07 November 2014

Bribing Sadhus from Nepal

Nepal's affable sādhus are almost totally dependent on the alms of others for subsistence. In addition, they may also support themselves by engaging in any of the following activities: begging, serving as spiritual mentors to personal disciples, interpreting dreams, telling fortunes, reading palms, astrology, manufacturing amulets, performing exorcisms, casting spells, singing, conjuring, juggling, tattooing, selling medicinal potions, and posing for photographers...

people, closeup, street portrait, headshot, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, double V sign, long beard

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, amputated right arm, raised left hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth..."
people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Bhaktapur, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

What is a Portrait?
A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or any other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, even in street photography, a portrait is generally not a spontaneous snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.


More portrait photographs of sadhus from Nepal in Matt Hahnewald's

Portrait photographs of sadhus from Tamil Nadu in Matt Hahnewald's

1 comment:

Konni Hahnewald said...

Cool guys, great shots.