Editor’s note: Whoo-hoo! Our first photo feature! We’re pleased to introduce another new Nona contributor, Valery Rizzo. Valery is a Park Slope-based professional photographer with a love of good food and all things Brooklyn. She’ll be sharing a photo feature with us each month.
In her first feature, Valery brings it with a dreamy Holga-shot series on Brooklyn farms and gardens. Enjoy!
Photos and story by Valery Rizzo
Spring is here – the time of year for planting and growing, when we can get outside and reconnect with both the planet and with our communities. Brooklyn offers the perfect urban environment for this – with its many parks and trees it is home to large open spaces, vacant lots, backyards and rooftops perfect for growing vegetables, raising chickens for eggs or beekeeping to harvest honey and to pollinate our farms and gardens. It can also be very relaxing!
I’ve been photographing urban farmers, gardeners and beekeepers in Brooklyn for over a year. Here are some of my favorite selections. I hope they’ll inspire you to try your hand at gardening, to join a CSA to get the freshest seasonal produce from local farms, or to sample the bounty at Brooklyn’s many Greenmarkets and farmers markets.
Valery Rizzo is a Brooklyn-based stock, assignment and fine art photographer, specializing in lifestyle, food, and travel imagery with a focus on portraiture. Valery studied photography at The International Center of Photography, The School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute.
She has exhibited her work at Soho Photo, The powerHouse Arena, The Edward Carter Gallery, The Atlantic Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, Thomas Werner Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, The Gallery in Stamford New York and The AOP in London and is presently working on her first monograph, ” Brooklyn”, shot entirely with plastic cameras. For more, check out her website at www.valeryrizzo.com
Valery also loves good food. You can follow all her food adventures at her blog, Eating Brooklyn.