Grounding: Small New England Farms
Presented by John Benford Photography
February 2 - March 31, 2012
Photographer John Benford will be exhibiting his series, Grounding: Small New England Farms, at the Farm Art Gallery in Natick, MA. The gallery is located at Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot Street, Natick, MA. It is open daily during day-light hours; admission is free. The exhibit will run throughout February and March, 2012, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 4, from 4-7 pm.
The series includes portraits of farmers and scenes from farm life, taken primarily on small farms in the Seacoast area. “I call the series Grounding,” explained Mr. Benford, “because the photographs emphasize the spiritual life of small farms: the inner tranquility that comes from doing real, meaningful work and being directly connected to the earth.”
“I think John’s quiet yet deep appreciation and admiration of his subjects shines in his work,” says Trish Wesley Umbrell, NCOF’s Farm Administrator and gallery manager. “I particularly admire the way he captures so many different qualities of light and subtle, rich colors. “
Founded in 1974, Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. The farm’s art gallery focuses on farm- and nature-related art from established and up-and-coming artists. The farm will hold its annual Maple Magic Day on Saturday, March 10, and offers maple sugaring tours throughout March.
John Benford Photography is based out of Portsmouth, NH, and offers architectural, portraiture and fine- art photography services in the Seacoast, greater Boston, and beyond. Mr. Benford is a graduate of New England School of Photography in Boston, where he received the Tyler Munroe Award for Creative Excellence and Spirit.