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This scene really moved me when I was walking along the streets of Cork. It was the main street; people rushed for their Saturday shopping. The woman and the man talked for a couple of minutes and then he left. She stayed in the same position.
Ireland is now the richest country in Europe (that's why it's called "the Celtic tiger"). It hasn't always been so. In fact, during the XIX century potato famine, about 2 million people died and one more million people had to emigrate. They just didn't have what to eat. Nowadays, the trend has reversed and Ireland receives a large number of inmigrants looking for a better life. But even in this economically growing country, not everyone is doing so well.
Well, my point is whatever the country, however rich it is, however low the unemployment rate, you will always see scenes like this in its streets. Will that ever change?

Post-processing: cropping, converting to B&W, sharpening and some selective blurring to emphasise the subject. Also curves and contrast.

I appreciate your comments. Have a nice day!

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