Poor Ukrainian Babushka by Steve Jensen

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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.


candid, poltava, ukraine, babushka, old lady, begging, beggar, underpass, poverty, street, street photography, street scene, eastern europe

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 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
    LudaNayveltalmost 2 years ago

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

  • Fara
    Faraalmost 2 years ago

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

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreealmost 2 years ago

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

  • lamiel
    lamielalmost 2 years ago

    Sad yet necessary portrait. Well done.

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanalmost 2 years ago

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

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 1 year ago

    wonderful portrait

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 1 year ago

    great shot

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 1 year ago

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

  • Steve Jensen
    Steve Jensenover 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the kind comments!!!

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