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Prakash’s parents are very poor – they own a small cart and eke a living selling earrings and necklaces out of glass and ceramic beads from the cart on the street.

When I saw the cart and asked permission to take some shots – he dived into a bag and pulled out a bunch of clippings to show me with obvious pride that they had been featured in a number of newspapers.

Another example I’ve tried to capture of happiness despite poverty. Wonder what the secret is….

Taken with Nikon D80 and 50mm f1.8 lens.


  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 6 years ago

    Vikram, you have an amazing talent for capturing children’s expressions. There is so much mischief and pride in those eyes!

  • Thanks George! While the ‘talent’ thing is flattering, I just first strike a conversation with them and shoot other things and show them the pics on the cam – then crack jokes while taking pics gets them comfortable.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...about 6 years ago

    I totally agree with George. This is a brilliant and touching shot. Top marks.

  • Thanks Shawn – he loved this one too – as he’s wearing the rings he made (the ones with ‘Love’ on them).

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 6 years ago

    And you think that is not a talent???? :-)

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 6 years ago

    Hear hear to George’s comment! I think it takes a LOT of talent to capture people…especially complete strangers! You’ve done this beautifully :)

  • Thanks Ursula (not good with handling compliments – so thanks).

    – Vikram Franklin

  • sandyibrahim
    sandyibrahimabout 6 years ago

    Really beautiful and meaningful shot Vikram, love the color harmony!

  • Thanks so much Sandy – I see you’re having fun with the Autumn pics.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneabout 6 years ago

    I have travelled to several poverty stricken countries and am always moved by how happy the people seem despite it. I think they are just happy for life and anything else is a bonus. Most of us are surrounded by “stuff” but that stuff does not make us happier, it just makes our life more complicated I think. People that have simple lives seem to be happier people. You have captured that so beautifully here Vikram. I’m not going to lie…I saw the picture and instantly smiled , and then read your description and it made me cry. Thank you so much for sharing this beautifully moving photo with us.

  • :-) you’ve got a gem of a heart!
    You’ve also put down so beautifully what I consider to be the answer to achieving happiness – the ‘stuff’ doesn’t bring happiness. Just appreciating life does.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Batesabout 6 years ago

    Awww He has such a sweet trusting smile!! Wonderful to capture such moments! Great work my friend:)

  • Yep – the first thing that grabbed my attention was the smile in his eyes :-) Thanks for viewing and enjoying Pamela.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

    Vikram, thank you for joining our group. This is a beautiful image of this boy, and what you write of his life is equally as beautful.

    Your Hosts,

    Anne-Marie & Cora

  • Thanks Cora and Anne-Marie – this is the warmest welcome from any group!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • Thanks Linda

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 6 years ago

    Vikram, what a touching image. Look how proud this boy is! It leaves me speechless…..

  • Left me wondering …..

    – Vikram Franklin

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