Budapest Mendicant by phil decocco

This woman, bundled against the early chill of Fall, in Budapest, Hungary, on her knees asking for consideration, holding on to her cane and paper cup with a holy picture.

Canon EOS 1 DS Mark III
ISO 400
focal length 300mm
28-300mm glass
hand held

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist”
Oscar Wilde

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    sad image, well taken xx

  • lynn
    we rarely sense, or feel grateful for how fortunate we are. these images always bring that to my mind

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    I’m just wondering, Phil. I have seen several ‘begging’ pictures you have taken around the world. This one, and one from Italy, show people that have clothing in quite good condition. This persons clothing looks as good as or better than Savation Army or Good Will material. Comments? :-)

  • pete
    tatters is one element of obvious poverty, and this lady isn’t in tatters. Look closely at the coat, though, it’s old, pretty beat, and quite dirty. Notice the collar stained black with perspiration, it’s filthy. also, we were told that there were gypsies begging who are not homeless….she may be one

    – phil decocco

  • lezvee
    lezveeover 1 year ago

    A really good character study – well taken

  • lezvee
    thanks for the kind words on this one

    – phil decocco

  • lezvee
    lezveeover 1 year ago

    In answer to Peter Strattons comment – she may have a decent coat but does she have any money to live on?

  • lezvee
    I’m with you! she isn’t in tatters, but there she is begging on the street at her age. She can’t WANT to be doing that

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Very sad!

  • shulie
    each person I see like her, reminds me how fortunate I (we) are, and infrequently are grateful enough.

    – phil decocco

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 1 year ago


  • karen
    many thanks for this feature!

    – phil decocco

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 1 year ago

  • Joseph
    Many thanks for this feature

    – phil decocco

  • Rimrunner
    Rimrunnerover 1 year ago


  • RR
    Thanks for this feature! Always an honor

    – phil decocco

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 11/07/2013

    Keep the great work coming.

  • Vaggypar
    Thanks for featuring this one!

    – phil decocco

  • reflector
    reflectorover 1 year ago

    A striking, emotive image. Well captured!

  • Thanks for your comment James, we saw more than I expected in that beautiful city, people on hard times like she

    – phil decocco

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