On October 4, 2015 a book-signing and reception were held at herchurch ANEW art gallery in San Francisco in celebration of the new book, American Goddess by Photographer Tamara Trejo. In addition to the signing, the gallery is concurrently running an exhibit of many of the images from the book.
American Goddess is a beautiful hardcover art photography book depicting the diverse aspects of spirituality found within the hearts and practices of contemporary American women. Through her photography endeavors and studies of goddess mythology, Trejo realized that the women of America have the blended ancestry of women from all over the earth and have become unique modern day goddesses. “Born in the great melting pot, we are the American Goddess. We are a mixed breed, a tribe of all cultures. Our DNA holds the memory of many matriarchal societies that functioned from the heart”, says Trejo. With this realization, she was inspired to create this collection of work and feels that the book is a testament to the evolutionary Goddess.
The book ultimately pays homage to the Divine Feminine within all women and throughout the pages are lush photos of woman from varying backgrounds, shot in stunning, often surreal, landscapes and environments. The project brought Trejo to many impressive locations around America that would serve as backdrops of natural beauty and were a vital component in actualizing the book’s concept. Her research lead her to cross paths with several woman who serve as role models in the healing arts and ultimately became the models for the images.
One such woman was Anahata Ananda whose image appears on the cover of American Goddess, and was shot on location at Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ. Anahata owns and operates Shamangelic Healing Center of Sedona, AZ and is a practicing shamanic healer. It was during her research for subjects, Trejo discovered that Anahata’s healing practice included Goddess Retreats, Shamanic Wisdom teachings, along with a wide variety of spiritually oriented services and courses. An added draw was Ananda’s practice being located in the famously spiritual red rock country of Sedona. It was a perfect fit and the photoshoot took place in February, resulting in the cover photo plus another image that was used in the American Shamans section of the book. As Ms.Trejo explained, “I chose Anahata’s silhouetted image for the cover because it possesses the spirit of the New World Goddess rising… In her silhouette women can recognize their own Goddess essence.”
The release of American Goddess is very timely with the myriad issues being tackled by modern American women. Current events and news is active with more women in powerful leadership positions, dialogues of equality in the workplace, and the fluid redefining of women’s roles, responsibilities, gender expectations, and more. The book will be inspiring to girls and women of all ages and walks of life and a great additional to a personal library. It can be purchased directly from Tamara Trejo’s website.
Tamara Trejo is an American portrait photographer with her studio located in Half Moon Bay, CA. The studio is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 4pm. You can see portfolios of her work on her website: http://www.coastsidephotography.com
Anahata Ananda’s Shamangelic Healing Center is based in Sedona, Arizona. It is nestled beneath Sedona’s famous Thunder Mountain, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion. Clients seeking Spiritual awakening, transformational healing services, conscious relationship counseling, sacred land journeys or training courses may choose from a wide range of options that can be tailored for the ultimate personal experience.
For detailed descriptions and a calendar of the upcoming retreats, workshops, courses, and transformational healing and spiritual awakening services offered by Anahata Ananda, visit http://www.shamangelichealing.com