A photographic journey

A photographic journey dedicated to removing boundaries between woman and… whatever she chooses.


“I outstretch my arms to the wind, the sea, the stars, for they too know this wild urge of revelation. Secret breezes known only to the unclothed.”

Flash the Abyss is a photographic journey dedicated to removing boundaries between woman and… whatever she chooses.

We are Alyssa Aparicio and Erik Talltree Butts, respectively. Together and separately we are visual artists– Erik an Emmy award winning videographer and photographer, and Alyssa an accomplished model, dancer, and writer. We are madly in love and thus partners in adventure on the open road. Flash The Abyss began organically as something we did for fun and marked our experiences in breathtaking locations with.

We are avid travelers and conscious art creators. This series gives our adventure a sense of purpose and has since taken on a life of its own. To us it is very much intertwined with a passion for empowering the inner Goddess to thrive, to elevate the importance of our connection to Nature, and to live a little more freely at large.

Our idea for our next series/book, Flash The Abyss Provocatio (meaning provoke in Latin) developed as we were thinking of a way to juxtapose the freedom of this symbolic gesture (the flash) and the history of ancient Europe where the origins of what we consider taboo here in the States seemingly originated.

So we have decided to put everything in storage and head to Europe for a few months, or as long as Europe will have us. There we will take photographs in the most breathtaking of landscapes where our itinerary includes Greece, Croatia, and Spain.


¡Estamos aquí! We have arrived in Barcelona for the very beginning of our European adventure. And let us just say, it feels sooooo good to be in a land where the women sunbathe without restraint. Free to bare their breasts to the sun without shame. Home. We can’t wait to share the incredible landscapes we come across and our musings on the pursuit of liberation and bliss from our journey.

Barcelona, España.

Sun drenched. The sentiment of Santorini.

As our beaming star begins its ascent into the bluest of skies over Perivolos, the morning pauses in transcendent possibility. The quiet calm of moments unfettered. Barely anyone awake except the early swimmer paying homage to the sea. There is nothing like this lingering hour in between time where the demands of the day seem far away yet recent slumber brings supreme clarity. Clearly I have one thing on my mind, and that is to feel the deepest connection to this luscious moment with the black sands on my back and my heart arched toward the gilded dawn. Kalimera indeed.

Santorini, Greece.

Lazy has a flip side. Let’s call it the Bask. Basking is essential to feeling present and drenched in the now. We spend most of our time rushing through each moment to the next one. But there are times when we should just allow time to stand still. To fully recline and let the gentle drift of the sea mesmerize.

Basking is not frivolous. It is crucial in reclaiming our existence as sensual beings, rather than treating ourselves like machines.

So here I go, basking my way through this world… care to join?

Paros, Greece.

Allowing. I am allowing the current to carry me. Trusting in the buoyancy of my conviction. In the dreams dreamt vividly and the intentions cast into the current of every passing body of water. Wildly dedicating myself to the untamed desires of my heart. Because, in whimsical possibilities I trust.

Kolimbithres, Greece.

Have you ever witnessed the material of your soul radiate crystal clearly? As if the sea met the sky without interruption. Fluidly, without awareness of its permutation. Soul meets body. Mind merges with sea.


Kolimbithres, Greece.



Text and Photos by: Alyssa & Erik – @Flash The Abyss


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