Taken in Poltava, Ukraine. I used to pass this poor woman every day on an underpass and I swear she was always there in the exact same place begging in the baking summer heat. Had a wee chat with her after she caught me snapping this and I gave her some money. Apparently she used to help build tanks during the war. Like so many of the older generation she told me that life under the Soviet Union was so much better as everyone was cared for and had their own place, now she is reduced to this humiliation.

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    This is a fantastic image!!

  • :) many thanks Laurie, will be checking out your port soon, thanks for all the lovely comments.

    – Steve Jensen

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    great image, please consider adding this work to the group Russian Speaking Art and check our challenges

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    How terribly sad………………does anyone care…………………..I wonder sometimes………………….powerful image Steve………………………..Joyce

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 2 years ago

    yes, her fate is not unique
    millions live in appalling condition

  • lamiel
    lamielover 2 years ago

    Sad yet necessary portrait. Well done.

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 2 years ago

    Powerful and moving. A fav. Would you submit tyoi the group “Life in the City, Suburbs, or Bush”.

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenabout 2 years ago

    wonderful portrait

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 2 years ago

    great shot

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 2 years ago

    beautifully taken – great composition, grave backstory but beautiful shot.

  • Steve Jensen
    Steve Jensenabout 2 years ago

    Thanks for all the kind comments!!!

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