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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Rolling Stones in Words and a Picture

So I have this photo -- from the Atlanta stop on the Zip Code Tour, June, 2015. Last week I learned it will be part of an exhibit in Colorado late this year. I love the picture -- I love the Rolling Stones. When I heard about Word.Camera -- a website generating words to go with an image -- I thought about this photo and was curious what would come of it.  Umm, I dunno....

Specifically, a furniture, a war, and a festival. Similarly, the furniture derives from a furnishings that making a room or other area ready for occupancy. The war is made from a someone engaging in or experienced in warfare, and the festival constitutes an organized series of acts and performances. Nonetheless, the furniture is a furnishings that making a room or other area ready for occupancy. It is true, it constitutes a furnishings that making a room or other area ready for occupancy. Once, it amounts to a furnishings that making a room or other area ready for occupancy. Frequently, it comprises a furnishings that making a room or other area ready for occupancy.

That is, a nightclub and a dancing: the nightclub is loud, and the dancing precipitates a having fun. This time, the dancing associates with music. To be sure, it exhibits fun. Probably, it elicits music. To put it another way, it dreams of iing be happy. Surely, the nightclub is for socialise. Beyond, it is for party. To this end, it remains needed for socialise. At length, it exhibits loud.

So far, a government, which remains an ultimate authority. Therefore, it is among the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit. However, it appertains to the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit. Whenever, it encompasses the act of governing. Of course, it constitutes a social institution. So far, it comprises the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit.

By all means a singer, a men, and a band. Accordingly, the singer is capable of sing. The men is the opposite of a female, and the band is also known as a connect. In similar fashion, the singer comes from a person who singing. Perhaps, it is a person. This time, it constitutes a person who singing. Of course, it is a person who singing.

To explain, an audience and an adult: the audience comprises a group of person, and the adult may sign contract. Subsequently, the adult amounts to a fully developed person from maturity onward. Notwithstanding, it constitutes a fully developed person from maturity onward. Surely, it is a fully developed person from maturity onward. Now, it is a fully developed person from maturity onward. To rephrase, the audience might laugh at comedian. Beyond, it can laugh at comedian. In contrast, it pertains to a people in general considering as a whole. Notwithstanding, it comprises the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment.

Without doubt, a performance, which is for business. Indeed, it amounts to a dramatic or musical entertainment. Or it amounts to a dramatic or musical entertainment. However, it is a dramatic or musical entertainment. To sum up, it amounts to the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment. In similar fashion, it encompasses the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment.

Too, a stage, a crowd, and a musician. Moreover, the stage relates to play. The crowd is the opposite of a having or allowing sufficient room, and the musician comes from a someone who playing a musical instrument. No, the stage amounts to a plan organizing and carry out. Certainly, it constitutes a plan organizing and carry out. Nearly, it echoes actor. To rephrase, it is used for making presentation.

Probably, a many and a group: the many is never a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and being often preceded by a, and the group might include individual. Undoubtedly, the group results from a system for classifying things into groups. For this purpose, it constitutes a two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule. Furthermore, it encompasses an any number of entities considering as a unit. In similar fashion, it is an any number of entities considering as a unit. Specifically, the many can weather storm. Whenever, it elicits lot. Whenever, it echoes number. That is, it is never a few.

To put it another way, a concert, which is known to some as cuirm chiĆ¹il. That is, it relates to voice. Subsequently, it derives from a performance of music by players or singers notting involving theatrical staging. In other words, it is known to some as hangverseny. Furthermore, it comprises a make or working out a plan for. Doubtedly, it constitutes a performance of music by players or singers notting involving theatrical staging.

That is to say, a people and a music: the people includes a feel, and the music has pretty. Further, the music amounts to a language. Further, it has pretty. To this end, it remains needed for pleasure. Frequently, it encompasses a sound. Yes, the people desires clothing. To summarize, it is capable of fear death. Beyond, it can wind clock. To illustrate: it is capable of catch cold.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Taking Advantage

My county Public Arts Committee recently released a call for local photographers. Since 2006, I have taught photography and managed a photography club in Fayette County, Georgia. My interest was piqued. But when I read through the call, I became concerned.

This is a civic art project and there is no compensation for those who participate. The project is open to both professional and amateur photographers. All photographers whose work is included on the mural will receive photo credits on the mural. All photographs submitted for this project become the property of the Fayette County government.

