This shoot was very difficult to arrange, although we were welcomed into the house, I had to give guarantees that I would not shoot any images that showed the people that were making the opium, as it is illegal to make in India. Bishnoi reminds me a lot of Groot Marico: it’s illegal to make Mampoer, but once the locals get to know you, they will share their Mampoer and their stories with you. They were very friendly people and throughout the whole opium shoot I kept on showing my host the images to show to him that I had no faces in the images. Once we finished the shoot the host asked me if I wouldn’t shoot an image of him smoking the opium. I just laughed and jumped at the opportunity. He was so happy with his images that he gave me permission to use it. This is just part of the fun being a Photojournalist, you never know how a shoot is going to turn out.
For the shoot I used a Canon 7D with a Canon 35mm F/1.4 lens. For all the objects I used an Octabox (90cm Deep Octabox) with a Profoto flash. My camera setting was 1/250, F8 and ISO 100. I like to use the flash to get the vibrant colours and also for sharpness.