Soul Steps

PhotographerLuigi Fieni
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

My 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. Damodarkunda, in the Mustang region, is the terminus of an exhausting pilgrimage at altitudes ranging from 4000 to 6000 meters.

About Photographer

I started my career nearly as a game, doing photojournalism for The American Himalayan Foundation, where I was working as a conservator specialized in Tibetan art. Then I slowly started my first exhibitions and my first collaborations with important clients, such as The National Geographic, The North Face and The Getty Images. More publications of my work started appearing in magazines in Asia, Europe and USA. At present I am focused more on the galleries world with exhibitions and representations.