It’s been a couple weeks since our last 600 On A 600 post. We are back today though with Camera 1 and a feature from Steven Wallace of Atlanta, GA. Atlanta is one of my favorite places to visit in the south and I’m always impressed with the art and culture the city has to offer. When I started reading the email that accompanied Stevens images, I couldn’t wait to see his shots. You can see more work from Steven at the following links.
When I looked through the list of photographers taking part in this project and realized I was the only from Atlanta, I felt like I needed to create images that somehow represented this amazing city. Obviously with a place this large and this diverse, to try and capture it all with any number of photos is almost impossible. So instead I decided to focus on what this city has come to mean to me and how my view of it has changed over the years.
I spent the majority of my childhood living in a suburb just north of Atlanta. I always knew the city as that crazy place that you didn’t go unless you really had to, and if you did go there you got in and out as directly and quickly as possible. I knew almost nothing about this giant metropolitan area that was less that 30 minutes from my house, and that was fine with me. I wanted to get away from here and move somewhere awesome as soon as I could.
It wasn’t until I started going to a college right in the middle of the city that I started to understand just how ignorant of this place I really was. Over the course of the last 6 years I’ve fallen in love with Atlanta. The city that I couldn’t wait to get away from has become the home that I don’t want to leave. First through school, and then becoming part of a church in the heart of downtown, I’ve found roots and community that I never thought possible. There’s a lot of brokenness and pain here, but there’s also so much joy and life. I truly want to see this city, my city, flourish.
I am grateful and proud to be able to call Atlanta my home.
All images were shot on Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade film.
We’d like to thank Steven again for being a part of this cameras amazing journey. Also, thanks again to The Impossible Project for helping us make this whole project happen. Please check out their shop for cameras and film to make your own instant memories.