Where What and How to Hang Vertical Art Prints


There are subjects in nature that often beg to be captured vertically. Towering waterfalls, trees, forests and slot canyons are a few of my favorites that immediately come to mind. As a photographer, it is critical to choose the orientation that presents your work in its best light. When decorating your home, it is equally important. If you have a space that you just can’t seem to fill and would like my help, I frequently work with homeowners and designers to enhance all kinds of unique space with original photography art. I enjoy speaking with current and future collectors to help bring our natural world inside their homes. Until then, let’s dive into some rules of thumb when displaying vertical artwork in your home.

Autumn Branches

Branches like arteries stretch in every direction providing the nutrients of life to the leaves of this Aspen tree in Ridgway, Colorado. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Where to Hang Vertical Photography Art Prints

Look, it happens to everyone at some point or another. You have a horizontal piece of art that you absolutely love but aren’t sure where to display it. After agonizing over it for weeks, it ends up hanging awkwardly at the end of a long hallway, leaving you with that feeling like a stranger peeking through the bathroom stall door in a public restroom. What? This has never happened to you? You need to get out more.

Ok, maybe hanging vertical art isn’t as serious as your stalker from the local coffeeshop peering into your porcelain palace, but it is a challenge that many find difficult to navigate. Maybe you’ve sought out some inspiration and tried to find out how others make their vertical prints work – at your local art gallery, while out shopping at West Elm or over at your friend’s house… you know the one with the annoying dog that likes your leg a bit too much. Don’t worry, if you’re still not sure where or how to hang your vertical photography art prints, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s an art to displaying your art artfully. If you can forgive or indulge the wordplay, this article will uncover some of the best ways to make use of vertical photography art prints in your home and provide some ideas for you to try out in your space.

Ebb & Flow

Waves rush against the weathered pillars of an old pier in La Jolla, California. The warmth of the sun flows in through the structure like windows in a drowned room, leading to the golden peach hues of a Pacific sunset beyond. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

Make The Most of Your Accent Walls

Accent walls can be the bane of the interior designer’s existence. And no two accent walls are identical, which can further complicate the matter. But these spaces are prime real estate for vertical photography or fine art prints. Abstract photography, even when originally presented in a horizontal format by the artist, can often be rotated and displayed vertically as well.

Regarding the nature of accent walls – vertical artwork can be a real game-changer. It offers a unique opportunity to infuse your personality and creativity into your living space. You might begin by evaluating the rest of the room’s aesthetic. Your choice of art or photography should harmonize with the existing decor, so consider the mood you want to convey and how you might achieve that look.

Scale and placement are crucial. A large, dramatic piece can dominate the room and become a focal point, while smaller works may be better suited to intimate spaces. In most cases, the artwork should hang at eye level for comfortable viewing, and it should also be well-lit to accentuate the overall appearance.


The bleached skeleton of a leafless tree weathers the cold chill of a desert valley in Zion National Park. The rosy sandstone, vibrant even in the depths of winter, bleeds through the spider’s web of bare branches. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Corridors, Hallways & Traditional Spaces

Oftentimes, these liminal spaces get overlooked when it comes to design or wall decorations. Adding a vertical photo or frame or two can really liven these spaces up in ways that horizontal displays cannot.

You can even arrange multiple vertical pieces to create a visual journey and guide the viewer’s eye through an interior space. The size and scale of the photos or artwork should match the space’s dimensions to complement instead of overwhelm.

These transitional spaces are a great opportunity to showcase something special that expresses your unique style, whether you gravitate toward the modern, traditional, or an eclectic style all your own.

You can also craft a gallery-like ambiance with a thoughtful mixture of vertical photographs, paintings, and other decorative pieces. Doing so is a great, low-effort way to transform these spaces into decorative delights.

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Spells of whitewater race through the secluded arcade of a slot canyon towards the beckoning sunlit glow beyond in Kanarra Creek, Utah. Bands of pastel sandstone follow the water’s course, walking in the footsteps of their maker. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Above or Beside A Fireplace

Ah, the fireplace. The hearth. The heart of the home. On or above a fireplace’s mantlepiece is another great location for a striking vertical photograph. The juxtaposition of artistry and the cozy ambiance of a crackling fire can create a tranquil atmosphere that draws family and guests together.

If there’s no space above or on top of the fireplace, you can achieve similar success by flanking both sides of the masonry with vertical pieces. This creates a soothing, symmetrical appearance that can provide cohesion and continuity in an interior space.

Aside from the firelight, lighting fixtures are integral to enhancing the allure of hanging artwork or photographs. Because homes are so nuanced and varied in terms of layout and design styles, it really boils down to how well you know your space and making the most of the resources at your disposal.

