This is one of my images selected for the Director’s Cut Exhibition at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery. Please join us for the opening reception on June 29, 6-9 pm. The exhibition was curated by Beth Lilly, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Photography Group, and includes photographs by 20 artists. The exhibition dates are June 29 – August 5.
Almost eight years ago I purchased my first full-frame DSLR. My Canon camera has been terrific but I have been limited with my ability to photograph in low light without a tripod. I’ve been inspired by the low light photography of my dear friend Teri Darnell. She is creating beautiful portraits of the entertainers in the clubs along Cheshire Bridge Road, in venues where there is little ambient light (www.teridarnell.com). This would not be possible without the technological advances we are now seeing in the new mirrorless cameras on the market. So, with a little nudging from Teri, I purchased a Sony, mirrorless, full-frame camera. The image above was my first attempt to photograph at night; I shot it hand-held through a window. I didn’t mention that the Sony with a 35mm lens weighs a fraction of what my Canon weighs so it will be convenient and a pleasure to carry wherever I go.
I am please to announce that my portfolio, The Dugout, is featured in the LensWork No. 124, June 2016 edition. These collection of images were taken during the 2015 baseball season and features the Decatur High School baseball team. LensWork is sold at Barnes and Noble and can also be ordered through their website at http://www.lenswork.com. I have been a subscriber to LensWork since I started photographing ten years ago and the portfolios, articles, and interviews that are featured have always been a source of inspiration for me. The editors, Brooks Jenson and Maureen Gallagher print an absolutely beautiful publication bimonthly in addition to publishing a computer version with extended portfolios. Many thanks to the LensWork team for publishing The Dugout. I am honored.
Once I recovered from the pre-holiday frenzy, I was able to settle down and enjoy the gift of time spent with family and friends. With the passing of each year, I have become less tolerant of the commercialism that surrounds the winter holidays. Not only are we bombarded with ads for products that promise to make our lives more fulfilling, but we are challenged to erect magnificent decorative displays in our front yards. The inflatable Christmas decorations are a favorite in my neighborhood. Down the street, a neighbor covered his entire lawn with blow up characters. The display was so over the top that it made me chuckle every time I passed the house. The Christmas display that touched my heart graced the house directly across the street from mine. It was simple yet so very beautiful. A nativity scene was perched on the back porch and surrounded by delicate lights. It did not call attention to itself yet it drew me in each time I gazed at it. Perhaps I found it so mesmerizing because it embodied the simpler life I so desire yet struggle to achieve.
Happy New Year. May you find beauty and peace in 2016.
I am honored to have a dozen of my images from my project, The Dugout, published in the September/October issue of South x Southeast Photomagazine. Nancy McCrary, the publisher and Editor-in-Chief has launched a revamped version of this on-line publication and it is stunning. In addition to showcasing the work of many accomplished photographers, this issue also features several interviews including one with Sally Mann. In the past, SxSE could only be viewed by subscription holders but now it is available for free to all. Thanks Nancy! To view the latest issue of SxSE visit the link below.
Frequently, my journey while photographing on the streets of Atlanta has less to do with the success of the images I create and more about my interactions with the people I meet. Such was the case last weekend when I met Richard Taylor outside his warehouse studio on Krog Street. He was washing “bee shit” off a vintage car and I was entranced with the beautiful light that illuminated the inside of his two-story garage that housed four other vintage cars in various states of repair. There were bikes, tires and the body of a car hanging from the ceiling and a plethora of tools neatly arranged on shelves and benches. After chatting a bit he told me he raced cars and motor bikes and tried to convince me that he was a professional tinkerer. I was invited upstairs to tour his studio and it was in that space that I learned about the depth of this man. Every nook and cranny reflected his passions. Richard is an architect, general contractor, pilot, artist, beekeeper, chef and videographer. One of his great adventures spanned 11 years. He and a partner recovered a World War II fighter plane that was buried 265 feet under the Greenland Icecap and he invented a contraption to melt the ice in order to excavate the plane. There was no end to the interesting life that Richard Taylor has led and is still living. In the end our conversation shifted to family. It was his insights and wise advise about raising a teenage boy that most impressed me. It was advise that I have reflected upon as I continue to be challenged with parenting my 15-year-old son. Although Richard Talyor’s studio had been my first stop on my morning photographic adventure, I decided to return home as I left his studio. I knew my adventure couldn’t possibly get better than that.
This water feature and fountain resides outside The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened in June. I watched many people approach this panel of glass that rises out of the fountain and press their hands onto it. This panel has Nelson Mandela’s name and a quote of his inscribed upon it. The quote reads:
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others