Kelsi Turner is a writer and photographer whose work centers on intention and connection.
After a lifetime of continuous moving left her feeling like a skipping stone – skimming over places and experiences but rarely touching down – she has made her home outside Bozeman, Montana.
She believes that staying put can be a radical, rather than a conservative act, and she creates tromp photographs as a way to deeply explore, connect with and celebrate place.
“Tromping” is a practice that allows her to distill a particular place in a particular season and acknowledge the dignity of the ordinary. She gathers materials in the field, arranges the items to create a new, connected whole, and photographs the composition.
Highly sensitive to landscapes and seasons, Kelsi is inspired by the abundance and wildness that surrounds her: a striated rock, the movement of elk herds across the swooping mountains in summer, a lichen-covered branch, a spiky thistle head, the strong forms of bare branches in winter. Her work has its roots in abstraction.
Everywhere is somewhere. Everywhere is connected.
Kelsi graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in journalism with a focus in biology.
She has worked as a rhetoric instructor, a web editor, a freelance writer and columnist. She published two books with Capstone Publishing in 2013, and her picture-book biography was named runner-up in the manuscript contest at the Chicago SCBWI conference in May 2016. Her most recent essay, Different Address, Same Hearth was published in Taproot magazine in February 2018.
She is in the midst of creating a highly visual nonfiction books, and is always honing a personal essay.