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John Kenny


Country  –   India
Culture   –   Sadhu
Year        –    2014

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This portrait of Loha, a ‘Naga’ sadhu, was taken in Pashupatinath, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites.   Lord Pashupatinath is a manifestation of Lord Shiva and the name translates to ‘protector of the animals’.   Naga sadhus cover themselves in                                        ash and typically wander naked from head to toe.

John uses simple natural light and builds primitive makeshift studios from locally acquired white sheets! The suffuse light allows him to capture a remarkable level of detail. His subjects calm demeanor belies the reality of harsh arid winds, extreme temperatures and dust.

The C-type prints are mounted with an acrylic face mount giving them a 3-dimensional appearance and a contemporary look.


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