Talent of the Year 2020 - FINALIST: Alice Christine Walker
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Defining Identity is a uniquely human struggle. While we are connected to family by blood, many of us still go through life seeking out our chosen families. Finding one’s ‘tribe’ can feel like discovering the missing piece. Many of us inexplicably connect to different times in history or geographic locations. This is why renaissance fairs, sports teams and sci-fi conventions exist. I would argue that finding ‘our people’ is one of the reasons that we travel. We all look outward into the world to make sense of our own inner one.
My series “Nostalgia” documents a group, The Rockabillies, who have found their tribe. They have distilled the essence of the 1950’s Americana down to its best parts: pin up fashion, hot rod cars, rock & roll music, casinos and easy living. Every year in April, thousands of Rockabillies from all over the world flock to Las Vegas for their event Viva Las Vegas. As I walked through the crowds, a spectator, wearing my own mid century vintage clothing and holding my 1950’s Rollieflex, I found myself overwhelmed with the shared sense of deja vu for a time and place I never lived. This collection of candid color medium format film photography explores the perceived innocence of “simpler times” and aims to give the viewer a sense of increased empathy and connection into the Rockabillies’s world.
Alice is a passionate street photographer who enjoys exploring cultures from behind the lens of her 1950’s Rolleiflex. Since living abroad in her teens, Alice has paired photography and travel as a way to bridge societal divides and explore the universal human spirit. Despite language barriers, she has found so much can be conveyed with a smile and a gesture. Her work encompasses a collection of B&W and Color medium format film photography that aims to give the viewer a sense of increased empathy and connection to the world.