My friend Tri Robinson and his wife Nancy have just published a collection of their best blog articles from their Timber Butte Homestead website in their new book Chronicles of Sustainable Homesteading. My copy arrived in the mail today and it is my first read of 2010.
Chronicles of Sustainable Homesteading includes photos, stories, insights and their Christian perspective from their life at Timber Butte Homestead in Sweet, Idaho to… in their own words… “serve as a handy guide for homesteading building projects, not to mention true stories of our adventures. Best of all, profits from this book will go to some challenging projects we’re working on through our church, including our RE:FORM ministry that is helping address seven areas of world crisis.”
In 1989, Tri and Nancy planted and continue to oversee the Vineyard Church in Boise, Idaho. Tri is also the author of four other books, including Saving God’s Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church’s Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship.
As author-photographer Douglas Gayeton immersed himself for five years in the lives and passions ofÂ those he met in a rural Tuscan town, he put his thousands upon thousands of images together to tell their stories in a format he refers to as “flat film”. Gayeton’s personal recounting of his creative process and the journey he embarked on to capture the authenticity, intimacy and charm of their “slow” lives and cultural heritage are a feast for the eyes, transporting your heart and soul miles from home to Pistoia, Italy. Truly remarkable storytelling – enjoy!
“Douglas Gayeton’s SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town is a magical and utterly unique portrayal of rural Italian life, and a tribute to the region’s kaleidoscope of charming local characters whose livelihoods and culture center around the everyday pleasures of growing, preparing, and eating food. Imaginative and interactive portraits are layered with Gayeton’s handwritten notes, anecdotes, recipes, quotes, and historical facts and that cleverly bring context and color to the subject of each sepia-toned image and draw us deeper into this romantic, rewarding, and progressively rare way of life. You will fall in love with the intimate images of an entire town whose lives are profoundly bound to the rhythms of nature and inherently exemplify the popular principles that define Slow Food, a multi-national movement dedicated to preserving local food traditions and honoring local farmers and producers. The unique interplay of pictures and words conveys a thrilling sense of narrative that transcends the page and transports you halfway around the globe. It is a riveting story told in a riveting way: each image is actually comprised of multiple photographs taken over the course of time (from ten minutes to several hours – a photographic approach critics have dubbed “flat film”). The result is nothing less than a new and startling way of seeing photographs.” – Pier Giorgio Provenzano – videomaker