Hard to believe a group called Fayette County Public Arts Committee would not be more friendly to the artist. Claiming all submissions as government property is quite a rights grab. The first thing that comes to mind is the county would like images to use for webpages, printed materials and future press releases but were not interested in hiring a professional to shoot them.

I contacted the county commissioner responsible for this committee and never have I met with such lack of awareness or understanding. He stated there was nothing wrong with the call wording.

I asked when the public art committee formed, where did they turn for guidance.

I asked if the business providing the printed mural for this project would receive compensation.

I asked who wrote the call.

I asked these questions several times. I only received a reply to the last one. The commissioner wrote the call. I asked if he ever read other calls and, again, no answer.

Since I began in art photography, I have submitted to and read many, many calls. It is common knowledge among those of us who do submit to avoid calls where we lose ownership of our work. I volunteer my time for a photography event, SlowExposures. I conceived of and directed a photography exhibition/competition for 5 years in my home county of Fayette. When starting this event, I turned to experienced people for guidance. Oh, and I never saw anyone from this new public arts committee at one of my events. 

The county commissioner claims no one was doing anything for the arts until he came along. I know this is not true -- others work to promote the arts in my community.

The commissioner claims he has no budget. I suggested soliciting donations sponsorships. I had zero budget when I started the photo event. I solicited donations from companies for awards - at a time the economy was taking a nose dive.

"You go out and get those for us, Donna, and we will appreciate it."

I asked what does the committee do -- I received no answer.

I pointed out that this call takes advantage of the inexperienced photographer. I expressed my feelings that a county arts committee should work to help the artists, educate the inexperienced, not use their naivete. This committee is leaning heavily on high school students for art. This committee is doing nothing to help educate the students about their rights. The commissioner states he is helping them by giving them the opportunity to be creative, gain exposure, and have something to put on a resume in the future.

I offered, last year, to help bring in professionals to select art for projects from the submissions they receive, I was told that the committee will make selections. If they are truly interested in giving young and inexperienced artists exposure -- why not bring in professionals from the High Museum or Atlanta art consultants to view the work?

A rising tide lifts all boats. Other municipalities embrace public art and work hard to create impact in their communities. They promote the amateurs and help educate them through programs and with professionals giving informational talks. Yes, we have a mural on a water plant and most people haven't a clue that it exists. But when I read through the meeting minutes for this committee, I see a lot of interior decoration discussion for county offices with wall art provided by high school students.

Two days ago, I posted my displeasure for the wording of this recent call on my Facebook page. I did not call out the commissioner -- but he showed up. 

Yesterday I posted a link to a post on the Photo Attorney blog and directed him to it -- it was about the wording of calls that are rights grabs. He dug his heels in harder.

I am at a point where I don't know what else to do -- except put together a handout on artists' rights and seek to speak with local groups and high school art classes. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Director's Cut at APG

I have two photos in the Director's Cut exhibition at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery. It is nice to be in the company of such wonderful photographers.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A New Series

I didn’t need a Stanford study to tell me that walking boosts creativity. Morning walks part the clouds of my mind. Ideas come easily. Alone is best, no conversation to maintain and steer my thoughts to any specific target. A recent photo series came from morning walks with friends.
We’re going for a run! The Diva Half Marathon is coming to Peachtree City. Who’s in?” popped up on my Facebook feed.
I was in. I was always in. I love a challenge.
The publisher of a local magazine, a friend, gathered other friends to begin training for the event. Early morning walks around a lake and along wooded cart paths became a habit. To track our progress, a few of us brought along our phones. Since I just completed an exhibit of iPhone only images it was a natural next step to shoot an image from the walk. What began as simple documentation of scenes along the path grew as I completed two half marathons within five months and compiled a large collection of images for a new exhibit.

During this training period our local lake dam revealed structural issues when the lake water level was lowered to allow repairs and to give waterfront homeowners the opportunity to complete any dock work on their personal properties. Typical local government red tape and finger pointing left the lake low and dry around the edges for months. A sub-series presented from the usual Morning Walk images; Where The Water Used To Be. Drawn to the power of nature reclaiming what it once owned, I walked the dry places looking for what was there. I became fascinated watching a field of tall grass grow. Flowers sprouted from seeds washed by earlier rains to the lake. Deer run through the grass flipping their tails. It was hard to leave this and not be in a good mood. It was also hard to not shoot images.
Photos from these collections will be on exhibition in Columbus, Georgia at the Rankin Arts Photography Center October 2-31, 2015. Please join me at the reception on October 9 from 6-8pm

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