I don’t feel right about giving you this lady’s story, I think it is enough to say I was approached in the street by her and after a gentle conversation, as she was leaving I asked if it was ok if I took a picture.
She had a lovely beguiling voice with the lilt of a european accent, soft hands, and a sweet manner.

Out of all my street shots, even though I usually prefer candid photography, this one speaks to my love of street photography above all others.
Street portrait, Melbourne CBD

I wanted to include this lady in SITHOM2013 but my previously posted version of her would not have been suitable as it didn’t fit SITHOM’s basic editing requirements.

protect her Oh Lord
by Maree Cardinale

So I went back to the drawing board and started again, editing strictly within SITHOM’s guidelines.

However, upon reflection, I decided this woman deserved a close-up.
It’s funny, I met this person for a few minutes on a rainy day in Melbourne and she will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. Not many people can have this effect. It’s special.

Obsessed with riding the learning curve.
Having a blast.
Thanks for stopping by.
Maree xx

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  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyabout 2 years ago

    An excellent version of this portrait, Maree – it’s as if the spokes and raindrops on the umbrella are giving her a radiating aura or a “saintly” appearance, as in icons of old. One of your very best works. :)george

  • Thanks George, that’s such a lovely way of looking at it xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • RKGeorge
    RKGeorgeabout 2 years ago

    I agree with John, truly a fine tribute to this dignified lady

  • Thanks Richard xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonabout 2 years ago

    A face with so many stories, especially the eyes. The umbrella with water droplets coupled with the B&W presentation certainly adds a mood to this photograph. It is my prayer that her heart and spirit are both still held high and fate will be kind to her. This is an incredible work Maree, this is one that tugs at the heart.


  • Thanks Rog, I occasionally send good wishes her way as well :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so very much POPs xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • sedge808
    sedge808about 2 years ago

    Love it.

  • Thanks Gav :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacabout 2 years ago

    her eyes are so gentle and wise a portrait of a soft , loving lady
    great work and capture Maree x

  • Thanks Mrs Mac xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 2 years ago

    This is such an incredible portrait Maree….one of my all time favourites of yours :)

  • Thanks very much Trish xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • RichImage
    RichImageabout 2 years ago


    Excellent portrait… congratulations you have been featured in This is Relevant…

  • How wonderful. Thank you so much!

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Eve Parry
    Eve Parryabout 2 years ago

    This is a very strong and beautiful portrait.

  • Thank you very much Eve. :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 2 years ago

    very nice picture! great portrait ;)

  • Wow! Thanks so much Manon, I’m so pleased to be getting this feature in your group xox

    – Maree Cardinale

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