Trucks in India aren't simply a way to get around. They're a mobile work of art that says much about the person behind the wheel.
The beautifully intricate interior of a truck cabin.
"I think there is a big pride connection — this is the truck driver's world, it's where they're spending all their time" said Eckstein, whose intimate and striking portraits of the drivers captured them in their pride-and-joy.
Many of the trucks have the words "Horn Please" emblazoned on the rear, a call for drivers to honk their horns when overtaking the truck. On the road in India it's very loose — people are weaving in and out, you have animal carts, pedestrians, cows wandering out," said Eckstein. And the horn is a really stabilizing factor in letting everyone know where everyone else is.
In a nation spanning almost 4 million square kilometers, truck drivers are the ones quite literally keeping the Indian economy moving, delivering goods to rural parts of the country inaccessible by railway.
The drivers really do live in the truck. There's usually two or three drivers in each truck and there's usually bunk beds," said Eckstein. In the cabin it's really a home away from home, and they take a lot of pride in it.
The painted paneling of a truck in Jodhpur.
Each truck is an evolving work of art," added Eckstein.There's the initial build and painting of the truck, but as they go along they add different stickers or commission different paintings, or they make decorations, or add garlands.