Photographer's Note

The Greatest Dame Of Them All

Quite possibly - there is nothing in her universe that could bring her down.
Already in her late eighties, she remembered: The Industrial Revolution, World War I, Nazi movement, World War II, and finally - her country being ruled by the brainless commies.
The world around her, was constantly evolving into the new (bad or good) forms of existence, but... NOT HER world!
If, she had managed somehow, to survive the Cossacks, the Wehrmacht and the Red Army, she'll survive ( as well ) the new, red brick houses with those solid, tile roofs, springing up from the ground around her cottage like the wild mushrooms after rainy day.

She fought the law and won the battles with her kids, with her neighbors, with the fire department and Regional governments. No reading or writing skills needed. Never wore the eyeglasses. No cane (God willing.)

She had lost her final battle.
To non other but, that modern Anti-Christ diabolical invention... The TV !

She let the electric hydro company bring the power to her hut, when they told her that watching Dr. Kildare and Bonanza was rather difficult without the electricity.

Now... If she is still alive (and I strongly believe SHE IS ! SHE must be !), and if anyone saw her and her thatched roof' castle, please let me know. I'll go back to my country, drop down on my knee, and gently kiss her hand. Hey, I still remember the taste of that herbal tea she treated me and my family with.

Podlasie, Poland.. The country I left behind.

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Photo Information
Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (18354)
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Matriarchs, Polonaise' women, Blast from the past ! [view contributor(s)]
Original Date Submitted: 2006-02-10 9:23
Viewed: 3657
Favorites: 11 [view]
Points: 110


Some excerpts from the original critiques. You've got to read them, folks…

Touchy… She's as much tilted as her old hut…

I like a hose on the right and old on the left…

Reminds me of the native Indian American story of the old woman…

Great composition… Analog cameras are better for that…

Of all the countries I have seen depicted on TE, no country's beauty and diversity have surprised and delighted me more than that of Poland, and I am planning a trip there soon.

I once knew a woman like her… Lovely woman, but beware anyone who pissed her off, there was no forgiveness, period, end of story.

Praktica, Orwochrome... a music to me!

What I really like the most: her shoes! Just for her shoes I would trust and like that woman! ;-)

SHE is still alive…. Because of YOU.

What is this George? Colossal hands born of calloused skin and years of torment. Legs like two stands of hardened oak...

I like this environmental portrait. It shows the portrait of the subject with her environment.

99% of your note is nothing more than the empty words…


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