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Photographer's Note

Today, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates sixty years on the British Throne. To commemorate this achievement, I post a shot of another Elizabeth.

This Elizabeth is an 'unsung' queen. At the back of our plush beach side resort there was a small poverty-stricken village. Alongside the road were a few small dukas (shops). One belonged to Elizabeth. As a single mother and with no financial means she had built the little corrugated tin and wooden shop from what she could salvage. Stocked with the bare basic groceries she works in the shop from sun-up to sun-down. Her aim is to provide a decent education for her small boy.

Walking past one day, I noticed her hard at work with a treadle Singer sewing machine. My mother used to have a similar one and the machine became the 'ice-breaker' for a small friendship to develop. The dress she is wearing in this shot was the one she was sewing that day. She proudly modelled it for me and was excited to let me know that she was branching out into
'tailoring' to bring in extra money. Sadly, government education in Kenya is sketchy at best and people work hard to afford the small private schools that are springing up.

Born in the country where Elizabeth II heard she was Queen, I present to you another Elizabeth.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-25
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-02-06 21:13
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