This is the parliament of Moldova, situated in the main street of the capital, Chișinău.
Moldova became independent in 1991 as the Soviet Union was dissolved. Since then its development has not been very fortunate. Soon after independence there was a civil war and the Russian speaking Transnistrian region declared itself independent. A few years after independence the Communist party regained power and ruled until 2010. Now the country has had three general elections in two years, all resulting in weak governments and a parliament lacking a majority strong enough to elect a president.
Although in recent years there has been a steady economic growth Moldova remains by far the poorest nation in Europe. Its GDP and Human development index puts it on a par with several countries in Africa. According to the Transparency International watch-dog, a weak government and weak state institutions also make it one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.
For a number of years there has been a steady stream of people leaving Moldova to seek a better future abroad. A substantial part of the country's GDP consists of remittances from citizens in other countries.
I will post two workshops with this.
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saxo042 (37870) 2011-12-03 7:57
This is a very impressive building! Maybe the cost of this construction was so high that there was no money left for a decent maintenance epuipments. Still a very good photo and also two very interesting WS:s.
macondo (19483) 2011-12-03 9:01
I like it - and the title is spot-on. I bet she is sweeping with a slow, almost lethargic motion, doing just enough to appear to be doing a job. They need someone else to come along and remove the weeds from the paving. I like the way the rather austere and uninspiring building dwarfs the worker. Your note complements the picture very well; it's informative but, sadly, depressing. Thanks for the workshops, and for leading me to look at the other photos of the city which have been posted on TE.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-03 14:10
an effective daily life photo with superb composition and graphic details, very nice lights and clarity, suggestive work, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
agjika (3177) 2011-12-03 15:38
There is a lot one can see in this photo. Considering that this is the front of the parliament it doesn't look impressive to me at all. There are weeds everywhere, the wall is broken, the broom being used not to mention the uniform of the cleaner make for a grim picture.
Photographically I love the propotions in this image and the cleaner is very well placed. Good lighting and contrast.
Thanks for sharing
kato (11630) 2011-12-03 20:59
You're capturing well this architecture by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see modern architecture with a lot of windows and surrounding greenery. And, a cleaning lady in front of doorway gives a reality of daily life.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-12-03 23:13
Hello Gert. My eyes focused only on the woman with the broom. Such images are typical of the former Eastern Bloc countries. Last I looked like it in Uzbekistan. It is early morning swept under supervision - and by crowds of women. The whole thing is a ritual of cleansing. The political message is: a clean place can not be bad. Your photo pleases me very well because it is realistic and authentic. Rgds wolfgang.
Graal (102752) 2011-12-03 23:39
interesting building in the capital city of Moldova. Good complementary WS and informations in note. Nice light and colours. Photos well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
mafegan (8624) 2011-12-04 1:28
A far from beautiful scene. A modern building but the landscaping leaves much to be desired and perhaps the entrance way is boarded up with sheets of corrugated iron? Your notes are as per usual very informative. A good contribution to TE. Cheers, Marlene
dkmurphys (57982) 2011-12-04 2:14
This image reminds me of Romania in the 90's, just after the fall of communism. Well catch, have a nice Sunday afternoon.
tyro (24604) 2011-12-04 3:27
This is a rather depressing note you have given us and a very fitting photograph by way of illustration.
Although, of course, we can't see this lady's face, nonetheless I think we can assume that she's less than happy in her work. The background building looks austere and uninviting and the surrounding gardens and pathways look a bit unkempt too. The poor lady seems equipped with a rather old fashioned and inefficient broom for her work.
Good sidelighting emphasises the lady at her work against a darker backdrop. Fine colours and detail too. I also like your two workshop pictures which also add to the rather depressing tone!
A perfect comment on life in this poorest of countries.
stevesaba (8163) 2011-12-04 10:50
Ah yes! And it sounds like there may be more than your average amount of dirt being strewn along the way the leads to the main door. It's a substantial enough looking building, but your notes paint a picture of a troubled country; but one that seems to be surviving at least. What an adventure you must have had, making this trip that must have been pretty well off the regular beat and track of the tourists! That is quite a statement on the side of the bus too! Another interesting and very well documented series of photos from Eastern Europe! Warm regards,
Nicou (141100) 2011-12-05 0:53
superbe captage et compo avec ce balayeurs, sueprbe et ce graphsime de bâtiment en fond ces escaliers, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
jemaflor (96741) 2011-12-05 3:08
Well composed with a perfect place for this women at work, funny title ... good light and graphism with the building in the bg.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-05 3:37
Title well selcetd for this origoinal shot with a scene of everyday's life well collected. I like the framing with a large place resreved for the high edifice. Interetsing contrast in the dimensions of this edifice and the lady.
Have a nice week,
Angshu (56750) 2011-12-06 7:56
I like the slogan on the bus in your WS "Your corruption = Our poverty"...can be applied easily to our country! The building is typically a glass & characterless. The lady with the broomstick certainly brings value to this picture
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-12-12 20:01
I find the title most interesting, and how the lady is cleaning right at the doorsteps of the politicians that you speak of. The building I see is quite architectural. It is not only in this country perhaps that politics and something else are very close to one another. How visible the activity is, is another question. I like the framing of the image. How immense and authoritarian the building appears behind this lady. I hope that the situation will improve for the people. I also like the WS images very much.
With my best regards,
Have a very productive week, Gert
jacquest (18927) 2011-12-15 8:20
Thank you for the visit on my photo.
Here, the giant columns dominate the image and overshadow the humble work of this person, making it a poweful image of daily life. I like the graphism of the building. Very good light and sharpness.
mkamionka (36250) 2011-12-16 1:22
so great to have a glimpse into this less popular on TE country. Your reportage is as always very interesting.
Interesting geometry with the cleaning lady adding some action in the foreground.
Very well done, TFS,
abmdsudi (53607) 2011-12-22 5:29
Every picture tells a sttory! A shot with great informative description behind this simple urban picture something I have never heard of before. Good piece of photo journalism, superb detail and strong compostion and there is a good contrasting colors between the greyish blue and the plain foreground with the woman sweeper perfectly placed to prevent the eye from running out of the picture and help to complement the image. And apart from the colours, the differing textures on the stairs give so much to look at here. Minimalist yet such a meaningful shot Gert. Excellent additional images to further enlighten us on the current situation there. I'm so grateful you posted it.
macjake (67532) 2012-01-06 17:41
i really like these daily life type of scenes.
this one almost has a comical humorous side to it.
the lady all by herself...i can't help but wonder what is on her mind.
personally, i think the photo is a little bit too long at the top, because its so tall it takes away from the main subject - the woman. At least thats my personal opinion, i hope you don't mind me saying so. Just cut a bit off the top :)
until next time
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2012-04-12 18:33
this is a good capture, quite telling. The incredibly monumental Soviet era arrogance of the building against the poor peasant cleaning woman. The approach steps in neglected condition, poorly designed makes its own commentary. Best & TY Jancsi