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I was walking around this marketplace in Jaipur, camera in hand, clicking randomly when I saw the mother and her child. But somehow I didn't think it right to intrude. The child was obviously very sick and the mother must be distraught. I looked away but not before making fleeting eye contact with the mother. I roamed around for half an hour and then wandered back to this spot. And this time I looked, she was looking right at me. She knew what I wanted and nodded meaning to say 'if you want to you may click'. It was an approval of the strangest kind for me. Here she was in the most unfortunate of conditions and yet she had the magnanimity to consent for a strager to photograph her.

My job wasn't done though. This was a very low light situation late in the evening. And to make matters worse, there was a constant stream of traffic whizzing past between me and her. I took about 4 shots in 5 minutes, waiting for a break in the traffic. This one was shot at ISO 320 with a wide open aperture.

Needless to say, this was was deeply moving experience for me.

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