West Maui is a wondrous place. I had been on island for a few days when I walked past a smoothie and natural foods cafe in Lahaina called Bamboo Fresh. There was something about the place that drew me inside. Maybe it was the cute exterior of the shop, tucked away on a quiet side street, with “specials” hand written on a small chalkboard leaning against the door (the smoothies are amazing!). Maybe it was my dehydrated self, dried out from a delicious combination of sun and surf.
Walking through the screen door into the cafe is where I met the cafe’s owner, Michelle, and Eleanor Bramwell. It was a remarkable scene. Eleanor was lying on her back on the floor of the cafe with her feet in the air supporting Michelle who was inverted and suspended in mid-air. The duo were intertwined in a maneuver known as a lifted boddha konasana with a folded leaf massage, a type of floating therapeutics intended to release tension and help elongate the spine.
One could be forgiven for believing, as I did, that the two women were old friends. It turns out, Eleanor had walked into the cafe for the first time only minutes before and the two had not previously known each other. This spontaneity, empathy, and insightfulness all contribute Eleanor’s adventerous character and trustworthy essence. She is a yoga master and movement educator, traveling the world teaching and inspiring. We got to chatting and decided to plan an impromptu editorial-style yoga-photo session.
The Dragon’s Teeth is a sacred place – located on Makaluapuna Point in Kapalua. The jagged rock formations were formed thousands of years ago when lava flows were cooled by tenacious, driving winds and crashing surf which pushed the magma up into tooth-like formations (photo above). The evening of our photo session we were greeted with a sumptuous mix of tropical storm clouds, sideways rain, rainbows, and a warm setting sun. It all made for some really dynamic and wonderful imagery.
Here are a collection of images from our yoga-photo adventure:
The following jargon is mainly for the search engine robots. Read on, if you like. Drew is an Oakland Freelance Photographer and a San Francisco Freelance Photographer and a Bay area Freelance Photographer, a bay area conservation photographer, an Oakland wedding photojournalist and a San Francisco wedding photojournalist and a bay area event photographer and a Berkeley photographer; while he is based in the Bay area, Drew regularly photographs for clients throughout all of California, including Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, San Jose, Marin County, Santa Cruz, Eureka, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbra, and Napa, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, all across the USA and everywhere on Earth. He specializes in creative storytelling and artistic photojournalism, environmental photojournalism, conservation photography, environmental justice photography, and stories about human-earth relationships including urban farming, agriculture, water use, climate change, ocean issues, energy issues, pollution, and natural resource economics. He also specializes in editorial photography and lifestyle photography, portraits and headshots, corporate event photography, non-profit event photography, and branding photography for corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. You can view more of his photojournalism, editorial, and lifestyle work here and more of his documentary style wedding work here. The photos in this post are connected to yoga, body movement, west maui, the dragon’s teeth, Eleanor Bramwell, and editorial photography.