Photographer Francesco Mastalia captures inner light of famous yogis

- Francesco Mastalia is a photographer who takes portraits of people using an old and beautiful photographic technique from the 1850s, called the wet plate collodion process.

The photographs are taken on glass plates, and Mastalia uses a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens. The glass plates are hand coated to produce ambrotype images that are each individually unique -- yet possess an ethereal-like quality in all.

For his new book "Yoga: The Secret of Life," Mastalia met and photographed more than 100 of the world's most renowned yogis, asking how they came to yoga and what it means to them.

In doing so, the project seems to have left a profound effect on his own life.

Through personal accounts from these 108 practitioners, the book explores how the ancient practice has transformed their mind, body and spirit -- and how yoga is "the secret of life."

Included in the book are famous yogis like Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh Kaur Khasla, Sri Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Tao-Porchon Lynch, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn and Rodney Yee.

Mastalia joined me on Olympic & Bundy to talk about the enchanting wet plate collodion process, how this project positively impacted his own life, his photography style versus digital photography and more!

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