These lovely old ladies have seen the Albanian Monarchy, the World War II, the Communism and the Capitalism. If you are introduced to them in any circumstance they will kiss you in both cheeks and ask you a lot of questions about your health and that of your loved ones.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
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pauloog (11751) 2009-12-23 13:42
What a human photo, the ladies posing like broodbrothers...
And yes, you can see they have seen a lot. A strong photo.
Jeppo (17645) 2009-12-23 14:13
those old ladies seem to be quiet amused of your camera and act in front of it like experienced models.
furthermore I love your note: their behaviour is so natural and kind...that kindness that went lost across the last decades in our western society
daddo (26900) 2009-12-23 15:04
Hi Aleks. Strong characters of a resilient nation. When you see them then you think that women such as these were mothers to great men like Mohamed Ali, Ali Pasha,Skenderbeg, the Kupriulis...
All the best for the Holiday Season and a prosperous and happy 2010. Klaudio.
BennyV (17702) 2009-12-24 2:56
There's a lot of strength and determination in these women's pose and in their expressions. I like the uniformity of colours, a pity it is a little bit disturbed by that fluorescent green stripe in the middle (don't know what it is, but in this case I think I'd have tried to remove it).
Anyway, it's great to see another Albanian post, thanks for sharing your view.
holmertz (54337) 2009-12-24 6:07
Considering the tumultuous 20th century history of Europe, it's fascinating what these old ladies have experienced. This picture is a perfect complement to your last one, of the young boys. Together they show the tremendous changes Albania has gone through.
I took a similar picture in the town park of three men in the same age, posing for me in the same serious and respectful but non-smiling way. I didn't post it on TE though.
Wishing you all the best for the holidays.
Vasa (515) 2009-12-25 2:32
Nice occasion to wish the best inspiration for you Aleks in 2010. This lovely portrait discover your sensibility and you poetic and romantic approach to the world. So glad to meet these proud mothers. Warm regards
fredooos (71) 2010-01-05 1:54
olger_k (59) 2013-01-23 22:51
South Albania ladies