This shot was taken on a mid-December afternoon in 2007, along the busy road from New Delhi to DehraDun in northern India. (1,150 views on 9 November 2013.)
We had just passed this long, slow procession of two-wheeled bullock carts but we pulled over so that I could get a shot of them in their entirety.
As you can see, the first three “drivers” of the bullock carts have their attention firmly focused on me. The first one shows only concentration, the second shows amusement at this madman with a camera, while the third looks on in the hope that I am not going to hold them up.
The mellow light (so typical of an Indian winter) bathes the scene in soft tones and gentle shadows. On the right, you can spot three pedestrians, one of whom can be clearly seen because he has a purple bundle of belongings balanced niftily on his head. This innate sense of balance is not uncommon in India – and as you can see, he has his hands by his side, not supporting his load in any way.
It looks as if the carts were transporting sugar cane, and I’m guessing that the people atop each cart are local farmers or contractors, but if I’ve got this wrong, please feel free to correct me.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, focal length 58mm.
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