Danish Photographer Ken Hermann, most commonly known for his portrait, editorial and commercial photography, has caught our attention with his series capturing the Sadhus, also known in sanskrit as “Good Men”. The title of his series, “Holy Men” showcases the vibrant visual traditions of these nomadic recluse men who devote their life to their own spiritual practice. Traditionally only found in Hindu traditions, this type of practice is the exorcise/meditation of leaving behind all materials and sexual attachments of life. They dwell alone in caves, forests, and temples all over India and Nepal.
Typically covering their face with ash and/or paint the Sadhu’s appear more colorful then the average monk or worshiper, thus further separating them from the common populous. The colorful paint represents which Deity they have devoted their life to while the ash signifies the death of their worldly life.
To see more of Ken Hermann’s beautiful work, visit his website.
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