To publish my book about indian Sâdhus and keep my promise to talk about them in France. 4 years of work, 4 journeys and 2 photos awards.
NEWS A huge THANK YOU to all! The fundraising goal was reached in 10 days only. It corresponds to the minimum viable in order to achieve the book. However, it requires a very large personal investment... The overall project budget exceeds € 10,000 and I think we can approach it in the remaining 36 days ... I count on you to share this project around, spread the word via social networks, etc..
You are the ambassadors of the book!
All together, let's keep sharing !
Who am I ?
Olivier Remualdo, 35 years old.
A photographer in love with India and beautiful encounters.
I've spent more than a year and a half in India since I first travelled there in 2004.
Numerous photo projects and exhibitions were done about indian culture in France and abroad.
About 140 pages.
Bilingual French / English.
Approximate Dimensions 22 x 22 cm.
Foreword by Patrick Levy, author of "Sadhus Going Beyond the dreadlocks"" and the bestseller, "The Kabbalist"
Edition of 1100 copies.
Including a art numbered edition of 100 ex.
The art edition includes a portfolio of 2 fine arts numbered prints on baryte paper.
THE PROJECT ...
Started in 2009, the Sadhus project is a long-term work: three journeys were necessary to achieve this portrait gallery of Hindus wandering monks. In Hindi, the word sadhu literally means holy man. These ascetics aspire to spiritual enlightenment by detaching themself from the material world. Their number is estimated at over 5 million in India.
The specificity of my approach is to differentiate itself from the scenic representation usually made of these men. I photograph them at the place we meet, with a locally handmade photographic background. Through this process, I wish to offer the viewer the opportunity to pose a people-centered view, out of established visual codes ...
During these three journeys over 110 Sadhus were photographed and interviewed, hundreds met ...
"LA BELLE HISTOIRE..."
First trip - 2009
A friendship story is at the origin of this project.
My friend Jean-Charles Ecrement and I started in Varanasi in 2009. We wanted to talk about those men and share a little of this inspiring Indian wisdom through a series of portraits.
The approach is meant to be the sincerest possible and images of the project are the result of real encounters...
After that first trip we have designed the first layout of the "Sadhus of Benares" book.
The book was awarded the "Grand Prize Winner" at the Best Blurb Book Contest.
Travel Category 1800 participants.
2nd trip - 2010
We were supposed to keep on the project together but I continued without Jean-Charles at Haridwar in 2010.
The day before we meet at Delhi airport, I learned by telephone that an event forced him to stay in France. With his his consent, I continued the project thanks to another friend, René Garbarino, who came to help.
We spent three weeks at the Maha Khumb Mella; at the heart of what is the largest religious gathering in the world.
Incredibly, we meet on the first shooting day Dharam Puri Maharaj, the Naga sadhu who made the cover of the first book! Among millions of pilgrims present on that day we meet him, but this kind of small miracles happens in India.
These 3 weeks will be extremely prolific in terms of pictures and I learned so much from meetings and interviews. The craft background now manages us to take portraits of standing Sadhus.
After this second journey took place the first exhibition of the Sadhus project within the framework of the 12th Sept'Off in Nice (France), Festival of Mediterranean photography.
The exhibition is awarded the Lucien Clergue award (1st prize of the Festival).
3rd trip - 2011
the saga is continuing in 2001 in Maharashtra, mainly in Omkareshwar, a sacred island on the Narmada River. Concerned with being as accurate as possible in this iconographic work, I took interrest in photographing families of Sadhus that are missing in the project as well in Sadhvis, the women Sadhus.
A fourth very personal journey ...
It is in Rishikesh, after Haridwar Kumbh Mella, that I meet Ananda Baba. This lettered Sadhus is a swami that lived an extraordinary life. He traveled a lot (United States, Europe, Australia, ...) before making his vows and to renounce to the world. In Hindi Ananda means bliss and this can be read on his face. This meeting is so magical that I spend the whole day with him. Then I returned to Delhi in the evening of that day. He left the day after for a walking pilgrimage to the sources of the Ganges.
It is a journey on foot and alone to the sources of the Ganges that this meeting has inspired me ...
One year later, it is from our meeting place that I undertake the same adventure. My motivation is twofold: to go further in my knowledge about Sadhus by traveling their traditional way but also , as a personal challenge because I think we limit ourselves in what we can achieve ...
I'll walk more than 600km and up to 4500m high. Rallying the three sources of Ganges: Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri. Some nights will be spent under the stars, others in ashrams or in dharamsallahs who welcome pilgrims.
The journey was wonderful and gave birth to another series of photographs: Yatra - 2011.
2012, a year of exhibitions ...
In March 2012, I am invited to exhibit at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. The Sadhus and "Yatra" series are on the Champs Elysees! I also exhibited at the Trans'art Festival in Cogolin and at the Mougins Museum of Photography in early 2013.
Espace Pierre Cardin - Paris
Trans'Art Festival in Cogolin
From the beginning of the project I attach myself to choose unexpected places of exhibition or on shift with the topic to surprise the audience. This is how I started to launch my "Street Exhibition" concepts in Perpignan (Visa pour l'Image), Paris (Paris Photo) and even in Berlin...
Perpignan - Visa pour l'image
Paris - Paris Photo
Berlin - Shoah Memorial
2013, Year of the book...
Traditional ways for publishing are complicated for little well known photographers. So, I decided to launch the self publishing of this book by relying on my own structure and an association.
While realizing these portraits of wandering Hindu monks, I explained them that we had no sadhus in France. I promise to talk about them in my country through exhibitions as well as a book.
If these portraits of men and women inspire you ...
If you like these images of India and the message of wisdom they share ...
If you want to contribute making my promise to these men a reality ...
... then I'll invite you to attend this subscription!
A big THANK YOU to all of you...
Allocation of funds
To publish a book of photographs with good quality printing is quite expensive and I can not bear alone the funding of the book...
- 3,800 € are required:
- 3 04 € : KissKissBankBank commission.
- 3,496 € up to 45% of thr printing.
WHAT REMAINS TO MY CHARGE:
- The remaining 55% for printing: about 4,900 €
- The layout design and the translation into english. (bilingual version)
- Postcards: 150 €
- The 13.5 x20cm fiber prints for the book limited edition 2x100 "art edition" copies. : 1000 €
- The 12x18cm Kodak RC satin paper prints. According to quantity / Estimated at 150 €
- The fine art numbered prints of 5 copies. According to quantity.
- Packaging and postage.
- Distribution costs. (Fnac - Amazon - independent bookstores in Paris and on the French Riviera
- Sale at shows and on the internet).
9,696 € is a minimum budget excluding art prints, English translation, distribution costs and postage. ISBN number demand is free, but you must send a copy to the BNF.
WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE:
This project is totally self-funded since 2009.
All visas, plane tickets, transportation, life expenses and others were funded personally.
Over € 6,000 were already invested in both exhibition format.
- Espace Cardin: 60 art prints including 16 large format (1.2 m to 1.5 m high).
- Street Exhibition: 18 Kakémonos of 1.2 m high.
Money from award wining (Blurb & Price Lucien Clergue) was reinvested in the project.
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