Archive for 2006
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I received a scholarship to attend one week workshop photographing in Appalachia. I decided to spend more time in the mountains and rented a car after the workshop ended. I have spent the last two weeks driving around Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. Driving by myself in “the sticks” has been quite an adventure. The second day my car broke down in the middle of nowhere (with no cell phone service I might add) and I had to be towed to the nearest town, which was 1.5 hours away. The whole ordeal took around 5 hours, eek!
Today I went to a Baptist church ceremony in the town of Keystone; lets just say I was the only “white girl” in there. I have also explored coalmines, been invited in many persons homes, and spent a lot of time with the locals. Overall, it has been a great trip and I have created a lot of images I am really excited about.
Two of my photographs were chosen to be a part 100 Women In Photography International Turning Silver Online Exhibition as well as to be included in the upcoming limited edition 25th Anniversary book. I encourage you to take a look at the exhibition; there are some beautiful and really intelligent work – go women photographers!
To view exhibit please visit Women in Photography Website.
Last year I was awarded an incredibly generous scholarship, the Jason K. Stern Travel Scholarship, from Julia Dean (www.juliadean.com). After much contemplation I decided to resist my usual urge to go off to some remote place in world and am going to work on a photo project in the US.
On September 10th, less then 24 hours after I return from France (eek), I will fly from New York to Knoxville, Tennessee and travel with camera in hand around the Appalachian countryside for one month. I have been in contact with a non – profit organization in Kentucky and am working on details of my next photo project.
The trip isn’t necessarily the best timing being that I had to turn down a lot of work during the busy wedding month of September. But, in order for me to stay passionate and inspired I need to maintain a healthy balance between my wedding and editorial photography. Both types of photography enrich my life in completely unique ways and I would get burnt out if one existed without the other. This image was part of my submission portfolio.