A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work.
His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.
His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred.
In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day.
In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me." Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics. Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.
I am so very pleased to have my dear friend Robert Sturman on the podcast, I hope the first of many, as he has such great rich stories to share as a beautiful human being and artist. I personally have learned so much about being an artist through the lens of my beautiful friends' journey since 2004 when we first met.
We dive deep into so many topics, here are a few:
Psychology of what it means to be an artist
the connection with the history of art
Finding language as an artist, Identifying with art
Making art with the original Polaroid from 1989-2009 by Polaroid which was discounted in 2001 before the invention of Photoshop
How to make the camera sing and dance, just being and getting all in alignment with the elements.
Photographing “Madonnas” pregnant women and what it means to him.
International travels while creating as an artist
Sharing stories about being the official artist for the Grammys and MusicCares
Robert shares his heroes, favourite poets, his trip to India to do his first compressive body of work with the Polaroid.
The myth of the struggling artist in Western civilization.
We chat about my new poetry book “A Lovers Fairytale” and the 14 pieces of artwork by Robert inside the book
Chatting about being an empath, HSP (highly sensitive person), and the Human Design
We also dive deep into mental health, how a smile could save someone’s life, Wim Hof technique, cold therapy, and creating with people who had extreme trauma.
What yoga means for the world, photographing inmates in prisons around the world, Seeing someones’ “light” as a photographer
the Oscars, Hollywood stories and Robert and I met
What’s Next for Robert Sturman as an artist and his creative brilliant journey.
Reinventing self as an artist and Family Values, Reflecting, and self-love.
Wim Hof https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaMjhwFE1Zw
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