Although difficult to fully quantify, the number of people visiting monasteries has exploded over the past decade. ASKESIS is a photo project exploring the desires of travelers looking for an escape from the restlessness of increasingly instantaneous expectations and ever more entrenched digital connections. It begins at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where I began my journey as one of these travelers just under three years ago. ASKESIS contains photographs from some of the monasteries I’ve visited alongside street photography, landscapes, and still lifes collected during my visit. I do not see it as a finished project: I’m not sure it ever will be one.
The Greek word "askesis" (ἄσκησις) is the origin of the English word "asceticism". It refers to the training a warrior does to strengthen her/his body through exercise.