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Statts-Williams shooting

5 Jul
I want to first start out by talking about something very personal to me a recent incident that happened to a friend in my neighborhood. My friend Jason Statts and David Williams were shot in the neck  by two men after unloading equipment after their first musical gig @ Savannah’s Live Wire Music Hall. This happened June 28th around 3am. the last couple of weeks have been emotional and painstaking. Jason  and David Williams are improving day by day in Savannah and Atlanta. Thursday night good news came- one of the men has been found and is in jail awaiting trial and they are still on the look out for the second, who was the shooter. This case went from few leads, no real evidence, a vague description to two known identities and one arrest. Halleluiah!! Below is the picture of the shooter still at large: if you know his whereabouts please call 911.

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 I also wanted to share a letter I wrote which will be distributed to anyone that will listen, Mayor, Police chief, John Barrow, etc so that we as Savannah Residents learn from this experience and improve our city and our neighborhoods. I am glad and excited that one of the men is behind bars and that we are half way there but we have to remember this isn’t  done when the men are behind bars, this is an ongoing fight. The letter is still a work in progress, its hard to put down on paper how i feel about this, this event has really affected me and I want to now keep this momentum up and really make change.

Dear ….

 

I am writing you this letter in response to the June 28th  shooting of 34 year old Jason Statts & 31 year old David Williams. My name is Emily and like the victims, I am a resident of Ardsley Park. In fact I live within a block of the shooting. I am 26 years old, a recent graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University; I take public transportation, walk my dog, and enjoy the simple pleasures of living in a beautiful neighborhood. But for the first time in 4 years I am both frightened and outraged. I cannot believe this happened in our neighborhood. I cannot believe this happened to someone I know and care about. I cannot believe it!  

 

I know that it is tempting to gloss over this event and pretend like it cannot happen to you or your family. It is very tempting for me as well. But this quite literally happened too close for comfort. Jason and his wife Lyra are friends of mine. We cannot ignore this. Until both of these men are found and convicted there is no justice for the two men that fight to recover. I know that the Savannah Police Department is doing their best and has really been pounding the pavement but there is still more to do and one more man to find. I know the reward has been boosted to nearly $9,000 and that the Local news stations have been keeping it in the minds of residents. But we need to do more. I fear that in a week or two once the shooter is found the story will cool and the media will move onto other stories and we will chalk this up to some random event and nothing will change. This cannot happen.

 

I beg you to do all you can; including making sure there are more cops patrolling Ardsley Park especially between 10pm and 4am. There also needs to be more street lights along the streets and especially Daffin Park in order to improve visibility. Savannah Police Department and  residents need to work together more closely so that residents have the power of knowledge that will give them a clear understanding and awareness of what is important and what to look out for.

 

Sincerely,

Emily

I also really wanted to share some links with you:

http://www.stattswilliams.com

http://www.myspace.com/stattshimself

http://www.savannahpd.org

* i love the article in the Connect, it was heartfelt and smart. Please read:

http://www.connectsavannah.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A8665

Vote for Me!!

23 Jan

I submitted some work to the JPG magazine. Now I just need you to help me get them in the magazine!! Links are below!

http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/435629

http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/435556

Thank you in advance~

whirlwind!!!!

30 Oct

benmac.jpgok……I MET BEN MACKENZIE FROM THE OC!!!! yep…yep…..awesome huh? If you dont know who this is then poo on you. I am admittedly a huge fan of the OC. it was my guilty pleasure…ok I said it! He came to savannah because of the savannah film festival and happen to do a q&a with graduate students. Oh and yes i shook his hand and said nice to meet you when what I wanted to say  was will you marry me….hehe.

No actually he seemed very well educated and well read and actually very down to earth.  He actually seemed like someone that if i met them in another world we would actually be friends. He seemed like a cool guy. Needless to say I was very pleased to be apart of it. The giggly girl inside me had a blast but i tried my best to come off as normal as possible. 

one more thing: todays pick city

26 Oct

SO..drumroll please….todays pick city is CHICAGO.

I have been  trying to figure out where to go after college. I love new york but am i ready for all of that? What if there existed a place with the energy of the big apple but on a smaller scale. I think i may have found it. Flourishing art scene….water….urban life…what more can you ask for?

here are pros and cons thanks to Jake, my friend from high school.

Pros;

1. I live here. That alone should end the debate.
2. Awesome city, great architecture- ie, it’s nice just walking around.
3. Huge (and growing still) art scene. all over- westloop, wickerpark/bucktown, uptown, everywhere. Mega appreciation by the city- but without snobbery of NY.
4. kick ass summers- sidewalk cafe’s on almost any corner downtown- ton’s of cool (and free/cheap) outdoor activities in the parks- etc.
5. Rent is pretty cheap- when compared to other big cities.
6. Public Transit- I sold my car in Mpls.- and more importantly- never regretted selling it.

Cons;

1. Shitty winters- I have no beef with cold weather- but it gets windy and rainy here. And, while that allows for the wearing of pretty awesome winter clothes- it still sucks.
2. Public Transit can sometimes leave you annoyed- the prices are going up, and sometimes you wonder who is running the schedules- you’ll always get to where you want to go, but sometimes it’s 5 minutes- then othertimes it’s 45… for no apparent reason…

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The wonders of emulsion

26 Oct

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Hi all. here are some examples of phot emulsion on wood and steel.  How cool right? I have been trying to figure out how i can expand my work especially since I will be done with school soon. Which means virtually no darkroom. oooo maybe my new design  scheme for my Apt will be  dark walls and red lights! ok a bit much. keep ears open for a  cheap studio.

Hello world!

21 Oct

Hello all. I have become inspired by my friend sara to be a blogger. This could be a good way to speak my mind and flesh out ideas so i am excited. I am not really sure how to go about this but here is a brief background about myself- I am a darkroom photographer who is psyching her self up to work and live in the digital age. I am trying to better myself in my art by just researching artists and looking at photos. I love to learn new things.

I am currently inspired by: Francesca Woodman & Henri Cartier-Bresson

I am currently listening to: Buena Vista Social Club ( great studio music)

I am currently reading: AlterKnits —i am trying to learn how to knit!!!

I am currently watching: Contacts- a beautiful  documentry series about photographers and their contact sheets.

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