Johnny Cash and the Train to Mashhad

This is Assa. I travelled around 9 hours by train to the holy city of Mashhad, around 200kms from the Afghan border. I sat next to this girl's brother who was fascinated by my phone and headphones. After 7 hours of staring, I asked if he would like to listen to some music, which his parents approved. For 15 minutes he had his first taste of Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. I hope the smile on his face indicated he was influenced by this music in same way I was at his age. I got this photo of Assa, as the train stopped for prayer time for 20 minutes.

IranStephanie Hunt