Southern Exposure Show 2016

Written by Kelsey Prillman

On Sunday, May 15, from noon to 6 p.m., the BAC and Kelly Starbuck Photography presented a first-time event at the Brooklyn Arts Center...Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show. Hosted by Southeastern Camera, The Frame Masters, and Canvas Giclee Printing, Southern Exposure was a wonderful success.

The church was filled with more than two dozen photographic artists, and guests were treated to as many forms of photography and photographic art as there were artists. Everything was represented: from travel photography to nature photos to graphic design art to an artist who focused on classic cars.

For some of the artists, Southern Exposure was the first step to a career and future in photography. “I’ve been in the dark room for five years, and I’m only 18,” said Haley Robbins, a freshman at UNCW. A predominately black and white photographer, this was the first opportunity Robbins has had to show or sell her work anywhere locally. For other artists, it was an event not only to showcase their own work, but to meet with other artists as well. Wes Gubitz, a nature photographer who has presented his work at other BAC shows, could be found talking with guests and other artists about things such as lighting and resizing.

When putting together the show, it was always the intention to promote both local and diverse artists. Starbuck, who has been involved in photography professionally for the last 13 years, wanted to show the various beauty to be found in different types of photography. “Being here in eastern North Carolina, we have a lot of beauty and coastal and nature photography, and we know there are a lot of photographers that like that and a lot of that work is represented. But we wanted to make sure that we had a good balance of travel photographers and artistic photographers to have a fully representative show,” Starbuck said.

Two of the more diverse artists at the event were Kristen Crouch and Liz Hait. Crouch’s work caught the eye of many guests. Her experimental style blends the artistry of photography, painting, and graphic design. Though many of her pieces look anything but photographic, “it’s image based,” says Crouch. “All of it begins with photos of me, of my friends, of my family. The photograph is such a nostalgic thing and that’s what my work is based on.”

Hait’s work stood out due in no small part to her content. In a room full of natural images and travel shots, Hait’s work featured classic cars. “My grandmother was a big car fanatic,” Hait said. “It became my passion. And I got really into photographing cars.”

Guests participated in an ongoing raffle with each artist donating a piece of work or a discounted price on a piece of their choice. And, as always, Lativa Coffee created a shop inside the church, the BAC bar offered adult beverages, and Catch The Food Truck fed the crowd.

At the end of the show, the unanimous consensus was that with Starbuck’s help, the BAC had created another fabulous, annual, community art event.