Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Going Goth! event at the Orlando Museum of Art was postponed. Happy to say it has been re-scheduled for Wednesday October 19. Hope to see you there!
I will have three photos on display (and for sale) this week at the Orlando Museum of Art's Going Goth! event (Thursday October 6, 2016). If you're in the Orlando area, stop by and say "hi" and check out what I'm sure will be some amazing art.
Florida Photographer's Work Goes to International Exhibition
Eric Llewellyn of Eric Llewellyn Photography, LLC is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.
Orlando, Florida (August 17, 2016) – A photograph created by Eric Llewellyn of Eric Llewellyn Photography, LLC in Orlando has recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2016 International Photographic Competition. Llewellyn’s work will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 8-10, 2017. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.
A panel of 46 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,700 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,428 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,007 were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection-the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.
Titled “Liberty”, Llewellyn’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition as well as a appearing in traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at ppa.com.
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I like walking through Heathrow’s Terminal 5. To be honest, I don’t know exactly why. I’m not supposed to right? It’s too crowded, security lines are long and forget about getting through passport control while you’re still young…but I do. I like walking past all of the gates on the way to mine and see the various destinations pass by; Zürich, Istanbul, Mumbai, Moscow, Singapore. So many places in the world to see. What are the travelers going there to do? Holidays? Business? Who are they going to see? I like walking past all of the shops, although I don’t recall ever buying anything at one of them.
You see all manner of dress, the Texan in blue jeans and cowboy boots, the banker in a three piece suit which undoubtedly cost more than my first car, you see saris and burqas and sweatpants, sandals and high heels…but strangely enough, it is in this see of different looks and languages and mannerisms that if you stop and look and observe, you notice the great paradox. It is amidst this sea of different that you realize how very much alike we all are. Whether or not there is a veil in front of your eyes, a yarmulke or a cowboy hat on your head, Gucci’s or Adidas on your feet, everyone there is simply going about their life and all of the various circumstances brought all of these people of wonderfully diverse backgrounds to the same building on the same day at the same time. They just want to have breakfast before heading to their flight, or they don’t have time for even coffee as they rush to their gate to not miss their plane. They are going to family. Or friends. They are going to saying hello to someone in person for the first time. Or to say goodbye to someone for the last time. They are heading to the holiday they have dreamed about and planned for years. They are on their way to a business meeting they really didn’t want to go to. They are off to see family. Or leaving them.
The point is, no matter what your background is or where you call home, all of these things we can identify with and relate to. Those other differences are superficial, meaningless. We all want the same things; to be with those we love, enjoy what we do and just go about our daily lives in peace, and maybe along the way make some sort of difference. That’s really it. It really doesn’t seem like that much to ask does it?
Cotton Coulson passed away on May 27, 2015, three days after a diving accident off the coast of Norway left him in a coma.
I last saw Cotton at a train station in Avignon at the end of April. The conversation was one of those of no major importance, I think it was about which of the shops in the station had the best sandwiches to take with us on the TGV trip back up to Paris. If I remember correctly, Cotton and his wife Sisse were leaving on 12:15 train, while my wife Rocio and I were heading out on the 12:45 (we didn’t but that’s another story).
We had just finished a National Geographic Expedition in Paris and Provence, an exhilarating and challenging week. Cotton pushed you to be a better photographer, made you see things literally and figuratively from a different view, and always in his kind, friendly manner. A smile and a laugh were always close at hand (by the way, Cotton doesn't have a major sunburn in the photo above, we were just playing around with a red gel on a flash). And he pushed himself as well, I think he would have been the first to tell you he wanted to always be learning and improving too. In Arles, we had a wonderful lunch at a sidewalk café in the square where Van Gogh painted The Café Terrace. We chatted about the things going on in our lives, the upcoming wedding of Cotton and Sisse’s daughter, house renovations they were planning to work on during their upcoming summer off from travel and workshops. They would just be doing one more in Scandinavia before their summer break. Cotton and I talked about getting together to photograph a festival in Austria the following summer. The Cotton we knew loved to laugh and have fun. Do you remember the €2 “banana” encounter, Sisse? We still laugh about that, it’s something we’ll never forget!
We all said our goodbyes at the train station and went our separate ways. Cotton and I had traded emails a couple of times in the following weeks and then suddenly one afternoon I heard the news. No, I must be misunderstanding something, that can’t be right. I went to the NPPA website and there it was…I couldn’t believe it, somehow it was true. Cotton was one of those rare individuals that is instantly likeable, you know upon first meeting him you’re going to get along great.
Hanging on the wall in my office is a group photo from an Expedition in Rome. There’s Cotton front and center and I have to smile, because I had the pleasure and the privilege to know him. He was a good person, and I don’t know a better compliment to give than that.