#jasperjohalphoto

MOST RECENT

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep or night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me – who knows how?
To thy chamber-window, sweet!
.
–– from a poem by Percy B Shelley
_
PHOTO: Morgan Barbour is a professional dancer, aerialist and artist’s model who is a joy to work with. Here is another photo we created when she visited my studio this year.
@morganbarbour

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear
What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.
.
For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?
.
Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.
.
–– from a poem by American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
_
PHOTO: I photographed my dear friend MacKenzie when she was pregnant with her baby boy, Adler. Then after his adventurous birth in Germany she visited again when he was just 7 weeks old. Here is one of the sweet photos we captured.
@mackenzieyoga

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Love in fantastic triumph sat,
Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed,
For whom fresh pains he did create,
And strange tyrannic power he showed;
.
From thy bright eyes he took his fire,
Which round about, in sport he hurled;
But ’twas from mine he took desire
Enough to undo the amorous world.
.
–– from a poem by the sensuous Aphra Behn, a fascinating and mysterious woman who lived in the late 1600s.
_
Aphra Behn’s plays were very popular in her day. She may have been a spy for King Charles, and is said to be the first woman in England to earn a living from writing. Her success laid the foundation for later women writers and poets.
_
PHOTO: About two years ago Caley persuaded me to get started on Instagram and helped me learn the ropes. It has been a fascinating journey. I have discovered a surprising number of wonderful people who share my taste and sensibility. Thank you, Caley! Sending you hugs as you jet set around the world!
@caleyalyssa

YOGA STORIES (#jasperyogastories)
_
The best part of shooting with yogis is the enjoyable conversations we get into. During my shoot with Saren we discussed something about the nature of Yoga in the West that is worth sharing. True yogis realize yoga is more than asanas.
_
Imagine an alien flying down to earth for couple hours. He meets a big guy working out in a gym, preparing for an important game he has the next day.
_
“What do you do?” asks the alien.
“I am a football player” the big guy replies.
_
After watching the football player lift weights for a couple hours the alien flies back to his ship and informs his crew that he discovered a sport called “football”. “How do you play football?” they ask. “Well, its quite simple. You sit on a bench and lift heavy iron weights,” he replies.
_
What we call yoga in the West is actually preparation for yoga. Yoga is a philosophy about how we live; recognizing that we are one with everything else in the Universe. The main way of achieving this state of perception is through meditation.
_
The asanas and breathing exercises are preparatory steps designed to help us sit comfortably in meditation for extended periods of time. Some yogis in India substitute asanas with other forms of movement, such as dancing.
_
PHOTO: Saren is a young and upcoming yogi in Southern California. Here she gets into Dhanurasana (धनुरासन), or Bow Pose. (Dhanush धनुष is Sanskrit for “bow”, as in “bow and arrow”). @sarenpowell

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
.
–– from a poem by Maya Angelou, one of my favorite contemporary poets
_
PHOTO: Faith Hunter is a joy to work with. She teaches all over the country, and while visiting Southern California she stopped by my studio to shoot. Photographs I have done of her have appeared in my Body as Temple calendar, and in my Yoga Inspiration writing journal.
_
Talking of journals, she has published her own beautiful meditation journal. Please go to her website (faithhunter.com) and check it out. While there, also read about the retreat she is hosting in Zanzibar in late October.
@spirituallyfly

