Beatrice began making homemade developers in 2021 with Caffenol-C recipes and in early 2022 started replacing the coffee ingredient with plants. She is part of a larger movement of film photographers following similar sustainable darkroom practices. Beatrice’s evolving photographic style mainly depicts her local landscape, oftentimes through in-camera double exposures, including in her images the very plants used as developers.
Her recent work incorporates developers from both native and invasive plants. She photographs while hiking the trails near her home in Oakland and other locations in Northern California. She is currently working on several projects, including an herbarium of invasive plants from her local watershed. Beatrice sees developing with plants as a circular process where the art she produces is as much about the final object as it is about process and materials. Her work is likewise a continual process of learning about photography and plants—their uses, properties, and histories—all of which re-connects Beatrice to the land she grew up on.