In April South x Southeast photoworkshops went on an Earth Day adventure to the Georgia coast. We explored the Okefenokee Swamp, toured St. Mary’s on bike and foot, boated over to Cumberland Island, and even ventured down to St. Augustine to the Gator Farm. Below are images from the workshop taken by our wonderful students. -editor
Earth Day on the Georgia Coast was an amazing workshop! The in depth feedback that Sylvia Plachy and Jerry Atnip provided on my Cheshire Bridge project was invaluable. The sunrise boat excursion on the Okefenokee swamp was breathtaking and a perfect place/time for capturing just the right moments. The trip was well organized by Nancy McCrary (who also cooked 5-star gourmet meals!) What a wonderful opportunity to make new photography friends and share experiences. The SXSE workshops shouldn’t be missed by any photographer. They are the best in the industry! -Teri Darnell
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Teri Darnell is a street photographer whose concentration is photographing unique people and places on and around Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta, Georgia. You can see more of her work at www.teridarnell.com.
With gratitude to SxSE Photography Magazine we were allowed into Okefenokee Swamp long before sunrise on Earth Day 2016 during a full moon. I felt a bit wary. As we moved out from the dock into the dark canal, flashlights shone erratically trying to get some ideas of what we might see.
Now, following weeks of pouring over the sunrise and sunset images, I feel a bit like the Dormouse in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: ‘The Swamp’ is “much of a muchness.” These few images are my deconstruction of the muchness into somewhat less overwhelming muchness. What a magnificent adventure this Dormouse did enjoy! -EA
Born in Homestead, Florida in 1952, Judy Morris Lampert is an Atlanta-based artist who works in fine art photography. Family, history and a sense of place are common themes in her work. Lampert was adopted as an infant and is always using photography to connect to that past. She has traveled throughout the world photographing people and places. Lampert has a strong passion for supporting the arts in the Atlanta area and has served on the boards and advisory boards of Art Papers, the Art Reach Foundation, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. She is most proud of becoming a Hambidge Creative Residency Program Fellow in 2014.
The experience of spending time with interesting, fun, and like-minded people in a place as extraordinary as Okefenokee and Cumberland Island was so much fun and was as valuable a learning experience as it was invigorating. I came away inspired. The workshop with Sylvia Plachy, in which we learned how to prepare a mock book to show to potential publishers, was immensely helpful as was learning to sequence our work and receiving personal feedback. I highly recommend the workshops offered by South x Southeast. I want to attend all of them! -Jessica
Hines’ work has won numerous awards and has been widely exhibited and published across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Largely inspired by personal memory, experience, and the unconscious mind, Hines works primarily in both still photography and video. She lives and works next to a swamp in the southeastern U.S.A.
I particularly love to take photos of the order/chaos in nature. There is nothing more beautiful. I keep constantly practicing- trying to capture any image I can that might do justice to my memory of it. -Lucie
Born in Calhoun, GA.
Lived in ATL for the past 31 years
Graduated from UGA 1978
Associates degree in Graphic/AD design from Colorado institute of Art 1984
The workshop leader Sylvia Plachy was a treasure – an inspirational treasure. Having a Workshop Headquarters is a brilliant idea. It gives the opportunity for participants to gather and get to know one another. Plus the meals were amazing!
Jeffrey Stoner is known for making photographs that capture the essence of place. His passion is to capture images of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us. From the mystery of a trail leading through the fog, to the beauty of rhododendron flowers highlighted by the first rays of dawn, his images tell a story that touch the spirit.
Jeffrey had a lifelong passion for photography but only began selling his images in 2004 after a gallery in Pennsylvania asked to show his work. He expanded his gallery presence in Pennsylvania and then in 2007 he and his wife made the decision to move to northeastern Tennessee.
The move opened additional opportunities for making images in the mile-high mountains and fertile valleys of Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. It also gave the opportunity for expanded gallery representation.
He is especially known for his Goats of Roan and Wild Pones of Grayson series, and his landscape and wildlife images have been featured in international, national, and regional publications. In 2012 he released his book titled The Meaning in Trees. The book showcases his favorite tree images from the Highland mountains to the Low Country of South Carolina.
His latest book Current, Essays on the Passing of Time in the Woods was published by Shanti Arts Publishing and released in October 2013. Fifty-five of Stoner’s images illustrate the essays of Robert McGowan.
Lucinda Weil Bunnen is a practicing artist and photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has traveled worldwide for her work and has had numerous one- and two- person shows throughout the Southeast. She has also participated in many national, international and regional juried shows, including “Atlanta Artists in Buenos Aires” in Argentina; “Atlanta in France” in Toulouse, France, and “New Southern Photography: Between Myth and Reality” at the Burden Gallery in New York City. Lucinda has been a part of several multi-media exhibitions as well as the subject of a video and the producer of a video. Her work has been reviewed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
Her work has been featured in several publications, and she has also co-authored three books: Movers and Shakers in Georgia, 1978, Scoring in Heaven, Gravestones and Cemetery Art in The American Sunbelt States, 1990, and ALASKA Trails Tales and Eccentric Detours, 1992. Lucinda won the “Women in the Visual Arts” Award in 1997 and has been listed in Whoʼs Who in American Art since 1975.
Her work can be found in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. She has lectured, given workshops and curated exhibitions across the Southeast United States. She was both donor and curator of Subjective Vision: the Lucinda W. Bunnen Collection of Photographs, a collection of contemporary photographs assembled for Atlantaʼs High Museum of Art. Lucinda has also curate and judged for numerous organizations for several years.
I rediscovered B&W, learned a lot being around great photographers and met some really nice people. -Jim
Jim Christain is a semi-retired architect who has been taking pictures his whole life. His fascination with pictures started with his Mother’s twin lens Argoflex 75, which he still has. After taking B&W and color classes he became a darkroom teaching assistant in the UT School of Architecture. He also attended Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Harvard graduate School of Design. Most of his work has been industrial and architectural but he is now relearning to photograph people and the artistic scenes of everyday life.
Jim lives in Nashville and can usually be found near a golf course or body of water.