[Text and Photos by Sara Hopkins]
One chilly October night, people bustled into Fay Gold Gallery and the Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta. As the guests began to warm up, it was undeniable: excitement was rising, that night they would be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Atlanta Celebrates Photography in style.
The night began with potluck tables set in the midst of an exhibition. As they dined on sweet and savory treats and visited the bar stocked with Brooklyn Brewery’s finest, guests perused the Gallery’s exhibition highlighting the world’s greatest street and graffiti artists. #Weloveatl, a local group of phone photographers that use social media to share their work and organize gatherings, had also made prints and hung them on the walls so those clustering around them could experience the many sides of Atlanta. When it came time for the night’s culminating slideshow, people scooped up the last of the potluck dishes and took their seats surrounding the white screen centered in the main room. Anticipation grew for the start of the Slideluck Atlanta show as the lights dimmed. A few words were said to introduce Slideluck Atlanta, and then show of local and international artist rolled on.