In 2005 I was fortunate to achieve one of my childhood dreams – travel through the Khyber Pass. This photograph of Sultan Khel was taken about seven kilometres from the Afghanistan border from a 1920s steam train that took me from Peshawar to Landikotal. Landikotal is the Pakistani border post manned by the Khyber Rifle Brigade. We had lunch at the officers Mess before returning to Peshawar by road. This is Taliban country and we were accompanied by heavily armed soldiers. However at no time did I feel threatened and during our stops I found the locals to be very friendly and many could speak English. The landscape is very inhospitable and barely arable and with the heat of the summer and the winter snow the locals do lead a very hard life.
What appealed to me in this photograph was the blue of the boy’s khamis shawal matching the sky against the almost monochrome background of the town’s walls and countryside. Sometimes we photographers are lucky. It’s all about capturing the moment.
Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 10-24mm lens at 10mm on 1st April 2005.