'Old and Poor'
Nobody wants to be old and nobody wants to be poor. This lady is both. She obviously cannot walk well but still dumpster dives, searching for means of daily survival. This and similar situations usually sadden me. What kind of society are we building if we're not taking care of our old and help them to lead decent lives?
Notice the contrast between what she's doing, the very social reality of the city, and a jolly laughing fake family just above her head. An existing reality and a completely different, pink one, which we are being told to believe over and over again. "Take the loan and be happy" really means: take the loan, buy the shit we tell you to buy, become our slave and end up even worse than that lady after we're done with you.
The dark, heavy, cold coloured foreground is juxtaposed against the light, colourful background. Notice the dark blue and green in the foreground, where the lady is, against the red and yellow ad on the window and the coffee shop terrace sunscreens in the background. This is telling us to look in the dark places where things are happening and leave all the fake glitter somewhere behind. If you choose to see reality, that is.
What I admire about her is that she doesn't give up and crawl somewhere hiding her misery from the world but, on the contrary, she goes out and fights, giving a meaning to her existence and setting an example of strong will for all those who prefer to kick back and do nothing.
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