(b. 1993, Vernon, CT) Alyssa McDonald is a New England native and photographic artist based in Boston. She graduated with honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. She continues to pursue her own photography while working as a photographer's assistant & studio manager. Most recently, she has exhibited her photographs in group shows at ROW DTLA for the Lucie Foundation's Month of Photography Los Angeles, SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina and Millepiani Exhibition Space in Rome, Italy, Aviary Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts and Dehn Gallery in Manchester, Connecticut. She has work in three upcoming shows in 2019 including a group exhibition at the Rhode Island Photographic Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, The Cumberland Valley Photographers Exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland and Women Photographers Today at Valid Photo in Barcelona, Spain. She was part of Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 200 and received an honorable mention in the 12th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She is a part of two upcoming publications set to release in 2019— Continuum, which is a part of Yoffy Press' Triptych Series and Volume 1 Issue 2 of Nine’s Photography Zine titled This Land.
Her photographs are rooted in a realm that is capable of being both physical and psychological. It is through her intense observation of landscapes and characters over the course of the seasons and passing of years, that her subject matter is able to parallel the immediate with the infinite. Each composition is laden with the history of its landscape and steeped with experiences of wonder and discovery in the natural world. With these symbolic values and narratives in mind, she aims her camera at intertwined histories, origins and fates.