Caylee Hoover

Portland, Oregon, United States

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  • Photographer, geek, kitchen witch...
  • on the cusp of a year off before seeking my MFA!
  • From Phoenix, Az.
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About Me


To reimagine my life according to my own rules.


I'm a vegan kitchen witch who loves the smell of playa dust and photo chemistry, fairy tales, and dancing about at random. I occasionally meow.


“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood. Certainly I’ve lived my whole life through my imagination. But the world of imagination is there for all of us—a sense of play, of pretending, of wonder. It’s there with us as we live.” ~Jim Henson

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Generally, I'm at my most comfortable in a bustling kitchen full of laughter and singing. When I have a nest, I love hosting friends and surfers, and cooking vegan feasts. When I'm travelling I love visiting new friends and old and sharing recipes and tricks.


It seems like my house is where my friends go when they need a home to curl up in. There's always someone coming or going and I love it.


Historical process photography (photogravure! van dyke! bromoil!), fairy tales, pretty rocks, things that amaze me, vegan baking, the Whedonverse, tiny details, lost wax casting, bookmaking, Arthur Rackham,riding golden dragons across the desert, drum lines and marching bands

Music, Movies, and Books

I endeavor to watch television and movies intentionally - my favorites are Firefly/Serenity, Empire Records, and Labyrinth - but it takes a lot (like Muppets!) to get me into a movie theater. I've always been a bookworm and voracious reader, with a penchant for fairy tales-traditional, retold, and new - fantasy novels, and beat poetry. As for music, well if it makes my hips move and my eyes sparkle - I'm in.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1997 - Taipei, Taiwan - the worlds largest, oldest, hand carved jade screen at The National Palace Muesaum
2006 - Nelson, New Zealand - The vast, rolling, emerald expanse pf the NZ hills bordered by the brilliant turquoise sea!
2011 - Black Rock City, Nevada - My first view of my first Temple during my first playa sunrise from the top of my first Man.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an eternal student who just graduated with a BFA in photography, and therefore I have photo skills - my focus was on dark room and historical processes. I can teach, given the proper tools, Van Dyke, Cyanotype, salt printing, multiple gum bichromate, bromoil, dark room printing, and some Photoshop skills- especially how to make a digital negative. (I know Photogravure, but don't think I could teach it on my own.) I also know basic bookmaking, metalsmithing, and ceramic making. Sharing and trading craft skills is my favorite! Additionally, I love teaching and learning vegan cooking and baking!

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Taiwan, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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