This is another article from the Aiken Standard by Dede Biles about this years contest for the United Way, and I was fortunate to have five of the top nine winner. I think this will be my last year to enter, cause it will be hard to top that next year, and anything short of that, everybody will say, that I'm losing my touch! LOL....
"Our Aiken" photo contest auction benefits the United Way
By Dede Biles
Published Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:54 PM EDT
Even though the price kept rising, Renay Trotter kept bidding, and her determination paid off.
She got what she wanted during the live auction for the City of Aiken's second "Our Aiken" photo contest Thursday.
Trotter's $40 purchase was a black and white picture called "Train Depot" that James Perry had taken at the site of the old Aiken Railroad Depot.
"I am so happy," Trotter said. "I've been in Aiken all my life, and this is part of Aiken's history. I love Aiken."
The City of Aiken United Way Committee chose nine winning photographs. The pictures were enlarged and sold during the live auction outside of the Municipal Building. Inside, there was a silent auction that featured small prints of the winning pictures and other photos that were entered in this year's contest.
"We also had about 20 pictures from last year's silent auction," said Emory Langston, the City's Aiken's special projects coordinator.
Five of D.S. Owens' photos were among the winners.
"It's unbelievable," he said. "I don't know who the judges were, but I'll have to thank them."
Owens' winning photos included "Radiating" and "Path to Enlightenment," which both had been taken in Hopelands Gardens. His other winners were "Chestnut," "Aiken 4202," and "Gaston." The subject of "Chestnut" was a horse, and "Aiken 4202" was a train engine. "Gaston" was a photograph of the historic Gaston Livery Stable.
"I started taking photos when I was in the Navy," Owens said. "I wasn't any good at it for a long time, and then digital photography came along. That's what made the difference for me. I could see what I was doing wrong and then I worked on it. I was self-taught."
Nancy Moseley enjoyed looking at the winning photographs before the start of the live auction.
"I entered a whole bunch in the contest last year, and I wanted to see how the entries looked this year," she said. "They're very nice pictures, very pretty."
Moseley especially liked "Train Depot" and "Radiating."
"I've taken that one many times, but never at night in black and white," she said of "Train Depot."
Then Moseley pointed to "Radiating," which had a statue in the foreground, and said, "I like the way the morning light is coming in on it."
The winning photographs brought prices ranging from $20 to $45 during the live auction. USC Aiken's head baseball coach, Kenny "Coach T" Thomas, was the auctioneer.
"This was wonderful," said Langston afterward.
"I was extremely pleased with the turnout. I think the crowd really had fun."
The nine winning photographs will be highlighted in print and online promotions for the City of Aiken, Langston said.
In 2014, the proceeds from both the live and silent auctions went to the United Way of Aiken County, and the organization was the beneficiary again this year.
"It's such a nice thing for the City of Aiken to provide this wonderful event in support of the United Way," said Sharon Rodgers, president of the United Way of Aiken County. "It brings awareness to our mission, and it raises funds for our critical-need programs in the community."
This is an article from the Aiken Standard Newspaper by Stephanie Turner about the new photo display in the building as of July 2015, that I had the privilege of having seven of my photos included in this permanent display.
Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders looks at the Aiken County Government Center as “the people’s building.”
To help depict such a notion, he and the rest of the building committee wanted to exhibit photos representing of all of the county and reached out to Anne Wood Uskup of Marketplace Art, which she runs with her husband Tom Uskup, and Tom and Chris Abbott of Southside Gallery of Aiken.
Uskup then contacted local photographer Shelly Marshall Schmidt of Oh Schmidt! Productions to help decorate the second floor.
"We’ve worked together on many other projects, but this one was fun to do,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt spent two weeks traveling and taking photos, narrowing down her massive pile to a handful for the committee.
Uskup did the framing, while Schmidt did the printing.
One photo the committee wanted but was difficult for Schmidt to take was the Bicentennial Wagon of South Carolina, which is housed in the Wagener Museum, so Schmidt obtained an archive photo from the museum and formatted it for the County building.
The Abbotts handled covering the first and third floors with photos either the committee provided or from photographers the couple knows. These included their photos and photos by Larry Gleason, Pat Paxton, Mark Hudson, Mike Kleiman and D.S. Owens.
Since Southside is considered a “one-stop shop,” according to Tom Abbott, the studio was able to print, frame and install their contributions.
Overall, about 60 photographs of noted buildings or nature scenes came out of these collaborations and have been hanging for less than a month.
"They are really beautiful,” Sanders said. “They both did a fantastic job.”
Showcasing local artwork in the facility has been a plan since at least fall 2013; the building opened last spring, the Aiken Standard reported.
Other artwork hangs in conference rooms in addition to a temporary exhibit on the first floor. The historical photos for this display originally came from the former Shoney’s restaurant on Whiskey Road, and the idea to hang them came from Gayle Wolman, Aiken County’s Human Resources director.
"They’re such great photos,” Sanders said.
The Aiken County Government Center is located at 1930 University Pkwy.
I coined a new phrase the other day and that would be "PHOTO DRIVE". It's a combination of "Photo Walk" but with a car. This was one of the better days I've had lately with the camera. I started out early heading to Allendale, SC to see if I could find the Swallow Tailed Kites and the Mississippi Kites. They show up in July each year migrating from South America to the Allendale area to breed. This was my first time to view these amazing birds, and I was lucky enough to find them after two hours of looking for them. They feed on June Bugs; that they catch in fight with their feet, and consume while still flying. It's really something to see. I have included several photos for viewing, but these birds are hard to photograph because they are so fast.
Also found several "Rural Abandonment" photo opportunities that I have added to my gallery; here's the link if your interested in viewing them.
All in all it was a great day for me, even if it was 95 degrees, but now I have to go thru about 600 pic's of birds in flight, and you thought this was easy, but I still love it, maybe it's more about the adventure, than the finished product!
Looking forward to the next outing.
DS- The Camera Hippie
Got a surprise last night, received word that I had won 2nd place in the 12th Annual Juried Photography Exhibitions at The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK), many thanks to The Mack, and juror Russell Jeffcoat.
You're invited next month to the "Jazz-In-June" show at the Aiken Center for The Arts, should be a great show featuring 6 or 7 artist, contributing to the Jazz theme. The opening reception is on June 11 th, from 6-8pm, with live jazz music planned and refreshments. You'll see my work plus George Edward Buggs, and several more talented Aiken artists.
This Jazz Poster was designed by my talented sister-in-law, Brenda Underwood Piercy, Thanks B.
Share if you will.
Canon 50D body with books and cables
Canon BG-EZN Battery grip
Canon EF lens 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS with hood
Canon 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 Kit lens
72mm UV filter
72mm Circular Polarizer filter
4 Batteries and charge
Large eye cup
Tenba Shootout Sling Bag
Everything is in excellent shape, price including everything is $800, if interested send me a message.
Another one for the project-"RURAL ABANDONMENT" Was a well know Hotel in downtown Edgefield, SC, Just waiting for Jack Nicholson to check in.
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Howard Johnson Motel- Who remembers these?
Another shot from the new project "Rural Abandonment"
Makes you wonder what happen, doesn't it?
Had the pleasure of having one of my photo's selected as "Commemorative Poster Award Winner", at the reception for the Spring Fest Music Theme competition on March 6, 2015.
This piece will be the featured art for 2016 North Augusta Cultural Arts Council Poster and other event publicity,promotional materials and merchandise.
Many thanks to the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, and The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta,SC
The piece was titled "Let The Music Flow"
I only shoot what my Mind's Eye sees