This week I’m hosting a unique photograph of an Opium Man take by Brian Barry and Noelle Kelly from WanderingOn Blog. I spotted this picture straight away and when I read the tittle I need to know the story behind it ha ha ha It was so intriguing. An Opium man? Meaning a a man selling opium, just like that on the street? Follow this lovely couple on Facebook and Twitter and check some other great pictures on Flickr, and no they do not sell opium, so if that is what you are up for, go to India ha ha ha
Picture Story: Opium Man
We spent six months backpacking through India, an amazing experience by all accounts and a photographers dream. Every time you turn your head there’s something else worth taking a picture of, it’s such an interesting place.
One day while we were touring the Mehrangarh Fort in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, we met this man. Calling himself the ‘opium man’ he worked within the fort grounds.
Most people seemed to just breeze past him but we had to go over and see what his deal was. He showed us the pipes that the Maharajas used to use to smoke opium back in the day and then from his pocket he pulls out some opium to show us! After chatting for a few minutes, we were just about to leave when we thought we’d ask him for a photo and sure enough, no problem!
We’re not sure if he was high or if this is how happy he really is but he cracked this great smile, shining through his white beard. He captures so much of Rajasthan the bright coloured turban, the long white beard and his relaxed nature. This photo will always remind us of travelling through the Rajasthan region and meeting the ‘opium man’!