A sadu, or holy man sits on temple steps in Pashupatinah, Nepal. The sadu are devout followers of Shiva, the Hindu god viewed as both destroyer and creator. Some sadu are constantly covered in sackcloth and ashes.
This man had a wonderful smile and gentle nature and seemed genuine. Locals say some sadu are society drop-outs, rather than religious men. The imitators pose for tourist photos, in exchange for money.
These two holy men have dreadlocks down to their feet and beyond. Click photos to view detail.
The 17th-century Pashupatinah Temple - the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu - has UNESCO World Heritage protection. The sacred site sits on the banks of the Bagmati River.
Sackcloth and ashes.
This man's long dreadlocks are wound into a giant bun on the side of his head.
This man covered in ash appeared to be a loner, isolated from the other sadu.
Check back soon for more of my images and stories from Nepal.
I heard Kevin Abosch talk about his portrait work. He said he hopes that when people look at his images, they recognise something within themselves...not in a melancholic way, but in our shared sense of fragility.
Using a reflector at Sony.
Canon. As evidenced by the pictures, the majority of French photographers are men.
Art piece by Gilles Ouaki for Leica: "Cherchez le petite etoile rouge, elle est verte," Paris 2010. ("Searching for the little red star; she is green)."
A vintage Leica.
An exhibition of Willy Rizzo's photographs includes his portrait of French actress Catherine Deneuve.
Clocks, balloons and greenery over the crowds at Salon de la Photo, Pavilion 4 at Porte de Versailles. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 8th. Tickets are available at the door.
All images shot with the little mirrorless Sony Nex-5 with an 18-55 mm F 3.5-5.6 zoom lens.