Cosmic Coastal Empire

Posted 11.13.16 in Blog New Photos

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

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Low Country Heaven, Coastal Empire

Posted 11.12.16 in Blog New Photos

The LowCountry is my home... I live in Atlanta and I travel often but when I think of going back home I feel as if my home is still the LowCountry of Charleston. My family still lives there but it's the places around there that keep drawling me back that make it home. When I am away from this area I feel as if I am missing a long lost friend. I am missing the swinging Spanish Moss. I am missing the Resurrection Ferns coming back to life after a hard rain. I am missing the sounds of nature coming alive right at sunset. I miss the LowCountry because it has been so good to me. This Photograph was taken early this summer after a good rain on a day like any day with a cool breeze. I showed my parents this little spot which is off the beaten path. I envisioned it as the entrance to heaven before you meet those that have past and are waiting for you at the end of this dirt road. 


Bimini Shipwreck, Bahamas

Posted 11.12.16 in Blog New Photos

I loved history as a child and as I travel I experience different places and I learn more about the history that once was in hopes to learn more about the future. They say history repeats itself and I not only believe it the more I travel but you can start to see history repeating itself. 

Prior to permanent settlement in 1840, Bimini had been the haunt of pirates in the 1600 and 1700s. Its location on the edge of the Gulf Stream made it a perfect place to engage Spanish galleons laden with treasure on their return route to Spain. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan and Blackbeard all knew of Bimini. Also, the fresh water pools on South Bimini were useful to the pirates and privateers.

By 1919 Bimini, with its 600 persons, was an island struggling with poverty. The population, both black and white, was locked in an economic depression. However, in 1919 the United States enacted the Volstead Act and the era of prohibition dawned. Now that liquor was illegal in the United States many Americans still wanted to drink. Consequently, alcohol was smuggled into the USA through Canada and The Bahamas.

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Fire in the Sky

Posted 11.01.16 in Blog New Photos

Some sunsets in your life you just never forget. After days full of major thunderstorms I watched the sky turn to fire along the Wilmington River just outside of Savannah, GA. As the sun set the clouds lit up like something out of a dream.

The Coastal islands just north of Charleston, SC to Savannah and down the Golden Isle of Georgia have become one of my most beloved regions to explore. I am in love with this area and I know it. The history and the locations are endless and I know some of the best images I capture will be from these adventures. I just feel blessed to be alive at this time in the world with a wonderful family and a love for what I do. Thank you for coming along with me on my journey...... Cheers to the future, thank you for the past as we live in the present.

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Dragon's Eye

Posted 11.01.16 in Blog New Photos

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.


Stairway to Heaven

Posted 11.01.16 in Blog New Photos

Bramante Staircase Vatican -Vatican City State ( Black & White version )

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

The modern double helix staircase, also in the Pio-Clementine Museum, and commonly referred to as the "Bramante Staircase", was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 and was inspired by the original Bramante Staircase. This staircase, like the original, is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending; as with the original the main purpose being to allow uninterrupted traffic in each direction. 


Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Posted 11.01.16 in Blog New Photos

Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Walking the night streets of Rome after a nights rain and seeing the Fullmoon expose itself from behind a massive cloud cover was beyond me. I acted like a fool and starting howling at the moon. Cheers to experience and never loosing that lust for travel. 

This is a giant massive file that can max out any printer! This can be printed at full 300 res 8 feet tall by 10 feet long!! 8 photo stitched panorama shot with a #canon Mark 3!

The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).


Cycling Trivialities of the Casa Milà

Posted 11.01.16 in Blog New Photos

 

Photography by @douglasstrattonphotography 
Architect: Antoni #Gaudí

The Casa Milà aka "La Pedrera"

The building was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of the undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Structural innovations include a self-supporting stone front and columns, and floors free of load bearing walls. Also innovative is the underground garage.

In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Currently, it is the headquarters of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, which manages the exhibitions, activities and public visits at Casa Milà.

Casa Milà is probably one of the most famous buildings of the Catalan Modernisme or Catalan Art Nouveau period and one of the architect Antoni Gaudí’s most ambitious works. It is a container that is a work of art in itself.

Blessed to discover the world with my wife!


Willow

Posted 10.27.16 in Blog New Photos

 

Camargue horses are the oldest living breed of horses in all the world. With their characteristic grey color and love of salt water, photographing these wild horses in Southern France will be an experience I will never forget .  Not only are these horses strong and able to withstand extreme elements, they are even tempered. The Camargue wild horses are indigenous to the Wetlands of Camargue along the French Southern Coast. The wetlands are located in a marshy natural reserve formed by a fork in the Rhone River at the City of Arles, France where the Rhone and Le Petit Rhone split and empty into the Mediterranean Sea. The area is a mostly protected area divided into the Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and the Reserve Naturelle de Camargue.


Save the Date: 3rd Annual Studio Open House 10.22.16

Posted 09.20.16 in Blog Exhibits

 

THIRD ANNUAL STUDIO OPEN HOUSE:
Saturday, October 22, 2016

(5:30 pm - til you quit)
376 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 | map

Parking is limited - PLEASE USE UBER
Limited Valet Parking
Open Bar

ARTISTS:
Douglas Stratton
Myott
Doug Foltz
Catherine Wilmer

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"Break of Day" published in "Inspired Georgia"

Posted 08.29.16 in Blog Published Work

A copublication with Georgia Council for the Arts, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Georgia Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts

inspired georgia

Inspired Georgia

Edited by Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy, and Karen L. Paty

Exploring the work of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers

Inspired Georgia is a unique collection of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers that engages the history and culture of the state, while serving as a document of some of the best and most powerful pieces penned by Georgia poets and images shot by Georgia photographers in recent years. Representing a wide range of styles, attitudes, and backgrounds, the poets either hail from Georgia or have spent a considerable amount of time in their adopted state. Chosen from previously published collections, representing various stages of the poets’ careers, these poems exemplify the great talent, insight, and creativity present in Georgia letters.

A geographically diverse representation of Georgia photographers is included, showcasing a wide range of talent well versed in making insightful and intimate images. The interweaving of photographs with poems (and poems with photographs) creates spaces of possibility, where what’s in the mind’s eye might (or might not) meet what’s found in front of the camera’s lens.

While complementary, the poems and photographs in Inspired Georgia are not in dialogue with each other—they echo, resonate, and reflect the places they inhabit. They pay homage to the ecology, terrain, and culture of Georgia, which in turn draws in, nurtures, and fuels the intellect of its many and varied artists.

 

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New York State of Mind

Posted 08.29.16 in Blog New Photos

About 10 years ago I new photograph was in my future but I didn't have any idea of where it would take me and how it would change my life. I grew up as a Jersey boy in the small town of Ocean City. As a kid I would experience the city of New York but I didn't  have the chance to really get to know it back then. I have been back to the Big Apple more times then I could count but on this trip I never touched the state of NY. I stayed in Frank Sinatra old hometown of Hoboken, NJ. This was captured at 9pm just as the blue hour finished and the night became dark. Standing high above the city streets this location was scouted out months ago. New York New York you really never sleep!

This photographic print was commissioned by someone who grew up in this area. The final print will be face mounted to acrylic glass at 60"x120" or 5 feet by 10 feet! This is the Largest print I can currently make... Once its finished I will make this good friend the happiest man alive.

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