Back when I was a child hitch-hiking seemed more prevalent. College kids hitchhiked through Europe staying in youth hostels. Highway entry ramps always had someone with an out stretched thumb. Hitchhiking was an ad hoc form of car-pooling. The road was open for adventure.
I'm not exactly sure what killed hitchhiking. The "love fest" mentality of the 60s was somehow replaced by generations of paranoia brought on by feature horror films that cast hitch-hikers as chain saw murderers and those who picked them up as serial rapists.
Although I'm hardly advocating for this sort of transportation or suggesting that it is "safe", I do hope that people viewing this portrait will think about the decision someone makes when sticking ones thumb out in traffic. They might just need a ride! I'm hoping, too, that people will think about the decision to stereotype others.