The Image of Yoga – an invitation

What does a yogi look like?

You are invited:

Please join us for a community discussion on yoga, diversity, body image, public art, media & commerce, followed by an optional community photo session.

Your insights will help shape a new yoga-focused photographic series based on my How Philly Moves project.

After the conversation, you’re welcome to stick around and be photographed in whatever basic seated pose is comfortable and accessible to you. (on the floor, in a chair, on blocks/blankets or in a wheelchair, anything goes.)

This free event will be hosted at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater at 10am on Saturday July 18th.

Details & RSVP

Please use the RSVP link if you’re able to join, and help us share the invitation with anyone that you think would be interested in joining the conversation and/or participating in the project.

You can also download a high res jpeg or pdf of the flyer to share with friends, share the invite via a Facebook event, and follow updates via Twitter.

You can also find some more background on the project in this post.

 

Seeking diverse yoga bodies…

Studio 34

I took this picture at Studio34 back in 2013 for their yoga teacher training manual.

In the next couple weeks, I’m putting together a community yoga photo event.  It will be similar to my How Philly Moves sessions, but rather than featuring dance, we’ll be doing yoga postures. (Please help me spread the word! Interested? Signup form is here. )

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The Million-Picture Giveaway…

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My image archive, now available for free high res downloads…

This box has over a million images in it…
… and I’m giving them away.

I recently hosted a special shindig, one of whose purposes was to make an announcement:

For the next year, I’m making my archive available for unlimited free high res downloads.

If you’re reading this, you probably know at least one person that I’ve photographed. A lot of communities that I’ve documented over the last decade might benefit from this offer; I’m going to need your help to get the details of the million-picture-givaway out to all of them.

Read on below for more about the event, along with the how and why of the million-picture-giveaway… (more…)

Next house concerts…

Osage Ave House Concert

In continuing to host musical gatherings in my home, I wanted to share a few dates with you:

March 21:

Jacob Augustine (Maine)
Griff’s Room (Richmond)
Mosno Al-Moseeki (Baltimore)

April 25:

Eli Conley (San Francisco)
Josh Marcus & Chenda Cope (Providence, & Philly)
Arsena Schroeder (Charlotesville)

I’m now using Artful.ly as my ticket/RSVP platform, so you can RSVP directly and see  future event listings at:

https://www.artful.ly/jjtiziou/

You can also get a bit more info about the series, find Facebook invites, FAQ for performers or sign up for a houseconcert-specific email list at: jjtiziou.net/houseconcert.

You’d of course be most welcome. And a guest. But within reason!
(Apparently there’s some fellow who makes a habit of inviting his network of hundreds to parties in flashmob-style, and they recently trashed a friend’s house, breaking windows and pillaging cupboards… that’s simply not cool.)

 

An invitation to Interfaith work

I met Imam Miller last spring while photographing the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia‘s annual concert & awards presentation (he’s on their board, and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.) It was a gorgeous evening, and one whose importance is all the more important today as recent events in Paris (and the unfortunate reactions to them) highlight the need for greater interfaith understanding and cooperation.

My own relationship with faith is a complicated one – I was raised in one particular religious tradition, rebelled against it, and since have come to a more nuanced appreciation of it and others. I now consider myself a seeker who finds wisdom and beauty in many traditions, and when I say that Everyone Is Photogenic, it’s a statement of faith that goes beyond just the superficiality of image-making.  If you want more on my own perspective on art and spirituality, maybe you’d enjoy Susan Richardson’s piece  for Newsworks.  But the point of this post isn’t to delve into my own thoughts on faith,  rather it’s to invite you to join me in daring to understand that of others.

Interfaith March 28 10th Anniversary Video from Flim Films on Vimeo.

The above video from the Interfaith Center should give you a sense of the power and beauty of this work. Religion is supposed to be something that brings us all together as fellow humans (literally from the latin root “religare”: to bind) – but too often it becomes something that instead divides us.

If you’re a member of a congregation in the Philly area, please consider getting involved with the Interfaith Center – or find similar organizations in your area. I can personally attest that their ‘Encountering Other Faiths‘ workshop is a great way to spend a day, and I’m looking forward to participating in their “Prayerful Looking: Art & Spirituality” mini retreat at the PMA this coming Sunday.  If you know any college students, Interfaith Youth Core is another great organization for them to get involved with.

If you’d like some reading to get yourself started on an interfaith exploration, I’d recommend these four as a great starting place.

Faithiest - Chris Stedman
Acts of Faith - Eboo Patel
Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? – Brian McLaren
Towards a true kinship of faiths – Dalai Lama

In this world where we have so much conflict, doing interfaith work is a great way to engage in active peace-making at the personal level, and it’s one that we can all engage in whatever our own religious beliefs might be.

peace and light,
-jj

 

 

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