The Art of Seeing

The Art of Seeing

APG Meets April 19th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House
211 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


Growing into photography pre-digital allowed me to learn how to shoot somewhat differently than people learning now. No LCD previews, manual focus lenses, the limitations of 12, 24, or 36 exposures, and the wait to either develop my film or send it to the local film processor meant photography was generally a slower, more methodical process. But the good news is it trained me to see the shot – the finished photo – before I even moved my finger to the shutter button.

When driving around, something will often catch my eye. Stopping to look, even before reaching for my ever-present camera, I’ll determine if there is or isn’t a photo to be made there. Is this a worthy shot? If so, which lens will make it work? Is it going to work best in color or B&W? I don’t own any of the major post processing software so what you see is what is coming out of the camera. This month I will share how you too can learn to visualize the shot first and shoot second.

Ben Slaboda studied Visual Arts and Photography in college. Since then it’s been a passion and sometimes an obsession. From the late ’70s through the ’80s, he ran a working studio and opened four camera stores. All of that has passed now, but the passion remains.

All images ©2018 Ben Slaboda

January News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications
  • 43nd Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Drop off is Jan. 25, 1:00–8:00 pm and Jan. 28, 10 am–4 pm. More info here.

Photography in the New Era of Film

Creating modern art while going old school.
This meeting is all about creating photographs while using film.

APG Meets September 21st, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

Jordana Dale will be sharing her thoughts about the use of film in this day and age, the resurgence of film in the industry, and why she feels more fulfilled in her art and work because of using film. There will be time for Q&A about her work or film in general. She will also show some slides and bring in both digital and darkroom made prints.Jordana has been creating art since childhood and studying it since 2003. She received a certificate of professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography in 2008 and a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in 2014 .

Driven by her passion for exploring the human condition, through themes of dissonance, inter-personal relationships and intimacy, Jordana Dale has crafted a unique voice through her photographs. She strongly believes that art is not accidental, but something created with intention and purpose with an audience in mind. While she enjoys creating unique and moving pieces of art, she is also comfortable and adept with fashion photography, formal portraits, weddings, engagements, and headshots with both adults and children.

All images ©2017 Jordana Dale

March 2016 – The Do Good Fund

The ‘Do Good Fund’ and Contemporary Southern Photography

This month we have a rare treat for you. Alan Rothschild, founder of The Do Good Fund, will be talking about the fund as well as its role in contemporary southern photography.

Alan RothchildAlan Rothschild is an attorney based in Columbus, Georgia, a photographer, a member of the board of the Georgia Museum of Art, and the founder of The Do Good Fund and its Southern Photography Initiative.

Alan founded The Do Good Fund in 2012 in Columbus, GA. Since then, the Fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography. Do Good’s mission is to make its collection broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues. It also encourages complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition. Throughout February and March, selected works from the Fund’s Southern Photography Initiative will be on display in six venues around Athens.

In his presentation, Alan will tell us why he started the Fund and its collection of photos, and how the fund selects the photographers and the works to be included in the collection. He’ll also describe the impact the Southern Photography Initiative’s exhibitions have had in the communities where they’ve been displayed across the South.

Pictures of Us from The Do Good Fund are currently being displayed at:

  • The Lyndon House
  • Athens-Clarke Co. Library in The Quiet Room
  • Lamar Dodd School of Art – UGA in Gallery 101
  • Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library – UGA
  • Willson Center for Humanities and Arts – UGA
  • Ciné (only through March 2)

Links to learn more about The Do Good Fund

Do Good Fund