Professional models, Victoria and Julia, take cover from the heat under a bypass along the Atlanta Beltline as they await a photo shoot. The Atlanta Beltline is the brainchild of a Georgia Tech student who envisioned utilizing 22 miles of historic railroad corridors that encircle downtown Atlanta to create pedestrian and multiuse trails. The Beltline that has been developed thus far has been beautified by plantings and public art. Many of the concrete surfaces along the Beltline paths have been painted by street artists.
Gregorio, from San Miquel Allende, Mexico, was visiting Atlanta with his family. News of our wet summer had obviously traveled many miles because Gregorio came prepared to protect his prized possession. As you might have noticed, Gregorio has a rain jacket covering his cowboy hat. I bumped into Greogrio in the entrance to a parking garage in downtown Atlanta when I ran to take cover as the skies opened up. When I noticed the plastic cover protecting his cowboy hat I knew I had to create a portrait of this proud gentleman.
In 2012 Georgia was in a drought. This year, the state has been deluged with rain. Atlanta is close to achieving 100% of its annual average rainfall and it is only the beginning of August. This has been a disastrous year in the South for farmers. Many predict they will lose up to 50% of their crops and that losses may be in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, above average precipitation is predicted for the next two months so keep those umbrellas close at hand.