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 Willy Denner:
Little Seed Gardens, Chatham, NY
Life is the thing that defines organic farming for me, allowing life. I have the thought that all human need is met with contact with the earth. Farming came out of trying to feed myself, and the people I cared about. So, that sense of nourishment that I was looking for was from a connection with my own needs, with my human needs.
Farming is a place where you get to directly connect with people and the social difficulty of experiencing abundance, of recognizing the ampleness of the gift of the earth and our ability to connect with them.
I love to feed people, including myself, and I love to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I look forward to things coming in season, and then on top of that, it is a wonderful gift to be involved in, immersed in the process of life.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.