SlowExposures Salutes our Photographers


Mississippi 662, Duncan, MS, 2012
© Brandon Thibodeau


Time Magazine has decided to use images from Brandon Thibodeaux’s monograph and exhibition, “In That Land of Perfect Day” to illustrate an essay by the famed southern writer Jesmyn Ward.   Congratulations, Brandon!  Everyone will have an opportunity to meet Brandon and view his photography at his exhibit at SlowExposures 2018 in Concord, Georgia, Sept. 20 – 23.  Please check out information on Brandon’s exhibit at SlowExposures here.  You may read the Time Magazine article and view the images by following this link.  Brandon, SlowExposures salutes you and is so proud to have you participate in our show this year as the winner of the 2017 Paul Conlan Prize!







Alice, from the series GOOD BAD PEOPLE, 2016 © Jared Ragland

Congratulations to Jared Ragland (SlowExposures 2013, Honorable Mention; 2014; 2016, Second Place), who received third place at the PhotoNOLA 2017 Review for his work GOOD BAD PEOPLE. A selection of these images are on display at the Georgine Clark Alabama Artists Gallery through the summer. Some images are also included in the 2016 edition of the Looking at Appalachia project.

Jared will be in residence during June at Eyes on Main Street in conjunction with the festival in Wilson, North Carolina. His project, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT will also be featured at The Front in New Orleans. Jared’s work is also featured on two album covers, a single due out by Hammock on May 18, and Preston Lovinggood’s Everything Will Be OK.





Aluminum Collection © Dale Niles

Slowexposures salutes Dale Niles (Slowexposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 3rd and People’s Choice Award) for her write-up in the April 26 issue of Lenscratch, “Dale Niles:  What Lies Within:  Andrea M. Noel’s Multiple Eclectic Collections”.  The article was written by Aline Smithson (one of our 2014 and 2018 Jurors) and highlights the various collections of our very own Andrea Noel.  Andrea hangs our show each year and is an artist herself, as evidenced by the images in the article.  This is a must-see for all fans of Slowexposures!  Congratulations, Dale:  you continue to amaze us.  Also, a special congratulations to Andrea Noel: We’ve always known you were special and now we have proof!  Thank you, Dale, for memorializing these wonderful collections!  A serendipitous partnership, for sure!






Mary Anne Mitchell‘s series “Meet Me in My Dreams” is based on a poem she wrote and will be exhibited at the Haas Gallery in Bloomsburg, PA until May 3, 2018. The exhibit will then move to the Mary G. Hardin Center in Gadsden, AL, beginning May 18 and running through August 18, 2018 with new images being added to the exhibit. The work is shot with wet plate collodion and the exhibit consists of wet plates, as well as prints and fabric panels made from the plates.  Mary Anne, (Slowexposures 2012), Slowexposures salutes you!


image by Mary Anne Mitchell

”Meet Me in My Dreams”

Walking through the forest of my dreams
I see a varied cast of characters.
Some are known
And some are strangers.
Some are real,
Some imagined.

I catch a glimpse of something yet I look again
and nothing is there, perhaps scattered by the wind.
My eyes are tricked by the play of light
on each and every tree.
I sometimes sense I am not alone and
someone watches me.

The stories told are mine alone.
Imagination fuels my memories and my vision is revealed.
I invite you to come and meet me in my dreams.




Cunning © Dale Niles

Slowexposures salutes Dale Niles (Slowexposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 3rd and People’s Choice Award) for a plethora of honors.  We list them here and hope you can attend some of these exciting exhibits:  Santa Fe Workshops-“Celebration” exhibition-honorable mention, NYC4PA-“One”exhibition-honorable mention, Solo Show of “Solidifying Roots” series at Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, NC-Opening reception July 2018 (image “Mama Al’s Painting”), Solo Show at Arts Clayton-Jonesborough, Georgia- Opening reception May 2018, Solo Show of “Life Revisited” series-Brickworks Gallery-Atlanta Georgia-Opening reception March 17th (image “Cunning”) , Atlanta Photography Group Portfolio 2018-Opening reception Feb 9th at APG Gallery Atlanta, Chromatic Photo Awards-Fine Art Category-7 honorable mentions (image “Red Yarn”), Shots Magazine-Fall magazine-Series “Gone”, and International Photography Awards-honorable mention in art collage category for “Lives Revisited” series. 

Red Yarn © Dale Niles

Mama Al’s Painting © Dale Niles

Please visit Dale’s website to see more information.  Many congratulations, Dale!









Track Rock Gap At Dawn © Todd Suttles

SlowExposures salutes photographer, Todd Suttles (SlowExposures 2015, 2016) who has teamed up with his father to create beautiful works of regional landscapes and culture.  Todd captures photographic images which highlight the culture of the region and his father, Bill Suttles, interested in both oils and pastels with a quick stroke, explores everyday interactions and lighting effects in landscapes.  The exhibit runs January 1 – 31, 2018 at River Gallery, 400 East Second Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403  (River-Gallery.Com).  The Opening Reception will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Friday, January 5.  Congratulations, Todd!  An exhibit with your Dad must be so exciting!






