From farm to studio

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, at 5:31 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 27, 2013, at 5:55 p.m.

Lynn Karlin has been an editorial garden and lifestyle photographer for the past 40 years and added fine art photography to the mix four years ago. Originally from New York, Karlin moved to Maine in 1983 while visiting back-to-landers Helen and Scott Nearing, who lived in Cape Rosier. Karlin was influenced by the movement and lived and farmed next door to the Nearings for eight years.

Karlin co-produced three coffee-table books on Maine gardens, acting as the sole photographer. The latest is “Gardens Maine Style, Act 11,” published by Down East Books.

For the past couple of years Karlin worked on a series of still-life photographs called “The Pedestal Series,” honoring vegetables, mushrooms and edible plants by placing them on pedestals that she has collected.

The body of work is about the obvious but often overlooked beauty of the harvest and her commitment to local and sustainable agriculture. All her vegetables are local produce and come from farmers’ markets including Chase’s Daily farm-to-table restaurant in Belfast, where she takes them into her studio to photograph. This body of work has been shown at galleries in Maine and around the country.

Karlin’s “Raw Art,” a show at Pawling, N.Y., in May 2012, was written up in The New York Times.

Karlin will show this body of work in a show, “The Pedestal Series: Natural Beauties,” at The James Beard House, Greenhouse Gallery in New York City from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31.

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