A graduate of Pratt, Lynn Karlin worked as an editorial photographer in New York City for 13 years before moving to a farm on Cape Rosier previously owned by homesteaders Helen and Scott Nearing. Along with her late husband, Stanley Joseph, they ran a market garden and co-authored the book, Maine Farm, A Year of Country Life. Adding fine art photography to her commercial work came almost 20 years later, after bringing an amazing purple cauliflower back from the farmers’ market to her Belfast studio and placing it high on a pedestal – a place of honor. That was the start of “The Pedestal Series” and her tribute to local, sustainable agriculture.
Taking the ordinary, often over-looked vegetable and transforming it into something provocative, whimsical, sensuous, graceful, painterly, or an object of beauty is what Karlin sets out to do. Her collection has expanded to include fruit, mushrooms, and artisanal cheeses. Working with soft natural light, black or distressed backgrounds, and old pedestals gives the series its cohesiveness and simplistic style.