Photographer H. Lee lived among the cannabis growers of Northern California for a year and documented the process of cultivation in all stages, from planting to harvest as well as the secretive way of life of growers. The first West Coast exhibition of his work opened on March 7th 2015 and will run until April 28th 2015.
“Grassland” is an important California story, similar to the popular farm-to-table stories of Sonoma and Napa valleys, the main difference being the legal status of cannabis. Lee’s photographs cover the period between 2010 and 2013 and catch the last days of clandestine pot farming.
In the past few years there have been a number of significant changes surrounding the accepted use of marijuana and a power shift is in motion between those who wish to keep it illegal and those who are after legal reform, who are now starting to make up the majority. For decades now, Northern Californian farmers have operated in secret, hiding their crops from law enforcement. New legal markets have begun to appear in the US and marijuana cultivation is moving into plain view, often into the public rather than private sector. “Grassland” offers an intimate view of the center of Californian cannabis cultivation, where a large community is shaped by the plant and view it as both medicinal and magical.
This incredible photoset which covers the steps that cannabis farmers take is definitely worth seeing at Spot Photo Gallery in Hollywood – 6679 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.