Framingham, a Massachusetts city of over 75,000 people, is better known for its shopping malls than its farms. Nonetheless, several Framingham based farms continue to exist despite the ongoing development that gobbles up more available open space each year.
While some of the surviving farms are now protected space, this project is motivated by the prospect that the few others that remain may in time succumb to economic and development pressures, and the desire to preserve them photographically. My goal is to capture visual impressions of these islands of agriculture, as they are now, focusing on the larger forms as well the vital details of the environment, structures, and tools that all together support the cultivation of the land.
Sandy Gotlib is a documentary photographer whose primary focus is creating visual journals. His work tells the stories of people and places in and around Framingham, MA .
Recent documentary projects include: “The Final Season” capturing the landscape and workers of the Millwood Farms Golf Course before its 70 acres of open space was forever lost to development; “Café Fresh Bagel” which documents a day in the life of the owner/baker in a local bagel shop’s baker; and “Fading Light” a series of portraits of the photographer’s mother in the final years of her life.
His photos have been published in SVT’s Trail Guide: 42 Walks West of Boston.
Primarily self-taught, Gotlib initially worked in 35 mm film and then moved to digital imaging tools in 2005. He has studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the New England School of Photography, the Griffin Museum and at Maine Media Workshops.
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