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In this timeless photograph, Francesco Mastalia captures the serene faith of Sharmila Desai, esteemed teacher of Ashtanga yoga. Here, immersed in the exquisite landscape of New York's Hudson Valley, nature, spirit and an artful eye have convened to produce something truly exquisite. Part of a larger series of 108 yogis photographed by Mastalia for his book Yoga: The Secret of Life, each breathtaking photo was captured in the artist's antique lens and large format camera.
The Process: The portraits of the Yoga collection were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century, when the art of photography was in its infancy. Working with a large format wooden camera, an 1870’s brass lens, and portable darkroom, glass plates are hand-coated with a blend of collodion and light sensitive salts to produce one of a kind images. Each step of the process has a life of its own. There are no light meters to guide in exposure. Temperature and humidity play a role, and the UV light sensitivity renders different then what the naked eye can see. With so many factors inherent to its unique characteristics, no two plates are ever alike.
Unframed Print Sheet Size:
8.5" x 11"
11" x 14"
17" x 22"
24" x 36"
Add $250 for 17" x 22" size
Add $800 for 24" x 36" size- comes in 40" x 50" frame with 8 ply matt
Please contact us re: other sizes and pricing.
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability. Order fulfillment for these prints takes 1 week plus shipping time.