when did you get started in alt & why?
I took an Experimental Darkroom class with Christina Z. Anderson at Montana State University in 2015. I was immediately entranced with alt and the premise that you could create with abandon— it’s visceral. I still use digital, but nothing compares to alt. Every new process I learned became a favorite, every “mistake” print I made became a mark of learning.
how’d you end up in montana?
My family went on a trip up to Glacier in 2012— we stayed in northwest Montana for a week. On the flight back home I couldn’t help but feel like I was leaving somewhere I was meant to stay, so as soon as we got back I researched universities. It was between University of Montana and Montana State University. MSU had the more comprehensive fine art photo program, so I applied and got accepted two weeks later. It was the only school I applied to.
I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I didn’t know anything about alt, I had only done basic 35mm black and white. I found myself surrounded by a group of wildly talented professors and peers, and I never looked back.
what’s your darkroom setup & how does it work?
If you’ve perused the diy darkroom, you’re probably familiar with my darkroom shed (if not, my darkroom is in an 8’x12’ wood shed). It’s pretty basic— one outlet, no running water, and it locks from the inside because the wood doors have a tendency to pop open. It’s a pretty fly by the seat of your pants setup, but it works.
The catch is that I’m up in Montana, 90 miles from Canada, which mean winter definitely happens. For the cold season I move just about everything inside and set the darkroom up on 3 Costco tables. The nice part of the winter setup is that I have direct access to running water, which definitely beats toting gallon jugs out from the house.
I do have a UV lightbox now, but for my first year in the shed darkroom I did sun exposures. Your workspace doesn’t have to be top of the line to be functional!
what do you know about x/y/z process?
I’ll happily answer whatever questions you have about alt to the best of my ability! Feel free to drop me a line. If you’re really deep diving into alt, I will always recommend Chris Anderson’s books as a steadfast resource.
do you teach workshops?
I do! I currently have a Salt & Cyanotype workshop at Photographer’s Formulary in Condon, Montana. Some other potential workshops are on the horizon as well, but if you happen to have a workshop space and are also perchance looking for an instructor, let me know! I’m 100% down to travel and teach (seriously, put me in, coach).
have you done any process videos?
I haven’t, but it’s on the radar! I want to make alt as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and youtube would be a great way to do that. I am, however, not always so great in front of a camera— it’s the true achilles heel of many photographers. If/when I get around to it, they’ll for sure be up on my website!
who did you build your website with?
I use Squarespace! It’s been a long process and it’ll probably never be truly done, but that’s how websites usually go. My website is completely different from when I first built it in 2015, and I’m sure it’ll be completely different again in another 4 years!
what’s your spotify account doing on here?
I mean, I’m a photographer, not a musician, so I get it. But I think it’s a different way to get to know someone. There is a real person on the other side of this screen, and she loves curating the perfect, oddly specific playlist. Alt isn’t something that everyone understands right from the get-go, but we all understand music (maybe not the really obscure stuff, but you get the idea).