Dreams Of Lucidity

The blazing crown of a gnarled Japanese maple stands stark against the emerald tapestry of the surrounding vegetation. Suspended above the ringing waters of a reflecting pool, the diffused rays of the sun give the tree a numinous glow. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

Themed Rooms

A themed room is a carefully curated interior space that follows a specific concept, style, or motif, often inspired by a particular era, cultural themes, hobbies, or personal interests. These rooms are generally meticulously pieced together to create an immersive experience for viewers or occupants.

As such, vertical photography or fine art can be a powerful tool that reinforces and enhances the chosen theme. For example, in a vintage-themed room, vertical photographs from a bygone era can transport viewers back in time and immerse them in an old-world atmosphere. In a nature-themed room, you might hang vertical photography of towering trees or natural monoliths to evoke the beauty of the natural world.

It’s also true that vertical art can make better use of available wall space while allowing for a more detailed, immersive depiction of the chosen theme. Regardless of your ideal theme or style – vertical pieces can elevate the ambiance of your space and contribute to a more engaging, memorable experience.

The Ancients

Wild Rhododendrons stretch their branches across the fog filled forest of giant redwood trees in Damnation Creek, California. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Your Favorite Armchair

Who doesn’t have a favorite armchair at home? If you don’t have one yet, go out and get one so you can hang some vertical art or photography next to it and look very stately and dignified sitting in your chair beside your decorations.

If you’ve got two armchairs next to each other or facing each other, hanging vertical art or photography between them can help create a sense of balance and natural flow through the interior space as well. Making vertical paintings and/or photography work is all about matching the energy of an existing space, or accentuating that energy and letting it flow uninhibitedly.

Even if you don’t have a favorite armchair and you’re hesitant to splurge, hanging vertical work near seating arrangements of any sort is a great way to add depth to your living space without adding more furniture or clutter to shelves.

The Larch King

A majestic larch tree, cloaked in gold, rising from the stone like a king with its soldiers spread at its feet in the North Cascades of Washington State. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

The Side Table

That under-utilized side table in the foyer? The side table in the upstairs main bedroom? Hang a vertical piece next to it! Even if the framing doesn’t exactly match the color or style of the table, you can still showcase something beautiful and spice up a lackluster wall.

Nightstands or end tables are also fantastic pieces to pair with your vertically oriented photography or artwork. Try to stick to smaller or medium-sized pieces so that you can still see the details if there’s a table lamp or something obscuring the view. Larger pieces can be beautiful when hung properly, but they can also easily overwhelm in a cozy, intimate setting.

Made In Oregon

The huge monolith of Haystack Rock juts from the surf along Oregon’s coast at Cannon Beach. A garden all of its own, the basalt tower stands testament to a lost coastline of volcanic basalt now resting beneath the waves. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

Nevermind… Just Do Whatever You Want To Do

Now, don’t start trying to hang stuff from the ceiling rafters just because you can. You should still be thoughtful and intentional about curating the wall art and photography in your space, but you also have the freedom to do as you please in your own home.

Vertical pieces can be particularly effective in highlighting tall ceilings, making large open spaces feel more inviting, and accentuating certain architectural or design features. Even smaller, more slender vertical pieces can add charm to corners or accent walls where it can be difficult to get creative.

Ultimately, you get to decide how and where to hang your vertically-oriented wall art and photography. Doing so is a wonderful way to express your individuality and creativity – it offers an opportunity to tell your story, evoke emotions, and create a lasting impression on viewers. Now go get vertical!

Good Vibrations

Blooms of blue lupine ornament the rock garden of a high alpine meadow in the foothills of Mount Rainier National Park. Mimicking the shadowy hues of the foreboding crags, the fragrant flowers thrive in the slumbering peace of the ancient volcano. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.


Save up to $101 on a Celestron x PopSci telescope with this post-eclipse sale at Amazon


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We had a great time checking out the Oct. 14 solar eclipse, but the next one that’s visible here in the U.S. won’t be until April 2024. Lots of interesting things will be happening in the sky between then and now, and you’ll need a good telescope to check them out. Right now, Amazon has substantial discounts on Celestron x PopSci telescopes that were already a solid value. There are three different options currently available depending on your star-gazing needs. Then, when the next eclipse rolls around, you can buy a dedicated solar eclipse filter and get a better look than all those jealous people with their (still pretty cool) pinhole cameras.

This is the biggest and most powerful scope in the Celestron x PopSci lineup, and it’s just over $100 off right now. Its five-inch aperture and high-end coatings provide a clear, low-aberration image of the night sky. More importantly, it’s compatible with the Celestron app, which can help you find cool things going on in the sky above you and then help you locate them with your scope so you don’t have to go blindly hunting around the heavens. That’s especially important with a scope this powerful.