Fox Theatre © Myrtie Cope

SlowExposures salutes Myrtie Cope (SlowExposures 2010, 2014) for an interview by Lois Reitzes of WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. The subject of the interview was Myrtie’s photography series of old and ornately designed older theaters, entitled “Second Act”.  You can listen to Myrtie’s interview and read an overview hereThis is the last week to view “Second Act” at  The APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, 75 Bennett Street, NW, Gallery B-1. Exhibit ends June 17, 2017.  Congratulations, Myrtie, and I agree with you that the Ladies Restroom at the Fox Theatre takes one back in time to an earlier, more glamerous era! 






Dogwood © Donna Rosser

Congratulations to Donna Rosser (SlowExposures 2008 – 2009, 2011-2015,  2nd place in 2012, Honorable Mentions 2011 and 2013), will be featured on Home Shopping Network July 6 during a presentation of scarves and accessories created from art. The online retailer VIDA,  partners with HSN to showcase works.  Earlier this year VIDA issued a call to artists to submit work for a special showing during the 40th anniversary of HSN. From more than one thousand submissions, twenty-two were chosen by HSN, including Rosser’s black and white image, Dogwood, for a special limited edition sale. What a gorgeous scarf this will be! Rosser has other works available on the VIDA website.  SlowExposures salutes you, Donna, and wishes you much success in this endeavor!


SlowExposures salutes two of our favorite photographers for their recognition in April editions of LENSCRATCH. 


Cover for This Land © Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer (Juror, SlowExposures 2010) was recognized for his new book, This Land, a 13-year project that took him on an eighty thousand-mile journey throughout the USA. He traveled from the flattest of plains to the highest of peaks; during the journey, Jack documented the landscape and traditions that he observed. Many of his images are timeless.  You can read more about his project in the April 12 edition of LENSCRATCH.


Michael in the Pool, from the series GOOD BAD PEOPLE © Jared Ragland

Jared Ragland (SlowExposures 2013, Honorable Mention; 2014; 2016, Second Place) received an All About Photo Merit Award for “Michael in the Pool,” the same image for which he placed second in last year’s SlowExposures. The All About Photo awards celebrate the power of a single image to draw the attention of the viewer and to ignite curiosity about the story that the photo represents. You can find all of the winners of the All About Photo awards in the April 8 edition of LENSCRATCH.



Southern Trinity ©Johnathon Kelso

“What is a Southern image?” That is the question that we at SlowExposures have continuously asked ourselves and attempted to answer for going on 15 years. Slow Salutes photographer and essayist Johnathon Kelso (Slow Exposures 2016, Honorable Mention) for his compilation, “As God Is My Witness,” in the April 4th edition of The Bitter Southerner newsletter. Johnathon holds a mirror up to himself and to the messages that many iconic Southern images represent, exploring the shadows that they have cast for generations, in his search for “truth and beauty I can abide with.” The results are disturbing, compassionate, and provocative.




Cheryl with Silos, from the series Rotan Switch © Lisa McCord

SlowExposures salutes Arkansas native Lisa McCord (Slow Exposures 2016) on her portrait series entitled “Rotan Switch”, which is written up in the April issue of Black + White Magazine UK. During the 1980s, Lisa traveled back to her family’s cotton farmland and photographed members of her extended family. During the process, she was able to become reacquainted with her kinfolk through the stories the residents shared with her. Now, decades later, she continues to weave her family’s photographic tapestry by illustrating her handwritten stories of her mother and grandmother with photographs of them that she has discovered.





Pixels and Patchwork © Myrtie Cope

SlowExposures salutes Myrtie Cope (SlowExposures 2010, 2014) for two upcoming shows: “Pixels and Patchwork – Documenting a Southern Tradition” and “Second Act – Photographing Historic Theatres”.  “Pixels and Patchwork” will hang at A Novel Experience Bookstore in Zebulon, GA from April 3 through April 29.  The opening reception will be Saturday, April 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. at A Novel Experience, 426 Zebulon Street, Zebulon.  Myrtie will be exhibiting quilts made by Marshall Dewell and quilts she has made herself, as well as photos of her quilts.  She has some interesting stories to tell about this work.  You will not want to miss the opening reception!

Fox Theatre © Myrtie Cope

Myrtie’s exhibit “Second Act”, photographs of the Fox and Tivoli Theatres, opens May 11, and will hang in the Ted and Gloria Maloof Gallery at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, showing concurrently with “Where Are We?” curated by Alan Rothschild.  The APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, is located at 75 Bennett Street, NW, Gallery B-1.  Hope to see you at the Opening Reception, Thursday May 11 from 6 – 9 pm.  Myrtie, Congratulations and we wish you all the best on these two exhibits!




