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Photographer. Sound Artist. Writer. Microadventurer.

At the root of my creativity lie the outdoors and microadventures.​

Those types of adventures are often described as an easy escape from every day life into the great outdoors. There is truth to that, but for me they are more. They are a reminder that adventures do not need to be daring and big to be challenging and rewarding. Exploring my local area is just as exciting.

It connects me to the land, each footstep or pedal stroke an imprint on my memory and body of the landscape I encounter. In a world where in a matter of hours we can be in another continent this reminds me that the grass is not always greener somewhere else. There is wonder and magic to be found by travelling under my own steam from my front door.

I record those journeys in photos, sounds, and words, taking you on the road with me. I become the guide through which you can embark on a journey in a particular space and time, seeing the details of everyday life, meeting strangers, exploring new landscapes, and delving into my inner world. The results are an archive of the world and myself in a particular a date, time, and place.

Queer Out Here

An audio zine that explores the outdoors from queer perspectives

Issue 05 is out now!
Listen on your favourite podcast app or stream directly from our website.

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Passage

In early March 2016, I found myself in a deserted train station in Spain. At my feet lay my bike, wrapped in industrial size bin bags. Next to it, my four panniers rested in a line ready to be mounted on the racks. I stood, alone, in front of them, the reality of my journey slowly sinking in. Eventually I hooked the panniers to their rightful place. I got on the bike and pedalled away.

Passage is the story of that journey.

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My Commute

In 2019, I decided to carry a camera with me to document the sights I witnessed during my daily commute. Occasionally I wrote some bad poetry too to encapsulate my experience.

This project will be a record of those photos and words in a zine format. Estimated publishing date is 2021.

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Scenes of Life – Week 009

The mantra to live day to day anchored itself in my brain, refusing to entertain the thought of being made furloughed again, of Trump winning the presidency in the USA, of the utter certainty of not seeing my family for Christmas. But all those thoughts lingered in the background, sending me crashing down on Tuesday. My anxiety took hold of me, my body rattled by fear, my brain trapped by an overwhelming onslaught of emotions.

Trees and terrace in the rain

Scenes of Life – Week 007

The cycle path runs out and I am cycling on a four lane A-road without the makeshift protection of white lines on the road. I feel like I am trespassing a space I have no right to be in. On all sides, cars and lorries hurtle past, mildly annoyed when my presence slows them down. Ahead, I can see the cycle path reappear on the pavement but it is not obvious how I can get to it. Traffic is too fast for me to stop and climb on the pavement. I hope there is a recess or I will be stuck on the ring road for far too long.

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Allysse Riordan
I am an image maker, a sound artist, a writer, and a microaventurer (not necessarily in that order).
 

Originally from Northern France, I relocated in the UK in the early 2010s where I discovered cycle touring and microadventures.

Before that I lived a pretty regular life, doing my time at university before finding a normal job. I wrote a bit but mostly watched far too much TV that led to creating fanfictions and podfics. Until one day, the Internet led me to the world of cycle touring and microadventures.

Curious, I gave it a try and one thing leading to another, I swapped TV for the outdoors, discovering a world I never thought existed outside of my front door. Eager to share my journeys, I began to write a blog which reunited me with my love of writing, and soon afterwards I discovered the world of field recording, pushing new boundaries in my creativity.

At the source of my work are my journeys and every day life. Through non-fiction pieces, I recount the personal stories I encounter in my daily life and during my travel, taking the reader/viewer/listener outdoors with me. I become the guide through which the audience can embark on a journey in a particular space and time, noticing the small things of everyday life, meeting strangers, exploring new landscapes, and delving into my inner world.

Ears open and pen at the ready, I am a wanderer and a creator.