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Sâdhus
HOLY MEN OF HINDUISM
Portraits, by Olivier Remualdo

I travel in india since 2004. The authenticity I find there is such that I ceaselessly return in that country; I’ve spent there about a year and a half. My life is a real human and spiritual quest which I pursue through the photographic process. I am interested in the themes of wisdom and spirituality, I find in India what has practically disappeared from the western society (I live in Europe - France). I do not claim to be an utopian, but I do believe in the unity of our world and in love. For me, love emerge from the encounter, self knowledge and in a discovery desire. According to me, it exists only through a sincere and an authentic approach. I do not try to impose a point of view but simply to deliver a message which can contribute to know who we really are. I try to share a singular perception of the world in which we live, beyond prejudices and a certain nonsense of our globalized societies.

India is a land of contradictions and the current period stresses more the paradoxes of a society anchored in the spiritual and the religous ways while being oriented in a race for its development and wide opened to technological transformations at the same time. According to my experience, no nation symbolizes better than India the synthesis of humanity, it is what makes me return there ceaselessly. Since years, I am fascinated by the spiritual and mythological aspects of this country that I explore through my photographic work. Originally trough a poetic approach which evolved as time goes by, towards a more and more humanistic glance. By the apprenticeship, I get closer and closer to these men and women, dissipating my fears and in priori, reducing my distance to the photographed subject until a mutual sharing out that I want the most sincere. In my project, I give a greater place to the meeting, it prevails on the technical aspect. It allows me to live unexpected and real situations.

In my current work I am interested in individuals who chose a different way, going even contrary to the quick march of the world. I am next to sâdhus without any idealization and I respect them profoundly as men and also in their quest of wisdom. Although few works are dedicated to them, sâdhus are a lot photographed and they became icons of contemporary and touristic India. I notice that they are systematicly represented in the everyday life context or in the frame of rituals. I thus orient my work into a studio logic to make off-camera the immediate environment of the subject. I strip my portraits of their "picturesque" aspect to show better the peculiarity of the individual in order to make the spectator refocus on his glance, facing the subject, and if he is dispoed to do so, with himself.

This project was initiated in 2009 in Varanasi. The last journey was during the 2010 Haridwar Maha Kumbh Mellah were millions of pilrims came for having a bath in the Holy bath at an auspicious time. The Maha Kumbh Mellah is the bigest gattering of people in the world for rligious beliefs..

Oremualdo

About the Author

Olivier Remualdo
Oremualdo India & French Riviera

For this, check my websites:

www.oremualdo.com
www.atmanphoto.com

Comments (46) Write a comment

Oremualdo

Oremualdo says

le livre Sadhus est sorti en France !
RDV sur www.sadhus.fr

posted at 05:35am Nov 25 PST

onggi

onggi says

Incredible black and white Images.

posted at 06:35pm Nov 30 PST

nancyowho

nancyowho says

Beautiful, beautiful book. Perfect in every way. The cover photo is amazing. Incredible work. Do you live as beautifully as you create?

posted at 09:55pm Aug 25 PST

Oremualdo

Oremualdo says

Merci a tous pour tout ces commentaires. Ca me fait tres plaisir de retrouver sur cette page des gens croisés dans le monde virtuel (merci a noborders don't j adore le pseudo) ou dans un quotidien plus concret (merci a bb7506).... Sans oublier Les autres : merci ! Thanks to all !
jay Saraswati!
Olivier

posted at 03:09pm Aug 20 PST

noborders

noborders says

Pas facile, de faire un livre entier sur LE sujet de prédilection de pratiquement tous ceux qui découvrent l'Inde... Il y a des millions de photos de sadhus mais celles-ci, en noir et blanc, vont au-delà du superficiel. Ils ont l'air très naturels et relax devant ton objectif - et quels beaux modèles !

posted at 02:07pm Aug 20 PST

Coriolana

Coriolana says

Just beautiful!

posted at 02:28am Aug 20 PST

bb7506

bb7506 says

Magnifique travail, beauté des traits, profondeur des regards, images captivantes. Je vous ai découvert au Musée des Arts Asiatiques... ai pu admirer votre expo deux fois... Good luck.

posted at 02:04pm Aug 19 PST

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