Agra Street Life

This couple lives on the street in Agra, India, cooking a pot of soup over wood and selling it to passersby. The orange object in back of the man is their bed. Many people have commented on the expression of serenity – if that’s what it is — on their faces despite their obvious poverty.

I was very lucky that this shot turned out sharp. It was dusk on an already-dark, smoggy winter day, so I was using a slow shutter speed, and I wanted to move along quickly and not interrupt their soup business. There is no feeling worse than seeing an excellent photo in your viewfinder, only to have it turn out blurry or otherwise defective when you enlarge it. It has happened to me more times than I care to remember. (Price Schedule G)

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