THE BUZZ: I love photography! I used to live in the darkroom in my college days. I was a Studio Design and Sociology double major at Wellesley College. I painted, sculpted, sketched, took pictures… and also did research and tutored statistics! I spent time my junior year studying photography and design in Rome with Rhode Island School of Design. Then, one day – when I was recruited to work as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School – I put down the camera. I somehow felt I had to leave the art behind. I went full force into my business career (albeit in the media and technology space).
The photography workshop on October 25th, 2014 – hosted by yogi-photographer Robert Sturman and my dear teacher/mentor 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch – reminded me of my old love. I had already taken the plunge earlier this year and bought a beautiful Nikon D610. I tested it out when I was traveling with Tao in India. Now, it has become my constant companion when I’m on the road (I use my little Sony HD Cybershot for everyday walking around).
I loved Robert’s tips such as shoot low so you get a greater, fuller perspective. It really makes a difference. We tested out those tips first at the Fred Astaire Studio in Hartsdale where Tao teaches and then we went to the Edgemont High School in Scarsdale. There are wonderful trees and rocks you can use as a backdrop. I hear there is also a pond. Here are a few pictures from the workshop (I’ll wait to post the ones with other people’s full bodies and faces until they see them). I even decided to put my mark on the images like Robert does. It actually makes the photos look more professional!
Here are some photos one of my yogi-mates took of me:
Be sure to check out Tao’s upcoming memoir I am honored to have co-authored with Tao and my mom, journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy.