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The Child-Soldiers

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 400 255 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

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I wonder what she thinks? The future?

2 Apr 2013 5:38am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

A litmus test for powerful image. The mind stops upon seeing it. Thank you Mariana.

2 Apr 2013 5:44am

365 from namur, Belgium

The picture is excellent, with a good focus. But is it not a pity, so young and already a little soldier?

2 Apr 2013 6:10am

@365: their choice . right ?

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

She takes her job very seriously ..........
Great dof!

2 Apr 2013 6:11am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent compo and dof and splendid expression

2 Apr 2013 6:12am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A bright future?
The picture is terrific, if the reality is somewhere terrible.

2 Apr 2013 6:22am

@Gérard Beullac: their choice ! is great to have different choices in our life.

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

So young, yet so serious, superb image Mariana

2 Apr 2013 6:41am

Photo Attraction from Porto, Portugal

Kids look great on uniforms. The one on the back looks like me ;)

2 Apr 2013 7:16am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Fascinating attitude.

2 Apr 2013 7:17am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very steely eyes and looks - powerful image. Sadly, many of these child soldiers around the world miss out on their childhood.

2 Apr 2013 7:30am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une photo très forte!!!! et pas normal on leur vole leur vie d'enfant!Bravo à toi!

2 Apr 2013 8:29am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Un air très concentré pour la jeune soldate!

2 Apr 2013 8:43am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Ils ont choisi ce métier, son regard est plein de détermination. Superbe portrait, splendide dof. Belle journée Mariana.

2 Apr 2013 9:03am

Monik from PARIS, France

C'est stupéfiant...Embrigadés si jeunes...!!!
Un portrait très fort qui met en opposition le costume strict et la juvénilité de ce charmant visage. J 'aime aussi le soleil qui joue avec sa chevelure rousse.

2 Apr 2013 9:31am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb portrait, a child indeed

2 Apr 2013 10:07am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe portrait!! amitié

2 Apr 2013 10:49am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une image de qualité !! belle maitrise dans ce portrait bien sérieux !!! :)

2 Apr 2013 11:01am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Frightening ...........I must be getting old.

2 Apr 2013 11:22am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Fine portrait.

2 Apr 2013 11:39am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Brilliant.. the determination in her eyes is captivating.

2 Apr 2013 12:27pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A strong portrait shot Mariana! She seem to have the determination to succeed! ;-)

2 Apr 2013 12:35pm

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Much force in this portrait, and high intensity captured in the eyes of this young soldier girl.
Perfect. Everything that i would expect of a real great photo. *****

2 Apr 2013 12:45pm

@Bruno F: nice to hear from you, Bruno .

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Really strong portrait! A bit disturbing though, to see these children so serious in their uniforms...

2 Apr 2013 1:21pm

@Denise: to my eyes nothing is disturbing, just very sweet :) see, we are all different !

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great portrait.

2 Apr 2013 3:26pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

She looks strong and determined! Beautiful portrait!

2 Apr 2013 3:35pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

They look so young and so grave at the same time ! a good portrait, capture of expression and excellent DOF !

2 Apr 2013 4:08pm

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

a choice that´s hard for me to understand... but they apparantly don´t have any doubts and are serious about their way. an interesting shot, raising thoughts about different attitudes & choices... very well executed, as usual! i like also like your natural approach, it´s working perfect here!

2 Apr 2013 4:58pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Zu Jung für so eine Aufgabe. Ein Exzellentes Foto.

2 Apr 2013 5:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Too young. Great expressions. Beautiful portrait. :)

2 Apr 2013 5:26pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautifully-composed shot! The sun provides some very nice highlights as well. I love how this soldier stands out from the others in the background.

2 Apr 2013 6:18pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent portrait with a good shallow depth of field for isolation.

2 Apr 2013 6:26pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Une belle réussite ce traitement.

2 Apr 2013 7:16pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I like what you said to Gerard - I agree with you. Better to join by choice than to be a concscript, I think.
Also - Big, Big congratulations to you Mariana for your 4 years on AM3 you were probably the first or second artist I saw on here and have always been so amazed and inspired by your tryuly unique work...Wishing you all the best - DJ

2 Apr 2013 8:08pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks again, Denny. It's always nice to hear from my old-friends.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The next generation to defend our freedoms and way of life. A beautiful portrait.

2 Apr 2013 8:34pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

A beautiful portrait, and a joy to see the youth so focused ..on a path.. on a career , I wish her success but my favourite expression is of the boy behind, I hope his is not one of second thoughts??

2 Apr 2013 8:41pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

great expression and beautiful portrait of this brave girl, mariana!! :-))

2 Apr 2013 8:51pm

JRs from Japan

Everyone does have an opinion, I also agree to be a soldier is better by choice than by being drafted. Just hate to think of anyone young or old being put in harm's way because nations can't get along.

2 Apr 2013 9:25pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I can't understand. Superb shot and title Mariana.

2 Apr 2013 10:15pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Intriguing and powerful image. Makes me what to know more.

2 Apr 2013 11:18pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A very powerful image. The next generation.

3 Apr 2013 12:58am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

lovely portrait.

3 Apr 2013 3:58am

L'angevine from Angers, France

ah une rouquine comme moi

3 Apr 2013 7:44am

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant portrait of this thoughtful, freckled face ... i wonder what has caused her to look so sombre ... ?!?

3 Apr 2013 7:06pm

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Excellent portrait! Like Anita, I'd like to know more about this young woman and the others...

4 Apr 2013 1:47am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

fantastic shot

7 Apr 2013 5:25pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great catch ! Where ?

12 Apr 2013 9:51am

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1/320 second
ISO 400
255 mm