SlowExposures 2016 © Ellen Tew

Since 2003, fine art photographers and photography lovers from across the United States gather in Pike County, Georgia for SlowExposures. It’s the annual juried exhibition that celebrates the rural American South—in the rural South. Although Pike County is only an hour from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, visitors encounter a rolling, verdant landscape where, once, “Cotton was King”. To add context to the images, the work is displayed in late nineteenth-century buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. This “sense of place” makes for an experience filled with shared, serendipitous moments where the energy is infectious and the conversations, thought-provoking.