Look Who’s Shooting: Yogesh Manhas

 
The image captures the control car of a train while the motorman looks outside, as seen from within the locomotive. Photograph/Yogesh Manhas

The image captures the control car of a train while the motorman looks outside, as seen from within the locomotive. Photograph/Yogesh Manhas

This story was originally published in June 2016.

"This project has allowed me to meet new people and experience new places."

“This project has allowed me to meet new people and experience new places.”

Yogesh Manhas has since childhood, appreciated the Indian Railways and the journey and views it has offered him. He had been a part of the media industry for over a decade, before deciding to move away from mainstream work. It is during this break that he found the time and inspiration to turn his passion into a photo project, The Train Story, spanning the entire Indian Railway network.

Beginning in June 2013, with the scenic beauty to be discovered along the Konkan tracks; he has since travelled far and wide in all directions of the Indian subcontinent. Manhas has uncovered many untold stories that the railways has to offer; from the world’s second-longest named station at the border of Andhra Pradesh at the border of Tamil Nadu to Barak Valley in Assam to photograph the world’s oldest metre gauge.

He has encountered many obstacles while shooting from a moving train, “It takes dedication to stand by the door for hours waiting for the perfect frame, to hang onto the rail by one hand while handling heavy-bodied cameras,” says Manhas. His experience and knowledge allow him to know exactly what exposure will work with the natural light and set the camera accordingly.

Manhas strongly believes that the Indian Railways are a sight to behold and that travelling teaches a person things that no formal education can. Having covered 30,000 km of the 68,000 km Indian Rail tracks, he wishes to cover the remaining distance and use all the images to create a coffee-table book for fellow train lovers and photography enthusiasts.

—As told to Aarushi Redij

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