Photography is a referent medium. While a photograph is a physical object with its own ontology, the image depicted references a moment that has already ended. The mobility of a photograph relies on the divide between presence and absence, the material and the ephemeral. This photographic essay considers the tensions and parallels of such divides in photographing and photographs of sadhus, holy men who wander throughout East Asia. Sadhus relinquish worldly possessions in the name of spiritual pursuits, surviving on whatever the divine provides. The following images illustrate both their radiant spiritual presence, and the trace of a material boundedness.
Radiant Traces: A Photographic Consideration of Sadhus
Eden Redmond is a multimedia artist and critical writer from Sacramento, CA. She is interested in all things kitschy, campy, and surprisingly poignant. In her professional projects, she strives for reciprocal listening, equity, dialogue, and humor. Her work ranges from large-scale paintings and group gallery shows, to public, dialogue-based work and participatory print installations. She is currently pursuing a master’s in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.
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Eden Redmond; Radiant Traces: A Photographic Consideration of Sadhus. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2014; 3 (4): 418–426. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2014.3.4.418
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