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Photobloggers Exposed: Georgia on My Mind

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In the heart of the American South, in the sunny state of Georgia, live three remarkable photographers, all with a zeal for photography, each bringing a fresh and distinctive perspective of their lives and worlds to the Internet. 

Images of rural Georgia and quiet Southern life can be found on A Little Piece of the World, the photoblog by Faustina Black.  Faustina’s images evoke feelings of nostalgia for long lazy summers, warm breezes, and long walks.  Her goal is to create an experience, and she succeeds by sharing her experiences with the viewer, not only visually, but also through her eloquent haiku. 

Faustina first became interested in photography in high school while traveling abroad as a student ambassador.  She purchased her first camera, a few books on photography, and completed some photojournalism course work.  Although many of her first images were not very successful, the seed was planted, and years later, grew into what is now a great infatuation with photography.  “I want to expand my photos to everything that I can, where ever I am…” she explains, “…I see great photos in my head, and try to capture the same feel with what I can around me.” 

Photograph by Faustina BlackPhotoblogging began for Faustina when she received many positive responses to the images she would post to one of her writing blogs.  This then evolved into a crude photoblog, and eventually developed the beautifully designed site she maintains today.  Her photoblog now serves as both a daily journey through her world, as well as a gallery for her emerging profession. 

With the goal of turning her passion into profit, this lively, twenty-four year old, wife and mother has the vision and drive for a successful career in photography.  Both a literary and visual feast, Faustina’s photoblog is sure to uplift and inspire. 

From the country to the city, we find photographer Sebastian Shuster in Atlanta.  Moody and methodic, Sebastian’s style can be described as thoughtful, inward, and solitary, and his photoblog is appropriately called Sull3n

"Hard Worn Trail" by Sebastian ShusterSebastian discovered photography when shopping for a Christmas gift for his sister four years ago.  He purchased a camera for her, and fell in love with it himself.  Since then, and several cameras later, Sebastian has been exploring his world through images.  Photoblogging was the natural progression for this burgeoning photographer who felt that displaying his artwork would help to complete the image-making process.

Sebastian prefers to shoot the solitary corners, the isolated spaces that inhabit his world.  He seeks out the quiet spots unknown or overlooked by many.   

I photograph to learn, I enjoy the discovery process and learning how to see. My goal is to make what we see in our ordinary lives more beautiful. The hint at something greater just underneath; the feeling of being on the verge of a new discovery.

And it’s this emotive quality that sets Sebastian apart.  His images, from the sloping landscapes to the pensive still lifes, are full of passion and feeling, and reflect the forethought and careful planning that goes into each and every photograph. 

Working in network operations for a large cell phone company, the soon-to-be-married father of an energetic six-year-old hopes to one day be able to make a living through his art.  Some of his work can be found at the Composition Gallery in Atlanta, where prints can be purchased. 

Another Atlanta resident, Otto Kitchens has been photographing since high school.  After university, Otto began to take his photography more seriously while documenting his many travels.  Otto’s photoblog, Lenscape: OttoK Photography, reads almost like a travel journal, from the dramatic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland, to the warm and moving landscapes of the American South, to simple stills and scenes of the world around him.  We are taken on a trip through Otto’s lens. 

Sunrise on the Beach" by Otto KitchensOtto’s images, simply put, are profound.  He has a way of looking a beautiful scene, and taking it to another level with a simple click of the shutter.  Full of passion and style, Otto’s images are deliberate, precise, and stunningly gorgeous.

Lenscape is a journey through a creative man’s mind, with charming poetry included to enhance the fantastic images.  Otto began his photoblog late last year after first following several other photoblogs, then feeling compelled to start his own.  There, we can see Otto’s unique perspective on the ordinary around him, on nature, and on life in general.  Digital shots as well as the dreamlike and, many times, obscure images from a Holga camera are found on his site. 

As a self-described tech junkie, Otto has always been heavily involved with technology, first going to a technical university, and now working as a developer of IT operations strategies for a large computer company. But photography is opening him up to a new world: “…I'm finding that photography is satisfying needs that I really wasn't aware of. Whether I want this to merely remain a hobby or become something more, I'm still not sure. But for now, I'm having a lot of fun doing it.” 

He is currently planning his next trip – a trek around Mont Blanc in the Alps, where he and a friend will hike all the way around the mountain, a little over a 100 miles, going from inn to inn.  Stay tuned to Lenscape to see where Otto takes us next. 

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  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Chantal this is wonderful and a welcome addition to your series. I hate reading these because it makes me miss my cameras so bad

    Love
    Jet

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer.php?name=gonzo%20marx gonzo marx

    wow..thanks chantal, for opening this all up to us…

    /golfclap

    just….wow

    Excelsior?

  • http://chantalstone.my-expressions.com chantal

    Thanks guys….almost as much as I love photography, I really love and admire other photographers, so being able to write about them is a real privilege for me.

    ….off to the pool I go!

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer.php?name=diana+hartman diana hartman

    I am pleased to tell you this article is being featured in the Culture Focus for August 17 and 18.

    Diana Hartman
    Culture Editor

  • http://chantalstone.my-expressions.com chantal

    wow! thanks, Diana!

  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    I’m jealous Chantal, you deserve it.

  • http://7700.blogspot.com Bonham

    Chantal,

    Good job on this effort, you have a bright future in journalism.

    Bonham

  • http://chantalstone.my-expressions.com chantal

    Thanks Bonham :)