Each year since 2003, during the last two weeks of September, SlowExposures transforms rural Pike County, Georgia, into a showcase of contemporary photography that interprets the American rural South. Although Pike County is only an hour from Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, visitors will encounter a rolling, verdant landscape where, once, "cotton was king". To add context to the images, the main juried exhibition and satellite shows are always displayed in late nineteenth- century buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Show featured the main juried exhibition of 66 images. Opening Weekend was filled with receptions, satellite exhibitions, book signings and the serendipitous connections that occur when photographers and photography lovers get together in beautiful and relaxing settings. On Saturday, rain did not dampen the fellowship at our new tradition, "Dinner on the Grounds," which relocated seamlessly to the Strickland Building. At sunset, visitors were treated to a delicious meal of Southern fare in a casual, informal dinner among patrons, photographers, faculty, volunteers, friends and new friends. Other events during the weekend included the SlowExposures Portfolio Review, new mini-portfolio reviews, workshops, Sunday brunch, the Jurors Talk, and the afternoon "J.A.M." a well-attended event where jurors and juried-in artists discussed their hanging work and their craft at the Main Exhibition.
The second weekend gave us a chance to enjoy all the Shows at a relaxed pace, along with a series of half-day photography lessons for beginning to intermediate photographers. Photographers exploring the area found friendly assistance and suggestions from residents and SlowExposures’ volunteers. The pictures provided a wealth of inspiration, the weather was (mostly) delightful, the landscape softened with autumn’s mellow light, and the opportunities for a memorable visit were abundant—thanks to all who came!