Alyson Bowen

Black Box Gallery - Portland, Oregon

My image titled Non Migratory Patterns was accepted into the On-line Annex Exhibition at Black Box Gallery. The call for entries was Field Work: Landscape and Architecture, which has been a large part of my concentration since moving west. My fascination with the land structure and life here has been fueling much of my creative processes. This image in particular was taken on a point and shoot 35mm camera that I have since gifted to a pen pal after their similar camera bit the dust. A coworker originally gifted it to me and I wanted to pass the kind gesture on. 

The image has a softness to it that is challenged by a crisp repetitive focus on texture. Both the soft focus and the color palette contribute to an ethereal feel. In the moment, I felt just like that bird, staring out over this vast landscape as if the possibilities it encompassed would swallow me whole. 

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Juried by: Todd Johnson

On-line Annex Exhibition

Humble Arts Foundation - Group Show 60: Winter Pictures

I grew up in the land of sunshine, warm-blooded and barefooted. We only had one real season and it rarely invited long sleeves. As a kid I would dream of sitting by fireplaces in warm fuzzy sweaters like they do in the movies. In reality I could hardly stand to enjoy a bonfire any night of the year without suffering from heat exhaustion. Now, decades later, I find myself in awe of seasonal shifts as I eagerly attempt to capture the parts that pull strongest at those childhood longings. I stand outside and let my lungs fill to their deepest depths with the coldest air I have ever tasted. I exhale only to do it all over again.

One of my images was included in Group Show 60: Winter Pictures through the Humble Arts Foundation in NYC. This is a wonderful collection of imagery depicting winter in its many forms. Please take a moment to appreciate the work of the numerous photographers. 

curated by Andy Adams and Jon Feinstein

Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2018

This beauty traveled all the way to the Somerville Toy Camera Festival to be displayed at the Brickbottom Gallery from Sept 6 – Oct 13, 2018. I would like to thank juror Jennifer Shaw for including my work in this exhibition and the folks at Brickbottom Gallery for being such hospitable hosts. 
This piece, titled Northwest Merge, is from a new double exposure series I have been working on with my Holga. This simple camera has been a wonderful part of my creative process lately and I look forward to sharing the images with you all soon. Stay tuned.

If you want to know more about the annual festival click here

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