The Tricolor Gum and Salted Paper workshop with Christina Anderson at Photographers' Formulary was a great experience and made 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! I had a hunch; this was the creative process missing in my digital photography.
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.
By the end of the week, I felt comfortable making Salted Paper prints, and I knew this was the process I wanted to take home to my studio. Where would I find the space to do this? Heck, most people talk about doing this in the bath tub. I would have to figure that part out later.
Christina's teaching style is both exhilarating and refreshing. The extent of her knowledge and experience with Alt processes is broad, and it is evident she is driven to teach and openly share with anyone interested. It is this spirit that inspires me to keep creating, experimenting, and push the boundaries in my artwork. I am forever grateful.