I’m the type of person who’s curious about a lot of things other people don’t consider. For example: who cuts the barber’s hair, styles the beautician’s hair, manicures the manicurist’s nails? Who photographs the photographer? I’ve been on the Atlanta event “circuit” almost two years and have come up with the answer: no one.
I’ve been rolling this idea in my mind for a long while because I see the same people and photographers at almost every event. And unless you’re there, you probably don’t know who the photographers are, if they do more than shoot events or what they’re all about. Therefore this column spotlights Atlanta photographers and what they do, Atlanta as a photographic backdrop, and photography-oriented topics.
Photographers are unique people with unique qualities and creativity. They are the individuals in that right place at the right time; sometimes risking life, other times bringing the world to our doorstep through their lenses. I am proud and honored to be in this world that not everyone gets to share. This life can be richly rewarded through acknowledgements but are often overlooked when the time comes. Not everyone can be a Derrick Blanks or Drexina Nelson. Not everyone can be an event photographer. Fortunately, there are so many other areas to practice the craft and tighten the skills that make for a successful photographer. This is why this column exists, to broaden your knowledge through information and entertainment.
Atlanta is a big visual town that’s actually small enough to have a photography circuit. However, there are still a lot of things that go on in that circuit that you, the reader, might be interested in. Stories on and about the intricacies of the photography business, photographer interviews, how-to’s, legal issues, and whatever other photographic points of interests fall within the scope of the art and creativity of image. Let’s face it, either you’re in front of the camera or you’re behind a camera, and in this century everyone owns a camera in some form. That means you’re interested in photography.
Maybe all this sounds lofty and maybe you’re thinking this is a big task. I’m up for the task after being in the business professionally shooting various subjects over twenty years. It’s been quite an evolution and the road still goes on. As a self-professed information junkie, my passion for writing combined with my love of photography is just a natural fit for the Atlanta Examiner. I want to involve you, the reader, because you’re the audience and you’ll want to come to this page with certain expectations and leave fulfilled. So, I’m keeping it short this time in order for your anticipation to build for more of what I will be writing about.