Camrin Dengel is a photographer and storyteller with an eye for food and culture that feeds the soul. Her imagery often tells the story of a life well lived in the west: wilderness, community, slow food and country living. We're huge fans of her work, and caught up with her this week to find out what she's up to this summer.
What gets you out of bed in the morning these days?
Quite literally my pup, Cowboy. He’ll plop down next to my head and lick my face until I’m up, coffee in hand, running out the door with him for our morning walk/run/(working on swim).
What’s on your summer bucket list right now?
Shooting my new (mom’s old) rifle in prep for elk season.
Photographing more slow-living-food / know-your-food projects.
Learning more about bio-dynamic farming from my farmer friends in the valley.
Current source of inspiration?
Bon Appétit Magazine’s culture/lifestyle/cooking pieces. They’re the most beautiful mix of people, food, culture and process shared through storytelling images. In love with their naturally lit, on the road photographs of food with soul.
If you had $300 to spend in the Wylder shop, what would you spend it on?
What are you planting in your garden this summer?
Due to a bustling summer, I decided to forgo the garden (doing a trade for a CSA share at the organic farm down the road). But I did manage to plant a variety of rocky mountain wildflower seeds in the front yard!
What is at the top of your spotify, ‘recently played?’ Or, favorite current music?
Otis Taylor’s album Recapturing The Banjo and the Townes Van Zandt 1993 album Rear View Mirror. I’m an “on repeat” kinda gal.
What is helping you keep it together? Any saving routines?
Briar Winter's Marble & Milkweed botanical apothecary collection. I’m not one for “beauty" products, but her natural balms, serums and masques make me feel like the healthiest, best smelling flower around, keeping my skin happy and moisturized (a tricky thing to do in the dry rocky mountain climate I live in). — Her Nourishing Facial Balm is my go to, can’t go anywhere without it.
Are you an activist? If so, what are you fighting for and why?
I definitely have a very strong belief in anti-corporatization. Sometimes this means turning down work with big companies, who’s practices don’t align with my values. I try to work exclusively with brands that I believe in, companies with purpose, integrity and often times an environmental mission.
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