The Hudson Valley has become an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement. With its rich agricultural land, the awareness for sustainable living, and the growing demand for local, organic food, the ‘locavore’ farm-to-table movement has become a way of life in the Hudson Valley.
This curated collection of arresting images from Francesco Mastalia’s ORGANIC spotlights the Hudson Valley as a region at the forefront of this movement. It features the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce.
Each print is made in limited editions of 20 and is available framed or unframed. Prints measure 17" x 22", while the total size with frame is 22" x 28".
The portraits of the farmers and chefs 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.
Excerpt from Ashley Loehr:
Sparrowbush Farm, Hudson, NY
The reason I'm a farmer is because I think our industrial food system is very destructive and has impacts far reaching beyond our country. Some of my most motivating experiences were when I was traveling in Mexico and meeting the farmers who lived there. They basically had no livelihoods because of commodity corn or agricultural practices that were dumping on their market. The strong message I got from those people was "Go home and start making alternatives." The industrial food system is affecting so many people's lives in so many places, negatively.
The things I admire most are careful management and intelligent ecological notions, which are not necessarily certified practices. I'm not interested in organic certification; I would never spray conventional pesticides. For me, it's about reinvesting in the land that I'm taking from and making sure it's here for future generations in a better state then it was when I got there.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.