Teenage Entrepreneur Is Well "Trained" by David McMahon

Teenage Entrepreneur Is Well "Trained" by 

Any entrepreneur who chooses to market his product (especially an edible product) at a railway crossing is bound to succeed, by virtue of a captive audience. This kid was about 13 years old and happy to exchange banter with prospective customers, when we encountered him in northern rural India.

We were on the busy highway from New Delhi to DehraDun in late December 2007 when he appeared, making the most of an unscheduled stop, with cars and long-range trucks lining both sides of the highway as we waited for a long goods train to pass.

He was selling what looked like cream-filled pastry rolls, piled high on a metal tray and held in place by the remnants of a cardboard box and a single strand of green twine.

His face, though, held so many moods, that I simply had to shoot this image during the financial transaction. In the background you can see a series of Coca-Cola crates, which suggest that a friend of his (or perhaps even a relative) sells soft drinks to thirsty travellers who wait for the trains to whistle past.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.



Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    great shot great story,, were they good??

  • Yes, Linda. Anything you eat on a highway trip tastes so good!

    – David McMahon

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    what a great, colorful shot … and what a gorgeous face!!!

  • Many thanks, Lois – I wish I’d had time to ask his name and his story. It would have been such a privilege to tell his tale ….

    – David McMahon

  • tim buckley | bodhiimages
    tim buckley | ...over 4 years ago

    beautiful David, a fine composition and tale of the road. this is quite a diverse trip, up into the foothills.

  • Many thanks, Tim – I do lilke your phrase “tale of the road”. You know this part of the world so well ….

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 4 years ago

    So full of life.
    Great shot.

  • Many thanks, Indrani – he really had the presence of a seasoned salesman.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    It’s a shot that makes me care about that boy and want to know more. Great work!

  • Dear Betty, what a wonderful reaction and a comment to cherish. I grew up in India and it is not uncommon to see children in roles as wage-earners. This image is my simple, hand-on-heart salute to those who are denied a real childhood.

    – David McMahon

  • LadyFi
    LadyFiover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful expression on his face!

  • That’s exactly what I thought, too. His face tells such a story, LadyFi.

    – David McMahon

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 4 years ago

    love this shot, and love your story :)

  • Really appreciate your comment, Simone – wish I knew more about his story.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks, JustArt – he had such an expressive face.

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Excellent, David!

  • Much obliged, David – so glad you like the shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 4 years ago

    wonderful story shot!

  • Many thanks, Sandra – so glad you like it.

    – David McMahon

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