Atlanta

Eva

This is my daughter Eva.  

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We had been wanting to do a photo shoot on Krog and Wylie Street for a long time.  But then on the day of the shoot, she was not feeling well.  However, she has an internal joy that gives her energy, and it pulled her through for a while.  

She's dramatic, and like me, she gets obsessed over certain details.  She really liked this mailbox.  I really like the barbed wire, traffic light and mail truck in the background.

And like me, she enjoys rusty old buildings and graffiti - 

And then we were done.

But we had fun while it lasted...

Ryan Gravel and where we want to live

This morning, I attended Creative Mornings to hear Ryan Gravel talk about how a city's infrastructure affects the way we live.  His master's thesis was the idea paper behind Atlanta's Beltline, which now connects many diverse neighborhoods and communities.  Beltline.org describes the project as "a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other."

Nothing affects THE STREETS more than the streets, so I was interested to hear Ryan talk about the evolution of his idea.  While he was studying architecture at Georgia Tech, he spent a year abroad in Paris.  He started noticing how the physical world in Paris was changing the way he lived.  He walked everywhere and bought fresh food.  He felt healthier.  Speaking of the streets in Paris, he said - 

These grand boulevards and streets aren’t just about moving people from point A to point B...They are the foundation for our economy. But more than that, they are the foundation for our social life and our culture.
— Ryan Gravel

When he came home and needed a project for his thesis, he focused on the idea of making Atlanta a place where he wanted to live.  People in Atlanta picked up on the idea - 

Did he succeed?  He tells a personal story here - 

Every city I go to has some project like the Beltline.
— Ryan Gravel

Ryan is working on a project with Atlanta Design Studio called Atlanta City Design to determine what we want to be when we grow up.  He will be there tomorrow (Saturday, June 25) - 

And now for some fun.  We started off the morning watching people crack eggs on their heads - 

Let's end on a stylish note - 

Another Creative Morning

This morning I attended Creative Mornings at Armour Yards.  Blake always starts it off with something fun.  Here's a clip from the trivia game - 

And then, we heard from journalist Celeste Headlee.  She gave us a reality check regarding communicating with other people - 

Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t.
— Bill Nye as quoted by Celeste Headlee

The style of the Creative Mornings never disappoints.  Maybe there's something here that will inspire you to have a more creative morning... at least in the way you dress -   

O Say Can You See?

I'm collecting contributions for the first issue of The Streets, and I'm already being influenced by the work of other photographers.  It's so interesting to see what other people SEE.  Today when I went downtown, I noticed buildings, signage and posters more often.  And I saw more layers to scenes.  I can't wait to show you The Streets and find out what it helps you to see.  (Coming June 15)

Focus

I'm feeling the need to focus my street photography into something.  And to foster more connections between the viewer and the subject.  And to help some people in the process.  

So, I'm kicking around the idea of a digital magazine...maybe one day in print.  A magazine with collaborations from other street photographers.  A magazine with style and art and stories from the streets.

A magazine that could foster connections between different worlds and offer different perspectives on the same issues.  

My husband thinks I'm absolutely insane.

And I respect his opinion.

But I'm still considering it...

What do you think?

 

 

Art at the High

If you have ever had an inclination to visit the High Museum in Atlanta, you should do it now.  

Vic Muniz

The portrait above is made out of tiny toys.  Vic Muniz is so prolific at using so many different materials to create art - toys, marinara sauce, diamonds, sand, sugar, trash.  He is interested in the moment when everyday objects transform into something else as you step away from the art piece.   

Vic Muniz

Thousands of tiny photographs become...

Vic Muniz

...a birthday party.  He said that he has been accused of using "unconventional materials", but really he uses the most conventional materials available.  

But he does take the materials farther than anyone has previously imagined (except maybe every small child with a plate of spaghetti).  He hired a sky writer to draw "cartoon" clouds over city skylines and then photographed them - 

Vic Muniz

He hired a scientist to help him draw pictures with a laser onto a SINGLE grain of sand and then photographed the picture through a microscope.  You have to see it in person.

While Vic Muniz's art seems so planned, Jean-Michel Basquiat's art seems "train of thought".   

Jean-Michel Basquiat

There are notebooks filled with incomplete thoughts.  Ideas.  Words.  Phrases.  Even words that are incomplete.  It has inspired me to play more with words.  But out of all of it, I found this photograph of Basquiat by Warhol the most riveting -  

You will not be able to leave these exhibits without thoughts of what you can do...

The sound of the skateboard

I can always hear him coming.  

And yesterday when I was taking his picture, I realized I've photographed him 4 different times.

April 18, 2016

March 31, 2016

January 28, 2016

September 3, 2015

Always listening to music.  Always on his skateboard.  It looks like he's growing out the blond, so one day he may be less recognizable.  I'll just listen for his sound.