Photo Review, Theme: Black and White. Tuesday May 7, 2024

Current 2024 RPS members are allowed to submit one digital image and/or and one print image for review. (Join/renew membership)

Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 05, 2024, 12:00 Midnight

Pictures Submission Link

B&W Photo Review
Tuesday, May 07, 2024
Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 30075
Doors Open at 6:00 PM,
Social Time 6:00-6:45,
Announcements 6:45-7:00,
Review 7:00PM

Judge: Mike Boatright

Michael Boatright

Michael Boatright

Storytelling is my passion and I bring this enthusiasm to every facet of my client work. Throughout my life, I have consistently sought to explore innovative ways of telling the human story by merging traditional analog photography with digital audio/visual and print techniques to share magical stories unparalleled by others.

My relationship with photography began as a teenager, when my dad, a professional photographer for many years, taught me camera and darkroom techniques. With IBM, I began experimenting with and developing techniques in digital storytelling, leading several large multimedia projects for the 1994 Lillehammer and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Disney’s Epcot Center, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Masters Golf Tournament and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg as well as many others. More recently, I worked on digital media projects for the British Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio and AT&T, and was awarded 5 patents for my work.

In 2014, I opened my professional photography studio and left the corporate world not long after, to concentrate solely making images for clients. In 2018, I earned the title Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America (founded in 1858) and in 2023, I was awarded the PPA’s highest professional degree, Masters of Photography, signifying a broad range of skills and artistry in image making.

My decades in corporate technology management taught me the value of having a professional certification—that my clients can expect a solid baseline of experience, creativity and technical expertise to make images important to their needs. Likewise, my experience as a past director for the Georgia Professional Photographers Association’s and as a past-president of the Southeastern Photographic Society, allows my clients to trust that my business operates according to the highest professional and ethical standards

In 2020, my Dark Houses Atlanta project published photographs of 33 of Atlanta’s theaters shuttered by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in numerous interviews by local and regional news organizations—all with the goal of raising awareness of the plight of the live-entertainment community and contributed to the effort that resulted in the passage of the Federal Save Our Stages Act, providing $15B of support for theatrical stages throughout the US.

Digital imaging has made dramatic shifts in the professional photography business. Today, just about anyone can plop down a few hundred bucks in a big box store and hang out a shingle. My response to that business challenge has been to up my artistic game by going back to my film photography roots and I am thrilled to be making portraits for my clients using “old-school” techniques and cameras. There is a quality to an image captured on film unparalleled by digital camera (the proliferation of “filters” to make photos look like film proves that). In this industry, you can no longer compete on price (all the mall photography studios went out of business trying to do just that)–you can only complete with a higher quality product. And people know and understand the word “ARTISAN.”