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Kai Lin Art Gallery | Zenith

CONCEPT & SHOW OVERVIEW: ZENITH is an organic and seasonal show with nature-inspired imagery, cosmos worlds, and all that brings in the Fall. There will be live music, art, cocktails, and an after party. This is Kai Lin Art’s 11th exhibition opening.

Exhibition runs: September 17 – October 20th, 2010.

Photographing art gallery exhibitions are tough. Ask any photographer who wants to do more than just get average, boring, ‘get together and pose’ type portraits and they’ll tell you that photographing an art exhibition is like fighting for two hours.

The difficulties lie in the fact that people are facing away from you 84% of the time. You can only get that artful shot of people staring at the paintings a few times before you end up with a full set of… the backs of people’s heads. On top of that, people are often weary of getting their photo taken by strangers.

Ask any of our Interns and they’ll tell you that it’s kind of a cruel thing to bring along interns to photograph an art gallery exhibition. Because they know they can’t deliver generic event photography. That’s for everyone else and our photos can’t be like everyone else’s. Not that those types of photographs are bad – but that’s not why people hire us.

People don’t hire us to make average photos – and while our Interns aren’t under the same pressure to deliver, they understand that they can’t give up, use on-camera flash, and ask people to just get together and pose.

Events aren’t only about the people as stand alone subjects – it’s about the people in the space, and the people interacting with each other.

Even our standard portraits must be stronger than those by regular event photographers.

I’ve photographed one other event at Kai Lin Gallery – the Local Love benefit – but I mostly just handled a photobooth setup and then caught the fashion show/break dancing.  This was considerably different.

On the surface you can easily dismiss the whole thing as just people milling about, checking out the art and standing or sitting around.

But the longer you keep looking around and paying attention – you’ll start seeing different photos plainly appearing in front of you.

And as you keep working the room – you’ll find that you don’t need to ask people to pose in order to get them looking at your camera. They just do it.

Your job as a professional photographer is the same as it always is – to compose the shot and try to make it different if not better than photos made by everyone else there. You’re not always going to succeed – but you won’t be a simple button pusher either. Sometimes you’ll get lucky – but again, who wants to rely on luck?

Check out the photos made by Interns Maigh, here, and Debrahere.

Exhibition runs: September 17 – October 20th, 2010. Check out Kai Lin Art for more information.

Kai. Lin. Art. Gallery. Zenith. Photos. Exhibition. Photography. Leah. And. Mark.

Local Love

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“SunSilvestri presents Local Love, a summer evening fashion benefit showcasing an amazing all-local cast of emerging designers, musicians, and artists! Featured fashion designers include Sarahlou Designs, Rock Cherry Bomb, So She Sews, and Patina. Music will be provided by native Atlanta DJ, black Sunshine. Additional performances will feature members of the breakdancing group Burn Unit, accompanied by Atlanta-based TSD – all taking place at Kai Lin Art Gallery.

Atlanta’s own LeahAndMark.com will be setting up a Portrait Booth at Local Love and snapping portraits. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary beer from 5 Seasons Brewing.

Proceeds will benefit Hats for Hearts, a local cause for baby Eliavah born with a heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot.”

(from the Hats for Hearts website, by Annie Sun)

Eliavah Maribel Ogir, born to Aree and Karma Ogir is now 2 months old and has Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of abnormalities of the heart that requires constant attention and open heart surgery.  As I was talking to Aree and listening to his stories of financial and emotional struggles, I knew I had to do something to help my fellow teacher. So after brainstorming ideas with other teachers, Hats for Hearts was started to raise awareness and funds for Eliavah’s surgery and medical bills. Our future goal is for families with the same heart disease to find comfort and support through our organization.

Me + Interns Claire, Mary & Vania photographed this event and you can see my shots from the portrait booth Here – and then you can check out Claire’s photos Here. Mary & Vania’s shots are coming soon on their own Intern Blogs.

Young Blood

Check out the Photos. Here.

Young Blood Gallery and Boutique is the foremost independent showcase in Atlanta for emerging artists and Do-It-Yourself crafters. Young Blood was born in 1997 in the home of Maggie White and Kelly Teasley when the two grew tired of the Atlanta art gallery establishment’s refusal to exhibit incredibly talented – though unknown – local artists. The response was enormous, and for two years White and Teasley’s home exhibitions would be overrun with art-hungry patrons.

If you haven’t been to Young Blood Gallery & Boutique – you probably should. Because it’s awesome there. The other reason you should probably go sometime is because if you haven’t been there, then you haven’t eaten next door at Cafe di Sol (also awesome) AND you probably haven’t partied down in the Highland Ballroom – beneath the historic Highland Inn (where we photographed Haley’s Wedding!) See? All of that Right.Next.To.Each.Other.

I was at Young Blood on the opening night of their ‘Cycle Through’ group show of 60 artists with work relating to the theme of bicycles. I know. This post is late. The exhibit ends… on March 28th. So go. See it.

Even if you don’t see this exhibit – go to Young Blood sometime because the boutique has all the cool art/handmade stuff that other stores wish they had – and may have in small pieces – but nothing like what they have at Young Blood. And you might run into the 3 legged cat, Jolene. Serious. See.

I had a lot of fun at this event, and I ran into a few friends that I hadn’t seen in a while + the Atlanta Sedition Orchestra was playing in the 3 car parking lot! Always. Awesome.