I love my job. I say this all the time, and it couldn’t be more true. This past weekend I really, really loved my job. It was one of those perfect storms of photography meets life that makes what I do so rewarding.
Three photographers came from the West coast for the openings on Friday night. On Wednesday night (my husband’s birthday!) we met up with Kerry Mansfield and her partner for a late night drink. The next morning I picked them up from their hotel and brought them to the gallery so she could see her solo show, hung and beautiful. I love this moment. The photographers work so hard for so long to create the images, to print them, to get to this moment where they get to see a whole body of work hung together. All I do is provide the walls, and I love that I can do that.
The ceremonial unveiling of the vinyl lettering for the show. I wait to do this when the artist gets to the gallery - the best part.
Thursday night we screened the film “Naked Ambition” at the gallery. It was our first film screening, and I loved it. We have a great space for this type of event, and I hope to be able to do more in the future.
The film is a documentary on adult film stars and specifically follows two women who are up for best new “actress” at the Oscars of porn. Lusty for sure. Michael Grecco, the filmmaker and photographer behind the film and book by the same name, came in that night just in time to field questions and sign books. I know the people I was with continued to talk about the film long after the event was over, and I suspect we were not the only ones.
Michael Grecco, signing copies of his book, "Naked Ambition"
The following day (Friday), Kerry, Michael and Clay Lipsky (the Ten winner for the Lust show, also in town from LA) met up at the High Museum and spent some time with the photography curator, Brett Abbott. And then we opened the shows!
Kerry Mansfield discussing her work
Michael Grecco and some lusty ladies in our photobooth
Photobooth take-away, the hubby and me!
In addition to all of this gallery fun, I tried my best to show the West coasters how cutting edge and amazing Atlanta can be. I was helped out by gorgeous weather and an exceptional event on Saturday night, Wonderglo. Here are a few more pictures from the weekend. . .
Chillaxin' with Clay in the back yard
Kerry Mansfield and RJ Muna testing out the seesaw
Any photographer who has stayed with me knows that trampoline time is mandatory