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Thought-Provokers: Buckhead

Atlanta has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Buckhead that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Cameron Lyden

Despite growing up in a wildly supportive household that encouraged creativity and problem solving, it was a black and white film photography class in high school that made me realize that I needed to pursue art. Learning to look at the world through a viewfinder transformed the way I saw everything. It changed day to day minutia into vignettes and still lives, and forced me to stop and carefully consider before taking action. Read more>>

Chris London

My art is documentive media from different moments from the starting of a project to end of the night when its all done, using visual tools and modern media such as photography and digital video to capture the arc story the artist, singer, host, actor, politician, or promoter is trying to convey. Showcasing someone else’s gifts they have to the world is an inspiration of mine. Read more>>

Tamara Gilchrist

SHE had to make a conscious effort in bettering others, and that started her journey of becoming an inspirer not too long after that SHE fell in love with this camera. SHE started taking pictures of her positive affirmation sticky notes and flowers. This was around the time that SHE started writing poetry again too. Read more>>

Jay Batchler

Outside of working in the film industry, I work part-time currently as a photographer as well. Doing things from Headshots/Portraits, Products, and Weddings. Since picking up my first camera almost 11 years ago, I have photographed over 600 individuals for headshots/portraits, captured over 40 weddings, and even had the chance to work and learn from photographers who have shot for Victoria Secret, Coca-Cola, Bud Light New York. Read more>>

Aliyah Davis

Through my time of interning at different news companies around the U.S, I saw the need to create a media platform that was more diverse and more relatable to the black community. After praying to God about my concerns within the media industry, he gave me a vision. THE ALIYAH DAVIS NETWORK. Read more>>

MacKenzie Williams

I loved the gesture and thought it could be expanded into a gift line. My aunt Ruth also used the term “sercy” to describe a little gift given for no reason except love. I created my own version beads and eventually called them ‘blessing beads”. I have always been crafty and actually have a fine arts degree. Seven years later, The Sercy Studio has evolved and become much larger than I could have ever imagined. Read more>>

Allen Diamond

I would use my dad’s old film camera all throughout my life. I must not have have been the greatest I only have one image that I’ve kept since then. It was my first picture I took of Atlanta when my family moved here in 96. I ended up pursuing graphic design professionally and years would pass before I purchased my first digital camera. When I did, I was back hooked on photography and decided to use it to explore the city. Read more>>

Mark Isaac

I have been professionally doing photography and graphic designs since 2006. My business started with my mom. She has been a top producing real estate agent since I was in the fifth grade. So when she would send me to take pictures of her listings, I developed my love for photography. And I accidentally became her graphic designer. She had a professional at the time, who she had been using for years. Read more>>


I create music that makes me happy and hopefully makes others feel the way I feel. Being able to express my emotions and help others understand theirs is my dream. I hope my music makes others happy and feel independent and free to be who they are in their own skin. I wasn’t very popular in school and kids used to make fun of me, so music was my home away from home. Read more>>

Gabriel Williams

Dancing was fun at times, but I believe the reason I filmed myself doing it because I thought it was so cool how nice I could make it look on film. So, I began to dive deep into photography as well as making cinematic edits. Later on, my dad introduced the Adobe program After Effects to me. That’s where it all started. I truly started using After Effects 3 years ago and got impressively good with it. Read more>>

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