The pleasures of farm life, as most of the people featured in this book can tell you, are found in the details of everyday living: the smells, the tastes, the long walks in the woods; picking berries in summer, seeking mushrooms in winter; being aware of the sun and the moon at all time of day and night. Sitting in front of a crackling fire, sipping a glass of wine, and cooking chestnuts on the burning coals.
(including a tour of his own studio and home)
in his book:
The images that I am now realizing in the studio… sixty nature-fantasy plates of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and the female form, mixed with tropical insects and butterflies — is a book on natural history for kids and grown-ups, Mon jardin, monde enchant, by André Grangeon (1948) that my mother gave me when I was five years old. I am using the gum bi-chromate printing method, a nineteenth-century technique for creating a painterly color image from a black-and-white negative. It is a combination of two media, camera and brush, and the joint work of the eyes and the hands. —Oberto Gili (excerpt from Home Sweet Home, Sumptuous and Bohemian Interiors)