"Where does reality lie? In the greatest enchantment you have ever experienced."
--Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929), Austrian poet, dramatist, novelist
Taken in Ottawa, on a street corner, last summer. This little girl was mesmerised by the Bach suite the Chinese violinist was playing, and I was bewitched by her enchantment and her mother's tender look.
For Rosario, who may have looked like the little girl a few decades ago, but who still is like that girl in her heart.
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andante (7092) 2007-01-19 13:05
I can see you running around everywhere, carrying your camera almost like an integral part of yourself... looking for those candid moments when people are confident about their anonymity, ignoring the talent that is documenting there actions. Another great captured for your collection. Cheers,
P.D. Are you a fan of Cartier-Bresson?
syd1946 (18663) 2007-01-19 13:11
Excellent capture of this lovely scene.Ths small girl staring at the violin seems to enjoy so much the music!The blured foreground is a great point to add interesting to this beautiful moment!
pittdesign (288) 2007-01-19 13:23
Beautiful DOF. The expression on the child's face is excellent.
poulinp (4530) 2007-01-19 13:26
Very good picture, good framing with good use of DOF. I like the expression of the kid. But I think you shoud have cut the violonist a bit behind and let more places to the women (mother?) and clear her face. But anyway, that's a very nice photograph, congratulations.
sothy81 (9590) 2007-01-19 13:28
Hey Sasa, this is awesome. You know what I like the most is the focus on the real cute girl and shows how she is so concentrated in watching the violin play. Her mom (maybe) is also showing some interesting face there. She was looking at the child, and is so happy that her child is interested in the violin (maybe). To me, there are a lot of interesting things in this picture. More than that is the sharpness of the shot. Your have great steady hand. Excellent! Sothy
coco (30439) 2007-01-19 13:53
The music is beauty.
And that woman playing the violin would be too.
But much better see how that little girl stare the woman who plays the violin. And also how the elder woman look at her.
Simply an unique and beautiful, even magic, moment.
The black and white is also necessary.
SamB (1948) 2007-01-19 14:49
Nice work, i love the way you composed the foreground bokeh to lead into the background focus, as the people are over low spots in the violin. The foreground also frames the picture well. The expressions of the mother and daughter are nice, also, with the mother showing strong affection and the daughter captivated by the music.
pgorod (1019) 2007-01-19 15:58
Amazing, this is so complete... the whole story there, told in the picture... amazing.
It seems not only music can enchant - also photography can do it!
jaywalker (16101) 2007-01-19 17:35
Hi Sarolta, Wonderful image of a child totally spell bound & a mothers true love & happyness, the focus on the mum & child is superb & choosing to keep the violinist blured is first class, stunning composition, with perfect cropping & brilliant POV, kind regards Wilson.
alejandroguzman (4684) 2007-01-19 22:50
What a LOVELY photograph !!!
You really caught the expressions in this little girl.
Besides, it has a great DOF, and the BW format it was the best choice.
and have a nice WE
Angelillo (9374) 2007-01-20 1:02
It' a party for the senses: the music for the ears, the girl for the eyes, the whole frame for the inner feelings. I like a lot the sight curious and funny of this girl, and the eyes of her mother? We can feel the love. Thanks, Have a nice weekend,
vapours (8264) 2007-01-20 3:27
Such a beautiful photograph Sarolta, you really have a knack of capturing the beautiful scenes. The image quality is perfect from a camera point of view, and your sepia conversion just further enhances the magic of this scene.
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-01-20 4:15
what a nice moment you caught. The little girl looks so nice with that curly hair and indeed she seems fascinated. Her view is amazing. Even her mothers way to look at her is great. Her love to her daughter is visible right in the moment you take the shoot. Great composition.
eleparc (24063) 2007-01-20 5:28
She does look fascinated by the music and what comes out of this violin... a call from heaven? you captured a rare moment that is always so tender and emotional... a super capture!! A sasa capture i might venture to say;-)
tcht (7565) 2007-01-20 6:39
Beautiful candid capture, I like the girl's curious expression and her mum's caring attitude...a very pleasant scene! and the violin and musician fills up the frame well, and the bokeh is well managed. lovely work!
