A few weeks ago, I worked with one of my favorite clients, the Trust for Public Land. We aimed to reflect the natural beauty of the land and the myriad of uses of two different properties that were recently entrusted to them. The day began as the sun rose on Coney Island in Lake Waconia, and came to a close as the sun set on the confluence of the Elk and Mississippi Rivers, north of the Twin Cities. A brilliant, and productive, autumn day.
Today, the Summer Solstice, is the first ever International Day of Yoga. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said in his address to the UN General Assembly, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”
I am eternally grateful that this ancient Indian science is an integral part of my life. My ongoing photographic exploration of yoga over the last three and a half years has lead me around the world to experience it’s myriad of forms and expressions–Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Raja, Kundalini, Iyengar, deeper and deeper.
The Trust for Public Land’s 2015 Minnesota brochure is out now, featuring a variety of my photographs created last summer and autumn throughout the Northcountry. A few weeks ago, I was working with TPL on Burntside Lake near Ely on a beautiful day as winter turned to spring. I am always grateful for our excursions into nature together.
In 2013, I was invited to Pune, India, by B.K.S. Iyengar to photograph his daily practice. To be fair, I had persistently requested this opportunity for a year or more, and was denied. Yet after another attempt, one cold morning I awoke in Minneapolis, checked my email and learned that I had been granted the permission that I longed for. Within a month or so, I was at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute–a living yoga master before me at the age of 94, practicing yoga asana. I wrote about my experience here and more extensively in Namarupa Magazine. On August 20th, 2014, this great man and yogi passed on. In the current issue of Yoga Samachar Magazine B.K.S Iyengar is remembered by his students and those dear to him. The 3 pages below feature some of the work from my days with him.
I was recently commissioned by UNICEF to photograph throughout the Mexican state of Jalisco for a report documenting the lives of children in the region. We visited a number of rural and urban sites, though most memorable was the journey to the far north to visit the Wixárika people in the mountainous village of Santa Catarina. Also known as the Huichol, the Wixárika are an indigenous group with a rich spiritual life and mythological cosmology incorporating the use of peyote, long peregrinations, and ancient rituals. The children are vibrant, joyous, curious and full of life…as children are. To me, it felt like a wonderful place to be young and grow.
It has been a busy few months and I intend to post some of the new work over the coming weeks. Let’s begin with a couple recent trips to Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin for the Trust for Public Land. The TPL “creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.”
I am excited to share my recent interview with Leica camera about my work and experience at the Maha Khumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. To read the entire interview, please look here.
There are now 3 new Andy Richter Photography promos out in the world, keep your eyes peeled in the coming days! One may be heading your way. And if you can’t wait…check out this preview…
Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, just opened a group exhibition featuring the recent donations and acquisitions to their permanent collection. One of my photographs from Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008, acquired last fall by curator Teresa Parker, is included in the show. Please take a look if you are in the area!
The Caravan, India’s “Journal of Politics and Culture” features an extended photo essay of my work with the Oro Win Tribe, created in the Brazilian Amazon in 2010. The 12-page spread reminds me of the photo magazines of yesterday…a true pleasure to see so much real estate dedicated to photography! To read the full story in The Caravan, click here.