I often feel like a time traveler.
_
I grew up in a small town in India that had more horse carriages (we called them “tongas”) than cars. No TV, so we read newspapers for news, while the well-to-do listened to short wave radios. In school we wrote papers longhand with fountain pens.
_
Now I live in cutting edge California, but still like to do some things the old fashioned way. In this age of texting
and Facebook birthday posts, I like to send hand written greeting cards.
_
For those who share my sensibilities here is a package of 6 greeting cards with one of my Body as Temple art nude images. Matching cream colored vellum envelopes evoke the elegance of a time gone by.
_
Available on my website jasperphoto.com (link in my bio). For this week only, please use code SKY242 to get 10% off.
_
While there, please subscribe to my mailing list to get entered into a free drawing for a portfolio of India prints. .
.
.
.
.
.
#JasperJohal #JasperPhoto #JasperJohalPhoto #JasperJohalPhotography #JasperPhotography #yogaphoto #yogaphotographer #yogaphotography #yogainspiration #yogalove #loveyoga #yogashoot #yogagoddess #yoga #yogateacher #yogatribe #grace #beauty #fitbody #fitlife #nude #artnude #nudeyoga #yoganudes #bodytemple #bodyastemple #yogabodytemple

I often feel like a time traveler.
_
I grew up in a small town in India that had more horse carriages (we called them “tongas”) than cars. No TV, so we read newspapers for news, while the well-to-do listened to short wave radios. In school we wrote papers longhand with fountain pens.
_
Now I live in cutting edge California, but still like to do some things the old fashioned way. In this age of texting
and Facebook birthday posts, I like to send hand written greeting cards.
_
For those who share my sensibilities here is a package of 6 greeting cards with one of my Body as Temple art nude images. Matching cream colored vellum envelopes evoke the elegance of a time gone by.
_
Available on my website jasperphoto.com (link in my bio). For this week only, please use code SKY242 to get 10% off.
_
While there, please subscribe to my mailing list to get entered into a free drawing for a portfolio of India prints.

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
.
–– from a poem by the amazingly talented “jazz poet” Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
_
PHOTO: Danielle and Neil are an adventurous, warmhearted couple who have been traveling around the country in a 1985 VW van. They stopped by my studio to do a shoot.
.
Danielle is a skilled ashtangi. She discovered yoga when she was 20 and has been practicing it pretty much daily since then. Here she shows off her strength and flexibility!
@el.feather.yoga

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
This is my prayer to thee, my lord – strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart
.
Give me the strength
lightly to bear my joys and sorrows
Give me the strength
to make my love fruitful in service
.
Give me the strength
never to disown the poor
or bend my knees
before insolent might
.
Give me the strength
to raise my mind high above daily trifles
And give me the strength to surrender my strength
to thy will with love
.
–– from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, India's first Nobel Laureate poet
_
PHOTO: Another early photo from my Body as Temple series. Jacqui came to my studio and danced with abandon. I was in complete awe of her flexibility and expressive emotions.
@cirquejacqui

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on
.
–– lyrics by singer songwriter Bill Withers, first recorded in 1972
_
PHOTO: Friends Lara Catone and Emily Abrahams dancing together in my studio last year. This reminds me of statues of Indian goddesses I grew up with.
_
Lara is a yoga teacher and sexual wellness educator, with extensive experience in women’s health.
@laracatone
_
Emily Athena is a professional dancer, sword-balancing circus performer, movement teacher and sex educator.
@emily_athena

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
.
–– from Maya Angelou's poem "Still I rise"
_
PHOTO: I love photographing my friend, Elise Joan. She has incredible strength, combined with the grace of a ballerina.
.
She has created an interesting website where you can build infinite workouts, combining elements from yoga, strength training and ballet barre. If you are getting bored with your current workout, check out her site (elisejoanfitness.com).
.
@elisejoanfitness

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
And
For no reason
I start skipping like a child.
.
And
For no reason
I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the Sun's mouth
And dissolve.
.
–– Hafiz (14th century Persian poet)
.
Happy 4th!
_
PHOTO: Love shooting with my friend, Jolyne. She is a passionate, driven artist blessed with equal measures of beauty, brains and creativity.
@jolynelowery

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Let yourself be silently drawn
by the stronger pull of what you really love
.
What you seek is seeking you
.
– Rumi
_
PHOTO: My sweet friend Lauren doing some yoga in my studio, before she took off this summer to gallivant around Europe.
@lojobunny

