Monday, September 17, 2018

New Friendships, New Understandings

Today wrapped up the weekend long retreat of Kids In Birmingham 1963.  This group, with contributors from across the country gathered here to meet each other and share their experiences. I was privileged to join the group for church yesterday at the 16th Street Baptist Church and again today at Parker High School. We were delighted to be joined by an impressive group of the school's leaders. This activity of joining hands and showing appreciation for each other was especially meaningful for me.

For those of you who grew up in Birmingham in 1963, I encourage you to share your story on the website. If you are a teacher in the Birmingham area and would like some of us to come and speak with your class, please contact Ann Jimerson via the website.

Many thanks to Ann Jimerson and her committee for planning a most memorable weekend.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Never Forget

Today I joined fellow Kids in Birmingham 1963 contributors who were in town for a weekend long retreat.  Each of us were growing up in this city during the Civil Rights Movement and have our own stories to tell. I was fortunate to join the group today for services at the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of the September 15, 1963 church bombing. We gathered before for a group photo surrounding Birmingham artists Elizabeth MacQueen's beautiful memorial sculpture, The Four Spirits.

A special thank you to the congregation at the church for a warm welcome. I wish you all could have heard that wonderful message and music. It was very special sitting in that sacred space on this day.

* Many of the members of this group live here in Birmingham are eager to come speak to school or other groups in at the Birmingham area.  Contact Ann Jimerson on the website for more information.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Dahlia Lady

Kathy Whitfield is renowned in Birmingham as The Dahlia Lady. Visiting her backyard Bluff Park garden is breathtaking. She and her husband show dahlias all over the country and often sell blossoms to florists and flower arrangers in the area.  I'm featuring their garden on my newest phototalk: GARDENS OF BIRMINGHAM. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Wade Sand and Gravel Part I

I recently revisited a favorite venue. I was at Wade Sand and Gravel to reshoot in a higher resolution some peeling paint that has been haunting me for years. Today, while wandering around after the shoot, I decided to do a little challenge. I just shared with my photography class the benefits of shooting the same thing a zillion ways. Thank  you Kim Riegel for this assignment in 2008. Here's my "homework" for my class.

BTW, I teach a five week class for amateurs who want to improve their photographs at Vestavia United Methodist Church Conservatory of the Arts. Please check the website for my next class series.

Come back for more photos from this shoot!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama V - Know Your Famer!

Farmer Hamm

I love the fresh produce at the Pepper Place Market, but getting to meet and visit with the farmers is always the best part.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama I - Fill Your Basket

Today we're starting a little mini series featuring Alabama farmers' markets and produce. Today, grab a peach basket and let's start our stroll around the Pepper Place Market. The Market at the Pepper Place began in 2000 as only a summer market but has grown to become almost year around.It's the happening place on Saturdays from 7-12. There are of course fresh produce but now it's expanded to hand crafted goods, music, chef demonstrations as well as baked goods and so much more. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Road to Change

Today, I was privileged to attend and photograph a Town Hall held at Highland United Methodist Church. A group of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students along with others from Alabama and Miami, spoke to a standing room only crowd. It was an amazing afternoon. I will be sharing photos for the next few days.

First, I will share the images of Zo Shauku, a 17 year old anti gun violence advocate who was shot in his bed last week here in Birmingham, was the first speaker.  As he made his way slowly to the center aisle microphone on his walker, holding his side, he shared his experience and powerful words for us all.

For the next few days, I will share more photos from this amazing event.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From Snapshots to Creative Photographs!

For my Birmingham area readers, I will be teaching my 5 week series From Snapshots to Creative Photographs again this fall at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Conservatory of the Arts. I hope you will join our class and pass this information to friends and family who might be interested.