My shoot with Danielle Brown was scheduled for 5am on a beach in Connecticut.
When I arrived, she was already in the water practicing. I'd never seen or felt so much stillness as I did that morning, taking in the graceful beauty of asana in the midst of the vast Long Island Sound. We did not speak — speaking would have caused ripples in the sea. And within a moment, a body of work was born.
A dedicated yoga practitioner himself, Sturman's work has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansiveness of Malibu's beaches and canyons, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman's own words "I often think of Rumi: 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me."
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