Alyson Bowen

The Plastic Fantastic Show IX

I have the pleasure of being included in the Plastic Fantastic Show IX at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. The exhibition will be up through July 10th. If you are able to make it out that way, please make sure you stop in and view all of the beautiful, hand-crafted imagery. I feel honored to have been selected by curator Susan Burnstine. The image chosen is one of my all time favorites created with the Holga 120N. It is a triple exposure on color film from my adventure up Dog Mountain in the spring of 2017; my first true wild flower experience in the Northwest. 

You may view an online gallery of the selected images here

A very big thank you goes to Susan and the team at Lightbox for hosting such a wonderful collection.

Film Exchange

The following images are my personal favorites from a multiple exposure film swap between myself and my pal Mike. He focused on organic shapes and textures while I focused on inorganic objects and space. I shot my frames in Las Vegas, over his frames exposed in Oregon. It turned out that the cameras we chose to use loaded the film opposite from one another. As a result my images exposed upside down on top of his. It was a fun experiment to share with a friend and I am looking forward to many more attempts in the coming year.

All images created on 35mm Ilford HP5. July 2017. 

Cheryl on FujiFilm FP100c

Here are a handful of multiple exposures on Fujifilm fp100c created with the Polaroid landcamera 250. The first image was a collaboration between myself and Bryon Phillips of the lovely Cheryl. Bryon and I met when I was working in the photolab at Camera World in downtown Portland back in 2015. I was impressed with his multiple exposures on 35mm especially since they were such a challenge for me as a scanner; making sure I was lining up frames in the manner in which he intended. We later collaborated on a couple rolls of 35mm slide film where he would shoot portraits and I shot elements. This lead to us creating images with Cheryl. 

The remaining images were spontaneous as I began exploring multiple images on instant film even further. It’s one of those moments when you wish you would have shot more but are incredibly happy with what you got. 

FujiFilm is no longer making the instant fp100c film. I have a few boxes left and right now they feel like gold. I don’t know what purpose they will serve but I am excited to find out. I have a feeling I’ll stick with some sort of multiple exposure last hurrah. 

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