Photography by Monroe
“I have a huge love for vast openness. I’m fascinated by it.” Such is the basis of everything 28-year-old Los Angeles-based artist Monroe Alvarez sets out to capture in her photographs, including her new series of self-portraits aptly titled Solo.
Taken over the course of a weeklong road trip through the Southwest, Solo is a larger-than-life visual capsule of vast landscapes, open skies and raw beauty. “I went on this road trip by myself to get out into nature,” she recalls. “I was taking photos, but it was missing a human element, so I started taking photos of myself. I found these beautiful places and stripped naked and tried to make it not really about me but more about Mother Nature and how we’re one with it all.”
Becoming one with nature is precisely what Monroe achieves in Solo. Fully open to the elements and completely immersed in the scenic vistas, not only is she the lone sojourner who is naked and vulnerable, but she is also a bodily extension of the elements, intact and fearless.
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