To begin, I was a second photographer at a wedding for Susan DeLoach several weeks ago. Miles O'Sullivan, the brother of the bride, immediately struck my interest with his kind demeanor and unique clothing. Later, I discovered that Miles was born in Maidstone, Kent which is near the sea on the eastern side of Enland. He was once a professional Ocean photographer in Hawaii. He is also an amazing musician of 13 years, and played a beautiful song for his sister at her reception.
While talking with Miles I learned that several years ago he fell into a depression and immersed himself in the yoga culture. Miles discovered Siddhayatan Spiritual Retreat Center in Texas, where he was called upon to become a monk. Since April of 2013 Miles has lived at Siddhayatan. There he works from dawn till dusk helping build structures to expand their facilities, teaching a variety of different yoga classes, and preparing meals for the residents and their guests. Miles informed me that the meaning of 'Siddhayagan' itself describes his favorite part of the center. 'Siddha' means a liberated soul. A soul that had worked very hard to improve itself and dissolve it's anger, jealousy, greed, ego and deceit. When these negativity are completely dissolved, the soul is no longer weak and becomes liberated. Everything is revealed inside. ' Auatan' means place, so siddayatan is a place go siddhas, a place of liberated souls, or God. All the liberated souls merge together to create one God.
"When someone comes to Siddhayatan, they are in a place of non-judgement, spiritual growth and healing, and they can truly be themselves. This is my favorite part about our center. People can let go and be themselves here, while learning how to improve spiritually. " - Miles O'Sullivan
Even though he was only in Beaufort, South Carolina for a short time he agreed to spend one of his last afternoons in town being photographed. These are the results. Enjoy.
A special thanks goes out Miles himself for his time and his stories, and to Susan DeLoach for making this shoot happen. <3