This 100mm refractor provides a very solid field of view for astrophotography. It’s light and easy to move around, and it’s compatible again with Celestron’s app to guide you around the night sky. Plus, the integrated hood helps combat errant light from hitting the front element of the scope and causing image-ruining glare.

This model is meant specifically for beginners, and the price makes it very appealing with this discount. The short tub provides a relatively loose view of celestial objects, so beginners won’t get frustrated trying to find specific areas. Plus, the short tube design keeps it small and light, so this is a great scope to keep as a backup for quick jaunts out into dark sky country without lots of gear.

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OWC Unveils Atlas Pro and Ultra CFexpress 4.0 Memory Cards


OWC, has announced the launch of the OWC Atlas Pro and Ultra CFexpress 4.0 memory cards. These groundbreaking cards offer double the speed of CFexpress 2.0 memory cards and the unique capability of upgrading previous generation Atlas 2.0 memory cards to the new CFA (Compact Flash Association) CFexpress 4.0 specification.

The new Atlas Pro 256GB, Atlas Pro 512GB, Atlas Ultra 1TB, and Atlas Ultra 2TB cards leverage PCIe Gen 4 technology to deliver read and write speeds of 3650MB/s and 3000MB/s, respectively. This represents a staggering 97% increase in speed compared to the previous generation cards. These remarkable speed enhancements not only enable capturing stunning 4K, 6K, and 8K+ videos but also facilitate swift access and offloading of content for seamless editing and distribution.

OWC’s Innergize software allows users to upgrade the firmware on previous PCIe Gen3 Atlas Ultra 1TB and 2TB cards to CFexpress 4.0 firmware. This exclusive upgrade almost doubles the current read/write speeds, taking them from 1850 and 1700MB/s to an astonishing 3650 and 3000MB/s. I’ll be testing this out with the OWC Atlas Dual CFExpress card reader.

The Atlas CFexpress CFA 4.0 memory cards are also backwards compatible with CFA 2.0 PCIe Gen 3 hosts, offering both flexibility and top-notch performance.

Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO at OWC, said, “Giving existing OWC Atlas memory card owners the flexibility to upgrade their products and take advantage of the latest speeds without having to purchase new cards is a game changer that we are delighted to bring to the table.”

The OWC Atlas ecosystem is a comprehensive solution designed to support photographers and videographers throughout their creative process. Comprising Atlas Memory Cards, OWC Innergize software, and Atlas Card Readers, this ecosystem ensures the seamless flow of creativity from camera to audience.

Pricing, Availability, and Upgrades

  • Atlas Pro CFexpress 256GB and 512GB memory cards will be available in October, priced at $169.99 (256GB) and $199.99 (512GB).
  • Atlas Ultra CFexpress 1TB and 2TB memory cards will also be available in October, priced at $579.99 (1TB) and $999.99 (2TB).
  • Users can download the OWC Innergize software to upgrade their Atlas CFexpress 1TB and 2TB memory cards, originally labelled at 1850MB/s, to the new CFexpress 4.0 specification. The Innergize for Mac is available now, with the Windows version coming soon.

For more details check out the OWC website


Five Of The Best Ecotourism Trips For Nature Lovers


As interest grows in ecotourism and responsible travel, these travel spots deliver wildlife, bioluminescence, nature education, and unparalleled beauty.

Tired of tourists, long lines, smoggy cities, and commercialized entertainment? While those options have a place in our vacation plans, more and more travelers are moving away from tourist-heavy destinations in favor of quieter, nature-loving adventures.

According to a report by Grandview Research, growth in ecotourism comes from a desire for immersive travel and outdoor activities that do not adversely affect the environment, instead educating on how to interact with and preserve it. Whether by land or sea, ecotourism and sustainable travel are on the rise, and why not? It’s not just responsible — it’s fun!

Here are my picks for five trips across the nation that bring you closer to nature while protecting the environment.

Bioluminescent Nighttime Kayak Tour in St. Augustine, Florida

Seeing nighttime sea life is usually a treat reserved only for scuba divers, but in select spots around the world, bioluminescent organisms glow close to the surface. In the Maldives, they wash in with the waves, leaving a trail of sparkling gems in their wake. But you don’t have to go nearly that far for these rare sightings. In St. Augustine, Florida, make your way to Guana Lake, where Geotrippin Kayak Adventures will hook you up with everything you need to watch the nighttime waters come alive.

Hop in a kayak and join a small group paddling out into the lake and through estuaries where the river meets the sea. As the sun sets and the sky darkens, dip your small fishing net into the water and watch as the swirl lights up with comb jellies and dinoflagellates. You can even capture them in a cup and study them up close, then release them back into the water.

