Alexis Rogers

Guest Artist - Nocturnes

Artist Statement

INSOMNIA

“I wander all night in my vision, Stepping with light feet, swiftly and noiselessly stepping and stopping, Bending with open eyes over the shut eyes of sleepers…

Pausing, gazing, bending, stopping.

How solemn they look there,  stretched and still!” 

- Walt Whitman, The Sleepers

Due to common daily stressors and anxieties, it became difficult for me to fall asleep at night. I did not want to become dependent on prescribed sleeping pills, yet was tired of lying in bed, hopelessly waiting for sleep to come.  It was then that I decided to search for something to quiet any racing thoughts that I had, to help me fall asleep.  I tried reading and organizing and eventually turned to photography.  So, in the middle of the night, I would grab my camera, load it with film and search out subjects to photograph.

I eventually made my way outside and noticed my plants and flowers that were all around my front porch.  They became my subject of choice, and I began photographing them regularly.  I found that my favorite images were made with my Instax camera, a self-developing film camera that produces one of a kind images like that of a Polaroid.  There was a spontaneity to this approach, and this camera allowed me to capture softly focused, vignetted “portraits” of my plants reminiscent of something from a memory or dream.  I continued to photograph my plants and flowers on sleepless nights and I now have a solid body of work that I am excited to continue with.

About the Artist

Born and raised in New Smyrna Beach, Alexis Rogers has been passionate about photography since serving on the yearbook staff in high school.  She is a graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College and has been the Museum Registrar for the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach for over 10 years.  During this time, she has also co-curated several exhibitions for the museum.  More recently, Alexis has taken steps to pursue her own fine art photography, and has been focusing on bodies of work that utilize novelty cameras.  She has exhibited at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL; the Hollingsworth Gallery, Palm Coast, FL and her work has been published in Halifax Magazine.    

VIEW NOCTURNES EXHIBITION HERE