24 x 16 inch archival pigment print
Edition of 3 (1 unframed available)
Niagara Falls is rife with nostalgia. A place to stop on your way in or out of the country. Inherently romantic, we visit with someone of interest and hope for the best. On the flip side, we wander down grudgingly with a colleague. We stand close to the wonder, fix our gaze, and a moment of vertigo erupts, triggering a wave of fear, smallness, and solitude. In retaliation, we photograph the mammoth and the moment. We make it flat and pocket-sized, something manageable. Later we say we have been there—we shudder and beam.
Alyssa Bistonath is a photographer and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. She focuses on themes of memory and belonging by investigating intimacy, evidence, and the archive. Most recently, she was featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Art in the Spotlight” and Canadian Art online for her series, Isolation Photographs.