Tom Rosenthal is a professional photographer residing in Chatham, New York. His commercial photography career has allowed him the freedom to shoot in many areas, including advertising, publishing, portraiture, and sports.
His own yoga quest brought him to Mysore, South India, for the first time in 2004, in search of traditional yoga in the home shala of the legendary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It took very little time to realize, in a profound way, he had come home. It is said that those who are drawn to Ashtanga yoga have had yoga in their past lives. In India Tom’s yoga practice took root and he experienced a rebirth of joy in photography. In 2009, Tom was honored by his guru, Sharath Rangaswamy, by being authorized to teach Ashtanga yoga.
Tom describes his six years of photography in India as another practice. He delights in shooting in the documentary mode on the street where he feels he can become invisible. It was only a matter of time before he discovered the potency of combining images of yoga asana with the sacred sites that have nurtured and motivated people for centuries. In this photography there was no goal, no result envisioned, only action in the present moment. It is not Tom’s intention to show perfection in postures or to teach yoga through photography, but simply to celebrate the sublime beauty of the form and that of spiritual India. “Om tat sat.” Om and nothing more.