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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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
Favorites: 11 [view]
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…
Critiques | Translate
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-01-08 10:32
George, this is a great shot but I do not understand the second half of the note, is this a repost or something? Anyway the contrastiness of the shot and the saturated colors put this squarely in the surreal realm.
bema (26349) 2009-01-08 10:33
a wonderful portrait, still a pleasure to look at, and a fine note..
have a fine day, regards Bernd
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-01-08 10:36
Hi, George -
Good portrait shot, very expressive. And I like the cottage in the background; gives us a good sense of the area. Her face is not as sharp as the cottage, though.
Cara (2059) 2009-01-08 10:36
Great photo and note, just beautifull.
The compo is great and so are the colors, the house is awesome, i hope there are still houses like this in your country with many She´s inside.
jasmis (57854) 2009-01-08 10:50
Dziś to już cepeliada. Babina warta wszystkie pieniądze. Folklor przez duże F.
ninaL (21348) 2009-01-08 10:50
To jest pierwsze zdjecie, pod ktorym sie podpisalam, dobrze pamietam ten moment, gdy na nie, i jednoczesnie na Ciebie, "wpadlam". To bylo moje odkrycie Twojej galerii, po paru dniach czy tygodniach na TE !!!
Napisalam (z pamieci cytuje) : "Boze, jakie piekne" !!!
A teraz mam ochote napisac : "Boze, jaka ona piekna"....
Duch z przeszlosci...
Ona jeszcze dla wielu zyje...
Ona jest symbolem piekna duszy ludzi wsi...
Jest to jedno z najbardziej wzruszajacych Twoich zdjec, o ile nie najbardziej...
Trzym sie, Youri. Grazyna.
zmey (7335) 2009-01-08 10:51
so, where is my old comment for this one? anyway, i was waiting for babusya to come back and give me that look... just like my great grandma Anna when she was 103 back in 1976... the house she lived in was not that much different from this one. after the war, the commies had torn out the floors in her house and used them as fire-wood; but that's peanuts in the grand scheme of life. she still had her 11 grownup children...
it's a great portrait, George. my sincere compliments to you and this Polish queen!
Dorota (734) 2009-01-08 10:55
Bardzo podoba mi się twoje zdjęcie pokazujące piękny kolorowy domek oraz silną kobietę z bagażem wspomnień .Ta babunia na pewno jak wszystkie babunie jest prawdziwym skarbem.Ładne żywe kolory podkreślają urok takich miejsc..
CLODO (30706) 2009-01-08 11:48
welcome back to TE.
Wonderfull portrait in situation with the old house. I think she has not TV, only electricity!
tomescuc (3291) 2009-01-08 11:51
Looks like a pic from Romania :-) Bucolic, from another, simpler time.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-01-08 13:03
Very nice and impressive photo with meaningful notes. I respect such kind of old people, they really won almost all the battles.
ErikSven (272) 2009-01-08 13:17
I BET she's still alive, George! And her television can't be dead either ;o).
What I like about this photo, is that it looks both so anecdotical AND universal. This could be in an open air museum, but the way you pictured her and her house (including the TV-cable) looks so real, so authentic. A museum can never show it that way.
Very good composition, making the woman and her house look crooked, but strong. As strong as your old and grainy photo, with its delicious retro colours...
TFS & welcome back on TrekEarth,
MrCairo (0) 2009-01-08 13:29
Nie ma nic piekniejszego niz wspomnienia. DObre wspomnienia. Nawet wizja cudownego jutra nie jest tak kuszaca jak slodkie wczoraj. Tak to widze
Gessle (70) 2009-01-08 14:02
Takich babć już teraz mało...
"naści mleczka wnusiu, ciepłe jeszcze, no pij..."
"a może serka jeszcze smierdzi oborą..."
Jezu, jak ja za czymś takim tesknie....
Za takim smrodkiem krów, za gonieniem ich na łąkę, za takimi chałupkami, z sienią, gdzie w balii byłe zimna woda, żeby się umyc przed pojściem spać....
Niestety ja tylko koniuszkiem nogi ząłapałam sie na taki klimat...
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-01-08 16:10
Unusual picture from you...but enjoyable. That woman there as an introduction is amazing!
jboj (251) 2009-01-09 1:30
Ładne zdjęcie, piękna chata :)
Oj narobiło się szumu wokół twojej osoby w trekosferze, narobiło. :)
Merline (0) 2009-01-09 6:12
SHE ! What a babe...A house like in a fairy tale book. A woman alive, a woman we see thanks to you. To be cherished. A queen.
I am amazed, though not surprised, at how seeing your pics now as they are posted, makes them even more captivating!. Each one brings the reaction : ah, yes, how I liked/loved/adored it.:-) None leaves indifferent.
polter (7239) 2009-01-09 13:40
Mnie to jakoś bardziej Lubelskim pachnie niż Podlasiem, pewnie za sprawą różnych nadmiernie dosłownych podobieństw, korzeniami dzieciństwa sięgających. Ale w końcu i jedno i drugie to wschodnia ściana :)) I liczy się tylko, że ona przygięta podobnie i "równolegle" jak jej chałupka...
Zdjęcie przepiękne i tylko zyskało na przeprowadzce ;)) I niezmiennie podobają mi się jej zwinięte pończochy, trampki !!!, sękate ręce i twarz z nawisem brwi i uśmiechem życzliwym... Skąd ja go znam :))) (ten ostatni uśmiech to z rozrzewnienia)
Z rozrzewnieniem pozdrawiam T.
nesiaZ (982) 2009-01-09 14:06
Jureczku patrze na ta fotografie i nie wiem co napisac...
