Atlanta, Georgia: Art and Americana in Sweet Auburn

In October 2016, a Nashville friend mentioned she was house-sitting for a few weeks for her brother in Atlanta, Georgia. Since I’d never been to Atlanta, I promptly invited myself to stay with her for the weekend, and we spent two days exploring this amazing city. I didn’t really have any idea of what Atlanta looked like, and I didn’t do much trip prep, so I was blown away by how cool and beautiful the city was.

These photos are from the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, mostly from Edgewood Ave SE, which was covered in gorgeous street art and murals. My favorite was the detailed statement piece, “Education is Not a Crime,” pictured in the first photo on this post. Take a sec to open the image in a new tab and zoom in. It’s a powerful visual essay on the way African American history is sanitized into a single paragraph in textbooks. You can learn more about the mural and the artists here and here.

This is a very important part of Atlanta’s political and cultural history: “The Sweet Auburn Historic District is a historic African-American neighborhood along and surrounding Auburn Avenue, east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The name Sweet Auburn was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, referring to the ‘richest Negro street in the world,’ one of the largest concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States. A National Historic Landmark District was designated in 1976, covering 19 acres (7.7 ha) of the neighborhood, significant for its history and development as a segregated area under the state’s Jim Crow laws” (via Wikipedia). It’s in this neighborhood that Martin Luther King Jr was born and grew up. It’s also in this neighborhood that Coretta Scott King built The King Center, where both she and her husband are now buried.

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MD: American Visionary Art Museum

visionary This place. Wow. I cannot even begin to describe how inspiring it was! They define visionary art as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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Denmark: “Your Rainbow Panorama” at ARoS

IMG_4530aarhus Here’s something a bit more colorful than my usual 35mm offerings. These pictures are taken from “Your Rainbow Panorama,” a permanent installation piece by Olafur Eliasson on the roof ARoS, the Aarhus Art Gallery.  It’s such a simple concept, but still so beautiful. We were fortunate to visit on a sunny day, so the shape and colors of the walls produced some spectacular views. IMG_4529aarhus

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Copenhagen: Double Exposures (Part Six)

6 My last batch of double exposures from Copenhagen. I was trying to bring together the green spaces of the city with the more traditionally urban spaces. You can see the other five sets here. I think I’m almost finished posting my photos from my Erasmus semester in Denmark. If you follow me on instagram, you know that I’m back in Iceland now. I’m buckling down to write my Master’s thesis and *shudder* figure out what to do next. 6

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6   [35mm taken with my Canon Rebel 2000. Click here to see more of my pictures from Denmark and here to see more double exposures.]

Copenhagen: Double Exposures (Part Five)

5 More double exposures showing off both the green side of the Copenhagen and the urban side. The greenery in the second and third photos are from the edge of the garden surrounding Frederiksberg Palace, which was only a few blocks from my flat (For anyone who didn’t get the update, I’ve left Copenhagen now. I’m spending my Christmas break in Toronto and Washington, D.C. then heading back to Iceland).

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5   [35mm taken with my Canon Rebel 2000. Click here to see more of my pictures from Denmark and here to see more double exposures.]

Copenhagen: Double Exposures (Part Four)

4More double exposures showing off both the green side of the Copenhagen and the urban side. I think this first image of the lady with red hair over the evergreens in Assistens Cemetery is my favorite from the whole roll.4

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4   [35mm taken with my Canon Rebel 2000. Click here to see more of my pictures from Denmark and here to see more double exposures.]