Ɑ-1 (alpha-one) is a visual series that uses a directed reality artistic involvement of botanical subjects within an environment that is designed to spark evocative cognitive and emotional processing. Intended for use in a clinical setting, this series of images provides a optical, somatic, bottom-up approach that bypasses the brain’s fight/flight/freeze response in trauma survivors by simultaneously activating the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Strong, focused subjects paired with intimate and placid backgrounds provide enough visual acuity to spark sensory interpretation while soothing color and tone lulls the viewer into trance-like states, allowing for emotional and cognitive undertaking. The botanical subjects are taken using the Sony α7 Mark III, stitching multiple captures to mimic characteristics of medium-format cameras. Presented in a 12” x12” square format printed on aluminum, this series intentionally imparts a sense of balance and vitality necessary to aid in post-trauma recovery.
Stemming from my own post-trauma recovery, this sensorial series is an impassioned and altruistic-based work that fuses art with science to be added to the growing list of mindful and body-based trauma therapies. The intentional narrative of essence and the ability to thrive through these botanical subjects will, no doubt, bring a sense of calm and persistence to those in need of emotional encouragement.