This slideshow is in celebration of men who practice yoga. It is no secret that I don't have the opportunity to work with as many men as I do women, so when the male yogi presents himself for a photograph, I stop everything.
Some are teachers and some are just regular guys. At one point, it had been so long since I photographed a man doing yoga that I even used myself as the model. One thing we all have in common, though, is that yoga makes us feel good. That's why we keep coming back for more.
Raghunath Cappo: Laguna Beach, California
Stephen Bickle: Gulf Coast, Florida
Masood Ali Khan: London, England
Eric Wheeler: Tampa, Florida
Justin Wolfer: Saratoga Springs, New York
Newton Campbell: Huntington Beach, California, at Steven Lustig's sculpture studio
Jeremy Brook: Los Angeles, California
Eric Antonini: Laguna, California
Burr Tupper: Nantucket Island
Ben Wisch: The Rhode Island Coast
Robert Sturman, Los Angeles, California
Pedro Franco: Venice Beach, California
Jacob Parit Noomek: Maasai Warrior at Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya
Trace Keasler: Wall Street, NYC
Kelly Alomba: Lamu Island, Kenya
Seth Newfeld: Greenwich Village, NYC
Dice Iida-Klein: Malibu, California
Jerry Saluti: Chatham, New Jersey
Todd LaVictoire: Ontario, Canada
Victor Lloo: Nairobi, Kenya
Bala Subramanian: Santa Monica, California
Andrew Medynsky: Ontario, Canada
Todd Leach: Venice, California
Trace Keasler: Grand Central Terminal, NYC
A dedicated yoga practitioner himself, Sturman's work has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansiveness of Malibu's beaches and canyons, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman's own words "I often think of Rumi: 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me."
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