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POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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Surrender
to find peace
Surrender
to find clarity
Surrender
so you recover your vigor
Surrender
is the path to triumph
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– from THE PATH by Pardesi Pyara, Sufi poet
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PHOTO: another photo of my beautifully bendy, chai obsessed 13 year old friend, Georgia.
@georgia.bryan

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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I LOVE YOU
- by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)
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I love your lips when they’re wet with wine
And red with a wild desire;
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies
Lit with a passionate fire.
I love your arms when the warm white flesh
Touches mine in a fond embrace;
I love your hair when the strands enmesh
Your kisses against my face.
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So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.
Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we’ll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love.
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It is Valentine’s Day and sometimes you just want the simple, passionate words of a home spun poet like Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
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Ella passed away almost a hundred years ago. She was pretty popular during her life, but has been looked down upon by academia and critics of our time. Me, I am an earthy farmer’s son at heart. I personally enjoy her simple poetry, just as I enjoy a simply hearty wine with my meals.
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PHOTO: This photo is two decades old, back when I lived in Hollywood and still shot film. One of my dearest friends, Kimmy, had moved to Florida. One day I received a message from her that she was going to be visiting California again. She told me she had a new boy friend that she wanted to bring to my studio. “You’ll love shooting with him,” she said. She was right.
@kimlee1111

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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C'mon babe
Why don't we paint the town?
And all that jazz
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I'm gonna rouge my knees
And roll my stockings down
And all that jazz
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Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot
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It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz!
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– words from “All That Jazz”, song lyrics by Fred Ebb for 1975 Musical, Chicago
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Most people today remember this song performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2003 Best Picture Oscar winner “Chicago.” But this song’s history goes way back.
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It was the opening number of the 1975 Broadway musical “Chicago”, choreographed by the inimitable Bob Fosse.
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When Fosse got the green light to direct a movie in 1979 he decided to use this song as the title. But instead of the plot from “Chicago” he decided to make a thinly veiled autobiographical film about a boozing, drugged up, womanizing choreographer named Joe Gideon, played brilliantly by Roy Scheider.
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In the movie Gideon’s long suffering wife tries to persuade him to slow down. But in the end the manic choreographer succumbs to his excessive ways and dies of a massive heart attack, as a project he was working on opens without him.
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Talk about seeing where your life is headed! Just eight years later, in 1987, the real life Bob Fosse died of a massive heart attack in the arms of his long suffering wife, Gwen Verdon, while a play he was working on, “Sweet Charity,” opened a few blocks away.
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PHOTO: This image was one of those spur of the moment ideas. Some years back I was shooting my friend, Kyle, and started telling her about Fosse, and how I loved his 1979 film. She mentioned she had a little hat. Then rummaging in her throw-all bag she found these fun shoes and some tights. As I plugged in a couple of spotlights, she cranked up the music, and there we were, channelling “All That Jazz!”
@officialwelcometokailand

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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Good-morning, Brother Sunshine,
Good-morning, Sister Song,
I beg your humble pardon
If you've waited very long.
I thought I heard you rapping,
To shut you out were sin,
My heart is standing open
Won’t you walk right in?
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Good-morning, Brother Kindness,
Good-morning, Sister Cheer,
I heard you were out calling,
So I waited for you here.
Some way, I keep forgetting
I have to toil or spin
When you are my companions,
Won't you walk right in?
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– from “Friends of Mine” by James W. Foley.
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PHOTO: While back I had to go to Santa Barbara for a workshop. There I met a wonderfully warm hearted yoga teacher named Madeleine Foster. We did a brief shoot by the ocean just as the sun was going down.
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If you are in Santa Barbara check out her classes at Core Power Yoga on State Street, or book privates through her website madeleinefoster.com
@madyoga

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POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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You call me an angel of love and of light, 
A being of goodness and heavenly fire, 
Sent out from God’s kingdom to guide you aright, 
In paths where your spirits may mount and aspire.
You say that I glow like a star on its course, 
Like a ray from the alter, a spark from the source.
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The world makes grave errors in judging these things, 
Great good and great evil are born in one breast.
Love horns us and hoofs us – or gives us our wings, 
And the best could be worst, as the worst could be best.
You must thank your own worth for what I grew to be, 
For the demon lurked under the angel in me. .
from “Angel Or Demon” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Ella’s poem reminds me of a truth: in times of strife it is helpful to bear in mind there are shades of good and bad in all of us.
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PHOTO: 13 year old Georgia floating like an angel in my studio. Her mother, Jennifer, purchased a dance skirt for her. Instead of wearing it as a skirt Georgia decided to put it around her neck like a dress. As she did leaps and twirls, it became angel wings!
@georgia.bryan

TARZAN
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Jane Goodall, world famous expert on Chimpanzees, said this when asked about her love for animals: “When I was 10 years old, I loved - I loved books, and I used to haunt the secondhand bookshop. And I found a little book I could just afford, and I bought it, and I took it home. And I climbed up my favorite tree, and I read that book from cover to cover. And that was Tarzan of the Apes.”
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Like Goodall, my own love of animals and my interest in conservation was sparked by the very first novel I ever read. I was 8 years old and the novel was Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Earlier this month I photographed a dancer that is the living image of what I imagined Tarzan to be like when I was a kid, Cirque performer Benjamin Courtenay.
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Ben came with my friend Angelica Bongiovonni to do a shoot at my studio. His strength is matched by the sweetness of his nature. We hung a strap from the beam in my studio. Ben and Angelica took turns swinging like Tarzan and Jane from that strap while I sculpted their bodies with light.
@benjiwhyte

JANE
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And here is Angelica matching Ben as they took turns swinging from a strap tied to a beam in my studio.
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In her performances, such as LUZIA from Cirque du Soleil, Angie is known for the astonishing things she is able to do with a Cyr wheel. But she is equally adept at aerials and other forms of dance. It was a blast shooting with these two!
@angelicabongiovonni

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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SOME have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;
Could I gain thy love to-night,
I'd hazard death to-morrow.
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If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
Darest thou turn aside?
Darest thou, then, my fire reprove,
By scorn, and maddening pride?
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I'd die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life's dull dregs only lie.
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Then Love thus crowned with sweet reward,
Hope blest with fulness large,
I'd mount the saddle, draw the sword,
And perish in the charge!
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– from the poem “Passion” by Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name Currer Bell in 1846
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In the uptight era of Victorian prudishness, women were supposed to be sexless. Contemporary biographers, like Elizabeth Gaskell, afraid of scandal if if the public saw her true self, painted Charlotte Brontë as a staid, fragile, colorless maid. But if we read Jane Eyre with a discerning eye, or Charlotte’s letters to her teacher Heger, there is no doubt she is a woman filled with wild passions.
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PHOTO: When I first photographed Jolyne five years ago she was still trying to figure out where she fit in this world. Now she is a passionate, driven artist with a mission to help younger women build great lives.
@jolynelowery

INDIA STORIES (#JasperIndiaStories)
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MONSOON: It was the 4th of July, but I was not in the US celebrating. Instead I was on the other side of the planet, in India, walking down a street in the desert state of Rajasthan.
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Rajasthan is close to Delhi, and is included on most India visitors’ itinerary. But not in July! To say I was there off season, is to say a typhoon gets breezy. Most days the temperatures were 115 deg F (46 deg C) or higher.
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You don’t know what it is to pine for rain until you have been sweltering in 115 to 117 degree heat, day in, day out. On July 4th, as day was sliding towards night, I was walking down the streets of Udaipur, completely drenched in sweat as usual, chatting with shopkeepers in Hindi, and taking their photos.
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In mid sentence a shop keeper stopped, then said, “Do you smell that?”. My eyes lit up with childhood memories as I said, “Yes! It’s here!”
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A sudden breeze had sprung up and carried on it was the sweet smell of rain meeting parched earth. There was a dramatic drop in temperature as the sky darkened. Within minutes the very first sheets or rain came pouring down. Everyone had big goofy smiles plastered on their faces. All work stopped and everyone just sat and watched the rain. The monsoon had finally arrived!
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PHOTO: First monsoon rains fall on a street in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
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― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
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PHOTO: Another sweet image from my shoot with Georgia. I had such a fun time working with her and her mom, Jennifer.
@georgia.bryan

Been working on my fitness this 2018! Running, hiking, yoga, pilates, boxing, you name it. Still have far to go but enjoying the journey 💪 🏃🏼‍♀️ Photo by @jasperyoga Love chatting with him! Wonderful person. 📸

#yogaforlife #jasperjohal #jasperjohalphoto #jasperjohalphotography #melissaparadise #losangelesmodel #fitnessmodelling #healingyoga #yogajourney #yogaprogressjourney

Haven’t posted a photo of my own mug for a while, so here is one. :)
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Photo by wonderful fellow Venice photographer, Leelu, taken in front of the Rose Cafe.
@ileelu

