2015, June 10
The notebook of debts.People who comes to buy cigarettes not always has money to pay for them. Some of them are taking them to a debt and most of them pays it only when they can but some of them never comes back again. The old woman says - "what can i do ? If i won't give them they might get angry and call the police. I don't know what those alcoholics got inside their heads when they drink". © Justinas Stacevičius
Making the dinner. Pasta with eggs. She always eats alone. Her son refuses to eat with her and only comes to eat when she is done, but she always has to leave him food cause if she doesn't he might start shouting at her and breaking things at home - "saying that she doesn't feed her own son and is bad mother". © Justinas Stacevičius
The old woman is opening a lock of a basement where are bigger amounts of cigarettes are hidden. Heavy doors and a big lock is not only hiding cigarettes from police and visitors eyes but from her own son too. Her son always steals cigarettes from her when he has a chance - sometimes if he has a chance to steal more then one pack, he trades them for a cheap alcohol with his friends and sometimes he just smokes them himself. © Justinas Stacevičius
Selling moment. Poor looking woman buys a pack of cigarettes. It's a rear moment when a costumer is let in inside the room, most of the deals are made just behind the door or they are asked to wait for a second outside while old woman brings what they ask for. Most of the clients are poor and she is afraid that they might steal something from her home. © Justinas Stacevičius
Different flavors, brands and costs of cigarettes for a costumers with different needs and taste. Old smoker always chose cheaper and stronger cigarettes while younger people who just have started to look for cheaper alternatives of their favourite cigarettes because of of economical situation in country are asking for a lighter and better brands. Providing the goods for a wider amount of costumers ensures better profit. © Justinas Stacevičius
About one third of the cigarettes sold in the Baltic countries are smuggled, and within the last few years those numbers have only been growing. This has become a considerable economic problem damaging the country’s business and finances. But some people have no other choice: if they want to survive, they have to join those who sell smuggled stuff. They have to live in constant fear of being caught by the police and are kept only by a hope of a chance to live one more day without suffering from hunger.
This is a story about an old, ailing woman. She lives with her 46-year old alcoholic son who shamelessly sponges on her expecting her to provide him with food, a roof above his head, cigarettes, and money for alcohol. He has never had any regular job himself, which inevitably forces his elderly mother to resort to smuggling for their survival.