The History of BE Atlanta & BAP Photography
Four years ago, I created BE Atlanta, a name I borrowed from one of my favorite Common albums Be, to capture the city and creatives of Atlanta. Since I didn’t have a DSLR camera at the time, I shot exclusively on my iPhone for three years.
During that time I had the privilege of collaborating with creatives and businesses from all over the city. I've had my work featured in mobile art galleries, CNN Center, Five Points Marta Station, and on a large mural downtown.
Below you'll find a few examples of my early projects and what I've learned over the last four years.
BE Atlanta Friend Series
The first project I started was the BE Atlanta Friend Series. I reached out to several of my friends and family, took their portrait, and wrote a short story about our relationship.
BE Atlanta Fashion Series
Another early project of mine was the BE Atlanta Fashion Series - a series of photos and interviews that brought attention to individuals who had style that I admired. You can check out all of those photos and interviews here: BE Atlanta Fashion Series.
Over the last couple of years, photography has opened up a lot of doors and connected me with so many amazing people.
If I could give advice to anyone who is interested in photography, or pursuing any passion, I would say:
- Just start. Even if everything isn't exactly the way you envision it to be, you have to start somewhere. If you're interested in photography, shoot as much as possible and don't be afraid to take risks. "May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears." - Nelson Mandela
- Enjoy the process. When I first started, I didn't have any expectations about where I wanted photography to take me. I just set goals, and let God do the rest. You'll be amazed at the opportunities that will come your way if you put in the work. Continue to challenge yourself every day, learn from others, and try to get better everyday.
Last week, BE Atlanta reached 3,000 followers, and to celebrate, I'll be doing a giveaway to thank everyone for their support. To enter, just follow the rules on this Instagram post.
You'll find some of my favorite early iPhone photos in the carousel below: