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(September 19-23, 2007)

Florian Bertzbach


Jean Berthélémé

Verger Belliveau Orchards

Pré-d'en-Haut, New Brunswick, Canada

2007/09/23 4:10 PM local time

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© 2007 Jean Berthélémé, All Rights Reserved.

To me sustenance at its most basic relates to food. Real sustenance means real food, not the re-hydrated, colour-enhanced, chemically-preserved, tasteless, manufactured kind. Therefore, in order to capture the spirit of sustenance, I needed to show a natural food source... something alive, still growing and perhaps ripe and ready to provide me with sustenance. So off I went to Verger Belliveau Orchards to capture... apples still in the trees.

The apple tree was perhaps the earliest tree to be cultivated by humans and we have been eating apples ever since. It is one of the more sought after fruits on the planet (remember the garden of Eden?). Today there are over 7,000 different cultivars (a cultivated plant that has desirable characteristics and a unique name) of apples. Research suggests apples may help prevent some forms of cancer and chronic diseases. Apples also contain a lot of antioxidants, which help protect from cell damage. Now that's sustenance!

Verger Belliveau/Belliveau Orchards and Ferme Bourgeois/Bourgeois Farms are situated about 20 km from Moncton, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. Apple trees were planted on this site in 1932; today this site provides sustenance for thousands of people who love the crunch, the taste and the health benefits of apples. Visit: http://www.fermebourgeoisfarms.ca/

USA-Canada / Canada-New Brunswick

Lat: 45° 56' 59" N
Long: 65° 38' 30" W

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

I used a 12 mm lens on a digital SLR camera rotated on a custom-made panoramic head placed on a tripod. Eight vertical images were captured in RAW format, colour-corrected, converted to TIF format, stitched, sharpened and saved as a very large image (12,680 x 2,821 pixels or 35.7 megapixels). The sky was overexposed in the original images, so I used Photoshop to bring back some blue. The TIF file was then converted to a QTVR file. Angle of view is almost 90(v) by a full 360(h) degrees.

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