Alyson Bowen

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.



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. 

Follow the link to view the exhibit in its entirety.

Juried by: Todd Johnson

On-line Annex Exhibition

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