Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Multimedia "Small Bites" on Instagram

I capture a ton of great audio when I'm working on an article or a video project, and then I throw most of it out. It's not that the audio is unusable, there's just a lot of extra stuff that I have to edit away to get to the main point, or story, of a piece.

"Small Bites" were created because it pains me to hear a great little story (usually a tangent in a broader conversation), a quote, or some music, and then find that I have to throw it out later.

Bites are short, one minute multimedia pieces that I share on Instagram. Most are audio with one photo, but I'm expanding into short video clips as well. Here are a few of my favorites.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Recently in "Eat. Drink. Mississippi"

This week I'm catching up on long overdue blog posts! Starting with the past two issues of "Eat. Drink. Mississippi". In case you missed them, the April / May issue featured two articles of my work, "McEwen's" and "The Debutante Farmer". Here's a few of my shots from each article. Back issues are available through EDM.

I also neglected to update with my article from the Summer issue (that tells you how swamped I've been!). The June / July issue featured my article and photography of "Steak by Melissa", a new steak restaurant in Southaven. Below are a few shots from that piece. Back issues are available through EDM.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Portraits of Christy's "Little Man"

Kids are so much fun for photojournalism-style shoots! I had a blast with my friend Christy and her son, "Little Man", who quickly began showing-off his fitness routine! Here's a few of my favorite shots from our afternoon together. My favorites are the more artistic black and white shots, of course, but Christy received my standard batch of selects... which includes both color and b&w images.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Barefoot Workshops with Ron Haviv

Last month, I attended Barefoot Workshops in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Class was instructed by one of my favorite photojournalists, Ron Haviv of VII! It's the first photojournalism workshop I've been able to attend, and I'm so grateful for the experience!

During the week-long workshop, we chose a local subject to document. Then, we selected our best (and favorite) shots, and put together a slideshow presentation. The last day of the workshop, each of us presented our work to the community, including the people we documented.

For my project, I followed Mark 'River' Peoples, a river guide for Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale. Mark is a staple in the community, and spends much of his free time volunteering with children. See my final presentation, "River Peoples" below..

Photographer: © 2017 Megan Wolfe
Workshop: 2017 (February) - 1-Week Documentary Photography in The Mississippi Delta with Barefoot Workshops 
Instructor: Ron Haviv

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"The Artist's Sketch" by Carolyn J. Brown

I'm thrilled to announce that Carolyn J. Brown's book, "The Artist's Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark" is out in bookstores! For this project, I had the honor of photographing Clark's items, such as her paint brushes and books, as well as key locations in Holly Springs. The book is in full color, and is absolutely stunning!

Here's the synopsis for the book, plus a few of the photos...

"Artist Kate Freeman Clark (1875–1957) left behind over one thousand paintings now stored at a gallery bearing her name in her hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. But it was not until after her death in 1957 at the age of eighty-one that citizens even discovered that she was a painter of considerable stature. In her will, Clark left the city her family home, her paintings stored at a warehouse in New York for over forty years, and money to build a gallery, much to the surprise of the Holly Springs community.

As a young woman, Clark studied art in New York and took classes with some of the greatest American artists of the day. From the start Clark approached the study of art with discipline and tenacity. She learned from William Merritt Chase when he opened his own school in 1895. For six consecutive summers at his Shinnecock Summer School of Art in Long Island, she mastered the plein air technique. Chase trained many female students, yet he recognized Clark as “his most talented pupil.” The book prints, for the first time, excerpts from Clark’s delightful journal of the artist’s experience at Chase’s school, giving readers firsthand reporting of an artist-led school in the early twentieth century.

Clark returned to Holly Springs in 1923. Mysteriously, sadly, she never resumed painting and lived the last years of her life in quietude. The Artist’s Sketch shines a light on Clark, finally bringing her out of obscurity. This book also introduces Clark’s art to a new generation of readers and highlights current projects and important work being done in Holly Springs by the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery and the Marshall County Historical Museum, the two institutions that, since her death, have worked hard to keep Kate Freeman Clark’s legacy alive."

Catfish Blues in Eat.Drink.MS

On stands now! The February / March issue of "Eat. Drink. Mississippi" features my article and photos about "Catfish Blues" in Hernando! See what makes the food so delicious, and read about how restauranteur, Josh Tucker, was inspired by blues history. Pick up a copy of "Eat. Drink. Mississippi" at your local Mississippi bookstore, or Barnes & Noble in Collierville, Tenn.