19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Birdcatcher

This shot was taken during the 6 months lockdown, local vendors like this man were severely affected as they could not step outside the home and their business is falling down due to the restrictions imposed by the government, but still, this local vendor who has left his village and shifted to a big city (Kolkata) in search of a decent income has anyhow stepped out of his house risking his life to the virus and was selling toy parrots in hope that someone will buy them and he will earn some money. The reaction on the man’s face shows it all that “Hope is a good thing, probably the best of all things, and no good thing ever dies.’’ Apart from all the hardships and pain, this man believes that someday things will change and life will be better.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
Camera: NIKON D5600
Copyright: © Shubhodeep Roy