|The Student -- Luigi Fieni|
“Every hundred years, Buddhist students could undergo a ceremony in order to attain enlightenment.As we look through the images, we walk through the tale; we meet the young-looking but confident warrior, the imposing guardians and a collection of strange and colorful demons, alive with movement. And in the end, the warrior breaks free and returns to the world enlightened. Shot in Nepal, Fieni first came to the region through his career as an art restorer. Since that initial trip he has frequently returned, working on the restoration of ancient art work in a variety of locales in Asia and teaching locals the craft of art restoration. With his background in painting, Fieni is specially skilled in reproducing a variety of styles and techniques with a paint brush, and that ability that makes him especially well suited to restoration, but that also comes through in his photographic images.
Those students had to pass a test consisting of walking through the room of a 1000 demons: an empty dark room guarded by 2 guardians.
Once inside, the 1000 demons would take the forms of the students’ worst fears, and the students would have to fight them in order to walk through the room. If they succeeded, they would attain enlightenment.”
|The Fears I -- Luigi Fieni|
See Luigi Fieni's portfolio The Room of 1000 Demons on the Photographer's Showcase here.
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