Costa Rica - old physically and mentally disabled people are sheltered in private house by two women. Their only connection with the outside world is the stuff. I feel honored to have a possibility to work and share several weeks with them.
We underestimate the elderly. Not everyone who is sick, and having difficulty to walk does not mean they cannot do small tasks that make them useful. Being old does not mean they stopped having dreams.
The elders, according to statistics, often during holidays are sent to hospitals and family turn away almost immediately. They do not visit, do not worry about elder’s condition and often leave no correct data to locate family house. People often treat hospitals as depositories for their elderly.
Children, grandchildren, siblings are taking advantage of the vulnerability of older adults in family to cheat, manipulate, take possession of the goods and finally to strip them of their homes, farms and other property. The consequences of this type of abuse ranging from the elderly depression, feeling betrayed, complete loss to physical abuse.
Elzbieta’s main passion lies in documenting disappearing cultures and the human condition in unique, challenging situations with respect, compassion and dignity. Her determination to give a voice to the voiceless has driven her to document political, social and environmental injustices around the world.
With all the ambitions of an artist, she also employs her rigorous academic training to produce an in-depth reportage.
Elzbieta travels the world in search of that one photo which will reveal the story behind the eyes of strangers, that underlying magic which deserves to be seen and usually remains unnoticeable.
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