Francesco Mastalia's powerful photographs bridge past and present, creating iconic portraits of the everyman and woman that celebrate caring for the earth, hard work and unique character.
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 Hanna Bail:
Threshold Farm, Philmont, NY
Organic is what we do here. You really work with the forces of nature, and try to heal the soil and build it up, and we also bring different animals in, because they bring a different element into the farmscape. We build the soil to make it much more drought resistant, and more flood resistant, which for the past few years we have had extreme weather patterns. This year we didn't irrigate once, and the vegetables came out great.
The goal of a biodynamic farm is to create a self-sustainable entity, so that you have enough animals to produce enough compost to spread it out onto your fields. So you don't bring anything in from outside the farm.
We are not certified here; we just don't believe in the certification. We have nothing to hide, and people can come up any time. If they have any questions, we just tell them flat out what we do. You can be better than the organic certification, I am sorry to say, but that's just how it is.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.