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Introducing Benjamin Sisco,
eBA Photography Intern

Benjamin is a local photography student whose images invite the viewer to look closer.

July 27, 2016

Market Fresh

I’m relatively new to the desert, having moved here in October of 2006 from Richmond, VA. I studied mathematics at James Madison University in Virginia and graduated in 1998.

As time has passed here in Tucson, I have grown to appreciate the unique beauty that is the Southwest. From the ‘macro’ view of delicate webs cast among cacti to sweeping mountain vistas beneath heavy clouds, I have been inspired.

Red Bell Pepper from Super Natural Organics, grown in the San Pedro Valley south of Benson, AZ. Vendor was Robert.

Red Bell Pepper from Super Natural Organics, grown in the San Pedro Valley south of Benson, AZ. Vendor: Robert.

Also new to photography, I purchased my first camera about a year and a half ago. I never had any inclination or interest in photography growing up. For about ten months, I have had the privilege to begin studying photography with an amazing photographer, instructor and mentor, Roger DiFiore. As I learn more, I realize that this is an endless pursuit and humbly motivating.

The images here are from produce I picked up at the Heirloom Farmer’s Market at Rillito park on July 1st. When selecting an item, I was looking for something with ‘character’. I certainly recalled Steven Meckler’s wonderful series on ugly produce, which was a kind of departure from Edible Baja’s imagery in that there was no particular context to the images, but a highlight of each one’s raw quirks.

Rainbow Swiss Chard from Sleeping Frog Farms, grown in Cascabel, AZ. Vendor was Laurel Goslin.

Rainbow Swiss Chard from Sleeping Frog Farms, grown in Cascabel, AZ. Vendor: Laurel Goslin.

In that regard, the market offered a wide and beautiful selection of produce to choose from. Unique foods were sometimes hiding among others in a bin or proudly showcased. The nooks and crannies to explore at a farmer’s market are not something usually found in a grocery store. Surely the aisles are not made of sand and rock!

Neon Eggplant from La Oesta Gardens, grown in vendor Mounty Brown's garden in Tucson, AZ.

Neon Eggplant from La Oesta Gardens, grown in vendor Mounty Brown’s garden in Tucson, AZ.

Thanks to Edible Baja for the opportunity to learn more about where I am and create more of a connection to this special desert. And perhaps to slow down and look closer.

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Sunflower from Backyard Gardening and Growing, grown in Hereford, AZ using drip tape irrigation. Vendor: Winnie Struse.

All images by Benjamin Sisco, taken of produce purchased from the Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park in Tucson on Sunday July 1st, 2016.







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