The Real Downtown Atlanta- Subjectively

Every environment is influenced through lenses. For example racial, gender, or class discrepancies can be expressed in an environments basic structure. In the case of this digital environment  racial, class, and gender issues can not only be seen in the literal sense, but also the way the video is filmed. While the video follows 16 Atlantans, only 6 of those people were different races. There were three black men, one black woman, and an Asian mother and son. There were no people of Hispanic decent featured at at all. There were more people of color featured in the background of video i.e. workers. 6 of the 16 people followed were white women. I wouldn’t call this a fair representation of the demographics found in downtown Atlanta. Shot of JoS. A. Bank, a probable contributor to the sponsor of the video Out of all the people followed, only one was a worker for the city of Atlanta and it was one of the three black men. As for the amount of woman, perhaps the video is attempting to say Atlanta is an equal opportunity place where women are welcome in professional business setting. The overwhelming majority of the people followed were in business casual attire. Perhaps intentional by the sponsors of the video, a nonprofit funded by local Atlanta business and institutions and those sponsors are clearly  presented throughout. We are following a specific class of people- white collar professionals. The camera angles and shots are careful to exclude the homeless one might frequently encounter Shot of the playground found at Woodruff Park walking down Peachtree or through Woodruff Park. The video is attempting to...

The Real Downtown Atlanta- Objectively

Logo for CAP The Real Downtown Atlanta is a video posted to Youtube by an Atlanta based nonprofit organization called Central Atlanta Progress and a public-private partnership  called The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. CAP, founded in 1941, and ADID, founded in 1995, work to provide services that help maintain and stimulate the Downtown Atlanta area- namely through economic means with the help of investment by businesses in the area. The Real Downtown Atlanta shows a bit of the area CAP oversees and the real people you may find in Atlanta. The video begins with a shot of morning light slightly hidden behind a few of Atlanta’s buildings and quickly cuts away to a speedy Marta train against the backdrop of some of the taller buildings found in the city. The next shot brings us to a woman leaving the Marta station and making her way to a coffee shop. Once reaching the coffee shop, the camera begins to follow a man that had just paid for his coffee. By now the viewer may notice that the camera cuts from mostly medium long, eye level shots that don’t pan. This creates an awareness of the space around the person being followed in each shot. Those surroundings being various distinguishable places around Downtown Atlanta. These shots not only draw awareness to the surroundings, but makes them stand out as they are extremely still shots juxtaposed by only the movements of mostly one person. Most of the shots are sure to subtly show the names  of major businesses around the area when passing by or through them. This would be in relation to...

An Objective Look Into the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Atlanta’s Contemporary Art Center has humble beginnings. Formally Nexus, the art center stems from a grassroots art movement back in 1973 by Atlanta photographers and has upheld those roots by featuring smaller artists. The center even promotes an in-house artist residency program.  They have helped work in the redevelopment of the Atlanta community after the renovation of their own permanent home, a warehouse on the outskirts of West Atlanta. I entered the building to find only one other person in the building, a woman behind the cut out of a wall that matches the rest of the architecture. A windy day only to be recognized by the inconsistent fluttering of a tarp against the skylights as I walked through the open space. White walls punctured with small amounts of color from the various pieces of art on the walls. A wandering eye finds its way to the next art piece with help from the uncomplicated design of the space. The lights are arranged in such a way to lengthen the rooms  There is a modern feeling with emphasized not only by the architecture, but the sound of the clicking of my heel against the concrete floor. Although there aren’t numerous windows, the building is light and airy throughout. There are three distinct spaces in the warehouse where the art is displayed separated simply by asymmetrical...
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