My name is Soraya; I’m an artist, designer, yoga lover and citizen of the world. I was born in the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil and moved to New York City nine years ago. Living in New York has inspired two of my greatest passions: yoga and photography. The city has stimulated my creativity, and I immersed myself in it completely, finding photography in the process. Yoga came into my life to help me find balance in this wonderful chaotic city. In doing both, I found a common thread between the two.
“To photograph: it is to put in the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart." This famous quote from Cartier-Bresson, synthesizes
the essence of photography as a meditative process. When I think about it, just as I might do while I am doing a headstand, I visualize the three chakras aligning to capture a moment. It is like the world is opening up around me, allowing me to take in all the colors, warmth, brightness, shadows, forms and textures and transform this experience in art.
To find relief from life's stress, I place myself on the yoga mat, and as I practice I feel more grounded. I challenge myself. I see the world from a different angle with every asana I am doing. The focus is on myself and I leave the studio feeling empowered and lighter on my feet. Yet as much as yoga focuses me inwards, I still emerge with new ways to see the external world, through the lenses of my camera and through my eyes. Yoga and photography have been a blessing in my life.
In a conversation with Renata, Liquido Active CEO and dear friend, we came up with an idea to create limited edition fine art photography that could, like yoga, transport us to a meditative space of joy and fulfillment. So Sensorial is a project that was born with the intent to celebrate life and the awakening of the senses - our instruments of life, expression, and knowledge.
I truly hope that you can feel inspired by the pictures, they are expressions of the abundance, beauty and bliss of life.
**Soraya's prints are available on our US site only**
Visit www.sorayapastorart.com to view more of her work.