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. 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 - 

Are you on THE STREETS?

The first issue of THE STREETS is here!  I can't believe it went from idea to magazine in less than two months.  I am inspired by the photographers who contributed their work to the magazine.  I feel like I already see more in the world because of them.  You can look inside the magazine here - 

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)


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?



After party

Water goddess

I've been inspired by Nick Fancher's book Studio Anywhere to create interesting photos out of what is right around me.  Carmen collaborated with me yesterday on a photo shoot, and we created two totally different looks in the same area.  In the first series, Carmen looks like a water goddess -   

After some icy cool photos, I added a little more color - 

Tomorrow, I'll post the second series, which has a totally different look.  

SCAD Style

I made a trip down to SCAD to find out about the style of these artistic students - 

This is Amrusha.  Her studded backpack is from Hong Kong and her shoes are from H&M.

This is Miracle.  I love that name.  Her flowy top is from a boutique in Suwanee.  I didn't even notice her sparkly leggings until now.  Very cool.

This is Henry.  His hat is Emporio Armani - a gift from his dad.  His sweater is from Zara.

The shoes are from J. Crew.  She was in such a hurry for class that I didn't get her name.

This is an awesome tunnel behind SCAD.