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This elderly Naga gentlemen is a tattooed ex-headhunter. ( now illegal and forbidden in India). He is looking at a slideshow of himself and his neighbours in t...
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This elderly Naga gentlemen is a tattooed ex-headhunter. ( now illegal and forbidden in India). He is looking at a slideshow of himself and his neighbours in the village on Hongchu, in eastern Nagaland, near the Myanmar border.
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11 Comments |
Ruslan_Lavrentyev
 
Ruslan_Lavrentyev May 20, 2019
Civilization.
millerb3 PRO
millerb3 May 22, 2019
It was his inner peace and profound "love light" which made him an ideal subject.
loriblackburn
 
loriblackburn February 23, 2020
Amazing photograph!
KristinaOers PRO+
 
KristinaOers February 23, 2020
Great story, old traditions and modern times... and a beautiful smile! Great capture!
millerb3 PRO
millerb3 March 18, 2020
thank you. I'm delighted you enjoy it. happy clicking...
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography February 23, 2020
Wow' This photo has a long story. Great portrait.
millerb3 PRO
millerb3 March 18, 2020
thank you. I'm delighted you enjoy it. happy clicking...
lifeisgood618
 
lifeisgood618 March 18, 2020
that's an awesome picture!
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millerb3 March 18, 2020
thank you. I'm delighted you enjoy it. happy clicking...
Cego1369
 
Cego1369 April 08, 2020
Unique
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millerb3 April 08, 2020
Thank you. Cego, happy adventures
ashoknair Ultimate
 
ashoknair April 24, 2020
Wonderful story telling
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millerb3 April 24, 2020
thank you Ashok. Happy adventures with your camera.
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto October 03, 2020
magnifique
Bhaskar_Mitra-0128
 
Bhaskar_Mitra-0128 September 17, 2021
Very cool👍
@reanphotshot
 
@reanphotshot January 18, 2022
So beautiful
P0ST Ultimate
 
P0ST October 08, 2023
and It wouldn't take him long to learn how to use it
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Location

This image was taken in the Naga village of Hongphoi. Mon district, Nagaland. Nagaland is the tribal homeland of the multi-tribe Nagas. It straddles the Indian and Myanmar borders, at about 12-1500m altitude in the lower southeast extremes of the Himalayas.

Time

This was a composition I had imagined long before planning a trip to Nagaland. I wanted to use controlled lighting and a black background. Thus it was indoors. Indoors being a thatched hut with a dirt floor, walls of woven bamboo strips and palm frond mats.

Lighting

I was able to black out ambient light with the use of several large Manfrotto portable backdrops. I didn't want a flash and the light emitted from the keyboard was too weak. A slow shutter speed wasn't possible as the subject couldn't comply with the necessity of standing perfectly still. So, as a last ditch attempt, I used a small portable LED video light placed on the keyboard. Besides his tattoos, I wanted to capture his benign expression.

Equipment

When I can create a composition on the road, I use a Phase One 100MPX3 and I recall, a Schneider Kruznacht 110mm f2.8 lens. Also a titanium tripod ( Chinese) and shutter cable. When I tried to get the scene with two Profoto A1 flashes, time allowed didn't permit me the luxury of endless test shots. I had spent 6 days in the village, and was showing him a slideshow of himself and his neighbours. But getting excited about seeing the images, he couldn't keep still. That is when I used the video LED light on the keyboard for the glow I wanted.

Inspiration

I planned to do portraits of the last generation of the last culture of headhunters on the planet. Headhunting in Nagaland, for trophies not cannibalism, was effectively purged in the late 1980s. I've been travelling in India and the subcontinent regularly for the past 50 years and witnessed with increasing speed, the disappearance of ancient tribes and cultural patterns. I wanted to create images of poignant dignity and pride, visible even through the conclusion to their way of life.

Editing

I use Capture One for post-processing. A few adjustments were made with the vignette tool to adjust the glow and background.

In my camera bag

Where I usually travel there is no chance to replacements, repairs or substitutes. I have to pack with the idea that if I need and and don't have it in my bag, I won't get it. My primary camera is the Phase One XP3 100 and SK lenses of 35mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm, 150mm and 240mm. Backup camera is a Nikon D850 with only a 105mm macro and 24-70mm N series. The Nikon is ideal for low light situations and also where fast response is critical to capturing an event. The usual cleaning kits, spare lens caps- all sizes, batteries, spare battery charger, Mac laptop, several external hard drives, an extension cable power bar, portable Manfrotto backdrops, two Ai Profoto flashes with stands, a few black/silver disc reflectors, monopod, tripod, small took kit, tape, and some props when space is available.

Feedback

Patience, and bonding with your subject to make them relaxed is crucial. This can't be rushed. It can be fun for everybody or stressful. Tribals aren't easily comfortable around outsiders, so it takes some time. Small gift giving is crucial to bonding. Not some coins, but a thoughtful token. To children I give plastic sandals, pencils/pens and pen cases. To senior men in the villages I may present an modestly-priced LED torch, or simple Paracetemol. Over the counter medicines are frequently asked for by the natives. Soap and small towels are welcome by women. It's the best investment you can make in getting unique opportunities.

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