Photos of India's Street Kids Captured By Former Street Kid Himself

Roy exclaimed, “That's why I ran away from the shelter within a few days of being picked up by them. I was getting food, we were being given an education and a home-like environment, but you get so suspicious being on the streets. You value your freedom, and getting into a disciplined environment is tough. So I ran away," reports Hindustan Times.

But within 15 days, volunteers brought him back. This was the time when he saw the stark contrast between his unsafe life outside, and the safe environment at Salaam Baalak, and stayed on. Not just empowered street children with education, the Trust helps children identify and sharpen non-traditional skills too. It was during his stay here that Roy started assisting British photographer Dixie Benjamin, who was documenting the work of the Trust.

"I didn't understand English but Benjamin told me that the arts have no language, and that I had a good eye. Plus, I was pathetic at studies. After class 10, I didn't want to study. I also realized that photography would give me a chance to travel, which I love. And that's when I got into it," he added.

Since then, no looking back for this young boy towards achieving his goal. Today he is one of the most acclaimed photographers in the world and was among four people chosen by the Maybach Foundation from across the world to document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.

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