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-01-20 11:13
What a title to such a delicious image! (Yes, who knows! Reality is a mirage, a cruel mirage, of what we wish it to be that what it really becomes.0
Terrific quality of perspective in this layered shot.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-01-20 11:57
One of these mesmerizing photographs when a single word in the note attached to it, can actually harm it.
No explanation needed. Pure gem. Pure marvel.
Sweet like a music itself. Highest class of photography there is.
A note...It took away my fascination from the photo for a while...
Sasa..Cut the note off.
The diamonds don't need an explanation.
Mistral (15402) 2007-01-20 12:28
you captured two great tender expressions with a perfect PoV! The girl is really captured by the music and it seems she didn't noticed you.
A smile for your weekend!
james-r (676) 2007-01-21 1:44
I don't think there's anyone on this site with an eye like yours when it comes to capturing a perfect moment. Super shot and great fosuc on the girl and her mother. I think many others here, myself included, would have focused on the musician. Inspirational stuff and full respect to you.
faubry (35447) 2007-01-21 9:27
hell Sasa, very beautiful shot , amazing, candid moment, bravo
KevRyan (22956) 2007-01-21 11:58
A gem dear Sasa - a beautiful show don't tell choice on the shallow depth of field - excellent - her expression and the attention of her mother..as you say...are priceless - it would be a joy to watch you at work one day.
Very nicely shot. best wishes Kev
Paolo (41222) 2007-01-21 14:14
She was really mesmerised!
fantastic attitude and wonderful eyes!
great capture Sasa with a perfect quality, composition and light.
entrelec (8328) 2007-01-21 17:01
I missed this one, I like too much music not to be interested by this image, nicely composed because the only violonist could make the image, framed exactly like this, but with the focus.
But you add the two other characters focused and choosed to blurr the musician.
Three always work , the mother looking tenderly to her daufgter who looks to the musician who looks to the violin.
A nice connection between the three, i could say the four, the musician being in connection with her instrument.
For ending, I must say that I made a portrait, not posted, of a little javanese girl whose face is the same than this child...she was living in Pangandaran, deeply dammaged by the tsunami in July 2006, hope she is safe..
luisafonso (862) 2007-01-21 17:16
Those deep black eyes and that "bitten" lip speak a thousand words... How I wished to be that girl listening to that music the way she is... Bach doesn't "mess" with my heart like that - I find him too flat to my taste... - but I know the problem is mine. The photo is amazing and really don't need any words. It's all there, for those who have a pure heart to see. Really amazing.
bantonbuju (51815) 2007-01-22 2:39
strong impact of the b/w conversion: you reinforced a focus on the details that you want the viewers to focus on - the enchanted face (eyes, these eyes, and hair!) and the mum huuuge lips full of love!
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-01-22 4:29
great this image, there is a superb composition with the blured foreground, and after we can see a wonderful aezpression of the woman watching the baby..and a wonderful expression of the baby...
A great game of looks in this image with a WONDERFUL conversion!
i like a lot!
kensimage (8565) 2007-01-26 2:31
Sasa, you always seem to capture the moment when people's expressions, though candid, are perfect. Here it's true for both the girl and her Mom. It's brought out well by your tight crop and shallow DOF. You are obviously very good at thinking fast about how to compose in these situations--a shot like this doesn't last long. Regards, Ken.
bach37 (193) 2007-01-27 4:27
I'm a Trumpet player so I prefer Haendel for the barroque period. Anyway, music can awake the most deepest feelings in your heart and then you have that expression in your face! It could have been any other composer or music style, what matters here is what you feel when you disconnect of the outside world and dive with your head into the sounds your hearing. And then you have that expression in your face!
You are an Artist and this is a Masterpiece of your work and dedication.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing this wonderful picture with us.
quillo (11850) 2008-05-31 6:30
Toc ... toc ... toc ... hello, are you there?
This is a beautiful image, full of beauty and tenderness, I melt with the look of the girl, I love the gesture of the look of the mother, I am sure that the sound of the violin with the melody Bach keeps on floating for the airs of Ottawa forever.
Un abrazo Sasa y vuelva pronto.
Pase un feliz día.