By day, kayak the Matanzas River Basin, where you will see everything from dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles to wading birds and oysters. The expert guides at Geotrippin will educate you on the history of this ecosystem, the science behind it, and the flora and fauna that make it special. Owner Bed Brandao is all about protecting the environment and letting it work its magic, so tours are engaging and interactive.

The bioluminescent nighttime kayak tour is appropriate for all levels, even first-time kayakers, but there are only 12 spots open each night, so make your reservations early!

Foraging Lessons in Estes Park, Colorado

Self-sustainability has become all the rage in recent years, but many people don’t know how to get started. While most are comfortable with a small backyard garden, they have no idea what wild plants are safe to pick, let alone consume.

Here’s a way to turn your vacation into an opportunity to learn the history and science behind foraging from experts in the field. Through Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute, you can have an educational adventure, or, as they call it, “a classroom without walls.”

Meet up with a foraging expert who will take you to jaw-droppingly gorgeous Lily Lake. Reflecting the mountain range that includes the fourteeners of Longs Peak, the lake is a must-see no matter the season. Your guide will introduce you to the native plants identified by the Utes, the indigenous people who passed down much of their knowledge.

You’ll identify yarrow and learn that you can chew it, make a poultice, and use it to calm mosquito bites and bee stings. Suffering in the high elevation of the Rockies? Your guide will point out mountain gum weed, which you can suck on to open your bronchial passages. Or pick some wild raspberry leaves and make natural tea back in your hotel room.

Be sure to check the calendar for seasonal courses and your choice from a wide range of topics, including wildflowers, mammals, birds, cultural history, outdoor skills, photography, painting and writing.

Jet Boat Through Hell’s Canyon in Lewiston, Idaho

The only way to explore North America’s deepest river gorge (yes, deeper than the Grand Canyon) is by boat, as roads will only take you so far. And if you’re going to spend a half to a full day on the water, you might as well do it in a really fun jet boat.

Book a ride with Snake River Adventures and skim over the rapids as you take in the glorious scenery of three states: Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. The Snake River winds its way along a 1,036-mile stretch through volcanic mountains and lava tubes that run vertically along rock edges. Shiny black rocks covered in a manganese patina sparkle among hackberry and mahogany trees.

Your ride will stop at the waterside visitors center that serves as the entrance to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. It’s the best place for a picnic, the river running through the canyon as your soundtrack. You’ll see fishermen catching giant white sturgeon, bass, rainbow trout, and Chinook salmon, but the wildlife is about to become a whole lot wilder.

From this point on, you will go where no roads can take you. You’ll see bald eagles, bighorn sheep, cougars, mountain lions, beer, osprey nests, and even petroglyphs. Better yet, cell phone service is nil, so you can truly relax into the moment.

Head South for the Year of Alabama Birding

Alabama has named 2023 the Year of Alabama Birding and is dedicated to educating visitors on what makes it one of the best birding states in the country.

Birding hotspots (to the tune of 280 updated sites), festivals, and eight birding trails highlight the state’s more than 430 species of birds. A stroll down one of the pathways can elicit everything from bald eagles and whooping cranes to swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings.

Alabama’s many forests, lakes, and waterways make it one of the major stop-off points for migrating birds. For best viewing, check their website for seasonal and hotspot tips. Depending on your preference, you can target the coast, Piedmont Plateau, Piney Woods, Wiregrass, or West Alabama, or road trip through them all.

Immerse Yourself in Marine Life in Loreto, Baja California Sur

Rodolfo Palacios with Sail Loreto is an invaluable resource when it comes to learning about the local ecosystem. Offering small boat sailing cruises, courses, and charters, he and his team will help you get familiar with Loreto and all it has to offer.

Start by sailing among the five islands of Bahía de Loreto National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its marine diversity, especially marine mammals. The Gulf of California, nicknamed the Sea of Cortez, teems with life – 43 species of marine mammals and 900 species of fish, 77 of which are found only here in these waters.

Depending on the time of year, you’ll see dolphins, whales, and sea lions. Snorkel or dive with five of the seven marine turtle species, then come up for air and watch as blue-footed boobies alight on white rock outcroppings.

A four-hour sail around the islands is just $65, and snorkeling is just $70, a bargain when you consider all you’ll see in this one body of water. Knowing that you’re getting an education and protecting the environment makes this deal all the sweeter.


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


The images are from the traditional Kaalapootu (Bull Surfing ) held mostly in villages in North Kerala. The race takes place during the post-harvest season in August and lasts from noon until dusk. In southern Kerala, these events are held under the name “Maramadi”. Though the events are held in water filled paddy fields after harvest, many of the Panchayaths and private individuals own specially maintained fields exclusively for this event.