To jest niezaprzeczalny unikat!
A opis sciska za gardlo. Wzruszylam sie...
xuaxo (6846) 2009-01-09 16:45
I guess I wrote something originally, something like the 99%.
No need to add more like that. The photo deserves better than I'm able to write.
noborders (1010) 2009-01-10 11:13
Don't remember what I wrote earlier, still I think she comes out of a book for children, the colours and the incredibly cute old house... I would maybe have cloned out the electric wires to make it even more like out of a sort of fairy tale (but then, there is the story that I just re-read, so the wires are important after all).
In the same time, this is a lovely portrait of a real old woman from the last century in Poland.
Great photo and I'd have love to meet this old woman, she was probably fun and interesting to listen to !
Thank you to give us the opportunity to dream and travel in the not so distant past...
migjan (2923) 2009-01-10 11:14
Unikat pod każdym względem. Podobne nieco pamiętam ale z lat nieco wcze¶niejszych na Podlasiu. Zdały się jak widać te ORWO chromy. Gratuluję.
Clairedelune (4923) 2009-01-10 11:51
Is she still alive... Hmm... I'll tell you Mr Grabarczyk the answer. But only if I decide that you merit it... So, let’s see...
This photo is pure joy. Every time I go to your profile page, I see it, there. Fascinating. But will I be able to write words that will do justice to HER? Hmm. She is amazing! The smile in her face is so welcoming. Her scarf, her hands, her shirt the same color as her house, but what I really like the most: her shoes! Just for her shoes I would trust and like that woman! ;-) Now, there is the house too with the thatched roof... I hope it is still possible to find that kind of beauty. And good, you did let the electrical wires to be obvious. They have to stay there in my opinion (very humble, you know). And the last thing that I like a lot is the yard surrounding the house. Not all organized, not all clean, no nice flowers arrangements, no little clean cut bushes, not the small alley going to a neat bench, and so all. Just raw stuff, just lawn with patches of dry grass, and some ordinary flowers considered as weed. Sorry for my ramblings, but sometimes, too much neatness and order make me want to run and cry.
The only thing I would have got rid of would have been the small part of the roof of another building at the left side of the photo.
Well Jurcio 1, you are worthy of the answer.
SHE is still alive.
Because of YOU.
"Jurcio 1"! I had forgotten about this name! :)
You did listen to me again! Wow! that little bit of roof on the left side is gone!
Great, great photo, George!
colibriav (2152) 2009-01-10 14:43
Bonita fotografía, la expresión de la mujer junto al verde de la vegetación hacen una bella fotografía para el recuerdo:
Un saludo desde Espańa:
batalay (35791) 2009-01-10 21:57
I remember this gal quite well. There is the atmosphere evocative of the great musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," in this image.
ed_galagan (374) 2009-01-11 5:12
Beautiful work! I like it!
Katherine- (262) 2009-01-25 11:03
flory (4848) 2009-01-30 21:24
my dear George,
i'm really,really sorry for what happened with your photos.and admire you because you are still here,after someone deleted your Work..
She was my favorite in 2006,2007,2008...and is in 2009,too:)that kind of image that remains in mind..
gently i kiss her hands,
chrisnet (21092) 2009-02-16 11:52
I like this bucolic view of your country, good portrait too, it's a very interesting and beautiful view of Poland.
ophelcia (0) 2009-02-21 12:58
Młodość mi się przypomniała, stara się odzywa:)
Ale za młodu - jeżdziłam na wieś, do rdizny i tam pamiętam takie babcie, które biegały za mną z baniakiem mleka, pij pij:) Uwielbiam takie mleko...i to zdjęcie wywołuje u mnie wspomnienia.
Szkoda, że nie ma większej punktacji:)
tempocativo (476) 2009-03-01 10:43
Olá George, eu ainda diria mais, para juntares ŕs criticas e para fazer um pouco de paródia ŕ tua última foto: Hot Hot Hot.
Parabéns pela excelente galeria.
Abraços de Portugal
mondele (823) 2009-03-07 23:37
Trčs belle photographie de la campagne polonaise qui me rappelle bien des souvenirs.
pospos (235) 2009-04-05 13:42
thanks for the shot and comment. I was born in 1978. but a little southern. my great-granmother lived in a similar house. not so marvellous and without this kind of the roof but she lived in the same way of life. kind reminiscence...
pomarancza (109) 2009-04-13 12:16
no comments, very, very good
fritzi007 (6619) 2009-05-29 6:45
Very interesting shot from daily life! Interesting view!
VG Have a nice weekend
leo61 (0) 2009-06-05 23:49
You know,I love colors...
A good shot from the past.
Last year I spent a few days in Poland,mainly Wroclaw/Breslau,but outside you see still places looking like this.Good composition with this lady at the perfect position.
stasia (405) 2009-08-12 8:12
Ooo... jaka miła Babunia, a ta chatka... tylko w skansenie można tak± zobaczyć. Nie łatwo było żyć w takim domku... współczesna wie¶, to betonowe klocki, wygodne, ale nie urzekaj± wygl±dem...
- Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (5802)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1978-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Praktica super TL, CARL ZEISS JENA Flektogon 20mm/f4, ORWOCHROM 27 DIN
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Women of the world II., Dirty and grainy, TE Family Of Men, CLODO's, Blast from the past, Photographing a woman..., S H E theme [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-08 10:23
- Favorites: 6 [view]