Kelsi Turner is a writer and photographer whose work centers on bravery 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.
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.
She is in the midst of creating a collection of highly visual nonfiction books, and is always honing a personal essay.