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Provement or Improvement of the Poor?
23-OCT-2004

Provement or Improvement of the Poor?

The first time I noticed Dotti, the old lady, was in September. She looked around anxiously and
sometimes asked for time to the people passing by. Her eyes are deep and haze, retreating to her inner world.

She appears every weekend at the corner of Penn Ave. and 17th St, where the food market and
restaurants are.

Till now she is still wearing the same clothes and the same bag. She doesn't speak too much, only
looks at the people coming out of the grocery store, carrying bags. But she never directly asks for
money. She turns back once you see the eagerness in her eyes. For most people, she looks like an
old lady waiting for her naughty grandchildern.

Finally I talked with her in a cold snowy day. She told me that her food card is not available
until Tuesday. Weekend means hunger for her.

Here is the picture of her: Standing seriously in front of the food ad, fighting for her self-
esteem against the weekend-long hunger.

Canon PowerShot G3
1/640s f/5.6 at 7.2mm full exif

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Aivar Mikko21-Feb-2007 18:23
Excellent street shot .V.
Luca Zanoni06-Feb-2007 20:48
Great Image! voted
wenjie 26-Sep-2006 18:55
I am not sure if it is her whom I gave several quarters to the other day. I like all your pics by the way. I am the person you left a message in msn pace long time ago telling me you love cats too and we live in the same city.... Wish get to know you in future. Love your photo. every photo is telling a story by itself, although sort of in a sad way....
bruce berrien30-Jan-2005 00:32
That's a serious street photo.
Guest 15-Jan-2005 01:17
i am not sure if what i beleive is the only truth, but if people abandon meat and go for vegetarianism; abolish war and seek for real peace, we human will have more than enough resources to keep all human and animals live happily ever after...
(still day-dreaming, i know, i know... =_=.)
Wish all is well, and i will dream about a beautiful world where every human and animals are happy... which include myself. (nice concept, though. great work.)
Guest 28-Nov-2004 03:29
I like how you see life. This is excellent photography (as are your other photos).
Guitarlin24-Nov-2004 07:39
Nice capture!!!!!
Guest 05-Nov-2004 21:49
oh, this is a very nice capture! i like the street scene and the emotion on the face of the old lady.