This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the movie, Don’t Blink, a documentary about Robert Frank. Frank is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century and is most famous for his book, The Americans. The book contains photographs from his 1955 road trip across the United States when he photographed people from all walks of life. In the documentary, Frank said that he mostly photographed people because that is what he found most interesting. Although I am also drawn to photographing humanity, on occasion I stumble upon a scene, devoid of people, that has enough visual interest to shoot.
Over the past two weekends I had the pleasure of photographing the Oakhurst Fifth Avenue 5K and the Decatur High School Homecoming Parade in my community. I was drawn to photographing the young boy with the flag because he stood so tall and radiated great pride in holding what is a powerful symbol of America. In the lower image, no words are necessary to explain what this girl is feeling as she holds her hand over her heart during the performance of our national anthem. At this time during the presidential race, when the American people are being bombarded with disparaging remarks about our country, it is reaffirming to see the gratitude and pride that our citizens feel for the place we call home.
This young man is a poet who is traveling across the United States with his typewriter. He composes haikus for anyone who is willing to pay a modest fee.
This is one of two images that was chosen for the Airport Show and the Arnika Dawkins Selects exhibition which opens this coming Friday at the Atlanta Photography Group (APG) Gallery.
As a result of my participation in the Airport Show I was interviewed by Spencer Sloan from APG. To view the Q & A visit the link below.
The Decatur Education Foundation has partnered with On the Same Page, a community reading program that fosters literacy by bringing people together around the same book. An assortment of activities are planned around the program such as movie screenings, parties, book clubs, and a grand-finale visit from the author. Hundreds of books are donated to schools and at-risk students. I was honored to photograph the party at the Decatur Housing Authority after-school program where all the kids received their copy of this year’s book. The youngsters bubbled with excitement as they wrote their names in their copy of The One and Only Ivan. I was so enthusiastic that I purchased the book today.
The Square Pub in Decatur held their 6th Annual Chili Roast yesterday. You may be wondering what would inspire the owners of The Square Pub to fly out to El Paso, Texas, drive to Hatch, New Mexico, load 8,000 pounds of green chili into a moving van, and drive 1,500 miles back to Decatur. It is because the green chili from Hatch is the best in the world. The flavor of these chilis is rich and complex. The Square Pub roasted the chilis outside their restaurant yesterday and the smell was intoxicating. It took me back to my childhood years in New Mexico when the aroma of chilis roasting on major street corners in the fall infused the air. As we stood in the cue to purchase roasted chilis I saw a mariachi band enter the pub. Eager to hear the music from my childhood I followed them inside. One of the first tunes they sang was the first song I recall my mother singing to me when I was very young.
ay ya ya yai Canta y no Llores
My mom would have been 90 years old on September 28. Happy Birthday Mom.