Kaalapootu is a celebration of the villagers. They gather in large numbers for the event. Kaalapootu, is also a celebration of the strong bonding of human, animal and nature. It is a beautiful symphony created by the fertile mud, water, men and the bulls. In the air charged with excitement and fervor from the “arpuvilikal” ( acclamation ) ,it is the farmers dreams and longing that reverberates in the atmosphere. We witness the natural, spontaneous ushering in of a new season in the ambience of a simple, tranquil village now heady with excitement. The over powering energy and unbeatable enthusiasm of the event, symbolize the indomitable spirit of the villagers.

The bulls are purchased for huge prices and are specifically fed , trained and well groomed for this traditional race. Some are even provided with air conditioned rooms and regularly given traditional ayurvedic treatment and put on special diet. The bull guides are called “pooter” in Malayalam and the half-naked “Pooters” hang onto the tail or a harness of the animal and skim through the mud surface. They are physically enviably fit, well trained and professional .They start training from a very young age and there are “pooters’ who are just school students !

The images shared are from a Kaalpootu event held at Penumanna, near Kozhikode, Kerala. The organizers feel that these events will bond the villagers together and encourage youngsters to carry on the tradition.


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat


Bull Race Festival In Kerala By Ajayan Kavungal Anat

About Ajayan Kavungal Anat

My name is Ajayan Kavungal Anat. I am a retired senior bank executive and took to photography seriously post-retirement. I am living in Kozhikode, Kerala. Photography is my hobby and I am very much interested in Street, Travel and Documentary photography. Had mentoring from Mr. Saurabh Chatterjee of SIA Photography, Mr. Vineet Vohra, and Mr. Rohit Vohra of APF Photography and Mr. Peer Mohammed.

Participated in the following exhibitions: WSP Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany, SIA Photography Exhibition, Hyderabad, “Open Origins – Open ends”- Photomuse, Darbar Hall, Ernakulam and “Lightfall”, Lalithakala Academy hall, Kozhikode.

For The Manes: Karkidaka Vavu Bali at Varkkal Beach, Kozhikode

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Mountain State Forest Festival Photo Show winners announced | News, Sports, Jobs


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Photographer Alan Tucker of Buckhannon is congratulated by Maids of Honor Sophia Shoemaker and Miriam Fath, and Queen Silvia Anna Ruf.

ELKINS — Arbovale resident Dale Kinnison captured the Best in Show Award at the annual Mountain State Forest Photography Show, held during festival week at the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA.

A total of 75 photos were submitted for the contest. Tyler Belt of Elkins was honored with the People’s Choice Award. Paisley Tabor earned Best in Show for the Youth Division.

“Everything went great and we had a really good show this year,” Mountain State Forest Festival Assistant Director Tracy Gooden told The Inter-Mountain. “There were a lot of great photos and we had a lot of entries submitted, so it was a really good turnout.”

Queen Silvia Anna Ruf and her Maids of Honor, Miriam Fath and Sophia Shoemaker, selected their top photos. Awards were also handed out in six other categories, including Nature, Animals, Places, People, Black & White and Youth.

In the Nature category, first place went to June Proctor of Beverly. Elkins’ Sherry Gibson was second and Beverly’s David Proctor finished in third place.

Wendy Parks, who hails from Fairmont, swept the top two spots in the Animals category. Philippi’s Hailee Poling followed Parks in third place.

Morgantown’s Dietra Savage took top honors in the Places category, and was followed by Buckhannon’s Alan Tucker and David Proctor.

The People category had just one submission with Parks placing first.

Tucker was the overall winner in the Black & White category and Gibson placed second, followed by Elkins’ Stephanie Smith.

Tabor also placed first overall in the Youth category, and Clarksburg’s Rain Hoalcraft was second. Tabor rounded out the top finishers in the Youth division with third place.

Ruf’s top choice in the contest was a photo from Proctor, while Tucker’s photo was Maid of Honor Sophie Shoemaker’s choice. Maid of Honor Miriam Fath chose a photo from Norton’s Cheryl Gottschall.

Photos submitted to the contest can be picked up at the location they were dropped off at this week.

“We had a great week for the Festival this year, we really did,” Gooden said. “All the events we had turned out really well and everything was well received. It was a really good week.”

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Atlanta Celebrates Photography rebrands as Atlanta Center for Photography


The name Atlanta Celebrates Photography is dead. Long live the Atlanta Center for Photography.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the photography and lens-based media festival is re-inventing itself again. The nonprofit is rebranding itself as Atlanta Center for Photography this month, without losing any letters of its acronym ACP, becoming officially a “center” for photography.

