Young Atlanta: Dylan and Carly

So I'm skipping the Wednesday Wrap-Up this week, since I've been spending time shooting and working and trip planning instead of DIY-ing and cooking. I hope you don't mind though, because I'm really excited to show you these photos! I kicked off my new portrait series, which I'm calling the Young Atlanta Project, last Thursday with a shoot at one of my favorite top-secret spots in the city.

Atlanta artist Dylan Fagan photograph by Brittany Wages. photography portrait editorial Young Atlanta Project Ardmore Park

I've been a fan of Dylan Fagan's work for a while, and I had the pleasure of witnessing a bit of his creative process this past spring during our final class at SCAD. If you were at our show Deal With It, you definitely saw the video installation NAIL with an entire bed in the gallery. In addition to beautiful video work, Dylan creates moving photographic narratives based around dreams and the unconscious. I particularly love seeing a fellow self-portrait artist's work, and his skills with emotion, nature, and light are incredibly inspiring. Please do me a favor and go look at his work.

Atlanta artist Dylan Fagan photograph by Brittany Wages. photography portrait editorial Young Atlanta Project Ardmore Park
Atlanta artist Dylan Fagan photograph by Brittany Wages. photography portrait editorial Young Atlanta Project Ardmore Park

Part of my professional introduction to Atlanta's food scene came through this lovely Atlanta creative, Carly Cooper. As well as being a Senior Copywriter at MRY, Carly writes for Atlanta Magazine's Covered Dish food blog . Honestly, I'm jealous of anyone who gets to spend time rubbing elbows with chefs and chatting about food, and particularly someone who does it so well. Another reason to envy Carly? She lives on Monroe a few blocks from the park in a gorgeous 101-year-old house. If you would like to join me in living vicariously through her, you can follow her on Twitter here.

Atlanta writer Carly Cooper photograph by Brittany Wages. photography portrait editorial Young Atlanta Project Midtown historic home Atlanta Magazine
Atlanta writer Carly Cooper photograph by Brittany Wages. photography portrait editorial Young Atlanta Project Midtown historic home Atlanta Magazine

A different kind of family portrait

I've taken pictures of my family before: snapshots, group photos, even documenting a wedding, but I had never really created portraits of most of them. With some expired medium format Portra film and my uncle's Mamiya, I decided to try that on my dad's family's annual lake trip. We've been spending a weekend together every year since I was born, and all my memories of these trips look like my mom's old photographs. The digital snapshots I've taken since picking up a camera just never held the same feeling for me. I'm not sure if it was the lack of sleep while I struggled all night, or the personal connection and circumstances, but I got pretty emotional while printing them. Despite just one roll of film to get it right and a camera that I struggle with technically, I couldn't be happier with these 10 portraits.

Sandra Redmond - dad's eldest sister  

Sandra Redmond - dad's eldest sister 

  Rory Sharp - cousin's first child

 Rory Sharp - cousin's first child

  Kelsey Wages - sister

 Kelsey Wages - sister

Mark Wages - dad  

Mark Wages - dad 

Jessica Sharp - cousin (closest in age) and her new baby, Rory

Jessica Sharp - cousin (closest in age) and her new baby, Rory

Britt Redmond  - cousin, with his dogs Lola and Cash

Britt Redmond  - cousin, with his dogs Lola and Cash

Mark Wages and Alisa Rogers - dad and his twin sister  

Mark Wages and Alisa Rogers - dad and his twin sister 

Grayson Wages - brother

Grayson Wages - brother

Pam Wages - mom

Pam Wages - mom

  James Wages - grandfather

 James Wages - grandfather

DEAL WITH IT: Exhibition this Thursday!

I am so, so excited to share my work and that of my classmates with our friends, family, and the rest of ATL this Thursday at Deal With It: A Photo-Based Exhibition. The show is one night only, May 30th from 7-10 pm at Big Studio in King Plow Arts Center. We'll have work ranging from video installations, to sculptures, to antique photo processes, and so much more. There will be work on sale as well as prints available, tasty snacks, a photo booth, and a kickass party to celebrate the end of our undergrad careers. We even have a billboard on 85-S coming into the city! Get more info and RSVP to the Facebook event page. You can also use #dealwithitatl to see posts from the other artists and tag your own photos and tweets about the show. 

Here's a sneak peak of my work that will be on display, a photo installation also titled Deal With It

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