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First self-portrait on film; Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York; July 2019


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I'm a self- and community-taught artist centered in the practice of film photography— and dance, creative writing, and various other alchemies that heal us. Born into a lineage of makers and midwives, I love to make perinatal photos with new parents and their babies.


I was brought up in Louisville, Kentucky, and am now rooted on the land of Queens, New York, where I earn my livelihood as a commissioning editor for an academic press. I have a BA degree from the University of Cincinnati in English literature and photojournalism.

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In my creative work, I use recorded images to reflect the inevitability of interdependence and the nonlinear nature of time, exploring how we exist within those frameworks: full of feeling and perceptive of truth, trying always to reconcile our deaths. In gathering evidence of how we’re here—maybe as some of the last generations of our species—I'm most interested in photography’s potential to uplift the immaterial dimensions of living, those qualities that may not be quantifiable but which resonate with our spirits.


Through analog and Earth-honoring processes, I endeavor to demonstrate a freedom of experience and imagination that preserves the markings of technical mistakes, celebrating chance, ordinariness, and the reality of only ever being able to hold on to anything for a mere shimmering moment.


pronouns: she/her

all images © alexis o'brien photography

all photos included on this site are done so with the permission of their subjects

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