Our June Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm!
The monthly club meeting is a free event for anyone who shares a passion for photography, from the total beginner with your phone to a professional with multiple gear sets. Please join us in-person or online and invite anyone who may be interested in exploring and learning about photography!
We meet at Atlanta Tech Park at 107 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. You are welcome to arrive at 6:15 pm for fellowship and social time to meet new and current members.
Access the June Meeting online on June 9th at 6:45 pm:
Meeting ID: 857 9703 5107
Our June Speaker is Michael Boatright and the topic will be “Photo Kairos: Light, Time, and The Theory of Everything”.
In this presentation, Photographic Artist Michael Boatright will talk about his concept of “Photo Kairos” – a phrase he has found that encapsulates his artistic vision, his personal creative journey, and how everything that he does as an artist is intimately entwined with his personal understanding of life, the universe and everything.
Light – Sight, Vision, and Symbolism in the visual arts.
Time – The creative process, Navigating black holes, and The creative journey.
The Theory of Everything – Darn you Stephen Hawking!, Where there’s a will, there’s a relative, Don’t panic, and The theory of everything.
About Michael Boatright:
Storytelling is my passion and I bring this enthusiasm to every facet of my client work. Throughout my life, I have consistently sought to explore innovative ways of telling the human story by merging traditional analog photography with digital audio/visual and print techniques to share magical stories unparalleled by others.
My relationship with photography began as a teenager, when my dad, a professional photographer for many years, taught me camera and darkroom techniques. With IBM, I began experimenting with and developing techniques in digital storytelling, leading several large multimedia projects for the 1994 Lillehammer and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Disney’s Epcot Center, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Masters Golf Tournament and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg as well as many others. More recently, I worked on digital media projects for the British Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio and AT&T, and was awarded 5 patents for my work.
In 2014, I opened my professional photography studio and left the corporate world not long after, to concentrate solely making images for clients. In 2018, I earned the title Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America (founded in 1858).
My decades in corporate technology management taught me the value of having a professional certification — that my clients can expect a solid baseline of experience, creativity and technical expertise to make images important to their needs. Likewise, my experience as a director for the Georgia Professional Photographers Association's and as a past-president of the Southeastern Photographic Society, allows my clients to trust that my business operates according to the highest professional and ethical standards.
In 2020, my Dark Houses Atlanta project published photographs of 33 of Atlanta's theaters shuttered by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in interviews by local and regional news organizations, WABE's City Lights arts program, ArtsAtlanta and two live streaming TV-casts — all with the intention of raising awareness of the plight of the live-entertainment community and contributed to the effort that resulted in the passage of the Federal Save Our Stages Act, providing $15B of support for theatrical stages throughout the US.
Digital imaging has made dramatic shifts in the professional photography business. Today, just about anyone can plop down a few hundred bucks in a big box store and hang out a shingle. My response to that business challenge has been to up my artistic game by going back to my film photography roots and I am thrilled to be making portraits for my clients using "old-school" techniques and cameras. There is a quality to an image captured on film unparalleled by digital camera (the proliferation of "filters" to make photos look like film proves that).
In this industry, you can no longer compete on price (all the mall photography studios went out of business trying to do just that) -- you can only complete with a higher quality product. And people know and understand the word "ARTISAN."
My film work has upped my digital game as well, giving me a broad brush of skills to serve my
portrait, commercial and fine art clients. Based in the Metro Atlanta Area, my gallery and studio
are located in the TULA Arts Center in Atlanta’s Buckhead Arts District.