This past weekend was the opening of the 2014 SlowExposures Photo Festival. I was excited to go down with my friend, Renee, who had had an image in last year's show. We had so much fun last year we weren't sure if this year would live up to it. But, yes, it did!
First off, the weather was much better. Last year the drive down was hampered by heavy rain and some events had to be moved indoors. Fabulous late-summer weather this time. We got to the main venue, Strickland's (I think maybe a former general store), in the middle of the afternoon and I made a first quick perusal to see where my image hung. It never gets old to see your work in an exhibit.
The staff at SlowExposures did such a wonderful job hanging the show and organizing all the activities. First up we went to the satellite show at the historic Whiskey Bonding Barn in neighboring Modena, Georgia. This year featured selections form The Do Good Fund, a non-profit charity that is committed to building a museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography.
They had concocted a special cocktail for the occasion, it was blue and very tasty. Yes, of course I tried it. Oh, and the images were great, too. Afterwards, we returned to Strickland's in Concord for an authentic Southern-style dinner. Fried chicken and fixins, does it get any better than that? Southlight Salon, a group of seven wonderful Nashville-based photographers, had a pop-up show outside in a U-Haul truck. Very clever, we loved the concept. They brought with them a band from Clarksdale, MS, (where my image was taken so they recognized it right away) and we enjoyed wonderful music out under the stars.
Sunday we were able to hear a talk by jurors Alexa Dilworth and Aline Smithson that explained their process for curating this show. This is always such interesting information for those who got in (and those who didn't). We had met Alexa at last year's show and we were happy to be able to visit with her again.
More food (Southerners love their food) and then a chance to talk with those who came to see the exhibit. I was so interested to meet and talk with many of the other photographers in the show (because we all love to talk about our work). One of the best things about these kinds of events is making new friends, reconnecting with some we met last year, and looking forward to meeting up again at next year's show.