Influenced by 17th & 18th century master still life painters for their lighting and placement of objects has added depth and passion to my work. For the past 8 years I have been getting my produce and inspiration from local farmers markets and working to capture the beauty of our often taken-for-granted food. I collect the vegetables, style and photograph them over a period of several days. In the image included, "Hot Summer Still Life", I was not happy with what I got, they sat…and sat. Returning to them a few days later, I noticed some wilting, cracking and discoloration taking place and realized there is beauty even in the aging process. The ancient belief that “imperfection is perfect” is true for vegetables as well as for humans. Tastes mature and ripen with age. To complete my study I added the fresh peas for contrast and captured it.
Lynn Karlin is an internationally published horticultural and food photographer originally from New York City, now living in Maine. For the past 6 years she has been photographing a fine art collection called "The Pedestal Series” which show in galleries in the U.S. These still lifes honor the beauty of the vegetable. Karlin is finding that within the limitation of a particular theme, one can deepen into endless explorations. The last two years, the selection of her edible subjects broadened to include fruit, mushrooms and cheeses. Karlin’s prints exude a quality if timelessness, grace and royalty, many reminiscent of Dutch Masters. A show in 2012 at a gallery in New York was written up in The New York Times. In 2013, the series was exhibited at The James Beard House in Manhattan. The work is presently on exhibit in Napa Valley, California and was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. A winner of numerous photography awards over the years, Karlin’s 2013 and 2014 Simply Raw: Vegetable Portraits calendar won Silver Awards of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association.