I do not prefer to call myself a photographer, but rather a snapshot artist of sorts.  Two separate philosophies govern my approach.  For the “Abandoned” series of poetry and photography featured in Deep South Magazine, I used film to capture images of derelict structures and places.  It seemed a needed match: how else to document what we leave behind than with a medium that is becoming increasingly abandoned?  There is something so compelling and necessary about the process of shooting with film–how every detail must be just in line or anticipated: lighting, angle, lack or presence of obstructions, focus, etc.    Then there is the suspense and wait during the developing process, that heady curiosity that persists: Did we get the shot?  It is more meditative and intentional than digital photography. Conversely, I am also a fan of in-the-moment captures that only a digital experience can offer: there is a confluence of the unexpected that is also compelling. In this case the camera becomes about spontaneity and availability; it arguably increases the awareness of the eye without a lens.  We photograph what we may not have had our only option had been film; we document the fleeting.  And isn’t that interesting as to how that relates to the abandoned as well?    –Julie E. Bloemeke

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