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I am a photographer with a background in photojournalism, fine art portraiture and landscape photography. Although I use digital and film based cameras, my love is wet plate collodion. It is a process invented in the 1850's which uses chemistry, glass, metal, a big view camera and a little bit of sunlight to create photographs.

I have been using the process for nearly 10 years and find it so rewarding. I started making wet plate images after the world seemed to convert from film based cameras to digital. I was working for a newspaper at the time, and we moved from the darkroom to the newsroom. The convenience of digital cannot be matched, but I felt like I lost the creative part that drew me to photography.

I have been using the wet plate process as a living historian, demonstrating the process as it would have been done at Civil War and other history events. I dress in wool, live in a tent for the weekend, explain and demonstrate the process to participants as well as the public.

I also create landscape, still life and modern portraiture with the processes as well. It is a lot of fun, and a complicated but enjoyable way to make photographs :)

You can see more of my work by checking out the links to my web page and my Facebook fan page. Enjoy!

If I have to put myself into a box, I suppose I am a fashion/ textile artist. I have been making my own clothes since high school, when my mother bought me my first sewing machine, it wasn't until college that my obsession with textiles really took off. I knit, sew, crochet, even weave and have learned primarily through experimentation.
While in college, I majored in anthropology and minored in linguistics. This has had a deep (if not defining) impact on both how I view textiles and handicrafts, and how I approach my own handiwork. That is to say, I am always aware how what we wear communicates with those around us, of the messages embedded within art; of the rich histories and traditions behind each craft as well as the innovations and new breaths of life being given to those same crafts.

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