Alyson Bowen

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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Western Daydreams

Western Daydreams colliding on Kodak Ektachrome e100 - 35mm Cross Processed film.
Kodak Alaris recently rereleased their Ektachrome film as E100. I decided to run a roll through my camera with the intention of double exposing portraits over details of nature, focusing on texture and pattern. The original plan was to process it as E-6, as the film was intended to be processed. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to run it through as C-41 film. I am really enjoying the color shifts of this cross process. This exploration is something I will likely continue. Stay tuned…

Models: Ramona and Brandon

Camera: Nikon N75

Oceanside, Oregon. May, 2019.

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