Photo Benefit for Off the Mat

Photo by J.T. Liss (Photography for Social Change)They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In our time, this might also be true of a video captured by smart phone or a 140-character Tweet. Yet, there is a...
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Photo by J.T. Liss (Photography for Social Change)They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In our time, this might also be true of a video captured by smart phone or a 140-character Tweet. Yet, there is a...

Photo by J.T. Liss (Photography for Social Change)

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In our time, this might also be true of a video captured by smart phone or a 140-character Tweet. Yet, there is a sense of timelessness, of depth, when a moment is captured at just the right time in a photograph. All the narrative you need is right there.

That's what yogin J.T. Liss realized when he walked through the streets of Harlem. This former school teacher and counselor to at-risk youth saw beauty in human imperfection, in buildings weathered by time and neglect, in spaces and scenes that others might not notice. He saw stories everywhere that deserved to be told. "A photo can be more than just stimulates thought or evokes emotion," Liss says. "It can be an advocate for change."

Liss's Photography for Social Change combines his dual desires to tell these stories through art and to give back and support organizations whose missions he believed in.

This Friday, Liss joins New York blogger YogaDork in a benefit to support Off the Mat, Into the World, the not-for-profit organization founded by Seane Corn that uses the power of yoga and community to bring about social change. Liss will donate 25 percent from sales of his photos of a yoga-roadtrip across the U.S. this past summer to the organization. (The photos are also on sale online.) The event will be held at the Trump Bar in Trump Tower in Manhattan. Get details here.