Hi!

 

Thank your for your interest in my Atlanta creatives portrait project. I am excited that you want to participate.

 

I am photographing each artist in my portrait studio and also photographing them in their studio (if they have one). To set up the portrait studio session, you would go to THIS PAGE and select the Project Participant option and find a date on my calendar that works for you and book it. At that session, we will discuss the shoot we will do in your studio. We can set up a Zoom meeting ahead of the shoot to discuss the details of the shoot.

There will be an exhibition of a selection of the photos in July or August and I am submitting the projects to various galleries and publications for consideration.

Artist Statement

My project is titled Simple, Complex, Obvious and Profound. I am documenting and celebrating the wide range of creative talent who work and live in Atlanta and the surrounding Metro-Atlanta area. Annie Leibovitz once said, “When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them.” and this desire to meet other artists was the genesis of this project, but it was the inspiring stories of the individuals I met who motivated me to turn these images into a visual tribute to the people who enrich our city with their artistic contributions.

I designed the portrait sessions to be collaborative and had no preconceived staging, other than the choice to use a visual style which evokes a personal or emotional connection between the subject and viewer and references the celebrity portraits often found in fashion and lifestyle magazines, which are a medium I grew up consuming and introduced me to photographers whose work I admire. The subjects selected their own wardrobe and styling, with performers, such as burlesque dancers, often presenting as their stage personas. For visual artists, we often held two photoshoots: one in my studio and one in theirs.

Once this project is concluded, I envision these documents becoming a photobook where the portraits will be accompanied by personal narratives from the artists. This process has been personally enriching and created many new friendships. While working on these images, I was often reminded of words of the French poet, Charles Baudelaire, “A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.”

 

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