This photo was shot after 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning from the 17th Street Bridge looking south on the Downtown Connector. I had just shot photos at an insane house party at the Yellow House for a CL photo essay that will appear in next week's Music Issue. My ears were still ringing from the party. I stood on the bridge and gazed into the abyss that is this troubled road and I felt strangely blissful. After each exposure I jarred the camera in a new direction. Each photo for me had a different feeling. I stood on the bridge for about 40 minutes making photo after photo, a process that both brought me peace and also blew my mind. It's cliche to say but it felt like a dream. I shot 262 images in the time I stood there.
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Atlanta street photographer Ryan Vizzions came about his passion for photography the hard way. Back in 2010, "a strange turn of events found him in the middle of a civil war in Bangkok, Thailand with nothing but his camera and the urge to document the events around him," he explains in his artist bio.
Though the resulting photos weren't as jaw-dropping as the actual experience, he survived and returned home with a newfound appreciation for exploring the world through his lens. Fast forward four years later and his Instagram photo stream (@Amodernghost) is considered one of the "10 best feeds in Atlanta" by Dailycandy.com.
The rest of the city will get a chance to see Atlanta through his eyes when he exhibits his work live for the first time at the W Midtown later today. Curated by Vizzions, the show Locals We Love will also feature the work of several other photographers/visual artists he's hand-selected. Of the works on display (7-10 p.m. Thurs., May 29), about 95 percent will be mobile phone photography, says Vizzions, "because sometimes carrying a camera will make you a target."
Other participating photographers/artists include Proph Bundy (Forgotten Atlanta), 5PS_, Tilt and Fade, and Richard Mueller, who specializes in design installations and 3D projection mapping with partner Tom Nguyen.
"I invited a few friends to join me [because] I'm nervous of the spotlight," Vizzions adds, "and I wanted to show the world some other folks in Atlanta that inspire me."
See info for tonight's free show below:
City Hall officials led CL and an AJC photographer on a tour of the building on Friday before crews started bagging and disposing the piles of trash that had gathered in the rooms, some of which have clear views of Downtown and the Georgia Dome.
The tour of the building - which long ago was stripped of valuable metals by looters, leaving dripping ceilings and holes in the walls - called for protective suits and breathing masks. Massive rooms, some of which are pitch black, are filled with debris, empty to-go boxes, and a few buckets used as toilets. In one room, dozens of black garbage bags were filled and tied (city officials were surprised by the bags). Beer cans, shoes, and empty bottles littered the floor. Caution is required while walking around many rooms because they might contain asbestos, lead paint, and other harmful substances. There are unconfirmed stories that over the years the building housed dozens of homeless people, including some families.
The building is in a prime location. And preservationists might be heartened to know that several prospective bidders have been actually interested in the building. Though windows are missing and a garden, replete with a tree, has literally taken root on the roof, officials say the structure appears to be in surprisingly good shape. That might be partly because the building was constructed when steel was sent to support war efforts, thus it is made mostly of concrete (some walls are six to eight inches thick, one city official estimates).
Some valuable components remain, however, like a few thick slabs of marble too heavy to carry out. Wooden handrails along the stairwell remain intact and secure. Painted-over glass partitions still stand in what was the former executive suite.
Crews are expected to start cleaning and securing the building this week, with showings for prospective buyers afterward. The city could unload the building in the next six months. Photos of CL's adventure in the building are after the jump.
The hair community descended on Atlanta this weekend for the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. Reeling in stylists from all over the world, the show allows them to present and refine their craft among peers and onlookers alike. With a sharp sense (no pun intended) of camaraderie on display, the show seemed to be a place where the hair community really unites to push their craft forward. The Bronner Brothers hair show ended Monday.
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When Atlanta got blasted by Winter Storm Leon, we asked you to send us your photos of what you saw and did. We received hundreds of images.
Now, for Volume 2, there's a twist: we will only post photos that fall within the parameters of "ice, snow and survivalism." Send us your brilliant, beautiful, and yes, frightening, images of Old Man Winter. The more edgy, creative and insane, the better. (What could be more crazy than a storm where less than one inch of snow makes millions of people barricade themselves in their homes?) Send your photos to Joeff.Davis@creativeloafing.com with a short description, including where you took it. We will update this post as we receive your images. Start... now!
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Kevin Dowling had pretty modest expectations for his first photo exhibit last month, especially since it was staged in the back of a U-Haul truck. He really just hoped to "sell enough prints to catch up on some bills," as he wrote in a Zimbio recounting of the show.
The commercial photographer had already sold all his equipment and picked up an overnight labor gig to better provide for his family. So after being denied by three galleries in town, and unable to afford the price to rent his own space for a night, he rented a U-Haul instead, rigged the inside of the truck with some lights, and parked it in front of his favorite bar for public viewing.
We received hundreds of photographs documenting the pain and joy from this week's snowmaggedon. Our favorites are below. THANKS everyone for sending your pictures!
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Creative Loafing is searching for an assistant photo editor. In collaboration with the photo editor, the 20-hour-a-week position's responsibilities include: building and editing photo galleries; covering photo assignments on weekends and as needed during the week; organizing weekend event coverage; video production/editing; photo research and archiving; overseeing interns; generating and filing freelance paper work; photo assisting as needed; and will stand in for the photo desk when photo editor is unavailable.
The candidate must have his or her own photo/video SLR equipment and be proficient in Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, and Microsoft Word. The assistant photo editor needs to be available to shoot assignments most weekends, as well as unusual hours, and must be able to complete work on tight deadlines. The candidate must have reliable transportation. The assistant photo editor must have intimate knowledge of Atlanta and Creative Loafing. Experience with blogging and digital/social media and knowledge of AP Style is helpful.
If interested, please send a resume, a digital portfolio with images no larger then 1,000 pixels wide and captions along with any video clips, and a link to your website to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Feb. 10, 5 p.m.
Since this week's Creative Loafing has been delayed due to Snow Jam 2014, we decided to take one more look back to last week's Clermont Hotel cover story. Here are some additional photos from inside the 89-year-old Poncey-Highland landmark.
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Over the past year, CL has ventured to a reality TV premiere party, walked into the woods to interview homeless veterans, and dropped by a vacant South Downtown storefront where two artists were creating a living exhibit. Once there, we captured what we saw on video. As 2013 draws to a close, CL we looked at some of our favorite clips that we produced.
Filming "No Vacancy" was a completely fly-on-the-wall experience. I met the artists Ben Coleman and Henry Detweiler and was shown around the beautiful South Downtown space on our first meeting, but after that I just showed up and filmed whatever it was they were doing. We would exchange a brief "hello" upon my arrival, but they were so locked into a mindset of solitude and work that: a.) I didn't want to disturb, and b.) I was happy to join. For a photographer, the opportunity to spend time with people in an intimate setting and still be completely ignored is fairly invaluable. (Dustin Chambers)
More CL videos after the jump.
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