KATHY ROUSSEL: "SPAO means being part of a family"
Kathy Roussel greatly valued being part of the SPAO community: “Being a SPAO student means becoming part of a family of photographic artists,” said Roussel, “where every member is there for the purposes of learning about photography, developing their photographic vision, and perfecting their craft, all in a very collaborative environment.”
Kathy remembers learning an incredible breadth of skills at SPAO: “I came into the SPAO environment with little to no knowledge of analogue photography, darkroom printing, studio lighting, Photoshop … I learned an immense amount in every aspect of creating a photographic image”
Kathy greatly valued how each student was urged to develop a unique viewpoint: “The teachers were incredible in mentoring us and guiding us even though we were all different … whether you’re a studio photographer, a lover of alternative processes, a mixed-media artist that incorporates photography in their art … it doesn’t matter there, and I think that’s fantastic.
Since leaving SPAO, Kathy has explored studio portraiture almost exclusively and still uses her Mamiya RZ67 from the SPAO years as her primary camera. “Although I work mostly on my personal art, a few recent successes include photographing musician Craig Cardiff for the cover of his Juno-nominated album “Floods and Fires,” and being a winner of Black & White magazine’s Single Image contest in 2013 and 2014.”