This is a station in a small town in South India.

Standing there, I looked around and noticed the number of young people at the platform and wondered about the many youngsters who must have used this very same station as a route to ‘escape’ from this small town to the ‘big’ cities …… and for how many this still stood as a means of escape from life in a small town.

Wonder if they found their dreams …. I loved my few days here though – I wouldn’t know what it is to feel ‘trapped’ in a small town.

Tried something different in the processing here – cross-processed the pic to get a ‘mood’ – hope it worked.

Nikon D80
Sigma 10-20 mm @ 12mm
HiTech Soft edge ND Grad 0.9 (3 stop)


  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...over 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful and very atmospheric shot. The title is perfect, and your story is a great read. Coming from a small town I can relate, but I never really loved the city that much. I discovered i was a country boy! LOL! Super image.

  • Thank you so much for the kind comment and the fav my friend!
    That’s what I meant by "Wonder if they found their dreams …. " – I wonder how many of them realised it was better to remain a country boy/girl.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Vikram; It is very well done and appears, to me, to have achieved your goals ! Beautiful work !

  • Thank you so much Steve – your support is really encouraging! I’m so glad you liked this enough to fav it.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Ah yes…..moody indeed Vikram and I love it when an artist puts a story with their image….there is just so much more meaning to it I think. I love the sort of muted tones and the leading lines. All together a grand image :)

  • Thank you Shelly! Glad you liked the story of what I felt – I wondered whether I should put it up then thought it would add context on why I took this shot in the first place.
    The processing ….. trying to follow your lead in ‘different’.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Wonderful colours, and composition. Great shot!

  • Thank you so much Torfinn!! For the lovely comment and the fav!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Vittorio Magaletti
    Vittorio Magal...over 5 years ago

    very very very nice! I like this prospective! well done!

  • Mille Grazie Vittorio! Really glad you like this!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    It worked very well… Awesome shots Vikram!!

  • Thank you so much my dear friend!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidover 5 years ago

    I love the atmosphere, the perspective, the saturation of colours and mood of the image. Coupled with your description and title, the concept is so tangible and makes the viewer empathize with your “hidden subjects” – the youth of the town. Very well captured :)

  • Thank you so much for your detailed comment. I really love it when people tell me how an image has spoken to them.
    Thank you – I truly do appreciate it!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 5 years ago
    • Nice -looks like a two strip proceed photo, well done !
  • Thanks Bradley – made me go look up and learn something

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 5 years ago
    • ooops ‘processed’ I meant :)
  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

  • Yipee!!! Thank you so much Cora!!

    – Vikram Franklin

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