Photo exhibit showcases state's geography

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Maria-Jose Subiria


The eye-catching artwork on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, even to an untrained eye, projects something different.

It is not an assortment of sketches, or paint splattered on canvas, but photography that is rich, and deep in color. It looks almost three dimensional.

Visitors, and art enthusiast alike, soon may be making the same assessment of the "Modern Ancients" exhibit, in the atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson. One already has.

"This collection brings out a sense of mystery and sacredness in a landscape that is specifically Georgian," explained Katherine Marbury, manager of the Airport Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "These places appear to be outside of time."

People passing through the world's busiest airport will be able to glimpse, or study, the many landscapes Georgia has to offer through various stills.

Images of Georgia's physiographic regions are displayed in the "Modern Ancients" airport exhibit, according to DeAllous Smith, media relations officer for the airport. The exhibit will be showcased until Jan. 5, he said.

The "Modern Ancients" exhibit features the photography of Diane Kirkland, and captures Georgia's diverse scenery, said Smith. Many of these areas have remained relatively the same for thousands of years, he said.

"Often, we seem to lose the connection with our natural surroundings, and we seem very complacent to allow these sanctuaries to disappear," added Kirkland, in a prepared statement. "I would like for my pictures to show that these places are worthy of our attention, because we won't keep what we don't value."

Kirkland said landscapes such as mountains, swamps and coastal plains were captured in her photography.

Marbury said there are 17 of Kirkland's photos in the exhibit. The average dimension of the photographs is 16 by 20 inches, she said.

Kirkland said there is color, and black and white photography of some of Georgia's various regions, which include the Ridge and Valley, Blue Ridge, the Piedmont, the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Fall Line.

The photographer explained that the Fall Line runs through numerous cities of Georgia, including Augusta, Macon and Columbus.

"The Fall Line is where the ancient sea coast was," said Kirkland, during a telephone interview.

Kirkland said it wasn't a goal of hers to jump into nature and photograph the vast landscape; it just happened.

"I enjoy the outdoors quite a bit," she said. "I enjoy hiking."

Kirkland said she spent a lot of time capturing images of Georgia's coastal islands, as well. "I love the fact that it [Georgia] is so diverse," she said.

Kirkland said she was born in Boaz, Ala., and has lived in Atlanta for 32 years.

From 1980, to 2005, Kirkland said she worked as a photographer for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, capturing stills which assisted in marketing Georgia for tourism purposes. The photographs appeared in venues such as advertising campaigns and brochures.

Kirkland said she has been doing freelance photography since 2005.