I was first introduced to handmade photography by a professor in college. I was immediately fascinated by the unique qualities and various processes that existed well before the creation of what we today call a "camera." The first alternative process with which I experimented was Salt Printing, a process in which silver is applied to the surface of paper in order to make it light-sensitive. My first images were photograms made using found objects and really were focused on experimentation, the main variables being the paper and selected object.
What I love most about Salt Printing is the inexplicable colors and nuances that occur organically, without intention. But not only are these variants unintended, they are completely uncontrollable and that lack of control is what really draws me to handmade photography.
From Salt Printing, I began to explore Cyanotype, a process that allows for more consistency and reliability in comparison to Salt Printing. The experimentation with Cyanotype comes more into play with the post-exposure development by applying different chemicals to directly affect the color and vibrancy of the image.
Ultimately, what most draws me to handmade photography is the involvement and emphasis on the process of creating.