As of May 12th, I am officially a graduate of the College of Charleston; a certified alumni, complete with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts.
Without falling into too much cliche, I'll say that it felt both long and short. Four years certainly does fly by, but I have to admit that I am happy to be finished. I will, however, miss the photography lab and my mentors who've shaped my practice so much in the past year.
As a final farewell, I hung my solo exhibition A Record of How I Felt Then in the Charleston Music Hall. The opening was officially April 12th, and Hunter Park of She Returns From War performed an acoustic set to complement the Southern Americana portraits. The show will be coming down later this week - May 20th - but the photographs are on my website to view, and prints will be made available on Saatchi Art soon.
The Halsey Institute was also kind enough to honor my artwork with the Best In Photography award in the Young Contemporaries 2017 group exhibition. My three submissions were included in the show and untitled (girl with watermelon) won the award. That photo can be found on this website in the i. gallery, and the other two are included in this blog post.
The anticipated plan, as everyone has been asking for the past few weeks, is to remain in Charleston for a little while longer and continue working with Garden & Gun magazine. As well, I will be spending time taking my own photographs, and doing projects for clients and friends.