To continue his photo series of holy men from different religions around the world, Brooklyn based photographer Joey L , takes us on a journey to India, to meet the holy men of Varanasi.
Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world; it’s thought that people may have lived in Varanasi for about 3,000 years or longer. It’s the epicenter of Hindu faith, similar to Jerusalem for Christians and Mecca for Muslims.
The holy men of Varanasi, also known as sadhus, are the featured subjects of this project.
There is something special about Joey’s process, and mainly because of its based goal.
“Whenever I photograph somebody, one of the main challenges is always presenting them with a sense of dignity.” said Joey. Instead of focusing on presenting the subjects from a journalistic point of view, where you find out what they are doing, he goes for the portrait view, where we get to see what they are about.
A sensitive observer of endangered cultures and traditions, Joey travels the globe creating dramatic portraits while giving the viewer a powerful insight into his subjects lives. He reminds me of Jimmy Nelson’s project, Before they pass away, where we also get to see that focus on tradition with an clear observant eye.
Also, we manage to have a look behind the camera and see the actual events that lead to this adventure in Varanasi. Just scroll down for the video.
Created by: Cale Glendening, Joey L., Ryan McCarney
Directed by: Cale Glendening
Edit/Color: Chris Dowsett, Cale Glendening, Joey L., Megan Miller, John Carrington
Graphic/Titles: James Zanoni
Original Score: Stephen Keech,Tony Anderson
Photography: Joey L.