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  • Holy Men
  • by photographer 
    Ken Hermann

    On my several travels to India and Nepal I’ve been very intrigued by the Sadhus – the ascetic Hindu holy men.
    They awoke my curiosity with their way of life and of course  their appearance.
    The Sanskrit term Sadhu ("good man") refer to people who have chosen to leave behind all material and sexual attachments to live a life apart from society in order to focus on their own spiritual practice. The Sadhus are widely respected for their holiness and sometimes even feared for their curses. They live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal
    Because the Sadhus lives in the most remote corners of India and Nepal they are very difficult to track down and the best way to get in touch with them is to go to the sacred places or holy festivals of Nepal and India.
    My idea behind the portraits was to capture the beauty of the Sadhus. I wanted the Holy Men to stand out from the big crowds of the pilgrims and tourist you most often find at these sacred places. 
    I wanted to give the portraits power and simplicity and to emphasize the spirituality of the Sadhus. Furthermore, I wanted to provide the images with a kind of unreal and almost supernatural look that emphasizes the sadhus’ place in the world
    – a place closer to god.