Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jasper Johal

Jasper Johal is a self taught photographer that resides in the Los Angeles area but grew up  central India. He was exposed to his first camera by a Persian traveler when he was a teenager. The traveler was passing through the town and needed to sell his camera for extra money. The town he grew up in didn’t have a photo lab. So he did it all by hand, first feeding his passion by reading books that gave a formula to mix the chemicals needed to develop his film. A few years later, his father grew ill and the family business was taken away. Little did he know at the time, this was a blessing in disguise. At the young age of nineteen, Jasper and his family of six others, decided to start over in the land of new beginnings: America. Jasper Johal talks about his humble beginnings as a now well-known and established yoga photographer.
“Whether shooting a small piece of jewelry for Energy Muse, or the spacious award winning Jai House for architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, what I am really shooting is light. Light is this beautiful living thing. It wraps, it plays, it suffuses, it cascades. I am self taught, and as I worked on my craft over the years, I never focused on shooting the object. Instead, I focused on capturing the beauty of light as it played around the object, often through the object, sometimes underneath the object. Light dances, and as a photographer I become its dance partner.”  -Jasper Johal

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