Alys Briggs

Although trained as a lawyer, Alys Briggs, started her photographic journey as a kid.  Her first camera was a Brownie: she even had a dark room (without running water) in her bedroom closet.  The subjects were typical: family, camp, Christmas, etc.  This camera was superseded by more sophisticated ones, but her subject matter continued to be rather run of the mill.  However, the digital revolution arrived with new cameras, and no longer having to worry about the cost of film, her photography became more imaginative.   

Alys finds herself drawn to a variety of subjects, including cycles and museum goers (looking for some resonance between a particular work of art and the dress or person viewing the work).  Sometimes what appeals is the atmosphere of a place. Other times, it is simply a pattern of colors in the scene.

And then there was Photoshop.  For the past couple of years, Alys has been creating photomontages: a new image created from blending several photographs together.  Sometimes the connection between the photographs is obvious, sometimes not, but in each she seeks to combine images with some thematic connection between them.  (All of the images she uses are her own photography, with a few exceptions in photomontages where she makes creative use of well known works of art on public exhibition.)

At this point in her artistic journey, Alys now considers herself as more of a graphic artist who uses a camera as a tool, as a painter does a brush.