"Holy Men" by Joey L.

March 03, 2014

"Holy Men" by Joey L.

Photographer, director and novelist, Joey L. continues his photojournalistic "Holy Men" series in Varanasi, India, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. His latest installment, which explores the lifestyle and culture of the sadhus, is a profound reflection on the practices of asceticism, self-denial, and spiritual liberation. Observing everything from the sadhus performing morning rituals in the Ganges River to holding human skulls in reflection of life's impermanence, his work is a brilliant amalgam of commercial appeal and aesthetic integrity. (via)

Filmmaker Cale Glendening accompanied Joey on his trip, creating the documentary "Beyond" as a complimentary piece to the series.

text by Algernon Felice Jr