Rachel is a self-taught photographer who worked with Sabrina Stares for 5 years in Kansas City. She has taught for different programs and workshops in both film and photography and currently does local photo shoots. Her work centers on experimental film photography and alternative processes, emphasizing the ethereal settings, nature, light, shadow, and little details of everyday life. Out in nature, at home, or in the darkroom, she utilizes a variety of cameras and film, from Polaroids, to light-leaked plastic toy cameras, to an intricate 120mm twin-lens Rolleiflex. She often chooses to further alter her prints through collage and writing.
Whether it’s a cerebral vision or a warm feeling of home, Rachel strives to invoke feelings of memory and nostalgia through her art. She likes the tactile process of working with her hands and various film format cameras, the margin of error it presents, and it’s unpredictability. In this age of screens, Rachel finds it imperative to slow down and focus on stillness and solitude; photography is her meditation. Through her artistic process with film, Rachel takes the time to be thoughtful about what she is producing in order to capture the beauty, wonder, and power Earth holds with its poetic elements.