Prabhulal Maharaj, Bholeswar, Jamnagar, Gujerat, India, December, 1995.
Platinum-palladium print on Wyndstone vellum from 8×10 inch original negative.
I first met Prabhulal-lji, a priest, (the ‘ji’ is a suffix indicating respect in many Sanskritic Indian languages) when I was eleven. Almost thirty years later, here we were together again, with my parents. What I had not understood as a tweener, but left me humbled, burdened and becalmed now, as we talked and photographed in his kitchen was this:
his ancestors, a family of priests, had been my family’s spiritual guides for about seventeen generations.
We lose so much. We are relieved of so much.