Bangladeshi photographer Noor Ahmed Gelal doesn’t shy away from getting the impossible shot. He climbed aboard this train, along with hundreds of others headed to their respective villages to celebrate the annual Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival that marks the end of Ramadan, determined to capture the energy of the moment.
“I traveled around 160 kilometers just to take that amazing picture,” Gelal says.
Despite the appearance of the packed rooftop, Gelal says the trains are safe and affordable, making it possible for people of all classes to get home for family celebrations.
Gelal took up professional photography in 2003. His major interests include travel, culture, social issues and nature.
His works have been published in many prestigious national and international newspapers, magazines and books, including: The Daily Star, The Star Insight, Samakal Newspaper, The Prothom Alo, IFC (International Finance Corporation), World Bank Group, The Guardian and many more. Most recently, he won the 2018 British “Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year” award, beating out 8,000 images submitted from 60 countries with his image, “Praying with Food.”
Hundreds of thousands of people travel to the Eid-al-Fitr festival every year in Bangladesh, many on the roofs of overcrowded trains. Here, a train is heading for Dewanganj, Jamalpur, from the city of Dhaka.
Location: From Dhaka to Dewanganj (Bangladesh)
Settings: 1/40 – f/5.6 – ISO 1600