Back Breaking

Back Breaking.

Image taken in the French Concession District of Shanghai China.

I have seen this little old lady on many occasions come rain or shine walking the streets of Shanghai with her worn out baby buggy looking for items that can be sold for re-cycling; such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans, old newspapers, magazines and cardboard packaging. This lady is not a beggar, she does this to supplement her retirement income and gain some exercise, she is a very proud lady and my hat goes off to her and to all the other retirees in China that do the same thing every day.

11 thoughts on “Back Breaking

  1. From the Chinese people I have met these photos show the same kind of doing-what-you-can-with-what-you-have and making a life of it.

  2. wow, what a strong picture.
    It got even stronger when i read your story about it.

    It reminds me of a man who roams around in Ghent (where i study).
    It’s a sad story thou, he deliberately became ‘homeless’ after his daughter got killed in a ‘tram’ accident. Till now he always roams the trails of that tramline. Sad and beautiful at the same time.

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