April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015

A Life Apart

Photograph by Mohd Irman Ismail, National Geographic Your Shot

“The Sanskrit term sadhu (‘good man’) refers to renouncers who have chosen to live a life apart from or on the edges of society to focus on their own spiritual practice,” writes Your Shot member Mohd Irman Ismail, who made this portrait in Kathmandu, Nepal. “I was visiting Pashupatinath Temple and saw this lone sadhu relaxing near the bank of the river that passed through the temple. I smiled at him and gestured at the camera, asking for his permission, and he nodded. I lifted the camera and captured him with [this] deep and steely look.”

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12 comments
Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

They say "the eyes are the mirror of the soul" what a amazing photo of this man!

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The designs on his face make his eyes look like they are part of the universe. 

Drew Hopper
Drew Hopper

Stunning capture, very intriguing expression. 

Suzanne Barnes
Suzanne Barnes

Amazing shot; that look goes right through me.  It's an interesting thing how holy men and women are much the same everywhere you go-- I met a Buddhist priest chanting sutras and asking for alms on a bridge in Hiroshima, Japan, who had the same look on a very different face.

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