Nervous

fullsizeoutput_1f09I’m about to enter The Fence photography exhibit (yet again — I keep trying!), and the photos I’ve selected to enter make me nervous, for reasons I’m not ready to reveal to you. In fact, a lot of my art (both photography and writing) makes me nervous, and that’s actually a good thing. That’s when I know I’m pushing the honesty envelope, and taking personal and professional risks.

If interested, below is a little summary of some of the work I’ve been producing the past few years, mostly while Traveling at the Speed of Bike.

Artist Statement: Self-taught, with the outdoors baked right into my being, I find inspiration where the built and natural environments overlap and create detritus, marginalization, and surprising beauty (however ephemeral) in our changing world. I tell the stories others don’t notice, often following them longitudinally, usually via bike, to track small and large changes, trends, and anomalies over time. I present them in unique mixed-media formats, often in “found space” and typically including recycled “trash.”

Note: In addition to creating “found space” art exhibits, I also write fiction, mostly inspired by my street photography. Check out my collection of overlapping flash fiction stories, Stranger Things Happen (available on Amazon everywhere). Four stories from that book have been published on Literate Sunday, one of which was selected as a Best of 2017 and was published in the annual Literate Sunday Catalogue; and one has been published on The Drum Literary Magazine. I’m currently at work on a new collection titled Leaving Disturbia, plus submissions to The Fence photography exhibit, the Atlanta Writers Club annual short story contest, and more. It is taking me a lifetime (and rejections number in the thousands), but it is adding up. 

Previous Exhibits:

Walls Are Falling: Walls are falling in my city and yours. Or are they going up?

Selections from Stranger Things Happen: Lives collide on a city’s new path forward in flash fiction inspired by street photography.

First Stop: Selections from A Streetcar Named Aspire: Rapidly-changing lives are preserved for a photographic second and displayed near the Atlanta Streetcar’s King Center stop.

Ennui: Selections from the White Dress Series: A found white dress tells stories through photos, displayed among flowering weeds along old rail tracks.

Stirring the Wild: Nature acts as a direct partner as photo-poems stir in the wind while dangling from wisteria vines.

Sunday Paper: Dresses made out of Sunday newspapers stop passersby when exhibited on the Atlanta BeltLine.

DiverseCity: Paintings made from street photography are presented as part of #FreeArtFriday near an iconic mural.

Poems at the Speed of Bike Premiered at Gallery 26 on the Atlanta Beltline

Twice-Told Tales Served as the very first public art in this suburban underpass

Windows As one window closes, does another open? If so, where? When? For whom?

Coming soon (maybe):

The Children’s March Street photography featuring children, taken during various marches and protests

Street Shorts Street photography meets micro-fiction

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