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.
Featured in ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY – A DASHBOARD POINT OF VIEW, January 2011.