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Holy Men Headshots

This Holy Men Photography Series is Hauntingly Intimate

— May 3, 2014 — Fashion
Lynzy Billing's holy men photography series for VICE seeks to portray the real people behind the rigorous spiritual profession. Holiness and spirituality tend to produce mixed feelings of exaltation and anxiety, making it a heavy topic to breach.

Billing's biggest concern was how to authentically express the Sadhus as human beings, and her simple head shot format definitely did the trick. Free from any worldly context, the photos are an honest reflection of the separatist reality the Sadhus willingly endure.

In fact, the Sadhu spiritual practice is a rigorous test of human commitment that requires a disavowal of worldly attachments and luxuries. Though the rest of society may not fully understand the severe renunciation implicit in this way of life, we can most definitely admire the strength and perseverance it requires.
Trend Themes
1. Intimate-portraits-holy-men - There is an opportunity to create intimate and authentic portraits of holy men to showcase their humanity in a profound way.
2. Spiritual-photography-series - Creating a photography series that explores spirituality and religion can offer insight into the lives and practices of holy men.
3. Holiness-and-spirituality - Exploring the complex emotions of holiness and spirituality can provide a deeper understanding of these practices and their impact on individuals.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Photographers have an opportunity to capture and showcase the humanity of individuals practicing spirituality.
2. Spirituality and Religion - The spirituality and religion industry can benefit from creating more authentic and relatable content that portrays the lives of holy men.
3. Art and Culture - Artists and cultural institutions can explore the themes of holiness and spirituality to create thought-provoking works that engage audiences.
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