Slow Exposures: Sept. 19-21, 2014

The entire group made the weekend trip to Pike County, Georgia for the 12th annual Slow Exposures photography festival, which celebrates the rural South through the still image. It was an incredible weekend of non-stop events during which the Salon debuted their exhibit Off the Page at Friday night's opening    Photographers and Sponsors Soiree at Split Oak Farm. This was the first time the show was seen all together, and as shown in the image below (courtesy Charlotte Woolf) 42 photos were hung salon style (pun intended) in a 26 foot U-Haul truck. Aside from a few logistical details the show came off as planned and was very well received.

The night was fun and relaxed, and attendees moved back and forth between this literary based pop-up exhibit and another by the Pitchfork Posse (aka photographers Lori Vrba, Anne Berry, Ann George, Bryce Lankyard, and S. Gayle Stevens) called "Time, Place, and Eternity: Flannery O’Connor and the Craft of Photography," which opened in the barn at Split Oak Farm, and honored Georgia native Flannery O'Conner on the 50th anniversary of her death. The idea of two simultaneous pop-ups based on the work of distinctly southern writers (the Salon's being distinctly masculine in tone while the Posse's was feminine) being purely coincidental was noted by many and couldn't have worked better if it had actually been planned.

On Saturday, the pop-up moved to a location just outside the main juried show (including images by Salon members Mark Mosrie, Nick Dantona, and Jerry Park) and scheduled events at Strickland's in Concord, Georgia, where it remained for the weekend. Also in close proximity were McNair Evans' show "Confessions For a Son" and Elliot Dudik's “On This Land I See Heroes and Saints.” On Saturday night immediately after Supper at Strickland's, the Salon presented David Dunavent and evol Love, who rocked rural Georgia with the blues until late.

On Sunday the show remained open as the Juror's Talk took place inside Strickland's, with Alexa Dilworth (Publishing and Awards Director/Editor, CDS Books, at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) and Aline Smithson (photographic artist and editor of the widely read photoblog Lenscratch) leading a very informative discussion on how they put together the main exhibit.

As it has been for the past dozen years, Slow Exposures was a highlight of early autumn, and Southlight Salon was pleased to be able to take such an active role. Off the Page will be seen in October at Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Click here for more details.