Most important you have to be clean in mind body and thought.
The fast continues and the person can only have liquid with the rod in his mouth. This is the first time I shot a hijra doing this ritual and because I thought I might not get this opportunity again I shot him extensively.
I shoot every mood every nuance I have on hand 2 cards of 16 GB so obviously I am in no mood to scrounge , and because I am under no editorial constrain and because I dont have to give head to a photo editor to publish a single picture I am impulsively free to hit the trigger as many times I want.
I have not mortgaged the soul of my pictures for money ..and some things you cant buy if they are not for sale ,,, like a bloggers attitude towards life and photography.
I shoot single frame without noise I shoot the soul of reality .
I shoot wide I hate telly ..but my photography eq…
The same technique is applied when the rod is removed at the Maryamma temple after several hours , the guys with the 18 feet rods in the mouth sometimes with hooks on the back pull cars and move in a procession , a very slow tedious procession through the main road of Sion Koliwada .
I was shooting this event here for the first time barefeet , dog tired in my diabetic condition without food or drink.
All I had was jeera and lime before the piercings began at the Sai Baba Temple.