A large antique format camera, wet plates, patience, and an impeccable eye convene in Francesco's Mastalia's arresting and timeless photographs.
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 Kira Kinney:
Evolutionary Organics, New Paltz, NY
I have always farmed organic; there was no way I would do the other stuff. I wouldn't know how to do it, and I wouldn't be comfortable doing it. Using chemical sprays and stuff like that just doesn't make any sense. I wouldn't do this if I had to grow that way, I would be doing something else.
I stopped being certified organic once the USDA took over the whole organic thing; I was certified from 1995 up until then. I just didn't think that their interest reflected what I do. This was small farms doing things in a small way and their idea was to make it easier for big farms to be in the game and sell across the country and in the world. The same companies that have 1,000 acres of organic carrots also have 2,000 acres of heavily sprayed carrots; I didn't want to be a part of that. Now I am Certified Naturally Grown, it's small grassroots.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.