Salted Paper and Tricolor Gum Workshop

The Tricolor Gum and Salted Paper workshop with Christina Anderson at Photographers' Formulary rocked my world and changed my life! I know that might sound dramatic, but it did make an impact on the future of my artwork.

Before taking this workshop with Christina Anderson, I had found her book Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes in a local photography store. The alternative print processes described in this book blew my mind, and I knew immediately this was what I was looking for to take my photography to the next level.

I love the process of photography. The composition, execution, post-processing, and finally the print. I enjoy nature and landscape photography the most because I'm outside in the elements, watching wildlife and experiencing the moment with all my senses. 

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I signed up for this workshop at Photo Formulary. What I soon found out was that I discovered a hidden gem right here in my backyard of Montana. The property, facility, staff, and the food at the Photo Formulary are exceptional. I knew we were in good hands when I first met Christina Anderson and her TA Megan Crawford. Everyone made us feel at home and allowed us to dig as deep as we wanted for the week.

While in the workshop, I resonated the most with the Salted Paper process. The Tricolor Gum was fascinating in itself, yet I couldn't stop making Salt prints especially when the Gold toning process was introduced towards the end of the week. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail and range of monochrome colors that were possible with Salt and most of all; I loved the feel of the Hahnemuhle paper in my hands, both in the water and out. This tactile and creative process forced me to think ahead and offered an element of wonder and surprise around every corner.

Christina's teaching style is both exhilarating and refreshing. The extent of her knowledge and experience with Alt process is broad, and it is evident she is driven to teach and openly share with anyone who is interested. It is this spirit that inspires me to keep creating, experimenting, and push the boundaries in my artwork. I am forever grateful.


Maria Ferre