Pic Of The Week (46/2012) – Poverty in Bulgaria

Working on a feature about the expected worsening of living conditions for the poor in Bulgaria over the coming winter, I saw this Roma beggar on Sofia’s Lions Bridge:

Beggar on Lions Bridge, Sofia
Beggar on Lions Bridge, Sofia

(Image Copyright 2012 © by Johann Brandstätter/ JB Photography)

Regrettably, sometimes Roma break limbs of their children and let them grow back together crooked to increase their ‘effectiveness’ in begging. The young man here seems to be an example of that despicable practice. He is sitting on the Lions Bridge, not far from Sofia’s Central Railway Station.

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 70-200mm L USM (@200mm); f/4.0; 1/1600; ISO 250