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise
.
–– Paul McCartney
_
PHOTO: Over the years I have been blessed to work with many amazing dancers. Nobu is a super talented dancer who came to get some marketing photos done when I was still working out of my small modest studio in Hollywood. With lighting I made the space look larger.
#mancrushmonday

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?
.
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
.
–– by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)
_
PHOTO: Liz Arch is a much loved yoga teacher in Southern California, with a strong background in martial arts. I have photographed her for magazines, ads and for my Body as Temple calendar.
_
Through Purple Dot, Liz uses yoga to empower trauma survivors and raise awareness about relationship abuse. She teaches at YogaSalt and YogaRaj, and her classes are also available online. Please check out her website LizArch.com
_
Liz became a Mom just a few months ago to the most adorable little boy!
@lizarch

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)

_
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
.
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
.
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
.
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.
.
–– John Keats
_
PHOTO: Love shooting with my friend, Caley Alyssa. Last year she asked my help in creating some interesting images for her website. This is one of the images from that session.
@caleyalyssa

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Rinse away In shower of Light
This Cover of dirt I hide myself with
Awaken that which lies in deep slumber within me
With a gentle touch of thy golden morning Sun.
.
–– Rabindranath Tagore (first Indian poet to win Nobel prize)
_
PHOTO: I am constantly amazed by how few people realize just how beautiful they are. Looking through old photos I came across this one of wonderful yoga teacher Natasha Marie.
_
Tasha was so shy when she first showed up to shoot nudes for my Body as Temple series. But it was amazing to see her exhilaration once she got past her initial timidness.
_
In between shots I walked up to her and showed her on the back of the camera what she looked like. She gasped with delight! It was wonderful to see the surge of confidence that radiated from her. By the end of the shoot she did not want to get back into her clothes!
@natashamarieyoga

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
Up starts the lark beside the murmuring mill,
And breaks the gossamer-threads of early dew;
And down the river, like a flame of blue,
Keen as an arrow flies the water-king,
While the brown linnets in the greenwood sing.
.
–– from "Ravenna" by Oscar Wilde (1878)
_
PHOTO: Coming across an old photo brings back memories. The image above is of a talented ashtanga yogini named Diane.
_
Decade ago I was doing one of my first art exhibits with the Body as Temple series of art nudes. At the show I met Diane, a warm hearted yoga teacher who expressed a keen desire to be a model for my next exhibit. I loved her chutzpa. A week later we did a beautiful shoot.
_
Couple months later a local TV station wanted to do a story on my yoga nudes. Normally I don’t have an audience while shooting nudes. I needed to find models who would be ok with a TV crew shooting us while we did our session. Diane was one of the models I ended up calling. I was right; she had the confidence not to be fazed at all.
_
Diane and I shot several times in the subsequent years, including with her Guru, YogiRaj Gurunath. The image above was from an editorial shoot.
_
Diane continues to be a very popular yoga teacher in the Los Angeles area. With a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, she is also a gifted counselor and coach. Please check out her website at AlchemyofMastery.com
@masterymaker

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” ― Martha Graham
_
PHOTO: Been a while since I shared a photo of my favorite 13 year old dancer, Georgia. She and her Mom came by my studio some months back to do a shoot. I love how effortlessly graceful she is!
@georgia.bryan

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
_
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
.
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
.
–– from “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 - 1822
_
PHOTO: When I started shooting my Body as Temple series more than a decade ago, Sita was the first dancer to show up at my very modest studio.
_
I was an unknown photographer at the time, working out of my small Hollywood apartment that I had converted into a makeshift studio. She was already a very experienced dancer, performing with Diavolo at some of the largest venues in Los Angeles. But not once did she utter a word of judgement about my decidedly starting level gear and lighting.
_
Instead she tossed off her clothes and proceeded to move with such grace and beauty, every image we shot was a keeper. She was instrumental in helping me develop my eye for shooting dance. Thank you, Sita!
_
The above image is from a shoot we did much later at my Venice studio when we were creating photos for her business cards and marketing.
@aerialsita

Most Popular Instagram Hashtags