I strive to live a sustainable lifestyle. One of the choices I make to reduce my carbon footprint is to eat a predominately plant based diet and to grow my own produce. My husband and I grow fruits and vegetables in containers and a 4’ wide by 50’ raised beds at our small urban lot around our home. We grow much more food than we can consume at the time of harvest, so we preserve it with canning, freezing and drying and eat it through the fall and winter. Growing our own food eliminates the carbon emissions associated with the transit of produce. The vegetables we grow are much more delicious that what can be purchased at the local grocer because we can allow the fruits and vegetables to ripen on the plants. We use non-toxic and organic growing methods. This form of agriculture is beneficial for the pollinator insects and soil enhancing organisms. Also because there are no pesticides or waxes on the food, there is no need to peel vegetables. This increases the nutritional value of the food we eat. We also find the experience of gardening to be meditative and provide a sense of satisfaction in providing sustenance for ourselves.
These prints are handmade cyanotypes on 100% cotton paper. They are contact prints from 8" x 10" film camera negatives in an edition of 15. The prints are available for your collection in the acquire art section of the website. The watermark is for internet display only. The watermark is not on the actual artwork.
I began photographing the planting and harvesting of our garden as a way of sharing the benefits of growing some of your own food. The aesthetic I use in the work is intended to express a sense of nostalgia for a past time when many more people grew some of their own food in small plots in the back yard. I use large format cameras and produce prints using the 19th century Cyanotype process (blue prints) and hand painted silver gelatin prints. I also use a digital camera and with these images create unique image transfers on aluminum that recall the look of the Tintype, another 19th century process. I use lighting, framing and posing to express the beauty, unique variety and deliciousness of the fruits and vegetables that can be grown in a small urban space. I hope that my images will connect viewers with the pleasures and environmental benefits of eating home-grown food and inspire you to try it for yourself