Alyson Belcher MFA
For the past ten years,
Alyson Belcher has been exploring the relationship between stillness and movement by using a pinhole camera
to photograph the human figure. Her photographs include an ongoing series of self-portraits as well as collaborations with dancers and
movement artists. Alyson has been teaching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco since 2000.
My work combines pinhole photography with improvisational performance, and stems from the idea that everything we experience is stored
somewhere in our bodies. Movement is one way to access and give visual form to what
lies beneath the surface of the skin. The making of these
photographs is an exploration of the nature of each movement and where it originates internally.
Because of the unpredictable nature of pinhole photography, there is no way to really know how an image will turn out. I donít usually begin
with a clearly defined idea. The images often reveal stories that may or may not have been known to me
previously. That doesnít mean
that they arenít my stories. Often the body remembers what the mind has