Published: SNAP Magazine

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– Clips of my published work from the Summer 2015 issue of SNAP Magazine. The issue, titled “Bon Vivant”, can be downloaded for free through the Apple Newsstand for the iPhone or iPad. You can also view it on Hipstamatic’s website. Snap Magazine is published by Hipstamatic, and focuses exclusively on Hipstamatic and Oggl mobile photography.

Published: The Collierville Herald

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– Clips of my published work from the Collierville Herald in Collierville, Tennessee; including the “Collierville Herald Extra” sports magazine. The magazine highlights star athletes from Collierville’s highschools. Also included are front page photographs and photo spreads from the weekly edition of the Collierville Herald newspaper.

Published: The South Reporter

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– More clippings of my published work with the South Reporter, including “Slice of Life” articles and photos featuring local celebrities, teachers, and artists. My photography graced the front page for the second time this year with the Behind the Big House tour (clip enclosed here).

Video: PBS’ “Freedom Summer”

Video of Published Work Enclosed ——– In May of 2014, I had the honor of shooting some additional footage for a short documentary. The short is a bonus, and a part of PBS’ “Freedom Summer” documentary. It’s included on the DVD of Freedom Summer. The bonus video interviews Anita Walton Moore, currently the librarian at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. PBS says this about the clip: “The first black woman to earn a masters degree in library science from the University of Mississippi, Anita Walton Moore went on to become the head librarian at Rust College, the oldest Historically Black College in Mississippi. There, she has worked to preserve books and documents from 1964’s Freedom Summer. “Freedom Summer” premieres June 24, 2014 on PBS.” To describe which clips are mine, I shot most of the in-between footage of Byhalia and Holly Springs. The footage of Anita Moore and Rust College (along with any panning shots) belong to Cameron Hickey. I have to thank Cameron (http://cameronhickey.com/) for hiring me to do this shoot, and for updating the credits to include me! He was fantastic to work with, and I’m really excited about the finished product. See the bonus video of […]

Published: Desoto Magazine

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– Over time, the pictures I’ve taken at the Marshall County Historical Museum have come in handy for publication, including The South Reporter and Desoto Magazine. In May 2014, my photos illustrated an article in Desoto Magazine. In the year’s special “Wedding Issue”, the photos accompanied an article titled “Yesterday’s Bride”, written by Chelle Ellis. Unfortunately, the shots were mis-credited to the Museum’s Director (and good friend of mine), Chelius Carter. Desoto Magazine later corrected the error on their website upon request. Attached are copies of the publication with the mis-credit, as well as the corrected web page.

Alex Mercedes Emphasizes Arts

“Mercedes Emphasizes Arts in Holly Springs” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) A performing artist inspired by every facet of life, Alex Mercedes teaches piano, gives lectures, and leads workshops that connect the mind and body. With a dream to introduce art to a small town, Mercedes left San Francisco in the summer of 2012 to come to Holly Springs and do exactly that. Her plan was to start an artist residency called the “Artist Retreat and Conference Center”, which would present the community with original works of art, inspired by the South. The residency would have been open to painters, writers, musicians, and performers. While the timing hasn’t been right for Holly Springs to host such a retreat, Mercedes’ dream to bring the arts to our town succeeds in a few unexpected ways. She shares her passion for music by teaching private piano lessons, playing piano at Grace Lutheran Church on Sundays, and by taking an active role in programs such as Behind the Big House. “It’s (creating art) about being open and inquisitive, and playful,” she says. Additionally, Mercedes offers workshops (or “playshops”, as she prefers to […]

Alisea McLeod, Slice of Life

“McLeod – Teacher, Researcher, Writer” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) Dr. Alisea McLeod, Professor of English and Humanities at Rust College, was recently appointed to be Rust’s new Interim Chair of Humanities. As part of the job, she’ll oversee multiple courses including Religion, English, Foreign Languages, Speech, Communications, and Mass Communications, as well as a tv and radio station. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like an overwhelming amount of work, but McLeod is delighted with the opportunity. There’s so much potential in this job to teach, and she’s excited to see students discover their life’s work. After all, it was during the pursuit of higher education that she found hers. And she’s been researching, and writing about it ever since. Grounded in history and genealogy, the subject of McLeod’s work was inspired by the personal experiences she had growing up. Her point of interest: the emancipation and migration of African-American families from the South. “Like many families, my family didn’t talk about the past very much. My father tried to, but I think at the time he was raising us, people expected you to have a new […]

Shannon McNally Yoga & Music

“McNally Balances Yoga, Music” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) The word “Namaste” has a new musical ring to it thanks to one Holly Springs resident. In between album tours, singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings one of the most popular forms of exercise, yoga, to the gyms of Holly Springs through scheduled classes and private yoga sessions. In her classes, McNally stresses the importance of deep breathing for improved focus, strength, and balance. She asks students what they would like to improve, and then tailors each workout based on their requests. The workout is also adapted to meet the needs of students with physical difficulties, and so, is very inclusive. It all coincides with McNally’s mantra: yoga is for everyone, regardless of where you start. Students are encouraged to focus only on their own practice, and not to make comparisons with one another. The class results in a welcoming, and relaxing experience. “It’s like music,” she says. “You don’t know who needs it.” McNally credits her own yoga practice for teaching her to slow down, and focus. In this way, yoga has enriched the other creative aspects of her life, […]

On Distance and Photography

I wrote briefly on Instagram about distance and photography. The post was inspired by a passage in Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb’s new book, “On Street Photography and the Poetic Image” that resonated with me. In it, Alex Webb mentions the mental shift he experienced when shooting street photos in Florida – a place where people don’t often walk, but always drive. He talks about the separation from the subject by a simple car door, and how it was also a psychological separation for him. While a brief passage, his writing made me think more deeply about my “street” process now that I’m almost always separated from my subjects by distance, or glass. The rest of the book, by its ‘poetic’ nature, reminds me of an art professor I once had. He had a knack for saying everything and nothing at the same time. Every sentence was a kiss from God until he walked away. That’s when you realized you had no idea what the hell he was talking about. I agonized in confusion all semester over his fortune-cookie philosophies. Still, I believed that someday, his advice would make sense. And it did, several years later. I was just too […]

Hello March + April Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — With “Hello Snapshots” I usually write in an upbeat tone, and look at the month as one step in the greater journey. But I’m incredibly frustrated with March and April. If I could make an audible “ROAR” here, I probably would. With this batch of shots from Hello March + April, my work gradually took on a darker tone. I don’t think it’s permanent, I think the artist part of me was venting. I think what I really wanted to come through in some of these was that no one “owns” me, or my work. And no one can control me with promises, or new gear. Those things are fun, but they don’t make or break me as an artist (I can take pictures with an iPhone for God’s sake!), and I don’t kid myself into thinking they do. Welcome, May. I’m gearing up for you.