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 Jay Uhler:
Peace & Carrots Farm, Chester, NY
I don't really understand, as a farmer, how growing something conventionally even makes sense. I feel like farming, by spraying chemicals on your plants, seems like it just goes against the whole thing. I don't understand, how being a steward of the land and taking care of it, and then poison everything I don't want here. It doesn't make any sense. I don't see how you can be a farmer, and not do it organically.
Organic is when you plant something in the ground and you don't mess with it. You just let it grow, and it comes up. You don't need to add anything to it, just sun and water, and care for it. Just get out there and tend to the field, pull out the weeds, and do all you can without messing with the genetic structure of anything.
Framed: 22" w x 28" h
Unframed Print: 17" w x 22" h
PLEASE NOTE: Each print is subject to availability.