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Kannapolis’ NEW Photog Scene!

When Michael Knox came to Kannapolis from Asheville, North Carolina, he discovered an arts community that was going unrecognized.  It was a vibrant group of multi-talented artists, musicians, photographers and crafters that were traveling up and down I-85 to show off their creations.   Knox was determined to foster an environment that would benefit the artists, the area business owners and the City of Kannapolis in a truly amazing way.  From this desire, Kannapolis Arts emerged.  As many of you know, Kannapolis Arts created the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis.  But what you may not know is that they didn’t stop there.  In an effort to further connect the arts community Kannapolis Arts has been experimenting with various Facebook groups geared towards individual specializations.  While some proved to be less successful, one thing is for sure, Kannapolis is home to a wide variety of extremely talented photographers who are eager to grow their craft and their community.  David Roman, professional photographer and co-founder of the Kannapolis Arts’ Photographers, created the group “as a place where you would be able to post questions, get ideas, answers, advice, etc. from other local photographers.”

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Photo Courtesy of Kevin R. Daniels

Roman is the owner of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography and has been a regular vendor and volunteer at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals.  While explaining his desire to start the group Roman stated,

“a lot of photographers are very territorial and to me have seemed very stand-offish. Making it hard to ask real questions. Things like ‘what settings should I used for this setup?’ or ‘where do you go to shoot a great sunset?’ We have a lot of amazing people willing to help in any way.”

To propel the group even further, Roman organized the first Photographer’s Meet-up just last week in Downtown Kannapolis.  Photographers from the group were given a specific topic and were invited to bring their knowledge and equipment and work hands on with the group.  So far they have shared their own unique lighting and flash techniques, tips for the best places to find a great sunset in the Kannapolis area, and helped one another to troubleshoot their way through various editing programs and camera difficulties.

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12322937_10157169134270223_2548519965981593948_oAfter the first Meetup the group was more enthusiastic than ever.  Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall immediately posted up his photos to the Facebook group saying, “for those who missed out tonight in the group, you gotta try to make the next one. We had a lot of fun tonight or at least I did anyway. It’s nice to get together and talk shop and learn new stuff. This was an off camera flash meet up and David showed me how to do a “Back Button” focus trick. Just talking shop together helps us learn so much more. Best photog group ever!!!”

13710430_151621125262969_6416272622029065894_oPhoto Courtesy of Photography by Duane Duvall

If there was ever a place to grow as a photographer,  Kannapolis, North Carolina is it!  With so many amazing photographers willing to share and explore it seems natural that this group will continue to grow.  If you are in the Kannapolis, North Carolina area and you are interested in joining the Kannapolis Arts Photographer’s Groups please click HERE.

All photos shown are from the Meet-Up and feature professional photographers including Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall, David Roman of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography,  Kevin R Daniels of Xiiith Photo Video Designs, Stevi Rosenthal of Stevie Rosenthal Photography and Kannapolis resident Topper Hightower.

Who Are the Kannapolis Arts Minions?

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Kannapolis Arts Minions. Who are they? Where did they come from? Well I am here to tell you what it means to be a Kannapolis Arts Minion.

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Unfortunate Event Numero Dos

Spending my Freshman year of college in a motorized wheelchair was NOT how I wanted to begin my new “adult” life. I was finally free to explore the world outside of my hometown and I wanted to do just that. The wheelchair made it difficult for me to explore my dormitory, much less the whole world.

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Unfortunate Event Numero Uno

When I graduated from high school, the only thing I knew for certain, was that I really loved art.  I researched colleges all over the country.  I secretly had my heart set on one down in Georgia.  Those dreams came to a halt when I realized the difference in expense for an out-of-state college paired with my mother’s intense desire for me to remain close by.  Ultimately I was accepted into UNC Charlotte, only about an hour away from my home town.  The summer before college began I was a whirl wind of nervous energy.  I had no idea where I would end up or what I would do there.

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Evolving

By my Freshman year in High School it was apparent that I needed a change.  More stimulation. More challenges. New surroundings. I can’t remember how exactly, but at some point I found myself talking to a few girls who attended Salem Academy, a Liberal Arts school for girls in Winston-Salem. Being from a small town where everyone knows everyone else, these girls seemed altogether other-worldly to me. They were independent, well spoken, cultured and lively. They didn’t seem to carry the same insecurities as many of the girls from my hometown. They had a zest for learning and I was immediately drawn to them. I went home and pleaded with my mother to send me there, swearing that it would keep me out of the trouble that bored kids in rural areas with limited activities often indulge in. I went for a tour of the school. I fell in love.

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The Beginning by Just Bailey Designs

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“Put your tongue in your mouth!” is what my parents used to say to me as I colored wildly in and around the lines of my coloring book. As a child I loved creating artwork so much and would become so engaged that I would pin my tongue between my front teeth, half hanging out of my mouth as I worked to fill in all the empty space on the page.

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