For the first time in its history, the organization will host exhibitions and live events in its own space, a 500 square-foot, street-level “jewel box space,” as its new director, Lindsey O’Connor, describes it. In the past, the nonprofit has partnered with art galleries and venues to host its events.

The new space, named the Atlanta Center for Photography Project Lab, will open Oct. 26 with a solo installation by photography-based artist Kalee Appleton. The Fort Worth, Texas, artist uses photography, sculpture and drawing to create immersive, digitally manipulated landscapes. The work, according to O’Connor, is representative of the new direction the center wants to embrace — giving lens-based artists a space where they can “take risks, experiment with creative approaches and push the boundaries of the medium’s impact.”

Instead of the organization’s familiar monthlong, citywide festival, this year’s programming will be minimal, in part to give time for the new staff to consolidate its new direction. The Atlanta Center for Photography will continue to expand its core programs, including the emerging artist fellowship. Chelsea Mukenya is the 2023 recipient, and her exhibition is on view through Oct. 29 at the Mint gallery.

Credit: Courtesy of Kalee Appleton / Atlanta Center for Photography

Credit: Courtesy of Kalee Appleton / Atlanta Center for Photography

Fans  of the annual festival, portfolio reviews and public art installations will have to wait until spring.

But worth noting is an upcoming exhibition “Ghosts of Segregation: Photographs of Rich Frishman,” in collaboration with the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. The show opens Monday, Oct. 16, and will feature an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

ArtsATL talked recently with O’Connor to learn more about this new chapter and the work in progress.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you envision your new position as executive director?

A: I was previously at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for six years, working as the biennial coordinator. My role was to coordinate the artists, curators and the museum staff to realize projects. I coordinated the exhibitions and film programs of three biennials in 2017, 2019 and 2022. In that time, the total number of artists from the American South that I worked with was three, maybe five. There were a lot of artists from Puerto Rico, but, from the mainland, the global South, there were very few.

In New York, there’s so much white noise, so much happening in the art world all the time. I felt (coming to Atlanta) was an interesting opportunity to have an impact somewhere else. Here there are a lot of incredible working artists, and interest in and potentially money for the arts. I think we can provide a platform and open up paths of exchange that ultimately will get more artists on a larger platform than just our region.

Q: This year marks a huge transition for the organization with the opening of a brick-and-mortar space on Edgewood Avenue. What motivated this transformation?

A: The transition to having a physical space had been discussed with the board and many community members before I was hired as executive director. A lot of interviews were done to take the temperature of different key stakeholders throughout the Atlanta arts community. Everybody agreed that this was the right next step. I think the community felt it was time for the organization to make a shift, make a bigger splash and have a more year-round presence.

Q: What are the benefits of having your own space?

A: Many people think of us as just an October festival. This new space will give us the flexibility to not only commission new works from artists living in the South, which is the thrust of our curatorial program, but also to curate public programs and to host lectures and screenings. This will give us a lot more flexibility to create programming on a year-round basis.

Our inaugural exhibit is a good example of what we’re trying to do, which is to push the boundaries of the medium and consider the preconceived notions of what the limitations of photography might be. As people who love photography and lens-based media, we don’t want people to feel pigeonholed. So we’re working with artists who are interested in filling a space in a fresh way.

Q: Atlanta Center for Photography has this unique DNA in the photo festival world, inviting everybody — artists but also non-professionals and amateurs — to find a venue and to exhibit work. Are we going to lose this democratic aspect of the festival?

A: We definitely want to keep the community-driven aspect. We plan to condense it into a tighter, more focused, multiday festival in 2024 with keynote speakers, workshops and artist presentations. There will definitely be community programming at organizations all over the city. We still want to do an open call for everybody to get their exhibition, their screening, their talk on a shared calendar. We will still have a rich feeling of collective work and a shared goal.

Q: Public art was a center point in the years past with “The FENCE,” the Phoenix installation and, last year, Jess T. Duncan’s large-scale photographs exhibited during the Atlanta Pride parade on the windows of the Hyatt Centric in Midtown. Do you have plans for public art this year or next?

A: We are definitely still interested in our public art activation. Photography lends itself well to public installation, We don’t have any activation planned immediately. I have some ideas, but we need to get the exhibition program up and running and make sure that our core programs are well-considered. Then we will start to fold in more public art activations.


“Ghosts of Segregation: Photographs of Rich Frishman”

Through May 24. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays. Free. David J. Sencer CDC Museum, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-639-0830, cdc.gov/museum.

