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Anxiety by Mariano57

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Cold New York afternoon in the warmth of a café. A spit second shot with poor preparation. A young mother with two toddlers. The image has poor focus and noise. The timing was difficult to capture this clear emotion attempting to be discrete. The image contrasts with the urban crowd passing by absorbed in their own thoughts. I wonder what troubles she had and how she is doing.

Question for the viewer
With street photography I have a mixed feeling of “stealing” an image, a spontaneous moment frozen in time. What do you think?

Nikon D90
Lens 28-80mm G 3.3-5.6
ISO 800 f/5.6 1/40

Fine art Studio Photographer and Physician, I am a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My main interests are studio fine art figure work and HDR photography, although I love to experiment with Photoshop creations from time to time.
The greatest reward I get from this art is to be able to stir a memory, an emotion, a smile. In the end, touch a total stranger and connect.

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  • Jeff Ore
    Jeff Oreabout 3 years ago

    Very cool Shot Mariano

  • Thank you Jeff. I am happy that you get it.

    – Mariano57

  • John Linton
    John Lintonabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks for your comment John.

    – Mariano57

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaalmost 3 years ago

    I like this shot very much. You can spend a lot of time looking at the faces and wonder what they were thinking…
    Stealing? No. Ask yourself who is poorer (or harmed in any way) as a result if ‘taking’ this shot? No one. (Who is richer? all us of seeing it.)

  • Your words take a load off my shoulder. I am so glad you can get it!

    – Mariano57

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsalmost 3 years ago

    You said it yourself, Mariano – “a spontaneous moment frozen in time" … that’s what street photography is all about :-))) The fact that you didn’t have time to prepare for the shot just adds all the more quality to the image – life isn’t perfect, and I feel the comp and graininess just adds that to the feel of your image :-)))

  • Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment!

    – Mariano57

  • Frederick Tanjaya
    Frederick Tanjayaalmost 3 years ago

    I think if you’re not comfortable with taking pictures of people then you shouldn’t. For street photographer taking the pictures is a way to keep the memory and faces of people in our age. it’s the proof of what they think about the society and their way of presenting it. If you think we steal their moment then you can’t hope to record our time at all.

  • Thanks frederick for your sincere comment.

    – Mariano57

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