Readers of SLR Lounge are no strangers to the work of Joey L, a Canadian photographer, who is best known as the creator of the Twilight movie posters. We’ve featured his work and tutorials a few times before, as he always generously t shares his knowledge.
As a personal project, Joey L traveled to Varanasi, India to create images for a series called, “Holy Men” focusing on featuring religious ascetics from around the world. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and the “epicenter of the Hindu faith.” Joey L traveled there for the third time a few years ago and captured the following evocative images:
Joey L. features the Sadhus and religious students in this series, all of them living lives very different from our own. Having left all earthly possessions, his home and family, Sadhus lives on the generosity of others, and are often seen as healers and earthly reminders of the divine.
Joey L’s passion is to travel to the edges of the world searching for unique people and places that challenges our world view.
Joey L’s Gear List
- Mamiya 645DF
- Mamiya Sekor 80mm f/2.8 Lens
- Profoto 7B 1200 battery pack
- Profoto Pro-B Head
- Elinchrom 69″ Rotalux Octa
- LEE Filters Lens Hood – Wide Angle
- LEE Filters 4×4″ Neutral Density (ND) 0.9 Glass F
- Avenger C-Stand Grip Arm Kit
- PocketWizard Plus X Transceiver
- Pelican 1514 Carry On 1510 Case
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the series, “Holy Men,” titled, Beyond: Varanasi, India, which can also be found on his tutorial website, Learn From Joey L.
CREDITS: All photographs by Joey L. are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.
[via @Joey L.]