have brought out with your photography skill. Well done. Great stuff. The best photo I have seen on this site today.

5 Jun 2012 8:12pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Great portrait !

5 Jun 2012 8:33pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

She has lived.... the experience shows.

5 Jun 2012 8:55pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic details and portrait ~ beautiful tender eyes!

5 Jun 2012 8:56pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

It's not better. But in twitter a lot of people, who follow me, can see this fantastic portraiture.

5 Jun 2012 9:07pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Superb creation on this portrait! Excellent composition!

5 Jun 2012 9:33pm

Frida from Sweden

Oh what a story this face tells us... Great capture.

5 Jun 2012 9:56pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

fantastic, mariana!!

what a beautiful portrait of a wonderful lady!!

5 Jun 2012 10:04pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Fantastic portrait.

5 Jun 2012 10:09pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Stunning image, Mariana ~

5 Jun 2012 10:41pm

ks from Kanagawa, Japan

Superb portrait.

5 Jun 2012 10:57pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Fantastic portrait! Really wonderful.

6 Jun 2012 12:36am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous portrait. Beautiful detail and processing.

6 Jun 2012 12:46am

Philippe from Paris, France

Epoustouflant, ce portrait !!! Mille bravos et bonne journée

6 Jun 2012 5:10am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A marvel of a face....beautifully caught, Mariana !

6 Jun 2012 5:58am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

intense and impressive!!!

6 Jun 2012 6:40am

Stephane.D from Limoges, France

fantastique, tout bonnement incroyable, un portrait riche ;)

6 Jun 2012 10:36am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

Great portrait !

6 Jun 2012 10:53am

Nima from tehran, Iran

wow... it's a amazing portrait
It's really different ....

6 Jun 2012 11:31am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

6 Jun 2012 12:11pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight!

6 Jun 2012 12:17pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

...and congratulations on the spotlight ! I like this one !

6 Jun 2012 12:18pm

@Mhelene: thx helene :)

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaa!! magnifique ce portrait!! félicitation pour ton spotlight!!!

6 Jun 2012 12:32pm

@Martine: thanks :)

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

Another gorgeous portrait! So much character!

6 Jun 2012 12:36pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful detail!

6 Jun 2012 12:45pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Congratulations on this well deserved Spotlight !!!

6 Jun 2012 1:10pm

@Baldwin VW: thanks a lot ;)

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


6 Jun 2012 1:11pm

@Dimitrios: thanks ;)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Congratulations Mariana on the Spotlight!
Well deserved!

6 Jun 2012 1:11pm

@Don Levesque: thanks Don ;)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Congrats on the spotlight, Mariana.

6 Jun 2012 1:48pm

@Jason Politte: thx Jason .

Basile Pesso from Paris, City of Aminus, France

Yes, congratulations for the spotlight !

6 Jun 2012 1:53pm

@Basile Pesso: thx Basile !

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Incredible, powerful, overwhelming and compelling portrait Mariana - this is one of your bests and such a fantastic picture. Super well-deserved! Cheers n congrats!

6 Jun 2012 2:01pm

@Nitin: special thanks to you Nitin ;)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

6 Jun 2012 2:29pm

@Steve Rice: thank you Steve

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

So much of humanity! As in Brueghel the Elder, or Hieronymus Bosch, which I often think when I come here ...

6 Jun 2012 2:29pm

@Christian Richer: thx Christian:)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight!
When I saw this image in the Spotlight collection I knew it was yours! :) Those type of portraits and editing is your signature.
Well done.

6 Jun 2012 3:02pm

@Magda: thx Magda !

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congrats for the Spotlight!!!!!!! Nice day Mariana.

6 Jun 2012 4:22pm

@Tede: thx Tede !

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Congratulations for this well deserved spotlight Mariana, I'm really happy for you :) Have a great day.

6 Jun 2012 4:22pm

@Tamara: thanks . nice to hear you are happy Tamara ;)

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Congrats Mariana !!

6 Jun 2012 4:40pm

@Eric C.: thx Eric !

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

What a fantastic look!

