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Skyline Flyer

 

Click Here to see more information on how to order your own Atlanta Skyline Series set of prints.

We are pleased to announce the selection of “Hello Atlanta” as a limited edition release scheduled for August 2013.  This release will be printed on 5×7 mounted to cardstock, cropped, lustre and linen finish, signed and numbered under series 001/5 of 5.  This release is part of the Free Art Friday Atlanta movement and will be ‘dropped’ in various locations in Atlanta for anyone seeking free art.  Follow us on Twitter @ScottOnAWire to see more details.  Follow the hashtag #FAFATL to see other artists active in the Free Art Friday Atlanta movement.

If you are not able to be a part of FAFATL, you can purchase 8×10 or 16×20 print versions in our Store under the category Urban.

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Galleries are open!

After a lot of searching (both through content and the soul) I’ve finally completed my Gallery of Favorites.  This gallery is divided into several categories including Urban, Decay (Rural and Urban), Nature, People, Transportation and Miscellaneous.  So many people ask, “Can we see samples of your work?” and the blog is just too disorganized to answer this question, so the gallery is the answer.

Browse our gallery and stay tuned for the opening of our Store, which will allow you to order prints of your favorite images on-demand.

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Family Portrait – Newmans

Being able to take an artistic and technically proficient photograph is only part of the job.  Scouting areas, coordinating with the client and having a reasonably pleasant personality are also just as important.  If a photographer appears unprepared, is running late and isn’t much for conversation, it doesn’t matter how good he is, people won’t hire him.

First, I’m nearly late for my photo shoot with the Newmans.  I took a right when I was supposed to take a left.  Second, the areas I scouted were occupied by a large group.  Third, being late and finding all my scouted spots taken, I found myself in an ornery mood.  Only two things can be done – improvise and get over it.  As it turned out, we found some dramatic backdrops at the same location and though we had to wait for the occasional fisherman or hiker to pass through the background, we were able to capture some solid photographs.

I returned to the orange gel on one of my strobes again.  I liked it so much the first time, I figured I’d try it again, and the accents on the photos paid off.  I am very appreciative of photographers utilizing available light and recreating the purest light possible, however, I don’t like to be like every other photographer.  My photos need to be different and unique.  When I asked Terran what she had in mind she said, “Something different, but not so different that Mom won’t understand.”  Right up my alley.

Panola State Park at Alexander’s Lake offers a number of unique perspectives.  This location is a retired golf course.  Our first location ended up being a tee box (red, I’m assuming).  The lake offered a great background, though the late day sun created some challenges with a washed out sky.  A couple maneuvers and we captured a nice moment with the family.

A quick walk down the cart path we found a wood bridge which crossed over from the tee box to what would have been the green.  This bridge offered unique perspectives and I wanted to try and capture a high-drama look, sharp lighting and have the bridge (which looks like a path in the background) be a metaphor for the journey families take together.  You can see the impact of the orange gel strobe on the right side and the white umbrella strobe on the left.

Halfway across the bridge there is a drop point for those golfers (much like me) sinking one into the lake.  Here we tried a few shots of the family, but the intense sun created too many obstacles.  We were able to catch a few shots of the boys here.  I switched from a fixed 50mm to a macro-vario 70mm to try and get a more pronounced depth-of-field.  Unlike the bridge above, the goal was to eliminate some of the background and focus on the subjects.

It’s October in Georgia, and that means some days will be hot, others will be cool.  Today chose hot.  With it being over eighty-degrees, it was time to have a seat in some shade for the final poses.  Again, I wanted the metaphor of the “family journey” to be in the shot, but the narrow bridge made it a bit of a challenge.  The photo of the Newmans at the bridge above could be interpreted as arriving, or about to depart, this one could depict a moment along the journey.

Many thanks to the Newmans for letting me photograph their family portraits.  If you would like to have your family portraits done by us please contact us.  We’ll be happy to talk with you about the variety of options available.

