Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween In Decatur Square

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The ever stylish staff of Cakes & Ale dressed for Halloween.

Bike Stylish

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Inspiring you to ditch your car & Bike Stylish, Colorado bloggers Jeanne Eisenhaure and Tanya Dueri know the value of collaboration in their advocacy for cycling. Their offer to share with a wider audience what we are doing in Atlanta proved irresistible and became this re-posting of Roll Model Ann Shen.

Happy Halloween

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festive decorations seen at Condesa Coffee and Oakland Cemetery

In Oakland Cemetery

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From the pageantry of Sunday In The Park to All Hallows' Eve, Oakland Cemetery brings the past to life every October. See the grounds for yourself or better yet, join a guided tour. The popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween may have sold out for this year, but joining the Historic Oakland Foundation at the $40 level gives donors access to Sights, Symbols & Stories tours year 'round and first choice of tickets to the 2015 Halloween festivities.
Historic Oakland Foundation

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roll Model: Shayna Pollock

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I try to use my bicycle to understand Atlanta. A passionate urban planner, I’m obsessed with the way cities live, work, and breathe. Riding on two wheels enables me to notice the off the beaten path buildings, the bustling neighborhood parks, and the tiny details of this city that give it character. Of course, I also notice the pot holes, the construction plates and Atlanta’s oft-bizarre street grid. However, I feel certain I wouldn’t see and experience the city the same way if I was a car driver speeding through.

I ride Linus, my early 1980s red road bike, everywhere. As my mom says, “Shayna and Linus have a thing.” We really do. I bought him at a used bicycle shop in Athens during college, and we’ve been inseparable (other than a stint abroad) ever since. He’s my primary mode of transportation and my permanent adventure buddy.

About 2.5 years ago, I left the US for a while and lived in the Netherlands (and a couple of other places). There, bicycling culture is so different. It’s the norm to cycle everywhere, and the pace of city cycling is much more leisurely. Since I didn’t even know anyone with a car there, I had to depend on my little Dutch bike to get me everywhere, even when I had huge items (see: campfire wood, an entire box of bananas, and a rolling duffel). Developing that self-sufficiency abroad really inspired my cycling habit once I returned home. Now each grocery store run, Home Depot purchase, or commute to work is a reminder of the independence and mobility that a bicycle affords.

Now, I commute to work in Downtown from Reynoldstown, and I truly enjoy it more every day. Because Wylie and Edgewood are such popular bicycling corridors, I’m making friends on the ride to work. It’s nice to chat with fellow cyclists at red lights and it’s a human connection that I certainly wouldn’t get if I was inside a vehicle. Plus, more and more people are joining the ranks every day. The bicycling community in Atlanta is so strong and welcoming. I’ve loved being a part of it so far and I look forward to watching it grow as our infrastructure expands over the next few years.

Shayna Pollock

Street Scene: Howell Mill Road

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Oakland Cemetery

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From the pageantry of Sunday In The Park to All Hallows' Eve, Oakland Cemetery brings the past to life every October. See the grounds for yourself or better yet, join a guided tour. The popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween may have sold out for this year, but joining the Historic Oakland Foundation at the $40 level gives donors access to Sights, Symbols & Stories tours year 'round and first choice of tickets to the 2015 Halloween festivities.
Historic Oakland Foundation

Monday, October 27, 2014

Final Week: fashion / flora // sown / style

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As our month-long exhibition draws to a close, my thanks go to Liz Chai of Sunday's Best Vintage for her curatorial role. From organization to presentation, fashion / flora // sown / style
bears the stamp of her chic imagination.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In Oakland Cemetery: A Visit To Bobby Jones

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Among the famous reposing in Oakland Cemetery is golfing legend Robert Tyre Jones, Jr.

Friday, October 24, 2014

In Oakland Cemetery

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From the pageantry of Sunday In The Park to All Hallows' Eve, Oakland Cemetery brings Victoriana to life every October. See the grounds for yourself or better yet, join a guided tour. The popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween may have sold out for this year, but joining the Historic Oakland Foundation at the $40 level gives donors access to Sights, Symbols & Stories tours year 'round and first choice of tickets to the 2015 Halloween festivities.
Historic Oakland Foundation

fashion / flora // sown / style

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As our exhibition fashion / flora // sown / style enters its final week, please meet artist Christina Kwan of the blog Tide & Bloom. Her floral painting giclées chime beautifully with my street fashion portraits and have shown me new ways of seeing my own work. Such wonderful gifts come from collaboration. I have exhibited with other photographers, in large mixed media shows and solo, but being half of a duet concentrates the mind in ways all its own.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

fashion / flora // sown / style

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The opening party for fashion / flora // sown / style drew a stylish crowd. Here is the fifth of many great looks from that evening.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Art On The BeltLine

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All portraits are collaborations. This one took on a life of its own and kept us busy for the better part of a hour. Please meet Art On The BeltLine photographer Ken Walters, whose tintypes recall technology of the mid-nineteenth century. Those lengthy exposures may be timed by (what else) an iphone, but owe nothing to electricity. There am I with my digital camera and bicycle. Toxic chemicals remain wet until fixed upon the copper plates inside a portable darkroom. Such an arresting sight on the BeltLine Eastside trail stopped another photographer, this one harkening to the mid-twentieth century. His classic Leica M3 realized the spontaneity promised by film and was a favorite tool of journalists. Never a darkroom guy, I do not miss the chemicals and dedicated workspaces, yet wrapping my mind around the notion of digital files replacing negatives or transparencies took some time. That three eras of photographic processes would converge under the Highland Avenue bridge and not, say, in an art gallery speaks to the connective power of our BeltLine. Please follow this link to a schedule of today's Art On The BeltLine events.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

At MODA: Inspiring Beauty

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Givenchy Spring/Summer 1974
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Bill Blass Fall/Winter 1996-97
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Patrick Kelly Fall/Winter 1986
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More than a display of haute couture, the Ebony Fashion Fair broke through social barriers to bring empowering glamour to mid-twentieth century African Americans. The travelling show from the pages of Ebony Magazine was the work of Eunice Johnson. Learn more about her quest from this NPR story and visit MODA, not only for the fashions, but the story they tell.
through January 4 at MODA, 1315 Peachtree Street

Friday, October 17, 2014

fashion / flora // sown / style

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The opening party for fashion / flora // sown / style drew a stylish crowd. Here is the fourth of many great looks from that evening.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

At Casa Poventud: Ciderfest

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Just the print to wear to Ciderfest!
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This being Atlanta, pedal power turned the mill.
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Pressing cider from apples requires crowd sourced muscle.
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People continue to post memories to the Ciderfest facebook page.
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