6 Jun 2012 5:15pm

Florence from Paris, France

Congrats Mariana. You style is unique. Bravo to you.

6 Jun 2012 6:20pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your spotlight selection Mariana! ;-)

6 Jun 2012 6:53pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Congratulations Mariana, a well deserved spotlight

6 Jun 2012 7:00pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

congrats on your Spotlight Mariana - well deserved

6 Jun 2012 7:02pm

cajera from France

Tres beau portrait

6 Jun 2012 9:09pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain


6 Jun 2012 9:55pm

Stéphane Thémèze from Paris, France

Bravo bravo Bravo bravo Bravo!

Cheers Lady Mariana.

6 Jun 2012 10:21pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Congratuations on the Spotlight!

7 Jun 2012 12:29am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Congrats on your Spotlight, Mariana!

7 Jun 2012 2:58am

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

Lovely image and beautiful processing.
Well done :-)

7 Jun 2012 4:41am

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

great portrait

7 Jun 2012 5:43am

Ellebelle from Medemblik, Netherlands

Congratulations :-)))

7 Jun 2012 7:44am

PATRICK from miramas, France

congratulations for this spotlight

7 Jun 2012 3:46pm

Jip (Raven) from Hengelo, Netherlands

Wow! The face expression is telling a story.

7 Jun 2012 5:18pm

franz from Baden, Austria

like carved in stone, with every line telling a private story perhaps!
wonderful as ever, mariana! CONGRATULATIONS !!!

7 Jun 2012 6:11pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Great portrait Mariana, congratulations on the spotlight !

7 Jun 2012 7:15pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

enhorabuena mariana , felicidades

7 Jun 2012 9:03pm

Suchi from Tanjavur, India

Congrats... Its really very nice... well captured.

8 Jun 2012 5:31am

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

every single line in her face tells us a story

8 Jun 2012 8:43am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

impressive shot, well done and bravo 4 spotlight

8 Jun 2012 12:29pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

nice work capturing the age lines here.. nice shot..

8 Jun 2012 2:12pm

David from United Kingdom

It makes you think, it's so much more than a portrait. Thanks.

8 Jun 2012 3:21pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

GREAT !!!....Congrats.

8 Jun 2012 3:36pm

Furax from France

Excellent !!

8 Jun 2012 4:56pm

alex centrella from California, United States

F A N T A S T I C . . . . !

8 Jun 2012 7:23pm

marc from Granby, Canada

I love her facial expression a portrait full of character .....

8 Jun 2012 10:04pm

Kenneth Lee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Superb Portraits

9 Jun 2012 9:14am

sarah from tehran, Iran

woooooooow great

11 Jun 2012 5:54am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

The depth of so many lifetimes are etched on this enigmatic face!

11 Jun 2012 7:53am

Warren T. from San Francisco, United States

Great shot, it has a very Arbus like flavor to it. :)

11 Jun 2012 9:58pm

@Warren T.: the best comment I could get :) D. Arbus is my idol ;)

anirban from durgapur, India

good depth ...very nicely taken

12 Jun 2012 8:54am

rose from France

very beautiful shoot

13 Jun 2012 8:22pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Nobody does these gritty portrait shots better than you. Wonderful!

14 Jun 2012 3:36am

|ak| from Hésingue, France

Quelle expressivité... superbe traitement noir-blanc...beau cliché...

15 Jun 2012 4:59pm

@|ak|: very kind of you . thanks !

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

every line a story

16 Jun 2012 4:58am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Gorgeous portrait! I said it yet: this serie is fantastic!
Have a nice day.

23 Jun 2012 4:18pm

Donna Lee Michas from New York, New York, United States

The renowned portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh, could not have captured her better than you did. I bow down to your excellence.

1 Jul 2012 3:02am

@Donna Lee Michas: thx Donna . I've never hear of Yousuf Karsh ... will search now for his images .

Donna Lee Michas from New York, New York, United States

1 Jul 2012 2:57pm

@Donna Lee Michas: thanks Donna. I found already ...A famous photographer among famous people :)

Nick from Issaquah, United States

Wow. Masterpiece...

20 Jul 2012 3:05am

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1/320 second
ISO 400
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