Photographer's Note

Stepping into this back yard in a fairly shabby district of Warsaw (and one or two more in the same street) I had my greatest surprise of my journey to Poland last year.

This photo may also come as a surprise to Małgo (emka) who was with me when I took it. She had guided me to the working class district of Praga, across the Wisła (Vistula) river from central Warsaw.

I have never before seen this kind of altar, or outdoor temple, in the courtyard of an ordinary apartment block. Maybe this is common in Poland and other mainly Catholic countries, but it would be unthinkable where I live – "not in my back yard".

I borrowed the title from a common expression used about people who claim they support the idea of building homes for the mentally disturbed, drug abusers, asylum seekers, or new industrial areas, power plants, etc, but never close to where they live, always somewhere else – "not in my back yard".

There is no other connection between that phrase and this photo.

I guess this will not attract many persons, but I still post it since I was so overwhelmed by this unexpected view. Nobody seems to care much about graffiti, litter or plaster falling off the walls, but the holy Madonna receives the utmost care.

Here is a larger version.

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