Alyson Bowen

The Road exhibition - Float Photo Magazine

‘Intersecting Somewhere’. Eastern Oregon. 2019. 

There’s something nostalgic and timeless about being a passenger, an observer, on the open road. In this seat you have no control of time; how it speeds up and slows down, how the lines all blur together only to come into focus somewhere along the horizon. From this seat you have the freedom to daydream, to lose yourself in the unknown. It was from this seat that I watched as the landscape shifted elevations and the sky opened up from a dark grey to a bright blue over golden fields that seemed to have no real end. I dreamt of the point where these lines would intersect, who and what I would find there, and how I would convince myself of coming back. 

From the ongoing series ‘Far From Home’, a collection of landscapes created in response to feeling as if you are witnessing a scene for the first time, while simultaneously cultivating a sense of familiarity. Each image proposes to the viewer a look into one’s own memory, that perhaps in some sense, we have been here before.

This image was selected to participate in The Road exhibition as part of a digital slide show curated by Dana Stirling & Yoav Friedlander of Float Photo Magazine hosted at the JKC Gallery in New Jersey. It was a pleasure to have had my work reviewed by both curators and selected for inclusion. The images all work so well together and have left me feeling invigorated, ready to get back on the road to nowhere and everywhere. Follow the link to view the online exhibiton. The slideshow has been embedded for your enjoyment. Thank you FLOAT Photo Mag. 

“The Road” exhibition collected images from 46 artists from across the country to create an exhibition that celebrates, highlights and explores the American road and all that it in-tells. The exhibition will survey the notion of the American Road. The road is an iconic theme that runs in some of the best and well known American photographers work such as Stephen Shore, Ed Ruscha, Alec Soth and many others . Photographers have traveled these vast landscapes and across thousands of miles to document this country and all that surrounds the road; the landscape, the gas stations, the motels, the diners and everything that comes by its side and its lifestyle. - FLOAT

Analog Forever Magazine - Online Group Exhibition - “Winter” December 2019

I grew up warm blooded and barefooted in the southernmost US state where the idea of seasons was two dimensional to me. Since relocating to the West coast I have had the pleasure of reinventing my idea of winter and seasonal shifts in their entirety. One of my images titled “Seasonal Depression” was included in a representation of this magical transformation.

One of my favorite observations in group exhibitions is how the images work together to tell a story, what they say on behalf of one another, and how they may fill in the gaps that others create. This collaboration is one of my favorite ways in which I find inspiration. Viewing the work of others is vital to the process of creating work for yourself.

Head on over to Analog Forever Magazine to view the December 2019 Online Group Exhibition “Winter”, curated by Aline Smithson, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch. Thank you for the feature! 

Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2019

This year two of my images had the opportunity to participate in the 7th Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival in Massachusetts. They were displayed at the Brickbottom Gallery from September 5th through October 5th. Both images were created with my Holga on medium format film. I truly wish I was able to attend the festival and view all of the artists’ work in person. I would like to thank juror Gordon Stettinius for including my work in this exhibition, the folks at Brickbottom Gallery for being such hospitable hosts, and everyone who keeps STCF going strong. 

This first image is titled Low Tide. The second image is titled Columbia Slough. Both images were created on the Columbia Slough in Portland, Oregon during different times of the year. Now that I live in a place that experiences seasonal shifts I find myself exploring and revisiting locations to document what their existence looks like throughout the year. It’s an incredible thing to watch as the earth sustains water and then the atmosphere quickly depletes that supply, only to cycle back again and again. The trees are full of life only to shed their weight and start all over. What a miraculous thing to witness.  

If you want to know more about the annual festival follow these links: 



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