I am so happy to share that my first photo book ‘NOTES’ has been published by Datz Press.
‘NOTES’ is a visual poem about the impermanence of our lived experiences and the beauty to be found in its acceptance. When I began making this work, I had suffered a profound personal and physical loss. At the same time, I was seeking ways to describe the liminal period in my sons' lives between boyhood and adolescence, specifically their emotional and physical independence from me as their mother. To give form and meaning to these experiences, I turned to the materiality of the photographic medium, creating objects that challenge established notions of process and permanence.
The objects in ‘NOTES’ - emulsion lifts, unfixed and partially fixed photograms, gelatin silver prints, film and chemigrams - continually shift and change, sometimes deteriorating into nothing while other times evolving into something more beautiful. Multiples of the same image - a cloud, inverted as both its positive and negative - reflect both chance and possibility. A fingerprint left on the emulsion of an unfixed chemigram acts as a witness to human presence. These unique photographic objects, with their imperfections and variability, are evidence of the only constant - change.
‘NOTES’ has been released in a limited edition of 100 books. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please click here to purchase directly from Datz Press or email me at alyssaminahan (at) gmail.com.