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For the past 13 years, photographers from around the country have descended upon Pike County, Georgia to attend SlowExposures, a juried photo exhibition that celebrates the rural American South. The celebration spans a four day weekend and includes shared meals, music, and loads of Southern hospitality. In addition to the main exhibition, various PopUp shows are hung in an eclectic assortment of buildings, including a beautifully weathered, red barn in the middle of a cow pasture. Today, while visiting with two of the featured photographers at a PopUp exhibit, Brant Barrett and Diana Bloomfield, it began to pour. As we chatted and waited for the rain to subside I managed to create this picture of Judy, Brant’s charming wife.

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Dragon Con

Fans arrived hours before the start of the Dragon Con Parade to stake out a front row seat.

I have been pondering the question as to why I am drawn to photographing people on the streets. Over the years I have photographed portraits, flowers, landscapes, and still lifes.  What distinguishes street photography from these other genres and makes it alluring to me is that the environment on the street is unpredictable and fluid. The space may be familiar but it is never the same. I never know what I am going to encounter. This is what makes street photography exciting but at the same time very difficult. I may return home with 200-400  images after shooting for several hours. Most of the images are duds and lack several elements that would make them successful. There may be several images in which the elements come together in only a portion of the shot. I might try cropping out a person who has turned away or has walked through the frame at an inopportune time but that will usually compromise the balance of the image. Once in a blue moon, I am able to capture a moment where the setting, lighting, composition, and gestures come together to create a compelling image from edge to edge. When it happens it is so satisfying and it always inspires me to return to the streets.