BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE...INCLUDING ORANGE

Photo by Elaine Oyzon-Mast, one of 5 local professional photographers chosen to host the art DBF Open Photo Shoot for 50 Shades of Black and Typical American Families

Photo by Elaine Oyzon-Mast, one of 5 local professional photographers chosen to host the art DBF Open Photo Shoot for 50 Shades of Black and Typical American Families

I can't even begin to describe my emotions.  Being invited to be among so many amazing organizations that represent the spectrum of the art and cultural landscape of Atlanta was humbling to say the least. 

To see the beautiful faces of hundreds of people as they poured into our space on the main square in Decatur for the Inaugural Art | DBF, an art and culture showcase held within the Decatur Book Festival, made my spirit soar.

The team of photographers who made the 3rd Open Photo Shoot of 50 Shades of Black (and Typical American Families) possible can't be thanked enough.  It was them who offered the community an opportunity to see themselves in a way that many of them never have before.  The event was meant to affirm the beauty of every single one of us...and to help us (and others) to see ourselves anew.

Of the many many moments and faces that I can't wait to share later, one of my favorite moments came when Brian Harrison from the Center for Puppetry Arts, another art|DBF featured organization, came to visit.  In just a matter of minutes he transformed the entire space and in his own way helped us spread on of our most important messages.

I can't wait to share more! 

-carlton mackey

creator of 50 Shades of Black & Typical American Families

*Special Thanks to Showcase Photo and Video for providing the backdrop and other materials to make the shoot possible.
 **Complete list of the photographers who made this open shoot possible