I met vintage photographer Lindsey Ross in San Francisco during an event for Visit Santa Barbara. I had been a fan of Lindsey’s work, having found The Alchemistress on Instagram. Her unique tintype photo technique lends a vintage look to her works of art. I seized the opportunity to have her photograph me in my leather fringed jacket, silk scarf and cowboy hat. I like the Western look that she was able to capture.
Q: I understand that you lived on a cattle ranch in Chilcotin, British Columbia. What brought you to Canada and what were some of the highlights of ranch living?
A: I did live and work on a cattle ranch in Chilcotin, BC. A cowboy brought me to the ranch… I started dating a guy in undergrad who had grown up on the ranch and we moved back there for a year to help his folks. Our primary work was building 4-strand barbed wire range fence for them. The highlights were definitely time we spent up on the range pushing cows. The landscape was an abyss of the breathtaking Coastal Mountain Range. We rode the helicopter which dropped off his brother to climb Mt. Waddington – the mountains there look like you could be in the Himalayas. We were also featured in an IMAX film called “Ride Around the World” as the small, family ranch which used dogs to move cows. I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent there and the lessons I learned. The self-sufficiency I learned there has definitely driven my artistic practice. People there always said “Nothing is impossible… impossible just takes longer.” I often remember this when I feel challenged by a particular project or process.