So 2015 was a year, right? I feel like it was trying for so many reasons. From the national conversation on race and the presidential conversation to the many condolences I had to send to friends for their lost loved ones.
I’ve learned so much and I feel like I’ve grown as a photographer even though I’m still trying to fit into this complicated landscape. I’m 26 now and like most 26 year olds I have little to know idea what I want to do or where I want to be next year but the picture seems to be getting clearer everyday. Three months of my 2015 portfolio were lost to an epic hard drive failure in March combined with $10,000 worth of things being stolen from our apartment in April.
For the most part, we’re all happy 2015 is over but these photos prove that amidst some crappy times, beauty rears it’s head.
Please enjoy some of my favorite photographs that I’ve shot over this past year.
March 9, 2015 – Philips Arena — I spent an evening with CL Arts Editor Gavin Godfrey and Hawks organist Sir Foster
March 16, 2015 – Canoe Restaurant — The caramel popcorn sundae was the first of many shoots for Creative Loafing’s 100 Dishes issue.
March 16, 2015 – Canoe Restaurant — This photo became my first CL cover of the year also.
March 24, 2015 – A sandwich as Toscano and Sons in Atlanta
March 27, 2015 – Atlas Restaurant – Colorado lamb loin at
March 30, 2015 – Yalla — An open faced falafel for CL’s 100 Dishes issue.
March 31, 2015 – Heirloom Market — One of my favorite food photos of the year. This Korean Barbecue sandwich is as messy as it is beautiful.
March 31, 2015 – Superica – Meatless Nachos at Superica in the newly opened Krog Street Market. I’m still bummed that they wouldn’t let me eat it but I guess I did get paid to take this photo so I can buy my own dang nachos, right?
April 24, 2015 – Northside Tavern
May 1, 2015 – City of Ink — This year my close friend Spencer Charles put on his own art show. Proud doesn’t even begin to come close to my feelings.
May 2, 2015 – Little Five Points — In the most active year in social justice in recent history, the bike ride and funeral procession through Atlanta was one of the more powerful moments of the year,
May 6, 2015 – Emory University – This is the last photo I took for any sort of student at Emory University where I first somehow convinced someone to give me money for photos. For me this photo represents closure. In the literal sense that these girls graduated and they get to leave Emory and so do I.
May 9, 2015 – Thunderbox Rehearsal Studio — Man, Atlanta is goin
June 2, 2015 – Le Fat
June 6, 2015 – Seaside, Florida — Was granted the opportunity to photograph one of my good friend’s wedding in Florida. It was amazing.
June 17, 2015 – Proof Bakery
July 10, 2015 – O4W Pizza — My favorite cover of the year. I *had* to go photograph and eat 10 different pizzas. I gave up pizza for three months after this assignment but oh man was it worth it…
July 16, 2015 – Goat Farm Arts Center — This photo just makes me happy. There’s nothing especially great about this photo except that flowers and Alison’s smile are infectious.
July 25, 2015 – DOT.s at Westside Arts Center
August 12, 2015 – Kimble House — Who knew ice was such a big deal? Watching the bartenders talk about how important ice is to a good drink was beyond fascinating.
August 15, 2015 – Love is an amazing bond. I love my friends. I love Charlie. I love Amber. I loved this photoshoot. Set to be married in July 2016, since I was planning on being in the wedding, I wouldn’t be able to photograph it. So I shot their engagement photos and it was the best. Even better than I could’ve imagined. What I would do to have this day one more time. When I said goodbye to Charlie’s fiancée Amber that day, that would be the last time I ever talked to her. Amber passed away from lupus 16 days later.
August 17, 2015 – Ebenezer Baptist Church — Black women taking the charge of social justice in Atlanta was almost THE theme of 2015. It was an honor to photograph these women.
August 18, 2015 – Atlanta Community Food Bank — Spent the better part of a day at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, learning the ins and outs of what this amazing organization does.
August 22, 2015 – Stone Mountain Park — Free speech and Stone Mountain went together like peanut butter and jelly this year.
September 6, 2015 – Piedmont Park — It was my first time to the Atlanta Gay Black Pride and it was more fun than I thought. This photo was taking at a dance battle that appeared out of nowhere and I got caught in the middle of.
October 11, 2015 – Edgewood Ave –
October 28, 2015 – City of Ink – Corey Davis for CL
November 3, 2015 – Vines Mansion – What a difference a year makes! When I photographed Bennett last year he was very quiet and just wanted to play on the playground. This year he was running around and yelling and chatting and showing me everything. What a guy.
November 6, 2015 – Goat Farm Arts Center
November 21, 2015 – Piedmont Park – A family that dabs together…
December 4, 2015 – 874 Dill Ave — 26 year-old Malika Whitley stands in front of her old burnt out home. The last place she lived before experiencing homelessness.
December 8, 2015 – Jackson St. Bridge – Katherine Kennedy, the first full time employee of Concrete Jungle climbs a tree to grab a persimmon from a tree.
December 12, 2015 – Atlanta, Georgia – Vanessa Toro
December 13, 2015 – Piedmont Park – The Kuik sisters take Piedmont
December 21, 2015 – Atlanta City Hall – Photographed Mayor Reed in his office for Creative Loafing’s 20 people to watch.