Rich Frishman artist talk

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Free. Sencer CDC Museum. Calendly.com/cdcmuseum/rich-frishman-artist-talk


Virginie Kippelen is a photographer, multimedia producer and writer specializing in editorial and documentary projects. She has contributed to ArtsATL’s Art+Design section since 2014, writing mostly about photography. And after living 25 years in the United States, she still has a French accent.


ArtsATL (www.artsatl.org), is a nonprofit organization that plays a critical role in educating and informing audiences about metro Atlanta’s arts and culture. Founded in 2009, ArtsATL’s goal is to help build a sustainable arts community contributing to the economic and cultural health of the city.If you have any questions about this partnership or others, please contact Senior Manager of Partnerships Nicole Williams at [email protected].


How Belize became a poster child for ‘debt-for-nature’ swaps


View of the Laughing Bird Caye National Park in the outskirts of Placencia village, in Stann Creek District, Belize
View of the Laughing Bird Caye National Park in the outskirts of Placencia village, in Stann Creek District, Belize.
Photo: Pedro PARDO / AFP/File
Source: AFP

When Covid hit Belize, its economy nosedived: closed borders meant fisheries and farmers had no export markets, and tourism centered on the tiny Central American nation’s warm waters and wonders of biodiversity came to a halt.

“We lost approximately 14 percent of GDP,” Prime Minister John Antonio Briceno told AFP in an interview. Nearly a third of the workforce of the country’s 400,000 people were unemployed and there wasn’t enough money “to keep the lights on,” let alone maintain onerous debt repayments.

Then came a lifeline: environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy (TNC) offered to lend Belize money to pay off creditors if it promised to put part of the savings into marine protection.

So-called “debt-for-nature-swaps” are being hailed as an innovative financial tool for preserving ecosystems from climate change and overexploitation, even as critics warn their generosity is overstated and they are far from a cure-all.

Finalized in November 2021, a year after Briceno took office, the deal involved TNC buying back a $553 million “superbond” which held the government’s entire commercial debt, negotiating a discount of 45 percent.

This was converted into a $364 million loan “blue bonds” in a sale arranged by Credit Suisse, unlocking $180 million for marine conservation over 20 years.

“For us, it was a win-win, it gave us a breather,” said Briceno. Notably, the buyback reduced the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio by more than 10 percent.

Old idea, bigger scale

Prime Minister of Belize Juan Antonio "Johnny" Briceno meets with reporters during the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) High-Level Event "Nature and People: Ambition to Action" in New York
Prime Minister of Belize Juan Antonio “Johnny” Briceno meets with reporters during the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) High-Level Event “Nature and People: Ambition to Action” in New York.
Photo: Zak BENNETT / AFP/File
Source: AFP

Belize’s coastline is home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, providing significant habitat for threatened species including manatees, turtles and crocodiles.

But warming oceans from climate change, excessive fishing, and coastal development all pose major challenges.

Under the terms of the deal, Belize agreed to expand protection to 30 percent of its territorial waters, and spend $4.2 million annually on marine conservation.

Since then, TNC signed similar agreements with Barbados and Gabon. Ecuador negotiated the biggest swap of all in May, reducing its debt obligations by about $1.1 billion to benefit the Galapagos Islands under an arrangement overseen by Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project.

Slav Gatchev, managing director of sustainable debt at TNC, told AFP that although the first debt-for-nature swaps happened in the 1980s, now they operate at a far larger scale.

“A third of the outstanding commercial debt to lower and middle income countries is in some form of distress,” he said, meaning environmental ministry budgets are stretched and it’s hard for governments to invest in nature.

He sees an opportunity to refinance up to $1 trillion of the commercial and bilateral debt, in turn generating $250 billion for climate and nature.

Paper parks?

Andre Standing, a researcher for groups including the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, told AFP the Belize deal was only possible because the country was about to default and it was therefore better for creditors to accept a lump sum — rather than the altruistic act it was portrayed as by some.

Moreover, he added, such deals do nothing to address the debt crisis plaguing developing countries.

“That’s true, but it’s not intended to,” Esteban Brenes, who leads conservation finance for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which is also looking to organize new debt swaps, told AFP.

“We’re going to take a piece of the debt and use some proceeds for something better, but by no means are we going to solve the big problem,” he said.

Another concern has been that countries might agree to lofty commitments to secure concessions but then fall to “paper park syndrome” where protections exist only in theory.

But Gatchev said the commitments are legally binding and governments could incur fees for breaking them.

“Our reputation as the world’s largest conservation organization is on the line here, and we have no incentive to sugarcoat lack of compliance,” he stressed.

Briceno, for his part, said the high-profile deal had increased environmental consciousness among his people, who were now quick to report illegal mangrove dredging, for instance.

