Personally I love this portrait and the processing.....Why!
Because it has brought out the results of years of toil, and family care.....this lady almost certainly left school at 14-15 , went straight in to a menial job, possibly in a factory, during WWII she might have served with the ATS on Anti Aircraft Guns or Searchlights, or served as a Landgirl.....whatever any one of this age did, their faces and outlook will be etched with the stress that rationing, long hours, the threat if being killed by bombs, or a loved one not returning or badly injured wrought.
They had their youth taken away, by events, some folk today just can't imagine........how do I know all this?
At almost 77 I can re-call that tress, and had a MUM who was as lined as this lovely lady, but my mum wasn't killed by the war, but by the heavy smoking and stress of bringing up five kids whilst dad was away fighting for six years.
All those lines and wrinkles are a badge if honour.
A wonderful character study.....thank you for posting it.