Learning new things, meeting new people

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I will attempt to post more often.  I was inspired to write today by an event I attended last night.

There’s a great photography group here called Atlanta Celebrates Photography.  Every October it puts on month-long photo festival.  If you’re here in October, you should try to attend an event or two.  The rest of the year, ACP is a great resource for photographers.  If it’s important to photographers, ACP is either organizing it or informing everyone about it.  Last night, ACP held one of its Greenhouse events.  Greenhouse is a program that brings together photographers to have conversations about projects and issues.  Monday night three Atlanta-area photographers shared projects their working on and their process.  I love things like that.  It’s interesting to me to hear how and why someone came up with a concept, or why they created something.

The event gave me a chance to meet one of my Twitter friends in person.  Stephanie Roberts is one of the fabulous Shutter Sisters.  I stumbled across their site about a year ago when I was looking for work by female photographers.  Shutter Sisters is “the collaborative photo blog that welcomes all women with a passion for photography from experts to amateurs alike.”  The Sisters contribute articles and photographs to the site.  They also do incredible work, individually and collectively.

Stephanie and Jen Lemen are working together on a project called Picture Hope.  They’re traveling the world, documenting the incredible stories, and creating what they call a visual catalog of hope.  I’ve been following that project and Stephanie’s work online for several months.  After seeing her pictures and pictures of her, and reading about her travels, (and reading her Tweet about going shooting) I had my own picture of her in my head.  I was expecting her to be 5’9” or 5’10”, and to have a southern accent.  She’s tiny! (I’m only 5’2” so that’s saying something) And she doesn’t have an accent.  She is just as self-possessed and as interesting as I was expecting.  And she’s one of those people who greet you as if you’ve been real friends, not just cyber-friends.

I’m glad I got a chance to attend Greenhouse and meet Stephanie.  Have you had a chance to hear or meet people you follow on Twitter or on blogs?  How did it go?


Two other artists spoke Monday night.  I’ll talk about them in later posts.