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Tuesday, 23-Sep-2003 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
St. Pete--Babushka

 
She and her friend, an old lady with a cigarette, must have seen me shooting Matviyenko, Putin and the air conditioners nearby.

"Come over here and take a picture of me," she called out.

Her friend stepped aside when I approached. "She doesn't like to be photographed," was the explanation.

But her friend was curious: she stood behind me as I was shooting and commented: "All your pictures appear on that little screen right away!"

I came up to show her what I thought was the best shot and suddenly she seemed flustered: "Oh, I'm not gonna be able to see anything there!" She didn't realize the picture was on the monitor, not inside the camera or anything. She loved it.

I wished her and her friend good health, and they wished all the best to me.

On this picture, she reminds me of the aged Anna Akhmatova, just a little bit: surprisingly graceful and still full of life and good humor.



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