Georgia Gaze intern captures community images
September 19, 2016
There was one more traveler on the road this summer as Georgia Gaze intern and University of Georgia Photography student Kelly Beavers visited Archway Partnership communities to photograph various local scenes. The Georgia Gaze program was developed in 2010 through collaboration between the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Photography program and the Archway Partnership. Since then, faculty member Michael Marshall has connected 20 students to various Archway Partnership communities where they capture local images, in addition to, the student’s personal view of the community.
Beavers described the opportunity as “one of the best internships” she has completed. She explained that her “time with each Archway Professional was purposeful, and I can only be proud of the work each of us did in reflecting UGA’s high standards of making a difference.”
Working with the Washington County Archway Partnership, Beavers focused on tourism assets along Highway 15. The Highway 15 Coalition is working to promote the route as a travel destination and requested feature images from the various counties through which it passes. The famed UGA Barn Sign and Depot Disc Golf course were highlighted sites in Washington County. Beavers also visited Johnson County, the hometown of former UGA football player and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, followed by Hamburg State Park in Hancock County and the Vidalia Onion Museum in Toombs County.
Allen Haywood, a Highway 15 Coalition representative from Hancock County, says he “was especially impressed with her suggestions for visualizing each shot at different angles to enhance the photo/subject.” He went on to describe her as “very professional” and “willing to spend as much time as needed to visit all of the sites on [their] list.”
The Grady County Archway Partnership emphasized educational assets over tourism for its photography needs this summer. Beavers captured images for marketing materials to promote the Cairo High School College and Career Academy (CCA); photographs included students in the automotive, cosmetology, electrical and healthcare career pathways. The CCA CEO Todd Gainous and Grady Archway Professional Betsy McGriff will develop the promotional collateral along with CCA’s local higher education partners Bainbridge State College, Southern Regional Technical College and Thomas University.
Similar education based images were desired by the Sumter County Archway Partnership to use in a public relations plan promoting the community’s educational assets. The plan includes input from K-12 schools, South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University and the Sumter Payroll Development Authority. The goal is to promote Americus-Sumter County as a destination for educational excellence and illustrate the connection between these assets and workforce and economic development.
Additional photos in Americus-Sumter County displayed current conditions of downtown projects identified in the Americus Renaissance Strategic Visioning and Planning (RSVP) program. Over 300 photos of Americus’ downtown were forwarded to the new Main Street manager who plans to use these images a “baseline” before beginning many of the projects listed in the RSVP.