Joey L. is a photographer and director based in Brooklyn, New York. He loves to travel and create dramatic portraits that give the viewer a powerful insight into his subjects' lives. On his latest trip to India, Joey travelled to Varanasi with two good friends working on his "Holy Men" series, where he is slowly building a collection of images into a unified volume of work that features religious ascetics from around the world. Such an amazing and inspiring project. Below are the portraits from Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world and the epicentre of the Hindu faith.
These Sadhus have renounced all their early possessions and have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. They are yogis, seeking enlightenment through meditation, contemplation and prayers. To get a deeper sense of the Sadhu's way of life, watch the candid documentary BEYOND, created by Joey and his friends as they travel through Varanasi, India in pursuit of capturing the spirit of the Holy Men. Also be sure to check out more images from the Holy Men series here.