A Daily Commute

Rural roads, lush fields, and older women walking cows on chains are, to me, quintessential Poland. Since my first visit to Poland in 2009, I have wanted to capture this moment. It proved harder that I had anticipated. The Polish are by nature a little cold to strangers. And certainly to one with a camera pointed in their direction. Fortunately, I had an excellent Polish companion who was able to charm this nice woman into allow me to capture her journey home. This tradition of walking cows to a small plot of land separate from the owner's home, dates back to the Soviet occupation, where plots of land were granted to rural citizens to graze their cattle. As eastern Poland continues to develop, I fear this tradition will cease with this last generation, as private land is now commonplace. I was lucky to capture this moment.