Portrait | Grace

Posted: May 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Grace, Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X

Grace, Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 50mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X


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Born Yogis | Alexandra, Warrior Pose

Posted: May 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Born Yogis, dougKIM photography, Film, Los Angeles, Nikon

Balance is the gift of the Creator.

-B.K.S. Iyengar

Alexandra, 31 mos., <i>Virabhadrasana III “Warrior III Pose"</i> © Doug Kim

Alexandra, 31 mos., Virabhadrasana III “Warrior III Pose" © Doug Kim

Perhaps my favorite image in my book Born Yogis is this one of Alexandra, a firecracker of a girl. I was at her home in Point Mugu, north of Los Angeles, getting to know her, warming up and playing around with her. Many times the greatest comfort zone for babies or toddlers is their parents bed so we went there, the light was good so I encouraged her to play around.

She began jumping around on the bed with little encouragement. We were laughing and both taking turns bouncing around. And then that was it, the window closed, her time performing and playing with me was finished. Shooting babies and kids is the greatest lesson in taking only what is given.

A couple of days later, looking at the contact sheet, this image popped. The fraction of a second, catching Alexandra in that perfect moment of grace and balance, joy in her face, play in her body, hands ready for flight, that moment of pure magic, filling the room with light.

I absolutely love this image. Still.

Alexandra continues to be a firecracker and lives in France now with her family.

Shot with a Nikon F5, Agfa APX 400, 28-70mm Nikkor.


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Born Yogis | Korean Edition

Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Born Yogis, dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon

The cover of the Korean edition of <i>Born Yogis</i> © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim

The cover of the Korean edition of Born Yogis © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim

I just received the Korean edition of our book Born Yogis in the mail yesterday. It is awesome on many levels.

First, the design aesthetic has changed to a high-end slick Asian magazine look, which is the photos presented plainly with very clean black text on white pages.

Second, the biggest surprise is that they took Ely off the cover and put Soul on instead. But then again, it is an Asian market so the exotic white baby with a bit of a Topanga ‘fro will market well. I apologize for the dirty scans but well, I was using a dirty scanner.

Still waiting for the Russian edition. And a copy of the German edition, come to think of it. More to come!

Kelly, from the Korean edition of <i>Born Yogis</i> © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim

Kelly, from the Korean edition of Born Yogis © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim

Forrest, from the Korean edition of <i>Born Yogis</i> © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim

Forrest, from the Korean edition of Born Yogis © Susie Arnett, Doug Kim


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Born Yogis | Mason, Plank Pose

Posted: May 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Born Yogis, dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon

When the Yogi has full power over his body composed of the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether, then he obtains a new body of spiritual fire which is beyond illness, old age, and death.

The Upanishads

mason, 7 mos., <i>Chaturanga Dandasana</i> “Plank Pose"

mason, 7 mos., Chaturanga Dandasana “Plank Pose" © Doug Kim

  • From the book Born Yogis

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    Born Yogis | Vanessa, Forward Bend Pose

    Posted: May 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Born Yogis, dougKIM photography, Film, Nikon

    In each pose there should be repose.
    B.K.S. Iyengar

    vanessa, 4 mos, from the book <i>Born Yogis</i>

    Vanessa, 4 mos, Paschimottanasana, “Forward Bend Pose” © Doug Kim

  • From the book Born Yogis

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    Born Yogis in Russia

    Posted: April 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Born Yogis, dougKIM photography, Film, Leica, Nikon

    My first book Born Yogis is now being distributed in Russia. I hope to get a copy soon just to see it in the Cyrillic alphabet.

    Born Yogis

    Born Yogis


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