96-foot installation takes flight for Atlanta CelebratesPhotography
The day before she was to begin installing her "photographic poem" on a 96-foot-long wall in Pace Academy's FineArts Center early this week, Corinne Adams calmly surveyed the jumble of materials on the floor and tables in herBuckhead studio.
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Artist Corinne Adams is reflected in one of the
photos she will display on a 96 foot-long photo/mixed media installation wall at PaceAcademy as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The photos ofhundreds of Atlanta photographers will be on display at more than 100 venuesthroughout Atlanta.
One of nearly 150 exhibits and events that comprise the 13th annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) festivalacross metro Atlanta in October, "Fly Away" is a paean to birds and flight, gestation and birth and finding one'swings. That meant Adams was surrounded by prints in various sizes of all sorts of winged creatures, huge migrationimages printed on sticky-backed wallpaper, Xeroxes of avian photos, transparencies, a large ostrich egg from Africa,even a dress featuring a silhouette of birds.The long-time Atlanta photographer had a loose storyboard in mind for how all the images and objects she createdor collected over more than a decade would fit together across Pace's curved, dramatically lit black wall. But shewas trying not to over-think the installation, which goes on view Monday for a run through Oct. 31."That's the good thing about getting older," said Adams, 60.
"Completely planning something keeps the creativityout. It limits what can happen. I've learned to trust that letting go part and just let it be whatever it needs to be."In truth, that's not much unlike the positive vibe she and photography curator Susan Todd-Raque brought to thefounding of ACP, which has blossomed from modest beginnings involving 40 galleries in 1999 to a heady slate ofexhibits, lectures, public art, programs for professional artists and participation opportunities for amateurs thatreaches more than 100,000 people annually.Weary after six years of leading ACP as volunteers, they hired and trained the festival's first paid executive director,a job held for four years by Amy Miller. Though no longer running ACP, Adams is no less passionate about theopportunities it presents for participants and the public alike."This is what ACP does, gets you thinking of creative projects," said Adams about her biggest installation project byfar. "Just to be in another exhibit doesn't feel like a great idea right now. But with ACP, you want to try new things.It's been a critical catalyst to my growth."At first, Adams thought about hanging a traditional exhibit of her work on the Fine Arts Center's 8-foot-tall panoramicwall. Then she decided that was "fighting the nature of the wall," that it called for "a narrative and a journey."Here's how she envisions that visual sojourn: "I'm thinking about the beginning of something. There’s just someseed of an idea, which turns into an egg, which goes through gestation and then there's a birth. Something comes