Since receiving a camera on her eighth birthday, Alyssa C. Salomon has been testing how photography collects and remakes her favorite parts of the world. She employs nineteenth century photographic chemistries on handmade surfaces to exploit their inherent potential for romantic abstraction and physical control. Salomon’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held by public and private collections including those of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Rocky Mount Arts Center, the Ritz Carlton Dubai, and Capital One Inc. Salomon teaches at the Virginia Museum Studio School, Penland School of Crafts, the Ah Haa School, and elsewhere. She lives and works along the Chickahominy River cypress swamp in Virginia, not far from where Pocahontas saved John Smith. Salomon is an compulsive, albeit late rising, bird watcher, a frequent kayaker, an obsessive bread baker, and the host of the socially and politically satirical, weekly radio show, Can’t Stop the Music, on WRIR 97.3FM.