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A Shopping Cart

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/60 second F/4.5 ISO 400 70 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

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

M can you tell me more about this image...

12 Oct 2012 5:14am

@Lokesh: I am really glad to explain this image. Thanks for asking. Life in Canada , including a grocery shopping ( food, etc ) is not easy without car ! Stores are rather far from the place when one live, and when you go to shopping you buy food not only for one day, but for the week or at least for the few days ! These women, ( I am not sure if they are Iranian or Afghan) like many other immigrants without car, decided to push this shopping cart straight to their home from the store. Shopping carts are only for the store and parking area, not to push them and leave them somewhere else. But, it is easier to push cart fool of food than carry 20 bags :) When saw these woman I remembered how I did the same in a first year when came to Canada! I was on Settlement program, did not have money to buy a car and shopping was the worse thing for me. I would do it in the evening when nobody can see me pushing this cart , and also using a dark shortcut to home. I was scared of this dark place but happy to bring so much food home ! I hope you understand now this image and my now very funny memory!

PATRICK from miramas, France


12 Oct 2012 5:32am

Benoît Caurette from Angoulême, France

Well found funny title, beautiful photo.

12 Oct 2012 5:56am

@Benoît Caurette: a little bit ironic title :) thanks Benoît

larans from Lund, Sweden

An ordinary dayin life. And yet another interesting and storytelling image from your observing camera! Well done!

12 Oct 2012 6:13am

@larans: thanks Lar .

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A travelling cart which sees something else than it's formerly parking are.

12 Oct 2012 6:24am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France


12 Oct 2012 6:24am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fabulous capture, I like the feel of unity between the women and girls

12 Oct 2012 6:31am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Shopping is sometimes a real pleasure !! Enjoying image , Phil

12 Oct 2012 7:03am

@Phil: shopping - a pleasure? oh, no , never for me !

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

La petite équipe ne s'ennuie pas! Une belle image Mariana.

12 Oct 2012 7:22am

Josy from Clermont-Ferrand, France

I like very much the atmosphere of this photo... These women are apparently happy to be together, to push this enormous cart !!!

12 Oct 2012 7:26am

@Josy: probably, but they are not allowed to get this cart out of shopping store parking !

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

The shopping cart is a delivery van for the community! well seen and funny!

12 Oct 2012 7:33am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Toujours là au bon moment ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

12 Oct 2012 7:40am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

a look of complicity between them and your camera, a moment to reflect in your eyes the love for people and cultures around the wo

12 Oct 2012 8:00am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

a look of complicity between them and your camera, a moment to reflect in your eyes the love for people and cultures around the world, is fantastic mary, bravo

12 Oct 2012 8:01am

rick from brisbane, Australia

Interesting contrast - seems most people enjoy their shopping.

12 Oct 2012 8:02am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nice photo

12 Oct 2012 9:30am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Good idea - they look pleased to share the shopping cart!

12 Oct 2012 9:31am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:) very nice!
very nice!!!!

12 Oct 2012 10:38am

@omid: i wonder if people in your town push the shopping cart through the town ?

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

They have used all the capacity of the cart... and seem happy.

12 Oct 2012 10:49am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Good story about the why of the picture. Common here in Okinawa and I believe every place I've ever lived to see people pushing carts home. Usually they then leave them someplace and the homeless use them to push their stuff around:)

12 Oct 2012 11:13am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

In Holland there's a fine on taking your shopping cart outside the parking area ..........
Nice capture!!
Hard work pusing the cart uphill ;-))

12 Oct 2012 11:23am

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, France

Joli portrait de vie communautaire.

12 Oct 2012 11:45am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec le graphsime des barrières quelle vue sur ces dames avec les pousettes sueprbe rendu NB

12 Oct 2012 1:09pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

It is a common occurrence in the UK as well - what saddens me about this practice is when the carts get dumped or vandalised because people are too lazy to return them.

12 Oct 2012 1:19pm

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

Funny picture of daily life. It is indeed not easy to go shopping without a car these days. Of course we all know the car is a great polluter and we should get rid of it in order to save our planet. But how would we do that? It is not possible to imaging a world without cars.

12 Oct 2012 1:34pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Life is really not always very simple thing. An interesting documentary.

