Derek Pashupa Goodwin
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The Photographer

The Photographer

I am a photographer and media-savvy artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. I became interested in photography as a child and loved taking pictures of everything around me. As an adult I followed my passion and earned a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. At the turn or the 21st century I began to support myself as a wedding photographer. Around the same time I began photographing rescued farm animals living in sanctuaries. 

While my reputation grew as a wedding photographer in Western Massachusetts, I became known as an animal photographer around the world as the vegan movement made its way into the mainstream. My photographs of farmed animals have been featured in books and magazines, on brochures and websites, and even on television, all in the service of creating a more compassionate and awakened world.

In 2010 I began wintering in New Orleans and was inspired by the culture and environment that is uniquely of that place. I began documenting some of the parades and parties that the Big Easy is known for, but was more interested in being a part of the scene that an outsider looking in. My love for yoga began to fully manifest and I decided to pursue the path to becoming a yoga teacher. In 2011 I began a project I called the NOLA Yoga Photography Project to help me raise money, by offering my photography in exchange for a donation to my teacher training fund. In three months I had earned enough to go to the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in Rhinebeck, NY.

In 2012 I moved to NYC to work as the Web Editor for Jivamukti Yoga NYC. In that position I have met hundreds of yogis and yoga teachers, and have expanded my yoga portfolio. I am currently working on a portfolio of yoga in the subways of NYC. I am still photographing weddings, events, portraits, and all sorts of other things. 


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