NEIL HERBERT’S EXPLORATIONS OF INDIA, CHINA, AND OTHER FAR-REACHING CORNERS OF ASIA HAVE FOSTERED A PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE THAT IS SIMULTANEOUSLY EXOTIC AND INTIMATE. HIS CURIOUS, COLORFUL, AND ENERGETIC IMAGES DEMONSTRATE AN APPRECIATION AND FASCINATION FOR AN EVERYDAY WAY OF LIFE THAT IS STRANGE, BEAUTIFUL, AND BEYOND THE MUNDANE.

Neil herbert, Exhibition, Looking East

Holy Men


Intimate portraits of India’s fascinating holy men

Varanasi is one of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world and the epicentre of Hinduism. Its also a spiritual home for India’s sadhu’s. These holy men are revered by Hindus as representatives of the gods and sometimes worshiped as gods themselves. They are ascetic wanderers respected for their holiness and feared for their curses.

I had an overwhelming curiosity towards these holy men who had wilfully renounced themselves of all earthly possession and dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.


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