I could have chosen elephants for my E word, but we saw only a few of those in India and they were at Amber Fort, ferrying guests up the hill from the road below. So I chose to focus on the extraordinary loads that were carried on motorbikes, trucks and a camel-cart.
Motorbikes carry whole families at a time. In the picture I’ve chosen here, the man is driving the bike with a boy perched in front of him. Behind is the woman with a girl wedged between the two adults. It’s probably not an extraordinary load by local standards, but for me, the thought of more than two people on a bike is a worry.
Speaking of family transport, the photo of the white vehicle shows four men standing on the running board at the rear. Inside is already packed with people, so if the men want to ride, then the backboard is the only option.
I was fascinated by the effort that drivers made in adorning their trucks. They made a colourful display on the highway.
Tractors, too offered a different take on loads from what I would encounter, even on country roads, here in Australia. Don’t you just love the photo of the tractor piled high with bagged straw?
And I threw in the pic of the camel cart just because I liked it, and again, because it’s outside my normal daily experience at home. And that’s why we travel – to see the world through different eyes, to understand the lives of others and to marvel at the ways in which people build an existence by stretching the boundaries of what is to hand.
Making it work with
extraordinary loads –
balance and design.