Atlanta Photography Group

I have a dream...

Do you remember that dream you used to have as a child?  That one that went like - "We could move to a farm and then I could have all the animals I want and I could run around and play all day and I wouldn't have to go to school anymore..."  Well, this is kind of like that.

When I was a child, we used to cut through on this street called East Shadowlawn.  A narrow street with old, quaint houses.  And I had my house all picked out.  It looked like it had been plucked out of some European village with its stone walkway and rose vines crawling up its walls.  But what really sold me on the whole dream was West Shadowlawn.  West Shadowlawn had been rezoned for business.  All kinds of different businesses in old houses.  So, my dream was to live on East Shadowlawn and to walk to work on West Shadowlawn.  And there is currently a photography gallery named Jackson Fine Art on West Shadowlawn.

So, here is where the dream starts to get a little childlike.  I am a member of the Atlanta Photography Group.  This is a group that allows photographers to submit pictures for possible selection by guest curators, and the guest curator for the next show happens to be Anna Walker Skillman, who owns Jackson Fine Art which is on West Shadowlawn.  So, I submitted a photograph hoping Ms. Skillman would see my work and like it and maybe one day show my artwork at Jackson Fine Art and then I would be "working" on West Shadowlawn.  

Well, she selected my piece for the show at APG, which is on Bennett Street - not West Shadowlawn.  But a connection has been made!  She liked one of my pieces.  Now, I'm just waiting for the farm and all of the animals to show up...

Atlanta Photography Group Portfolio Show

Beth Lilly on left; Lisa Sutcliffe on right.  Photographs on the wall are by Jill Frank.

Lisa Sutcliffe, Curator of The Milwaukee Art Museum, selected a photographic series from 7 artists to be displayed in the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery.  Today, she talked about how she made her selections.  Lisa said that she is attracted to photographs that are "idea driven" and ask questions rather than answer them.  She is also very interested in the way we use the medium of photography and how it is evolving.  

Let's start with my favorite series, which was by Jill Frank.  Her photographs feature people who have posed themselves for what looks like a different photographer off-camera.  In some cases, they actually were posing for another photographer, and Jill crashed the photo session.  Other photos were arranged by Jill, but she took the photographs from a side angle, which makes it look like the subjects were unaware of her presence.  These photos are a part of an ongoing series in which she is investigating how we pose ourselves for pictures and present ourselves to the camera.  

Photographs on wall by Jill Frank

Nancy Floyd has an interesting display of "slow selfies".  She has been taking one photo of herself everyday for 20 years.  She photographs herself using film and only develops them every few years.  This is the opposite of our immediate, digital culture. 

The most abstract pieces were by Christine Price Washington, who literally put a piece of photographic paper in her bag everyday and allowed it to "develop" in her bag.  Lisa Sutcliffe mentioned that this was a sort of diary of her day but very different from Nancy's selfies (above).  Christine's work asks the question - "What is a photograph?"  

Other works in the show are by Stephen Milner, Sarah Christianson, and Zhao Qian.  It's worth a trip to see the show, but it did prompt me to ask - "What elements give a photograph the ability to stand on it's own (without the artist statement or story)?  What makes a photograph interesting?"  

I won!

In conjunction with the Atlanta Photography Group exhibition Mary Stanley Selects my photograph was selected by Annette Cone Skelton for inclusion into the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia's permanent collection.  

That means - 

My photograph is going to be in a museum!

Mary Staley (below) selected photographs from over 600 submissions for this show.  Then, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia selected 2 photographs from the show to go into their musuem.  Today, Mary Stanley talked about why she selected each photograph for the show.  She likes simplicity, geometric lines, folk art, decor, COLOR, cars and portraits that make her want to know more about the person.  She said she liked the edginess of the girl in my photo and the simplicity of the background.   

This is all very encouraging to me, and I will be back downtown on Monday!

Atlanta Photography Group

Last night I attended the opening reception for the exhibition for which my photograph above was selected.  It was interesting to see the large variety of photographic styles.  The exhibit will be displayed until November 28.

And outside the gallery -