Photographer's Note

On my way from Berat to Polican the old lady is bringing lunch to her husband ploughing by the road side near an olive grove. The kids were playing hide and seek but they stopped as they saw us stopping.

Two words about the humble cow. For years under the communist regime when the communist government completely lost the plot and any connection with the real people, people in the villages were only allowed to have one cow, this turned the humble cow into an institution of existence. Having a good cow meant having all the daily dairy products and some meat and as these product were not for sale in the villages your life depended on the cow. The image of a cow and a person looking after it was a common place in almost every village. This is still the case for some families without much cash or for people which the capitalism caught at a "wrong age" like this couple for example.

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Additional Photos by Aleks Gjika (agjika) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 516] (3177)
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