2016 Favorites - Athens, GA Photographer

About halfway through 2016 I started getting the itch to be out and shoot for myself more. I went exploring in places I knew well, the Trial Gardens at UGA, the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden, Callaway Gardens, and a few plant shops nearby. I enjoyed making and editing these, looking at different types of plants, and being outside. One of our 2017 goals is to buy a house and walking around these places I have so much inspiration for a future home. 

Looking through these I'm excited to carry the project through into 2017. I don't approach these with a concept in mind, they're "beauty for beauty's sake." In college I was often frustrated at feeling the pressure to assign a concept to my work. I wanted to take pictures of things I liked and figure out the rest later. I don't know if I'll ever put these on a gallery wall but I enjoyed making and sharing them. 

I took some of my favorites, many of them below, and made calendars as a gift to my family. This project has also gotten more engaged in the Instagram community and I started my own hashtag to keep me motivated, #picturesineglect. I've also added several to my print shop and a few of my friends and family even put these on a phone case! 

Painting

These are some detail shots of some paintings I've been working on. I've been playing around with painting lately and it's been a refreshing departure from my usual workflow of mostly computer editing. I went to art school but have never been good at drawing or painting so the experience of painting brings me way out of my comfort zone. I've really enjoyed working with color and how unpredictable the process is. 

I've also been listening to the Creative Insurgents podcast and want to recommend it to all fellow artists. It's challenged me to think about where I want my work to lead me and also offers unconventional ideas on how to get business, get into shows, etc. If you're thinking about listening the "Straight Talk on the Business of Being an Artist with Shirley Williams" and "How to Create Art in a Series and Why You Should with Lisa Call." Thanks to my friend Lacey for that discovery!