RYKER ALLEN LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN TO RELEASE CHERRY BLOSSOM, A PHOTO BOOK ABOUT QUEER LOVE5 March 2018
In their first photo book Cherry Blossom, nonbinary photographer Ryker Allen tells the story of a fleeting relationship between two young people documenting the first time they fell in love. They are the Photo Editor of Hello Mr., having won numerous awards in film and photography, and was named by Conde Nast as one of “one of the most exciting queers to follow in 2018.” Using words, scanned notes, postcards, and other mixed media alongside medium format film photography in an accordion-style art book, Cherry Blossom explores intimacy, emotional trauma, the fragility of masculinity, and the way friendship complicates everything. Ryker Allen tells an honest and vulnerable story through the memory of this achingly true story.
“In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom symbolizes life’s fleeting beauty. The blooming period of a cherry blossom is hard to track, each flower a reminder that we are all on this planet only a short time and each bloom, although beautiful, is only temporary. It is cherry blossoms that also represent femininity, fragility, and virginal beauty — a symbol of seduction and temptation in the context of innocence and newness,” says the kickstarter campaign page.
As a young artist, funding film photography is a difficult practice, which is why Ryker launched this Kickstarter project to supplement the expenses of a photo book for little-to-no profit. The community surrounding their work is the driving force of what they create.
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