The debt restructure was “a very good start,” he continued, but his country needed far more assistance from the Global North.

“Developed countries destroyed their environment to be able to have development: high-rises, big vehicles, nice fancy homes,” said Briceno.

“Now we want the same and you’re telling us ‘we can’t afford you to destroy what we have destroyed’ — then pay us.”

Source: AFP


Outgoing Izabella is a nature lover


Izzy is an inquisitive, outgoing, and outspoken girl in search of her forever family. She loves to explore the outdoors and nature, which include various community activities, gardening, and collecting small insects for her “bug sanctuary.” She always willing to try new things and new foods. Izzy also enjoys arts and crafts and going to the library. Her biggest strength is her ability to advocate and speak up for herself.

Izzy attends a local public school and receives support through an IEP. She participates in many extracurricular activities which include gymnastics, cheerleading, and the Girl Scouts. Izzy is currently placed in a residential program and has made positive connections with peers in and outside of school.

Izzy would thrive with a caring and committed family of any constellation with a female parental figure with or without other children in the home. Interested families need to have experience in trauma informed care and therapeutic parenting. Interested families should also willing to accept and have access to the support of therapeutic services. They must be dedicated to providing ethnic role models and appropriate information about her culture which includes discussing racism. It is important to Izzy that her maintain contact and visits with her younger brother who is also in foster care.

To learn more about adoption from foster care visit www.mareinc.org . Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) can give you guidance and information on the adoption process. Reach out today to find out all the ways you can help children and teens in foster care.


30 Remarkable Photo Recreations That Will Amaze You


Explore the captivating trend of recreating old photos! Witness the unfolding tales of people’s lives through captivating “Then vs Now” pictures. Dive into the most popular submissions from the r/PastAndPresentPics subreddit below. These photos are brimming with cherished memories and genuine emotions, immersing you in the rich narratives they portray.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

#1 Real Friendship

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: NazliNazNazli

#2 Me In My Parents Backyard Less Than A Year After We Moved In And Me Almost 30 Years Later When They Sold The House

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Redgreen82

#3 So We Recreated A Photo(Me On Top)

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Emoje775

#4 Truly Man’s Best Friend!

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: marrana_brainz

#5 Me And My Siblings Recreated This For My Parents As A Gift For Their 50th Anniversary. 1985-2019

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: CatchResponsible1261

#6 Phew! That Was A Long Boat Ride! ?

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Glittering-Tree-7567

#7 Same Drama

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: NazliNazNazli

#8 My Wife And I In 1973 And In 2019. I’d Just Turned 16 In The First One, She Was A Month Away From 16. It Was The First Pic Of Us Together, Taken In A Mall Photobooth

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: QtheM

#9 We Recreated A Childhood Photo… From Blue’s Clues Birthday Party To 20 Years Later At Thanksgiving!

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: madiissuun

#10 Happy Father’s Day

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: beerdidtrev

#11 Giving My Boys A Ride / And My Boys Giving Me A Ride

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: VisibleRace7849

#12 My Daughter And I Swinging Thru Time

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Flabbergastedly

#13 LEGO

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Image source: markshure

#14 Still Friends 20 Years Later

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Image source: HSThrowback20years

#15 My Mom And Her Siblings, 1971 And 2023

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: ek599

#16 My Sisters And I Recreated A Photo At The Same Beach In Hawaii (1991-2022)

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: teenytiny212

#17 My Grandfather With His Mini, And Me With Mine

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: XTDVMini

#18 My Parents, Still Tired

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: mattybgcg

#19 Throwback Thursday, 1991 -> 2021, Back At The House I Grew Up In (Queens, NY)

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: StatandMelo

#20 My Pop And His Mama!

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Jamescovey

#21 Age 16 vs. Age 30

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: reddit.com

#22 Me & My Bff, Taken 20 Years Apart

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: ilikeyourswatch

#23 Same Mom, Same Me, Same Teddy Bear Some 55 Years Apart

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: knirkle

#24 Grandkids In 1994 vs. 2022

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: Cheese_Beard_88

#25 At My Desk Hardly Working, 1992-2019

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Image source: dittidot

#26 Thanksgiving 2011-2021

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Image source: KolaDesi

#27 A Cowboy And His Tree At 4 And 63 Years Old

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: SquidLee

#28 My Mom And I Getting “Called To The Bar” As Lawyers 35 Years Apart. 1981 —- 2016

Recreate A Photo From Their Past

Image source: lannart123

#29 My Granddad And His Wheels, ~1950 & 2020

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Image source: ragingremark

#30 My Great-Great Grandfather (Left) 1862, And Me (Right), 2022

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Image source: Rhaenyc

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