Unicorn:A mythical species of horse that is extremely hard, if not impossible, to catch. If you do manage to capture a unicorn, you will obtain immortality. Warning! If you do catch a unicorn, don't cage it in. It will run away.
Allison Cordner is an award-winning portrait photographer and avid Harley rider. She had a dream after seeing an image by Ed Ross, a California motorcycling tintype artist. That dream propelled her to study at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City and then in West Virginia. Her in-field training there replicated the authentic photographic methods of the 1800s. Allison’s subsequent work was featured in Revolution, a popular Canadian motorcycle magazine. That was the impetus that helped launch her Silver UnicornProject – a world-wide photographic series dedicated to documenting female motorcycle riders. The tintype pieces are fragile, one-of-a-kind, and hauntingly beautiful in their imperfections. Allison believes that the fragility, spontaneity, and soulful aesthetic of this medium are perfect for the theme of women who ride motorcycles.
The Silver Unicorn Project will generate a lot of curiosity and showcase women of all backgrounds, sizes, and ages. The aim is to empower and inspire women while breaking down the stereotypes about female bikers. “Women need to try things that may scare them at first, or seem too hard. With every struggle, there is a victory.” The target of the project is to have up to 500 portraits taken over the next 5 years, and then to produce a book including stories of the women.
If you missed Allison’s series at the big Roll the Bones show in Montreal, check out silverunicorn.ca to find out where the ever growing collection of handmade portraits is traveling to next. There you will also find Allison’s fund-raising art book and her line of biker fashion called Silver Unicorn.
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