Indeed, this photo has seized the dimension of time. It makes me think that the cars, the boutiques are interchangeable and pass away, but the buildings hausmanniens and such ladies remain.
Like a scene in Cinema Paradiso de G. Tornatore when the hero comes back to his village after many years…
Oooo what a wonderful picture.
You’re (among other things a photographer) but you do like human beings .Shines through. Many thanks for that.
Reminds me of about 15 years ago in Paris:Bld Haussman- either Lafayette or Printemps – don’t remember. In the bakery departement an elderly ,frail,lady trying to buy croissants. Two shops assistants. The one handling the lady.Being rather rude.Heard the other one whisper “Mais elle est vielle”
That said Scott.
Do continue to inspire us.
leso in Sweden
A strong woman. Given her upper back posture she has osteoporosis. Her ankles show ascites so her heart is probably kicking up, and her foot posture indicates a possible problem with her right knee or hip. Yet, despite all of that she is coiffed, has put together an outfit that likely greatly pleases her, and carries a large bag. That takes a great deal of self-possession, strength, and determination showing as constructive stubbornness and resolve. She is a person with lessons to teach. As Lena wrote above, your appreciation for other people does show in your photographs and this is an excellent example.
Very nice picture. I only hope she makes it across the street in one piece. Everyone is in such a hurry, rushing to their next heart attack.
However, I find the comments very tiresome and patronizing. She is a whole person, anot some cute little old-style dolly. And she was once young. As I get older I am amazed at how young people patronize one. As if they invented youth and would always be that way. The generation gap is not so apparent in Italy, especially here in Venice, where society is very mixed. Old people are out and partake in the cafe and calle life. They are treated with great respect, but not as if they are cute creatures from another planet.
Totally agree with this. Old age is no fun, and to keep saying how cute etc. she is tires me out too. Always amazed by the patronizing comments of the young towards the elderly. I am not yet a senior and already I am patronized by 20 somethings.
M, beautifully stated. I also found some of the responses here patronizing and was going to put a reminder in that older people were all once young too and one day, we will all be old if we are lucky enough to make it that far. I will never forget an article I read where an older man found himself subject of young women calling him ‘doll’ and ‘hun’ and ‘sweetie’ after he turned a certain age. He just wanted to be treated with respect, not like he was 9 years old. It was poetic when you said..”….They are treated with great respect, but not as if they are cute creatures from another planet.”
My first thought when seeing this is that her down turned head seems sad. But then I thought…wait a minute. She’s probably looking at her smart phone like just about everyone else one sees on the street! In any case, it’s nice to see photos of older people who are out and about.