Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Editorial / Photo Essay

The Last Journey

  • Photographer
    Alfonso Perez de Velasco

"The body is just a garment, the soul moves on" Varanasi by the Ganges, is a city of pilgrimage and devotion which every Hindu will endeavour to visit at some point in their lives. The ganga (water) of the holy Ganges and the fire of Manikarnika (the main Burning Ghat where cremations take place), mark the beginning and end of the path to Moksha or Nirvana . To be cremated in Varanasi is to escape the cycle of reincarnation and to reach Nirvana. Many will travel from far to die in Varanasi. The responsability of performing and arranging these elaborate funeral rituals fall in the hands of the eldest son of the family. He must shave his head as a symbolic act of purification.

Originally from Madrid, Spain, I now live in Australia where I work as a dermatologist. I am a self taught photographer with a main interest in Street, Travel and Portraiture Photography.