12 Oct 2012 1:36pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Gut beobachtet diese Szene.

12 Oct 2012 1:52pm

Veronique from France, Switzerland

I was waiting for the explanation ;-) And pushing these cart on the road and uneven pavements when alone is terribly difficult. Shopping trolley helps but it's always too small

12 Oct 2012 2:08pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

La grille compressée résume à merveille la situation...
Bonne journée lumineuse!

12 Oct 2012 2:16pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Still the same problem when not have a car, shopping is hell. I like the explanation you gave Lokesh. A very nice picture and a beautiful black and white. Great shot.
Have a good day.

12 Oct 2012 2:41pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Elles vont devoir bientôt acheter un camion pour faire leurs courses :) Superbe cette scène. Bonne journée Mariana.

12 Oct 2012 2:48pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I can relate to this story...these days local merchants have installed limiters that lock the cart wheels before they can leave the car park.

12 Oct 2012 3:16pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great street capture. nice portraits with frame....pleasant day.

12 Oct 2012 3:43pm

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

Livraison directe du magasin à la maison c'est plus ce n'est pas trop loin

12 Oct 2012 3:50pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

They are going home with a shopping cart? Is this allowd?
Not in Belgium but there are also people who take the cart home

12 Oct 2012 5:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great image. Touching words. Love your reply to Lokesh. Life goes on in a cycle ... :)

12 Oct 2012 5:45pm

@Sam: thank you Sam !

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It looks like they need a lesson on how to drive that thing! Nicely captured Mariana! ;-)

12 Oct 2012 6:40pm

tataray from france, France

Elles ont l'air de bien s'amuser non ?... Contentes que tu les prennent en photos aussi.
magnifique scène très sympathique.)

12 Oct 2012 7:08pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A superb capture and so fascinating to hear your story surrounding it. I love the smiles on their faces

12 Oct 2012 8:31pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like the ladies did a fair amount of shopping that day!! Your vantage point creates nice depth along the fence line.

12 Oct 2012 9:12pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

they seems to have great fun? :-))

sweet portrait, mariana!!

12 Oct 2012 9:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image! I like their smiles. Looks like it was a good shopping trip. My son's wife's mother is from Bangladesh. She immigrated to Canada with her children. The women did not have a car nor did they drive. They had to take a taxi or a bus to the grocery store since it was so far away.

12 Oct 2012 9:36pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

well done

12 Oct 2012 9:43pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really great shot, very well spotted

12 Oct 2012 9:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful photo and story of your experience. The year I spent in Japan, I got used to being able walk to the grocery and carry home enough in two or three bags to last a few days. I shopped in a supermarket and a smaller grocery, nearer home, that had produce I liked better. As you point out, that's pretty much impossible in the land of the automobile.

12 Oct 2012 10:10pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Fabulous monochrome shot of this interesting, almost funny scene and a great history about this on Lokesh's comment ... Here it's not allowed to take the carts outside the market

12 Oct 2012 11:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific. i really appreciated your response to Lokesh.

13 Oct 2012 1:08am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful capture M...Your description really helps put it into context. While the simple smiles on their faces tell of their happiness, I do feel a little sorry for the loss this must result in for the supermarket. Perhaps these women, in their simplicity, do not understand their own actions...Perhaps the supermarket will be better off offering a home delivery, or charging a small fee for the use & recollection of the trolly?? Y.our work is always sensitive, raises questions & is never frivolous.

A great shot, that is also technically very accomplished:)

13 Oct 2012 3:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thank you for the explanation. I fully understand what this image means. Shopping is sometimes fun for people who has a car, but not for them. Tough life.

13 Oct 2012 12:48pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Nice capture. Shoppings carts are impressive in your country!! :o)
Have a nice day.

13 Oct 2012 2:48pm

@domlortha: impressive ? why do you think so ? I thought they are everywhere the same, but I know for sure that they are not misused like here :)

franz from Baden, Austria

love this happy group of women pushing their cart along! thanks for your explaining words ... they make a lot of sense! my sister has a shopping cart "parked" outside her house, although the supermarket is just across the street!

13 Oct 2012 6:38pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

it's nice to see them all smiling while doing daily chores like this.. great catch..

15 Oct 2012 1:59pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
70 mm