YogaPhd, 21st Century Yoga…And Me!~

YogaPhd, 21st Century Yoga…And Me!~
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All right, loves, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been shooting a lot of yoga, some of which has graced two book covers. Much of this was done as a labor of love, and the resulting exposure is a wonderful, humbling side effect.

My latest adventure continues this yoga them. I joined forces with Carol Horton and launched an Indiegogo campaign to recoup some of my costs as well as try to garner some funds to expand my lights. So, here’s your chance to get a print, or two, or a book and a print,  or whatever perk you desire while supporting your DIY pal.

Fine art and books await you here!

Pass it on! My printer is raring to go!

Love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

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21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, & Practice

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, & Practice

Check it out! The book launch is happening in less than a week!

Join us for the LA Launch of the newly released anthology, “21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice” eds Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey

At the home of Kia Miller and Tommy Rosen
Hosted by Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Melanie Klein, Chelsea Roff, Sarit Rogers, Julian Walker

Book reading, Q& A and author signing (copies available for purchase or bring your own copy!)

Live music by OddUs and Brandon + Leah
DJ Derek Beres (Globesonic/Earthrise Soundsystem)

Evening presented by Whole Foods Venice + GaiamTV

Street parking is limited, GO GREEN and carpool, take public transportation, walk or ride your bike

Sarit Photography Stretches Out

Front cover image: 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice
© Sarit Rogers / sarit photography 2012

I know haven’t posted in what seems like a month of Sundays, but it’s not because there hasn’t been anything going on. If anything, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to write. At least not when it comes to writing for myself.

My last entry honored my grandfather. A man whom I discovered I knew very little about. Turns out he also held the patent for the Ion engine. It’s all starting to make sense now: my penchant for nerdy things, electronics, and tech. Anyway, I digress. After his passing, I took a break from shooting and focused on nursing myself through the processes of grief–I had to honor the fact that processing grief isn’t always the time for creative endeavors.

A month or so ago, I got a call from my friend Melanie Klein asking me if I was interested in shooting the book cover for 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice, in which she was a contributor. That call from Melanie snapped me out of my fog and stoked my creative flame. It was exactly what I needed: a kick in the ass to work outside of the confines of my norm and dip my toes back in the pool of conceptual photography. Better yet, I was going to be photographing yogis: a population I already feel connected to. I found myself in a fantastic position: I was bringing some feminine energy into a field where most of the photographers are male. That initial flame of creativity became a roaring bonfire, with me producing a small series of yoga images in a short period of time. It was something I was honored to photograph while feeling naturally connected to my subjects and environments. I was finally back on track.

I photographed my friends Keri-Anne Telford, a yoga teacher at Exhale and burgeoning trapeze artist, and her husband, Joe O’Neill, who’s an incredible visual artist. I was honored that two of my images were chosen to grace the front and back covers of 21 CY, highlighting a new breed of yogis: unique and outside of the Yoga Journal box of perceived perfection. Now, that’s my kind of yoga imagery!

Back cover image: 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice
© Sarit Rogers / sarit photography 2012

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice is finally ready for you all to dive into! You can purchase it here or here. The book’s contributors are broad and thought-provoking and include Roseanne Harvey, Carol Horton, Tommy Rosen, Be Scofield, Melanie Klein, Frank Jude Boccio, Angela Jamison, Chelsea Roff, Matthew Remski, Michael Stone, Nathan Thompson, and Julian Walker. Needless to say, the content and contributors are mind-bending, proving yoga is so much more than a pretty pose. Get read to sink your teeth into something truly thought-provoking.

That said, there’s more new imagery to come, in the meantime, I’ve updated my website and given it an entirely new look and feel! Check it out.

Love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

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Creative Swirls

It occurred to me that I should probably write more often. I mean, what’s the point of a blog if I don’t use it, right? My goal: to put forth a blog a week, small, medium, or large.

These days, I have great intentions in terms of what I want to shoot but little time to do it. Life is clearly in session. I have stacks of magazines waiting to be torn apart for my body image project, a couple shoots lined up, and a new LiveBooks Scaler site to rebuild. As I do that, I’m also planning on scanning the myriad negatives I have sitting around so I can add more meaningful work to my site.

