The depth in Joey L.’s photos

When technical mastery, obsession with details and a deep passion for something come together, you can see how magnificent the human soul can be in its essence.

Joey Lawrence’s work shows a huge range of details and subtleties in the different ways of existing. The depth of entire lives in people and places equally full of meaning.

Baba Vijay by Joey L.

I got to know Joey’s work through a documentary that tells the story of three friends on a trip to India. The plot takes place from an intimate and respectful point of view about the experiences lived in the city of Varanasi: considered as the most sacred city in India, and one of the oldest in human history. It was there that Buddha gave his first sermon, around 528 BC, when the city itself was 500 to 1500 years old.

Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.

In the documentary, Joey says that this was his fourth trip to India, and in all the others he had not photographed. Except for one, when you met Baba Vijay, in the photo above.

Baba Vijay is a sadhu: a person who renounces any material possession and dedicates his life to spiritual evolution. The documentary shows how, by coincidence, Baba recognizes Joey, for having already met on one of his trips to India. And how he carried a printed photo taken by him when they met.

Baba Vijay by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.

Baba Vijay by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.

— Ryan McCarney.

Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.

Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.

Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.
Photo by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.
Baba Vijay by Joey L.

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Marcos is a motion designer passionate about art and results.