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Slumber comes and goes as the dog decides.  Five-thirty on a Saturday morning was not the plan, but Conan (all 90 pounds of him) decided otherwise; might as well get going.  Today’s plan to get behind the lens is to visit Occupy Atlanta at the AT&T building downtown.  Not sure what to expect, an open heart and open mind are the play of the day.  The job of a quality photographer requires more than a great photo, but also to interact and find understanding so that the images presented represent a true story.  I believe I’ve done that here.

Occupy Atlanta outside AT&T

People are the substance.  Whether a large corporation or a movement, people make the difference between success and failure.  Sustainable profits and losses are determined by people, not products.  The ability to drive change by social movements is fueled by the passion of its people.  My biggest struggle with the Occupy crowd has been the inability to communicate exactly what they are trying to achieve and at the same time, completely repelled by some of the worst human behavior possible during highly visible protests.  Months after the Occupy movement reached its crescendo, a few remain determined to keep the focus on unfair profiteering by mega-corporations.

Chiara and Cooper

“I think we all want the same thing, we just disagree how to get there.”  These words resonated with me as Cooper tried to explain why he remains with Occupy Atlanta.  Cooper had all the appearances of anyone’s son.  With little to lose he just spent the night sleeping in a tent on a concrete sidewalk in downtown Atlanta.  Nursing a cup of coffee with Chiara, he shared that ultimately he’d like to live somewhere remote and maybe have a farm.  Life, he concluded, had become too complicated.

The scent of the Varsity hung close to the punishing cold concrete as they prepared for their lunch crowd.  The spires of the Fox Theater blocked much needed sun and the provision of warmth.  Tents were set up for over a week along West Peachtree directly in front of the towering AT&T building.  Sandwiched between the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Occupy Atlanta tents were largely unoccupied save for but just a few.  Set up in hopes of occupiers, a handful of die-hards labored through the frigid night in a select few tents, the remainder merely symbolic.

Unoccupied Tents

Among the die-hards the most active was Copper Man tinkering and repairing tents blown down during the night.  From Harlem, New York, Barry “Copper Man” Roggers is no stranger to publicity.  Known primarily for his copper jewelry and art, Roggers proudly boasted about his God-given talent and ability to work with copper.  Profiled by Creative Loafing, Copper Man has a loyal following both human and canine.  Little Copper, which may be the friendliest dog I’ve ever met, accompanies Big Copper everywhere he goes.

Copper Man repairing tents blown down during the night.

Known as the Do-Nothings, division seems apparent as active occupiers make reference to those not present or those not willing to go the extra mile.  The weather the evening before was a strong deterrent for the do-nothings to sleep in their own beds and leave the occupying die-hards little option but to remain on site.

Johnny Money

Nearly completely dependent on the goodwill of others, the die-hard occupants have no complaints about the food and provisions supplied by donations.  Clothing, food and money for coffee is often supplied by those fortunate to be employed.  A functioning community, the combined group appears to share little in common aside from a desire to see something change.  What that change is continues to be a muddled message depending on who is speaking.

The primary message.

As my time came to an end visiting with some new friends, I wished them well but felt grateful that my bed this evening is in a heated house and on a mattress.  My fingers had enough of the cold and adjusting camera settings had become nearly impossible.  Admittedly I’ve been outspoken against much of the Occupy movement, my beef is less with the individual people and their views, but with those do-nothings who transform into the do-anythings wreaking havoc and chaos for the mere joy of the turmoil.  There appears to be a stark difference between those seeking change for the well-being of others, and those tolerated among the occupiers demanding change for the sake of, well, who really knows?

We most likely want the same thing, as Cooper stated, and we most definately do not agree on how to get there.  What we can agree is that the people are the substance.  Corporations and movements aside, we all crave the human touch that validates us.  We all desire that substance that comes from relationship with each other making us feel whole and secure.  When that trust is violated and we find ourselves victims to the inconsideration of others our perspective becomes jaded and the causes become increasingly polarized.  I don’t pretend to fully understand what this group of occupying protesters hope to gain by camping in from of AT&T’s Atlanta tower, but the few that remain and maintain the vigil all share the same common desire to help their fellow man.

Eric inspecting supplies and providing for Little Copper.

I invite anyone from Occupy Atlanta to comment or contact me with regards to this post and help foster a dialogue that has contribution to all sides.

 

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