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
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This dance of light,
This sacred blessing,
This divine love,
beckons us
to a world beyond
only lovers can see
with their eyes of fiery passion.
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They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered.
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun.
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They have left behind
the world of deceitful games.
They are the privileged lovers
who create a new world
with their eyes of fiery passion.
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– Rumi
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PHOTO: Tiffany Cruikshank is an amazing yogi and a highly trained healer. She and I have done several shoots over the years, with resulting images becoming yoga magazine covers around the world.
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One of life’s great joys is being witness to wonderful things happening in the lives of our friends. Tiffany just had a detailed profile published on her in Huff Post (link on her profile). I have known her for years and reading it even I learned a thing or two about her that I did not know before. Also, she and Forrest are planning a wedding and looking for a house. Congratulations, Tiffany dear!
@tiffanycruikshank

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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As my friends give birth to beautiful children, I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I had any of my own. What advice would I give to my son, if I had one. This got me thinking of a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling is the famous creator of wolf boy Mowgli, and “The Jungle Book”. He was born in India to British parents, and spent a considerable part of his life there.
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IF - by Rudyard Kipling (1895)
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If you can dream- -and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think- -and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
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If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings- -nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And- -which is more- -you'll be a Man, my son!
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PHOTO: I photographed my dear friend MacKenzie when she was pregnant with her baby boy, Adler. Today she shared this image on her IG feed (@mackenzieyoga), along with a beautiful post.
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My followers are a modest tiny group compared to her large loyal following (you may be few but I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you for your support of my art!). For those of you not already following her, I figured I’d share the photo here too.
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MacKenzie is an amazing yoga teacher, blessed with a heart full of such kindness and love, she lights up my day every time she visits my studio to do a shoot.
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She was on the cover of last year’s Body as Temple calendar. This year’s edition has another one of her pregnancy nudes. (If you haven’t already purchased it, the 2018 calendar is available on my website at jasperphoto.com, link in bio).
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@mackenzieyoga

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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After the dazzle of day is gone,
Only the dark, dark night shows to my eyes the stars;
After the clangor of organ majestic, or chorus, or perfect band,
Silent, athwart my soul, moves the symphony true.
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– from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” 1891-92
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PHOTO: Happy birthday, Jacqui!
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Years ago my friend, Sarah Anderson (@sea724), had a company full of crazy talented dancers. To publicize their fun shows we did a wild shoot at a bar with hot lights and smoke machine. Week later two of the dancers, Alexis and Jacqui, came to my studio so we could photograph them for my 2008 Body as Temple calendar. Here is one of the clothed shots from that session.
@cirquejacqui
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(Now ten years later, the 2018 edition of my Body as Temple calendar is available on my website jasperphoto.com - link in bio)

YOGA
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Yoga is not a competition. It is a journey. Not everyone can set their butt on the floor in pigeon, or point their toes like a ballerina, but it is showing up on the mat everyday that matters, more than the details of the asana.
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PHOTO: Melissa Paradise is an actor that likes to stay in shape. She came to get some headshots done and we decided to shoot a few fitness photos too.
@melissaparadise

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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“I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous.” – Rumi
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PHOTO: Rachael Todd dancing at Santa Monica beach, from a shoot we did a few years ago.
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Rachael is a paragon of strength and good health. Originally from Florida, she has worked as a wellness consultant all over the country, helping her clients improve their wellbeing through healthy eating.
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Congratulations! Last July Rachael was crowned Miss United States 2017!
@therachaeltodd

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. 
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
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– from Khalil Gibran’s “The Prophet”
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PHOTO: Morgan Barbour is an amazingly gifted aerialist, based in London. She came by my studio about a year ago to get some marketing pictures done. It was a pleasure working with someone so talented.
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Morgan happens to be visiting Los Angeles again right now. If you would like to take a Lyra class (she is teaching at the beachside trapeze school, TSNY), or would like to hire a model, please go check out her IG feed at @morganbarbour
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Model: Morgan Barbour @morganbarbour
Makeup: Alima Hu @alimamua
Hair: Evelyn Amancio @evelyn_promua

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
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– Pablo Neruda
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CALENDAR 2018: Thank you to all who have ordered my 2018 Body as Temple calendar. Your love and support is truly appreciated.
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If you enjoy my art nudes, and haven’t ordered this year’s calendar but would like to do so, please visit my website: jasperphoto.com

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