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 Lynn Faurie:
B&L 4E Farm, Milton, NY
It starts with the soil. If you don't have healthy soil, you don't have healthy grass, and if the grass isn't healthy, you won't have the product you want in the end. We spent a lot of time when we were first going into this business having our soils tested, mending our soils, adding calcium, all organic fertilizers, and now we've got it to the point where we're doing rotational grazing so the cows are actually spreading their own manure and our pastures are so much healthier now.
The whole issue over raw milk. You're not allowed to buy raw milk, but you can get cigarettes that can kill you; you can get all of the alcohol you want, but they're going to prohibit you from buying raw milk. Now there's something wrong with that picture. I grew up on raw milk; and I'm healthier because of that.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.