In the spirit of The Oxford Project and American Farmer, Welcome Books brings you Slow: Life in at Tuscan Town, by Douglas Gayeton, 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 shared culture center on the growing, preparing, eating, and everyday pleasures of food. SLOW is an enchanting celebration of a precious and increasingly rare way of life that leaves you longing to pack your bags and buy a one-way ticket to Tuscany.
You will fall in love with the mushroom hunters and sheep farmers, the winemakers and fisherman, the bakers and butchers 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.
Gayeton's imaginative and interactive portraits are layered with handwritten notes, anecdotes, recipes, quotes, historical facts and sayings that cleverly bring context and color to the subject of each sepia toned image and draw us deeper into this romantic and rewarding way of life. Each image is titled with a traditional Italian saying and its English translation (e.g. Meglio Spendere Soldi Dal Macellaio Che Dal Farmacista: "Better to spend money at the butcher than the pharmacist.")
Gayeton intertwines the literal with the figurative in a photographic approach critics have dubbed the "flat film." This 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). "With this process," says Gayeton, "I have managed to introduce the concept of time, both compressed and exploded, into my work." The result is exhilarating.