Preston Gannaway © Lexey Swall/GRAIN

Congratulations to Preston Gannaway on her success AND on her very busy schedule!  She is on the move, dashing “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” and further beyond! The Slow Exposures 2015 First Place winner, Preston tells us that eight of her images will now become part of The Do Good Fund, which makes photographs of the American South accessible to everyone. Preston’s photos comprising “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” which was the focus of her Paul Conlan memorial exhibition at Slow Exposures 2016, document the effects of gentrification on a community along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The work of the Do Good Fund shows up in unexpected, nontraditional places! You can also find it in regional museums and non-profit spaces.

Shriners, 2010, from the series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
© Preston Gannaway

Preston’s work is wide-ranging; lately, she has been engaged in a number of commissions, while cultivating projects of her own. Documenting rape and abuse in nursing homes; examining the power players and the role of women in the burgeoning legal marijuana business in California; transforming barren urban spaces into sustainable garden spaces; and chronicling queer youth in Florida are all examples of the range of her endeavors. We wish Preston all the best as she travels coast to coast!




Ternion – postcard 2 © Dale Niles


SlowExposures salutes Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) on her solo show, “Ternion”,  in Columbus, Georgia at the Rankin Photography Center.  Dale will be exhibiting selections from three of her series of images.  The opening reception is from 7 – 9 p.m, Saturday, April 1, 2017 and runs through Monday, April 17.  Hope you’ll be able to make it!  Best of luck to you, Dale, and Congratulations!







Sara Keith and Jan Fields in the field with Photo 101 © Ellen Tew

SlowExposures salutes the Atlanta School of Photography,  now under the direction of photographer and instructor Sara Keith (SlowExposures instructor for Photography 101 and 102).  Sara will continue the 20-year-legacy of Jan Fields and the Showcase School of Photography.  We know from experience that Sara Keith is a gifted instructor.  Visit the new website to see a list of classes and instructors.  Classes begin March 6.  Sara, we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor.  And a very special Thank You to Jan Fields who has contributed so generously to SlowExposures over the past 15 years.  Jan, we wish you all the best in your future (hopefully, nearby) ventures!






The Brave Fight Back ©Ben Helton


SlowExposures congratulates Ben Helton (SlowExposures 2016, Honorable Mention) on the publication of his new book, The Brave Fight Back.  Find out all about Ben’s new endeavor on his website.  Best of luck to you, Ben!







Forgotten Luxury © Malgorzata Florkowska

A very special SlowExposures’ salute to Malgorzata Florkowska (SlowExposures 2006, 2007, 1st Place WCG, 2010),for her selection as one of the 2016 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Awards.  Margorzata’s image, “Forgotten Luxury” will now be part of MOCA GA’s permanent collection.  Selects 2016, curated by Arnika Dawkins, has been wildly successful and has received praise from many, including Annette Cone Skelton, who made the selections for the purchase awards.  We are so proud of you and happy for you and wish you continued success!  Congratulations from all of us at SlowExposures, Malgosia!






Jumping for Joy ©Ben Helton

Congratulations to Ben Helton (SlowExposures 2016, Honorable Mention) for an exhibit of his work, “Messiah” at Brickworks Gallery, 686-A Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA in the B. Mifflin Hood Brick Co. Building.  If you missed Opening Night, Oct. 5, please join Ben for the Artist’s Talk at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 22.  SlowExposures salutes you, Ben Helton, and is looking forward to seeing more of your work!




Hidden Seeker © Mary Anne Mitchell

SlowExposures salutes Mary Anne Mitchell (SlowExposures 2012) on her show “Meet Me In My Dreams”. ” This exhibition, part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, is based on a poem written by the artist and is made up of wet plate collodion images that speak to family, memory, and the ethereal passage of time.” Location and times may be found on the City of Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs Website, and a review of the exhibit  in The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.  Congratulations, Mary Ann, on this exciting endeavor!





Mama Al’s Painting © Dale Niles

Congratulations to Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) for having two images selected to show in “Edge to Edge” at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta. The show was curated by Chip Simone and is the “first ever state-wide survey of contemporary Georgia photography.” The show runs through December 3.  Dales image, “Mama Al’s Painting” was purchased by the museum for their permanent collection.  Wonderful news, Dale!  SlowExposures salutes you!




Top Class Barbing Shop and Cell Phone Charging
©Betty Press

SlowExosures salutes Betty Press (SlowExposures 2014, 2015, 2016) as a winner of the series award for Cityscapes and Street Photography for the 9th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards.  Shown is one of the photographs from the series called “Young Rising:  Changing the African Urban Landscape”.  In this series, Betty highlights innovative young entrepreneurs who try to make their businesses more attractive to their clients.  Betty continues, “Found everywhere, “pop art” is used to liven up a shabby but vibrant street environment in African cities.”  Congratulations, Betty, on having your work recognized!  We look forward to seeing Betty at SlowExposures this year where, not only does she have a PopUp show, juried by John Bennette, but also has an image in our main show.  Looking forward to seeing you in Pike County, Betty!








Photos above by Ellen Tew, unless otherwise credited