In this fifty-fourth archive story by Kristian Bertel a street boy was portrayed at the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
It is the searching and waiting for just the right moment when a story unfolds in a single frame, that inspires the photographer the most. He began in India as an 'in your face' street photographer, but over the years he developed the skill of waiting for a candid situation with a photographic subject. In this portrait a street boy was photographed through a glass window at the Bandra Terminus in India.
It is the searching and waiting for just the right moment when a story unfolds in a single frame, that inspires the photographer the most. He began in India as an 'in your face' street photographer, but over the years he developed the skill of waiting for a candid situation with a photographic subject. In this portrait a street boy was photographed through a glass window at the Bandra Terminus in India.

Boy portraiture at Bandra Station

For the photographer stations have been some of the photographic places, where he can photograph the true life in India. From the portraits of hurry people in motion trying to catch the train to the silent and candid photographs of people waiting on the platforms. A place where he portrayed this Indian boy.

Portrait and portraiture in Bandra E
The portrait above was taken at the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, which is a railway terminus in Bandra E or East from where trains bound for northern and western India are scheduled regularly. And this place is is one of the six railway terminus within Mumbai City. Like most places in Mumbai, Bandra is split by the local railway-line into West Bandra and East Bandra, where the part of Bandra located on the western side of the railway line has developed into a fashionable suburb.

Photographing through glass windows in India
As a photographer and traveler in India he tries to avoid taking pictures from outside through windows. The glare tends to distract the eye from what is going on inside, and the dust on the window can lessen the image quality. Nevertheless, there are some cases where photographing through a window can help me get the picture. Sometimes the photographer is looking for a more candid photo or perhaps a unique perspective on a familiar scene. In other cases, like taking photos from inside a bus in India if he is traveling on the road, he has no other option but to photograph through a window, unless of course the window is already open.
One aspect of street photography that had always intimidated the photographer was portraying people through glass. Yet, he has always admired those images captured by other street photographers. They really capture a "window" into someone's life. He does not mean this as a voyeuristic thing, because he respects people too much for that, but it can be a beautiful moment, with room left for the imagination to create a story. Including signage in the frame provides a great sense of place. Reflections are interesting, too and are almost inevitable. But also dirt on the glass can be some interesting things that can be another layer in the photograph. Most of the times he is avoiding being in the photo himself, unless his goal is to create an original self portrait in India. On his travels in the cities of India there has also been good time to practice photographing from the hip. While being in the streets of Mumbai, it takes a while to get your framing right, so he did not set his expectations too high at first. Over time he found out, that there is no right or wrong way to do it, just be respectful of his subjects whether they live in Mumbai or Delhi or somewhere else.

"- Photographing people in embarrassing situations is inappropriate and I always try to think how I would feel if captured that way. I prefer to photograph beautiful emotions, such as people enjoying each other's company in a street or if they are day dreaming. Again, what you photograph is a reflection of your personality. Trust your instinct. If you don't feel good about capturing what might be a private moment, then don’t. If it doesn't feel right, then it probably is not", the photographer says again.

More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a boy in Bandra. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.