One Saturday morning in September, if all goes as he envisions, about 150 photographers will spread out along
They will focus across the street, adjust their shutters to all match and then, at the same instant, they will all snap a picture of their allotted segment of Charlotte's main drag. Their photos, comprising 15 blocks, will be combined into a single panoramic image. It will measure about a foot high and 270 feet long, nearly the length of a football field.
Good luck finding a gallery that can display that, Sean.
"There's actually three complications," says Busher, a Charlotte commercial photographer since 2001. "Doing it, printing it and exhibiting it."
Not on his list of complications is a motive for doing it in the first place -- Busher plans to organize the street shoot to commemorate the rebirth of the
Financial problems last fall hobbled the
Many workshops and classes offered for the summer have sold out and a new board has the center back on firm financial footing. A Kickstarter campaign raised
"People want us to survive," says
When renovations are complete, exhibitions should begin in the autumn.
Roberts says the new
"We want to represent the best of fine art -- film and cinema -- and bring contemporary issues to the fore," says
Highlights of center
At the new center is a gallery, two classrooms, an office that can also serve as a gallery space and a darkroom.
Yes, even in the digital age, there are still photographers who like to develop pictures through the chemical process in the darkroom, says
"There's still LP album audiophiles," says
Six enlargers are available for students in the spacious darkroom.
Taking the picture
September's photo shoot on
He thinks that he'll round up enough photographers without much trouble -- for some reason, he says, Charlotte has always had a vibrant photo community -- and he'll mark a spot on the pavement for each to occupy.
"We'll have a huddle beforehand and you'll get a print of your spot, like No. 67, that will show what you shoot. You would line your camera up and then we'll probably have a countdown on a website for smartphones. We'll shoot one side of the street, then wait five minutes and shoot the other side of the street."
Afterward, everyone will gather and hand in their images, and maybe share pizza.
Busher is thinking about something that would make the quiet nature of
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