I’ve recently added Google+ to my social media madness, but I haven’t really used it to its full potential. Facebook, Twitter, etc., still seem to be the primary places to post new content, et al. Still, Google+ is quite an interesting social media forum, and more than anything, it strikes me as less shallow and more meaningful in content than Facebook. In fact, I’ve was added to this amazing list of photographers to “circle” on Google+. It’s both and honor and exhilarating, to say the least, particularly since I suck at self-promotion. Fortunately, those close to me continue to push me to self-promote, promote me themselves, and encourage me to keep going, regardless of economical denigration and creative congestion.

I continue to write recovery blogs for Visions, which feeds my need to be of service and helpful in the community, particularly to adolescents in turmoil and their parents who are trying to help them. Ah, youth. I’ve also begun contributing to FeministFatale when my activism nerve has an itch. Really, there’s never a day where I’m not in some creative space, though I do wish more of it was behind the lens. I’m ardently working to make this happen.

Recent shoots include a jazz clinic and benefit for the documentary But Can She Play, which truly warmed the cockles of my heart. It combines all that I love: women in the arts and Jazz. Pics to be posted soon.

With love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

“Oh, the Times, They Are A-Changing!”

Lovely friends and fans:

There are couple things going on. First, thank you to everyone who’s “liked” my Fan Page. Of course, If you haven’t yet, please give it a look and a “like” if you’re inclined. You can also follow me on Twitter. 🙂

Second, I’ve been talking and talking about my body image project for some time. It’s time to get that rolling. I will be putting together my set and then contacting those who have volunteered to be a part of this so I can start shooting. I intend to fire up my lights come June. Maybe sooner if I play my cards right. If you aren’t aware of this project, it is my effort to bring attention to the limited views we have on beauty. I intend to do so by bringing attention to the varied and wonderful sides of women who are simply tired of having to face the unattainable requirements of the beauty industry. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please Email Me. with “body image project” in the subject line.

Ironically, the next piece of info is regarding my pinup stuff (note, I retain my body-image advocacy here as well!).  If anyone is desirous of modeling pinup and would like to purchase a shoot, please Email Me with your ideas and questions. I will be posting package information soon. Keep your eyes peeled.  Note, packages will no longer be offered through Lucy B.

Your pinup options are limitless, whether you’re interested in simple backdrops or a location shoot, I’m game. I will work with you directly to ensure you have an amazing experience whilst getting fancied up pinup style! To add to the fabulousness, Missy Lowe will be doing her magic with makeup and hair.

There are wonderful things in store and I look forward to playing in the light!

With love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

International Women’s Day

I want to share a photo of a woman whose ideologies have inspired, challenged, and endured over the years. This is my mother-in-law, Dawn:

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I want to thank the women I know or am simply inspired by that spark change with fierce compassion, like Eve Ensler, whose work encourages women to speak out and up, or my dear friend Melanie Klein, who educates and inspires from the ground up. I consider myself fortunate to align myself with women like this while I  do my part in affecting change.  Truth is, there’s no time like the present to stand up for what you believe in, whether you call yourself a feminist or not.

May the the winds of courage embrace you.

With love and shutter clicks,

Sarit

Well, it’s about time, eh?

Whoo! New logo: Check. New site launched: Check. Facebook Fan page: Check. Can I breathe yet?

I have been talking about revamping Sarit Photography for, oh, I don’t know, 3 years. I put it on the back-burner for at least 2 of those years, and then dilly-dallied for the last one. Through the encouragement of some pretty darn amazing people (you know who you are), I got finally got my bum in gear and got to shooting and redoing. Voila, here we are. I’m pretty proud, if I don’t say so myself.

So, here’s the update on Sarit Photography:

  • I am sharing a space downtown with Michelle at Lucy B Lingerie. We’re offering Pinup Packages in that fun, 40s-50s style I love so much. I’m hoping to get some more props to funk things up a bit, and maybe even arrange some outdoor shoots with hotrods and the like. Interested in being a pinup? Email me! Have a hotrod you want to lend to my cause? Email me!
  • I am still working on my body-image project and will be building the “wall of images” soon. I finally have my concept in line, so it’s just a matter of putting it together. I can’t wait for that to get off the ground. Time to stop stalling! If you are interested in being a part of that, please email me for info. I’d like to start shooting in April if possible so I can start showing the work by the end of Summer. The intention behind this is go into book form, the proceeds of which will benefit RAINN and V-Day.
  • One of my favorite and most recent shoots was of Maria Luisa in her 7th month of pregnancy. What an amazing experience THAT was.

In the meantime, please check out the site, “like” the page on Facebook, and even follow me on Twitter. I’m taking over the world, one click at at time!

Love and shutter clicks,
Sarit