ABOUT THE BAREFOOTPRINT
The Barefootprint was born in January 2014 with the lens and focus of exploring how to live as sustainably and mindfully as possible. Rather than leaving a large carbon footprint, especially through the life of travel, The Barefootprint encourages "to leave a bare footprint, to travel barefoot and free, with nothing left behind but these prints and imprints."
As prints instead, the artist behind the prints--Kaya Satori--offers her photos and writing, into which she pours her heart and hopes to share the wisdom she feels breathed to her from our sweet home all across this Earth. Just as we practice yoga barefoot, The Barefootprint also reminds us to stay in touch and close with the Earth, honoring her and experiencing life with an open, vulnerable and transparent heart―bare.
About The Artist
Kaya Satori has been traveling for the majority of the last six years, gathering photos and stories from all around the world. She is an award-winning writer, professional photographer, certified yoga teacher, and sustainability advisor who believes in reminding us of the magic that lives within nature, which dwells deep within us as well. Her extensive travels and courageous heart have guided her to some of the most untouched and rarely explored places in the world.
Kaya's favorite expedition thus far is India, where she backpacked for six months from the chaotic capital of Delhi to an ashram in a tiny Himalayan town, where she earned her yoga teaching certification, to Dharamsala, the Tibetan refuge where she met the Dalai Lama and first began climbing the Himalayas. Kaya also spent four weeks taking local buses, motorcycles, trekking, and even hitchhiking through Spiti Valley, a place only reachable for about a month every year, known for having "the most dangerous road in the world." There, she stayed in some of the oldest monasteries on Earth, learned from Tibetan monks, and ventured even deeper into Pin Valley, where she celebrated one of the holiest days of the year with the townspeople and enjoyed delicious feasts together. Kaya also traveled deep into the deserts of Rajasthan, nearly crossing the border of Pakistan by camel.
Since early 2010, Kaya has lived in Italy, from which she traveled through Europe and Morocco, then Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Canada, and a few other interspersed destinations, including around 30 national parks, some of which she trekked for a week at a time to gather photos from deeper in the wilderness.
The belief in living mindfully and sustainably moves her life, which is partly why her favorite medium for photography is metal and why she created "The Barefootprint." With each of her images, she hopes to illuminate the wisdom and magic ever-present within the world all around us―from tales of inspiration to the power of vulnerability, reminders of sacred mirrors to the wisdom of stillness, the bliss that's always available to us to how each experience guides us closer home. In the form of a mantra, Kaya offers with each photograph the teachings and reminders she feels breathed to her at each sacred space, revealed at the moment when the magic pours through, which then becomes the light of each photograph.