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Soul Steps

2010

soul steps

A Limited Edition Portfolio
Thoughts Over

Photographs

Luigi Fieni
THOUGHTS

The portfolio was shot in 2010 on the way to Damodarkunda, in the Mustang region of Nepal. It is a sacred site for both Buddhist and Hindus believers. Its sacred lake, as well as its holy mountain, is the terminus of a long and exhausting pilgrimage at altitudes ranging from 4000 to 6000 meters.

In this portfolio my images play the role of a pilgrim’s eyes. In a remote region of the Nepalese Himalaya they try to catch the meaning of a man’s journey, focusing on the purification of a soul through the unreal beauty pilgrims usually witness on their sacred trail. There is a meaning on every step and on every beauty the eye perceives, beyond any conventional prayer. The exhaustion vanishes through the landscape. The sense of scale disappears: nature then becomes the prayer, impossibly massive and curiously small at once. An unparalleled beauty.

FEELINGS

The journey my destination, the nature my sanctuary.
Kneeling to the shrine my invocation fades as the last word of a prayer lasted for the whole pilgrimage.
The body weakens as my soul gets stronger.
The sound of my steps echoes in my soul as the path crosses with my prayers.
Tracks, lines then inner roads as scars healing on this very soil.
Sweat as dew awakening my soul.
Soul steps, spoors behind my trail.
There is no end to this path, which gets lost beyond the horizon.
And I get lost as well.

EDITIONS SIZE

Archival Prints are available in the following LE sizes:

40 by 60 cm ( ~16 by 24 in ) : Limited Edition of 10 + 1 AP
60 by 90 cm ( ~24 by 36 in ) : Limited Edition of 10 + 1 AP
100 by 150 cm ( ~39 by 59 in ) : Limited Edition of 5 + 1 AP