Since receiving a camera for her eighth birthday, Alyssa Salomon has been testing how photography records and interprets the visible world. She uses 19th century photographic processes on handmade surfaces to exploit the medium's potential for romantic nostalgia, abstraction and quiet beauty. In this series, inspired in part by the writings of British Romantic poets, Salomon investigates her place in the natural world by likening her approach to that of the birdwatcher: "disciplined by skill, attuned to sight, and gifted by chance." Salomon's work is held in public and private collections including those of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Capital One, and The Valentine Richmond History Center. She has been awarded two Professional Fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Right: these wild ecstasies (for A Siskin), 2010, 14.5 x 22 inches, waxed cyanotype