“I feel like every year I am a performance artist, and I’m painting these fields. It’s this expression that you give to the land, helping an animal or plant grow and develop.”
- Jean-Paul Courtens, of Roxbury Farm (Kinderhook, NY)
Hudson Valley-based photographer Francesco Mastalia captured portraits of New York farmers and chefs for whom “organic” is a state of mind — and shared in their own words — by using the wet plate collodion photographic method (dating back to the 1850s). It’s a race against time to gauge the perfect amalgamation of lighting, humidity and exposure; in contrast to the burst modes of today’s digital cameras, there are no second chances with this technique, nor is there any post-production editing. The pictures Francesco shoots are the ones we see: portraits bathed in shadows and silver tones that inspire conversation about what it can mean to be simultaneously historic, modern and timeless — a reflection of the human, organic experience.
Printed in Rhinebeck, NY by Francesco Mastalia Photography.
Available Print Sizes: 8.5" x 11" Open Edition; 13" x 19" Limited Edition of 40; 17"x 22" Limited Edition of 40.
Each print arrives unframed, on deckled edge museum-quality etching paper, and signed, dated and titled on the verso. The 13" x 19" and 17" x 22" limited edition prints also arrive with their edition number on the verso.
Arrives via USPS within 5-7 business days. Shipping is included in the price listed.
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