Passion, reality, spirituality, pop up in photo show

Posted by Martha Nodar on September 22, 2011.

Jonathan D. Orozco On Edge: Beyond Editorial A passion for art and a dedication to his craft bring Sandy Springs resident Jonathan Orozco to join fellow Atlanta artists at the opening of a new, temporary gallery on Sept. 23 at Town Brookhaven. The Brookhaven Gallery, sponsored by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, will feature works by Orozco and fellow photographers Shane Durrance, Christy Murray, David Rams and Smitty Smith in a show called “On Edge: Beyond Editorial.” The show will be displayed at the gallery through Oct. 28. This exhibit runs concurrently with the upcoming Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this fall. ACP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting art through its annual photo show. Every October, amateur and professional photographers showcase their craft at galleries, museums, churches, and schools around Atlanta. Amy Miller, ACP’s executive director said “pop-up” galleries, such as the one in Brookhaven, “make good use of unused space and create a buzz.” Orozco, who has a classical training background, said he first learned photography from his father, a photo hobbyist, who introduced him to film. But, he is quick to credit both of his creative parents for exposing him to the world of art and design. Fostering this kind of enthusiasm for art is what ACP is all about. An annual event that began with casual conversations among fellow photographers in the late 1990s, the show now pulls together thousands of participants and art lovers. Corrine Adams, one of the co-founders of ACP remembers the early years. “We always knew we wanted to have this kind of event, but didn’t know how we were going to do it,” she said. “An anonymous donor who became involved a few years later saved the day making it all possible. I think this has become one of the most dynamic art events having far-reaching impact across the city.” Adams is exhibiting her “Fly Away” collection of film images at Pace Academy in Buckhead from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, with an opening reception Oct. 6. Adams said she uses both digital and film images, but says she finds an element of variance, of something unexpected, in film. “A film camera offers a mystical quality to the photo-taking process,” Adams said. “It is as though the camera is working alongside the photographer.” A similar interest in mysticism inspired Kathryn Muse’s collection. Muse is exhibiting her spiritually evocative digital photographs in the Fellowship Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs from Oct. 13 to Nov. 10. Muse’s “Four Angels” features her young daughters Isabel and Sophia. The photo was taken in the shallow waters of the Chattahoochee River. “I approach photography with the same strategy I do drawing or painting—I focus on the overall composition,” Muse said. “I bring a passion for nature and spirituality.” ##