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ACP's My Atlanta photo exhibition 

October 12, 2011
This year's Atlanta Celebrates Photography giant push-pin exhibition, My Atlanta, is currently on display at the Piedmont Park Community Center. The exhibition features over 700 images shot by more than 300 photographers of all ages and with all levels of experience.

Creative Loafing's Photo Editor Joeff Davis, CL Art Director Chris Mihal and respected art critic and curator Jerry Cullum were joined (and prodded) by members of the ACP staff to judge the annual exhibition last week. Prizes were awarded in 9 categories.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are 9 am - 1 pm Saturday, October 15, Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29 at the Piedmont Park Community Center, 1071 Piedmont Avenue (Park Entrance at 12th street).

This gallery features the winners and statements by the photographers about their work.

Statements compiled and edited by Joeff Davis
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Kelsey Sasser

Kelsey Sasser
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Winner, Critics Choice
Title: "Cripisis" (combining the words cripple and crisis)

"Perfect hair. Perfect nails. Beautiful clothes. Attractive boyfriend. Dream house. The epitome of perfection. As a child, Barbie is a girl’s best friend. My goal for this picture was to take the ideal image of perfect little Barbie and challenge the notion of real beauty. I cut her hair and her dress, covered her in dirt, tore off one of her legs and tried to set her on fire. Although Barbie proves to be flame retardant."

"The picture I took paints a picture of a broken, useless creature, no longer desirable to the world. No longer a girl’s best friend. She has become nothing more than common garbage that needs to be thrown away. Somehow, through mangled grit and grime, Barbie’s face still resonates her flawless beauty. Finding the beauty in negative places proves hard to some, but for others when that nut is cracked, the true beauty shines through more powerful than before."

"Because I was injured in a car accident at the age of 6 and had to grow up with my paralysis, I have dealt with experiences that most people will never go through. It has been ingrained in my mind to look beyond the typical descriptions of normal and beauty. None of us are perfect and everybody hurts. I for one will vouch for that, but one thing I have learned through my disability is that you can either laugh or cry. You can try to find the beauty and the fun in everything or you can be miserable and live a horrible life. This broken down Barbie speaks to me, it sums up how no matter how broken down and difficult something seems to be, there is hope."

"I entered my photograph not expecting my pieces to win anything or let alone be recognized. For my picture to be chosen as Critic’s Choice, when the judges knew nothing of my situation, proves that no matter who you are or what you have gone through, good things can happen. Art speaks for itself. And as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words." -- Kelsey Sasser
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