I’m delighted to report that “Red Flags over Atlanta” has won an Honorable Mention at the 27th Emerald Coast National Juried Arts Exhibition. As if the honor weren’t enough, it comes with a cash prize as well!
I am especially heartened by this recognition because I have been photographing construction sites for a long time, and for a long time thought no one else would ever see the interesting and pleasing aesthetic in them that I do.
I have long used two hashtags with these images. #HardHatArt is my recognition and great admiration of the role of construction workers, who create our fabulous buildings, along with amazing lines, patterns, textures and so forth in the process. And they do it from blueprints! I mean, how do you translate lines on paper, incredibly confusing-to-look-at lines on paper, into steel beams, concrete floors, plumbing and wiring that works, and more. I am in awe.
The other hastag is #PerformanceArt, intended to convey the ephemeral nature of what you observe when you stop to look at a construction site. The view you see above of a building under construction in Atlanta is gone forever! It was most likely altered the very next day after I shot the photograph when the hard hats swarmed over the building again.
But now, a year later, it is gone for good. You can run film backwards, but you can’t run a construction project backwards! This view is a sliver of time and space never to be exactly repeated.
So… thank you judges! The competition at Emerald Coast is fierce. This is my third year to be invited and my first prize. I’m very proud. And thank you Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College for putting on this great show. It will be available in Niceville, Florida, until September 20, 2019.