Jane Alden Stevens:
Seeking Perfection: Traditional Apple Growing in Japan
Growing apples in the traditional way is a laborious, hands-on process in Japan. At the moment of harvest, an apple raised in this manner has been touched by the farmer's hands at least ten times since its blossom was set.
Over the course of two growing seasons, I photographed this process on the apple farms in Aomori Prefecture. The photographs are a meditation on the time, care, and attention that farmers using this method lavish on their orchards.
This project was shot with a variety of film-based, medium format cameras on Fujicolor Pro 400 film. The resulting negatives were scanned. The images are printed on Museo Silver Rag paper with an Epson 4800 printer using Ultrachrome inks.