Sunday, September 30, 2012


Funny sometimes the journey is all we have. So I saw this bunny on the way to Zebulon and took it as a sign. I arrived on Wednesday to install a 10 year retrospective of past winners of SlowE. A number or artists were repeat winners over the 10 years.What was the most fun was the bonding(no pun intended) of all the people helping to make this show happen besides the artists. Here is the roll-call Donna Rosser,Anne Jarrell Berry Dale Niles Marilyn and Don Rogers all made it an easy thing to hang 40 dissimilar photographs .

Completed it gave a fairly accurate view of the growth of the competition and the quality of submissions starting in 2002. The year Andy Scott's  Wrapped Turkeys won 1st prize was a year of big change. A lovely little reception was held where I spoke about  the history of the winners since 2002 and the jurors from around the country that have driven the show to new highs.

This year Julian Cox and Brett Abbott former and present curators of the photography department at The High Museum were the jurors.Their talk on Sunday afternoon was a moment that will be remembered for a long time to come.They explained in details some of their choices and how in most juried competition you never get to see a body of work by the submitting artists.And the surprise when seeing the prints for the first time.

Maybe someone taped it and you will see it on You-tube.

The weekend was filled with usual events  portfolio reviews and talks and food ,waiting and watching humming birds.

John Oetgen Black Bunny courtesy of The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery 

Donna Rosser un wrapping images in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA

Donna Rosser unwrapping images in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA
by Marilyn Rogers

Laying out mages of past winners in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA

With Don Rodgers hanging photographs in The Whiskey Bonding Barn Zebulon GA
At the end  could hardly wait to be at home the journey is all,the destination is like saying Zebulon too many times it looses meaning or becomes a hollow chant.

Behind The Curtains Mrs Sue McG;othin
Today the Slow Exposures Peoples Choice award was announce, it is "Behind The Curtains " by Mrs Sue McGlothin it was chosen from 947 photographs submitted to the jury. Ninety-eight new entries; 69 returning photographers --- coming from 17 states and 46 cities and towns in Georgia. The image was voted on by the viewers who visited the show. With luck it will be part of the 20th retrospective. 

1 comment:

  1. I first entered my photographs in the competition in Zebulon-Zebulon-Zebulon in 2004. That year, 35 photographers were represented in the "Rural Southeast" portion of the SlowExposures exhibition, and 12 in "The Rural Character of Pike County" category. ALL of those photographers were from Georgia except for one: me, representing North Carolina (Raleigh). How the event has grown in 10 years!

    Thank you for the crucial part you have played, John—and for keeping us posted along the way.