Alys Tomlinson ‘Ex-Voto’

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Ex-Voto is the culmination of a five-year photographic journey to Catholic pilgrimage sites in Ballyvourney, Ireland, Mount Grabarka, Poland, and Lourdes, France by photographer Alys Tomlinson. The book’s title, Ex-Voto, refers to the physical offerings given in order to fulfil a vow – humble objects such as handmade wooden crosses and pages torn from notebooks – which connect the pilgrim with the landscape.

The project comprises of black and white portraits of pilgrims, landscapes of the sites and still-lifes of the ex-voto objects, captured on large format film. Shot with an objective gaze, the images appear untethered from contemporary life and out of time, whilst evoking both the stillness and spirituality present at these sites of great contemplation.

Specifications:   GOST Books ・ 2019 ・ Hardcover ・ 23 x 29 cm. / 98 pages ・ English ・ 978-1-910401-27-9

Alys Tomlinson holds degrees from the University of Leeds, Central Saint Martins and SOAS, University of London. She combines commissioned work for editorial, design and advertising clients with personal projects. Her work has been included in over twenty international exhibitions, most recently at Somerset House and National Portrait Gallery, London.

In 2018 she won Sony World Photographer of the Year, a Silver Award in the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition and was shortlisted for the BJP/ International Photography Award. In 2019 Alys Tomlinson won the Public’s Choice Discover Award Loius Roederer and was a Madame Figaro 2019 shortlisted

In the press:

Photo Monitor // The Guardian // Wallpaper

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