Alexis Vasilikos (b. 1977) is an Athens-based photographer and the co-editor of Phases Magazine. His work explores the presence of the sublime in everyday life and is an intimate contemplation on the nature of emptiness. Today we share his series Back to Nothing.
Back to Nothing
Back to Nothing is a series of images from my travels to India.
I traveled to India for the first time in 2004 in search for a spiritual teacher, a Guru. I was looking for someone who could help me understand the fundamental nature of reality and myself. What gave me the push to go there is a mystery. Somehow I wasn’t satisfied with what I had known until that point of my life and I wanted to meet someone who had gone beyond. I had the good fortune to meet my Guru in Rishikesh in 2004 in the presence of Mooji and to attend my first satsangs*. I didn’t know what satsang meant and initially I didn’t understand anything at a conceptual level, but I was filled with so much joy and peace. Ι knew that I had found what I was looking for. I had the proof in front of my eyes that liberation is not only possible, but accessible to all because it’s not apart from what we are, it is at the core of our being. After this first visit, I traveled to India 3 more times.
*Satsang: Association with the wise; being in the presence of someone who has realized the Self.
To view more of Alexis work, please visit his website.