Alyson Bowen

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. 

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

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