Aitchison was at Delhi Railway station about to get the overnight train to Varanasi. It was torrential rain and he was soaked through. In the distance he spotted this man and was captivated by his appearance. Aitchison approached the man and managed to communicate his wish to photograph him. The man obliged but in order to achieve the shot Aitchison had to sit down in a puddle.
Aitchison insists that it is important that he communicate with his subject so that they will trust him. Aitchison says 'The eyes are a critical part to the portrait; as long as the eyes are right the rest of the photograph somehow manages to make sense.'
This is a truly touching portrait that depicts that moment of connection between an artist and his sitter.