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"Both Sides of the Glass": A Character Study from the Inside of an India Railway Ticket Reservation Office by Valerie Rosen by 

Welcome to the other side of the glass in the India Railway Ticket Reservation office in Gorakhpur, India. All of these images were captured from the inside of the office, while customers approached the window for service. It was late in the evening, so the light was dark in the background, giving emphasis to their faces. As is typical of Indian people, many were perfectly willing to allow the photos, while mostly focused on getting their travel needs sorted. This was entirely spontaneous and with full permission from the ticket reservation employees.

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Valerie Rosen is a social documentary photographer, best recognized for her evocative portraiture from the streets of India and Nepal. She and her camera gear are currently based in her native Montreal, Canada, working as a freelance portrait and events photographer and private photography coach. Please send a bubblemail for inquiries. Thanks for visiting!

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  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonabout 2 years ago

    I’m in awe of your adventurous spirit and talent, Valerie! These photos are priceless!!!

  • Hi Ellen! I’m truly grateful for your kind comment! :-)) Val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyabout 2 years ago

    What a wonderful set of images filled with so much character!. I wish you well with selling these, Val.

  • Thank you very much, Gene! I really appreciate your kind words of support! :-) Val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful framing in all of these; and how lucky you were to have such an opportunity!

  • I was pinching myself the entire time!! :-)

    – Valerie Rosen

  • aprilann
    aprilannabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic job!

  • Thank you very much, aprilann! :-) Val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenabout 2 years ago

    A truly inspirational collection Val, wonderful!! XX

  • So nice to hear from you, Kylie! Thank you! Hope all’s well in your world! :-)) Val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...about 2 years ago

    Incredible. What a moving experience to view these photos. A marvelous idea and very well executed. Thank you for sharing.

  • Really appreciate your kind support, Cynthia! Have a great weekend! :-) Val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • james smith
    james smithalmost 2 years ago

    I’m serious!!!!!

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