The Bishnoi are the first ecologists ever. They do not kill animals, they do not cut trees, they only use dead branches to make fire. The live near Jodhpur on the fringe of the Thar desert.
They follow Guru Jambheshwar who gave the message to protect trees and wildlife around 540 years ago, prophesying that harming the environment means harming yourself. He formulated twenty nine rules, not only to conserve bio-diversity but also to ensure a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community.
We shot this girl in one of the villages where 3 families live together with the parents. While our model was carrying stones in the sweltering sun, she posed like a pro, proud and confident. She lifted her veil for the pictures and showed her jewellery and dark eyes. A great shot.