Alyson Bowen

FotoFilmic//PULP 03 Print Showcase

One of my instax images was selected to participate in a group exhibition on Bowen Island in B.C. this past December. Being included in this showcase was the perfect way to end the year; a great jumping-off point for 2017. While I was unable to attend the gallery opening, I am extremely grateful for the exposure and inclusion.

I submitted 5 different Instax scans to this call for entries. When submitting to contests I try to include at least one image that I am extremely attached to regardless whether or not someone has validated its strengths. The particular image in this case happened to be titled “Day One” and it depicted a menstrual shower scene. It is a part of the project where I attempted to create an instax image every day back in 2014. I went through countless boxes of film and 3 different Instax Wide 210 cameras before calling it quits after nearly 8 months.

Documenting my menstrual cycle is a part of my process of honoring my body and the change it experiences on a monthly basis. I hold these images very dear to my heart and sharing them brings me great joy. I hope others find them as honestly beautiful as I do. In a society where we are constantly persuaded to hide our menstrual cycle through the use of ‘compact’ tampons and scented feminine products, I want my images to feel raw enough to contribute to the normalization of alternative menstrual habits.

In addition, I was notified of my image being selected on the exact day that President-elect Donald Trump was confirmed to be the next president of the United States. This warmed my heart that on a day where I was feeling physical pain for the future of our country, I was awarded a small victory for tolerance. I want people everywhere to feel comfortable and confident in discussing their menstrual experiences and the options that exist. 


All images provided by FotoFilmic// PULP Gallery



Bed of Roses - UCF Graduation Exhibition 2014

We did it! My museum and gallery practices course successfully put together our very own exhibition highlighting our senior thesis work. We are ‘Bed of Roses’. It was a challenging semester as we had to raise the funds and completely support an opening reception. ‘Bed of Roses’ consists of 11 artists from the University of Central Florida. I am so proud of this group of women and all we have accomplished together. 


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