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What Was Now Was Then - Faded Love

There was something about the spirit of this old lady – she wasn’t that fast but solidly plodding along through the snow. Those of you who know the Gile’s cartoons might remember the Grandma figure – just visually I was reminded a little of her. Maybe she is formidable too – who knows!?

Yesterday’s picture was about the ‘here and now’ and tomorrow’s is about where things are going but this one is another which evokes for me the ‘presence’ of the past. In her bent walk I can’t help but think of the girl she was and what life must have been like and thrown up then – there seemed to be so many old people around on the streets of this part of east Warsaw. Jerzy told me that there are more older people here away from the increasingly bright lights of the main city but one also sees a fair bit of graffiti so groups of young folk are around if a little invisible during the day.

Actually on our second trip across the Vistula to another part of east Warsaw we did see a lot more younger people but even though a Catholic country the birth rate here seems low – I saw very few young children or babies anywhere.

This woman’s journey seems endless – I can imagine her meagre shopping trip again and again and again and I also imagine that she is among the last of something passing – she carries her memories with lowered eyes – the world is changing and something new has entered this grey world of the old Communist era environment, even here on this side of the river.

Colour!

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Additional Photos by Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
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