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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

ALYSCIA CUNNINGHAM

ALYSCIA CUNNINGHAM

Artist Work

Father's Love
2002
Silver gelatin print
11"x14"
Contour
2011
digital print
20"x24"
Listening
2003
Color print
20"x24"
Sisterly Love
2010
digital print
20"x24"
Life
2004
Silver gelatin print
16"x24"
Creation
2010
digital print
11"x14"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I first discovered my love for Photography when I took it as an art elective - Photographic Expression, while studying at Montgomery College. At the end of the course, my Professor was so impressed with my portfolio that he encouraged me to take the next course, Photography I. Discovering my passion for photography I did not stop at Photography I but continued with Photography II. By then, my Professor and classmates were suggesting that I consider a career in photography. Changing my major from Physical Therapy to Photography was the easiest decision of my adult life. My main focus is human images and how it can be incorporated with light and shadow. I use dramatic lighting in many of my images because it fosters greater interaction between you and the photographs, as you tend to analyze it a little more. Likewise, the use of close ups creates a sense of intimacy and usually draws a greater emotional reaction from you. Above all I love to convey a feeling of ease or comfort through my subjects. I believe my innate tranquility is of great help in doing so. I am currently a freelance photographer shooting fine art portraiture. Shooting commercially is one of my goals and I hope to fulfill that goal soon. Endnote: Each image was inspired by a thought, which looks exactly like what I have captured on film, and printed onto my paper. This is a phenomenon I cannot explain, but I know it is a gift and I am thankful for the blessing!

Artist Bio

Personally, Alyscia was raised with a Caribbean heritage, her parents being from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Her hometown is Corona, NY but she now resides in the Washington, DC area. Alyscia is a granddaughter, daughter, wife, mother of 3, sister, aunty, cousin and friend to many.

Professionally, owner of Uprising Builders, LLC, author and an accomplished photographer who has contributed to such outlets as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, America Online and the Smithsonian Institution, Alyscia graduated from Montgomery College with degrees in photography and web design. She has exhibited her photography throughout Washington, DC; Maryland; New Orleans LA; and San Diego, CA. Her photographs have been published in several books including The Best of Photography 2011, Beauty Around Us, Endless Journeys and Homes of Color Magazine.

Alyscia's goal for the near future is to shoot stills for cinematographers and work in commercial portraiture. After the production of Feminine Transitions, Alyscia plans to publish other photography books on other subjects of femininity. She is also pursing a teaching appointment in order to share her passion for photography.