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 Chris Regan:
Sky Farm, Millerton, NY
I'm not certified, I was early on before the federal switch over. Now I'm working with chefs and they're not really concerned about the certification, they're interested in quality. The key is respect, respect for the product and the land.
Farming in the Hudson Valley has been great. It has allowed me to do what I wanted to do because there is enough demand for quality, locally produced, organic food. There are a lot of chefs supporting farmers now and providing us with a way to make a living; they are also providing their customers with the best possible ingredients.
I still value the word organic myself; I know what it meant 20 years ago, and that's what I still think of it as meaning.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.