It took 2 weeks of walking to find this man. In one of the stranger assignments I’ve ever had a magazine asked me to spend a month in Peru looking for the mythical Don Beni. As a young man Don Beni had ventured into the jungle, exploring Inca ruins, fighting jaguars founding towns and eventually disappearing deep into the rainforest with his oldest daughter.
Before leaving for Peru I knew 2 things.
1) I wanted the portrait to have some production. It didn’t make sense to go all that way and shoot natural light. It would have to be lit.
2) I'd have to carry everything on my back through the rainforest for weeks so the lighting kit was going to have to be lightweight.
In the end I carried 2 hot shoe flashes with manual controls and a medium softbox. The flashes put out just enough light to overpower the sunlight in the clouds behind Don Beni.
The story both of Don Beni and of the expedition to find him is very twisted. It definately falls under the category or “dark tales from the underbelly of journalism.” Maybe one day I will start posting those (any interest?).