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Motionless Journey

Motionless Journey

From a Hermitage in the Himalayas

Text and photographs by Matthieu Ricard

Publisher: Thames and Hudson


Matthieu Ricard, a photographer and Buddhist monk, recently spent one year in the solitude of a hermitage in the mountains near Kathmandu. Nestled between lush valleys and the towering Himalayas, each day he quietly contemplated the subtleties of light from before sunrise until the evening after nightfall. These sublime photographs taken at the rhythm of one or two images per week are the fruit of this long wait without waiting, and of the elation of bearing witness to nature’s harmony intertwined with the peacefulness of meditation. 70 color illustrations.