Human Nature - Bali

Human Nature - Bali

When Virginie Noel decided to spend some time with the young Balinese High Priestess Ida Maharesi Alit for a photo project, she didn’t realize that a few days would turn into two weeks of intense yoga study, meditation and purification ceremonies. While most things she learned while staying with Ida Resi are difficult to put into words, this series of photographs is an attempt to put into images some of the understandings gained experientially about the interconnectedness of all life, and of humans and Nature in particular.

In the Hindu conception of the Universe, the individual soul (Atman) is identical to the soul of the Universe (Brahman), which means all things are connected. The Balinese live in daily communion with the divine forces of nature: they honor and worship them, and are able to tap into the limitless Earth energies during their ceremonies. And such is the case for Ida Resi – she starts every day by praying to the sun and soaking up its life-giving energy. During her daily ceremonies, she calls on the energies of the ocean, earth, mountains, sky, and sun, using their power to cleanse and purify.

By witnessing these traditional ceremonies, this work attempts to illustrate the Balinese people’s deep spiritual connection to Nature and all elements.