The Latest From Sarit Photography: Interviews and Imagery 

Back in November, I had the opportunity to photograph a group of yogis to help launch the Yoga and Body Image campaign for the Yoga and Body Image Coalition (check out the video from Funk Films HERE).

De Jur Jones and Joni Yung

The coalition was birthed by Melanie Klein and Gigi Yogini after the release of Yoga and Body Image: 25 stories about Beauty, Bravery, and Loving Your Body, co-edited by Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley.

Images from the shoot were showcased in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal and countless others. And the tag line “This is what a yogi looks like” began flying through the ethers like wildfire. It felt good to be a part of something that had such inspired movement behind it. It also supported my long-standing advocacy for positive body talk in the media, my photography, and my own recovery.

It’s not uncommon to hear me talk candidly about body image, the overuse of photoshop, and our collective self-deprecation around the way we look and the way we perceive ourselves. It’s not uncommon for photographers to be asked to change anything from the breadth of one’s thighs, to the shape of ther eyes. Since picking up a camera, shifting this conversation has always been at the fore–even when I was shooting pinup–a world that thrives on hyper-real imagery.

Photographing yogis is more in line with my own ideologies but even within the confines of a “spiritual” community, delusion still reigns, supported by the shape-shifting industry we have to navigate. The Yoga & Body Image Coalition is a refreshing move out of this narrow way of thinking.

That said, I wanted to share this 2-part interview with me over at YBIC:

The Illusion of Perfection–Part One

Combatting Weapons of Mass Perfection–Part Two

We are simply enough, just the way we are.

My LoveMore Movement Adventure

This lady is going on a wild adventure to Vermont via New York to photograph some downright

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein

inspiring individuals for the LoveMore book. Despite all of the excitement around creating t-shirts and getting the LoveMore Movement site off the ground, the portraits for the book have been ongoing. I have had the opportunity to photograph some incredible people do far and when I finally sat down to inventory my list, I realized that I am almost done. At least with the photographic portion of this venture. In all, I will have around 30 people featured, maybe more if my count is off.

Next week, I pack my gear, a ton of tees, an open heart and hit the road. First stop is New York, to finally meet my dear friend and LoveMore Ambassador Kendra Sebelius, founder of Voice in Recovery and Embrace Self Love! I am excited to finally be able to give her a real hug! I’m also looking forward to photographing her and  hopping into my crappy rental (I went cheap, as is the necessity of a self-funded project!) and head out to the Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, Vermont. Two things, I’ve never been to Vermont (at least not that I can remember — there was a lot of traveling in my early childhood), and I’ve not been to New York since I was a kid. I may get lost and not come back west. Just kidding, I have my husband and son here and I really don’t ever want to go far without them.

teamlovemore

Vermont presents a whirlwind of inspiration — I have had the honor of meeting so many people online but this entire trip is about making real-time connections and spreading my wings. I am photographing the always inspiring Kate Bartolotta,  Jenn, and Chris Grosso. Seriously, this book is a dream come true for me. In the midst of my photographic geek-out, I look forward to diving in to the yoga cornucopia of Wanderlust Stratton. I’m sure it will be amazing. . I want to drink in the smells of Vermont and the energy of my fellow yogis. There is no doubt that my soul will be fed.

As always, my camera will be with me not as a weapon of mass perfection, but as a dynamic bridge between me and the people I photograph. This isn’t about stealing images or making someone something they are not, this is about honoring people just the way they are. Perfect in their imperfections.

If you’ll be in Stratton, and you want to squeeze in a mini shoot with me, I’m making myself available on Friday, 6/19. Email hello@saritphotography.com and put Stratton in the subject.

Be well!

Love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

 

Shoot Every Day? Yes. Blog Every Day? Erm, No.

Not for lack of trying, either. I am continuing my 365 Project without a hitch, or not much of one. The trouble is, despite shooting every day, I don’t always upload every day. I have a lot happening. I have recently written two pieces for Elephant Journal, finally inspired to write my own stuff. I am still writing non-stop for Visions. And I am teaching yoga to tweens and teens 2x a week. I am busy and inspired beyond words but that also means I am chronically behind. I either need a clone or to give myself a break and allow myself to be behind. Stress over creating art is ridiculous, really. So, here’s a couple weeks worth of images to peruse. If  you are so inspired, check out my page at the 365Project! I think I left off around Day 35 and we are now at Day 64. Yeah. Special, I know. So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy.

Love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

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Someone is Behind: 365 Project days 32-35

I better get my bum in gear! I have fallen behind and think I even uploaded two I shot in the same day. Oh well, no one is perfect.

Here you go, 4 days, 4 images.

“Demon Kitty”

I love this cat to the moon and back, but his wild side has demonic qualities. God forbid he runs out of food… if that happens, wear armor.

Demon Kitty on 365 Project

“Sacred Heart; Sacred Light”

Sometimes our hearts are broken apart, and sometimes they are broken open, but with each crack, each crumble, comes an opportunity for transformation.

Sacred Heart; Sacred Light on 365 Project

“Irony”

So much for getting a lamb shake.

Irony on 365 Project

“Hay-Yah!”

Prepping for the next test: this time, my shorty is going for brown belt! Bam!!

Hay-Yah on 365 Project

 

 

Love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

365 Project: Days 26-30 — Life Rolls On.

Took a break from daily posts. It was starting to consume my life, this project, and that’s not at all what it is supposed to do. It has, however, sparked some insane creativity, and for that, I am grateful. Having my camera out every day is a beautiful thing.

The wonderful Jessica Rosen (owner of One Down Dog), her husband Daniel, and their lovely dog Patrick, who is THE OG Down Dog, hanging out at the Photo Booth I hosted on the 26th.

A Modern American Gothic on 365 Project

This past Monday, I started teaching yoga to teens at my son’s school. It feels right in my bones, and I realize how much I adore this age group. Sure, I want to teach adults at some point, but to share a practice so dear to me with these kids is a true honor.

Courage on 365 Project

Light makes the ordinary extraordinary:

Succulent on 365 Project

I got called out to “stop, drop and yoga,” so this happened:

Self-Care on 365 Project

And today, well, today was weird. It started out rough, had some sweetness in the middle and then, bam, the shit hit the fan.

Where's the sugar on 365 Project

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Days 21 and 22: A Blur

I barely got my shots in yesterday and today, but I am committed. Sick, tired, whatever, an image is going to be created. Stubborn? Me? Ha. Enjoy.

Day 21 was an iPhone capture: Get Lucky

a href=”http://365project.org/saritphoto/365/2014-01-21″>Get Lucky on 365 Project

Today…Day 22:
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” Sylvia Plath

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” Sylvia Plath on 365 Project

Truth: shoot was inspires you. Words inspire me. Light inspires me. You inspire me.

Love,
Sarit