For the month of May, the photography of Allyson Seconds will be featured in our bathroom art series!
What is your medium of choice?
I entered my major in Art Studio at UC Davis firstly as a ceramic sculptor. During a photography course to learn to document my sculpture work, I fell in love with “the art of capturing a shadow”, and have been taking pictures ever since. It’s now a full blown compulsion, one of the core ways in which I can express myself.
Where have you shown artwork in the past few years?
I’ve shown my work anywhere from the Sacramento State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit to coffeehouses around town, which are my favorite. I like the informal feel of going in for a coffee and happening upon something you weren’t expecting, which parallels the work I’m doing now.
How would you describe your style?
When I was doing professional photography (mostly band photography and work for labels and publications in this field) I always left an element of spontaneity open to happen no matter how structured the shoots were. Now that I am just shooting for my own eyeball’s pleasure, I simply have camera (iPhone, to be specific) in hand and follow wherever said eyeballs lead me.
Where are you from, how did you end up in Sacramento?
I was born in Indiana but my family moved to Sacramento “for excitement” when I was around two, to Oak Park in the early 1970′s. I’ve lived in and around Sacto my whole life, mostly here in Midtown. I have always said it’s a great base for artists and musicians to hone their creativity, live fairly comfortably and without so many distractions of a larger town, travel and explore. It’s a darn good place to come home to between adventures.
What are your other passions besides visual art?
I’m a singer and musician, an outdoor enthusiast, an obsessed gardener, and an animal rescuer and activist.
Thanks Allyson! Be sure to check out Moving Stills, on display May 11 through June 7.