Photography: Business Plan VizCamp

Photography: Business Plan VizCamp

Here’s a link to my VizCamp powerpoint.

And, here are the websites to check out from the end of the slideshow. I couldn’t get the links to work in the slideshow on here. 

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Places and Faces to Look for in Franklin County

Here are a few people and places to look out for if you haven’t explored Franklin County yet.

Happy Shooting! See you all tomorrow.

Betty Bond, owner of a Bond's Country Store, sits at the counter on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Lavonia, Ga. Bond took over after her husband past, and arrives at 5 in the morning to tend to her store, which she refers to as "a hangout spot" in Franklin County. (Photo/ Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Betty Bond, owner of a Bond’s Country Store, sits at the counter on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Lavonia, Ga. Bond took over after her husband past, and arrives at 5 in the morning to tend to her store, which she refers to as “a hangout spot” in Franklin County. (Photo/ Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Franklin County is full of unique chickens. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Franklin County is full of unique chickens. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Mike Gibson brings his grandson, Cody Gibson and friend Hunter Sanford, to visit the Cromer's Mill Covered Bridge in Carnesville, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.. Gibson used the bridge., built in 1906, to illustrate self-supporting architecture for the boys while they shadowed him during a school assignment. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Mike Gibson brings his grandson, Cody Gibson and friend Hunter Sanford, to visit the Cromer’s Mill Covered Bridge in Carnesville, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.. Gibson used the bridge., built in 1906, to illustrate self-supporting architecture for the boys while they shadowed him during a school assignment. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Owner of Antler Creations Taxidermy, Hugh Bryant, works on a buck at the shop on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Royston, Ga. Bryant serves many customers in the Franklin County area, and is a competitive hunter. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Owner of Antler Creations Taxidermy, Hugh Bryant, works on a buck at the shop on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Royston, Ga. Bryant serves many customers in the Franklin County area, and is a competitive hunter. (Photo/Damien Salas, dfs2423@uga.edu)

Another Helpful Rain Tip

One thing that would also be good to pack is some newspapers. An old trick from years of running cross country is that nothing dries wet shoes faster than newspaper. Considering how wet it will be, we’ll all end up with soaking wet shoes at some point or another. When that happens, pull the liners out of your shoes and stuff in a few sheets of a newspaper (3-4 is the average for me, but it depends on shoe size). Switch the sheets out every 1-2 hours and after about 2 or 3 rounds your shoes will be perfectly dry.

Weekend workshop ideas

1. When Shane talked about the same family owning 3 of the 5 grocery stories in the area, I knew I wanted to explore that. Saturday and Sunday are really popular grocery shopping days, so I should have lots to document. I want to see how long they’ve been there, what made them want to settle, and how they interact with their regular customers.

EDIT: I just read that Brittany got the specifics, and they’re owned by the Dill family. I’m going to head over on Monday and go find Adrian so he can talk to me about the above questions. I’m really, really excited about this idea, so everyone be a dear and tell me to pursue this one.

2. I remember Shane saying that there’s no Catholic church, but I don’t remember whether this was just in Lavonia or in the entire county. I know there has to be a Catholic family somewhere in the county, and I’d love to find them and talk to them about how they incorporate that into their lives. Do they drive a long distance to a Catholic church? How do they socialize with their neighbors when so much of small town social life revolves around the church community?

3. The Royston Animal Hospital is a large, busy vet hospital that’s been around since 1983 and founded by three UGA grads. I’d love to talk to the owners about the goings-on at the hospital- any clients with unusual pets? Any regulars that have been around from the first year? Thing is, they’re only open from 8-6 on Fridays and 8-12 on Saturdays, closed on Sundays. I’d have to find something different to shoot on Sunday if this became my main story. This might be a nice break from whatever my main story ends up being, might get some nice feature photos out of it. Also, cute puppies and kitties and the like.

Katie’s Photo Pitches

  • Antique Outlet Mall: There is a huge antique outlet mall in downtown Lavonia. The owner, Stuart, took me around for almost an hour just talking about what was in the mall and what the building used to be. He is definitely one of the most opinionated people I’ve met and also has practically no filter. He was more hesitant to agree to a story on himself, but he gladly said I could do a story on the shop and one of the workers, Anne, who has been working there for a while. 
  • Lavonia Community Garden: The Lavonia Community Garden is a non-profit organization that provides garden lots for people in the community with low-incomes or without places to grow their own food. This mission of the organization is to offer a place for people in the community to change their lifestyle eating habits and start eating healthier. It is also geared to teaching kids to grow things and also to prepare healthy foods. And it is used as a means of bringing the community together. They can then sell their produce at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. 
  • Mac’s Donut Cafe: This cafe is a community staple in downtown Lavonia and has many regular customers. The owner makes in house donuts every morning and starts early (3AM)! I feel like this could be an interesting place to showcase different people in the community and their support of local, long-term businesses. 

More ideas to come soon…

Story Ideas

1. So…everyone knows about Mrs. Margaret. Also known as Margaret Ayers, Mrs. Northeast Bank, or that lady that knows everything about Lavonia. I really want to spend the weekend with her learning everything I can about Lavonia and why she has given her whole life to the small town.

2. I found a pool hall that has been around 60 years and the owners of it seem really cool. They love smoking and drinking beer while playing some arcade games or shooting pool. I don’t know if I can do much more with this but it seems like an awesome place for images.

3. I have several different owners of gun shops in the area that would be willing to let me put a “positive” spin on the gun issue. While in reality, I would just want to experience their everyday life.

Story Ideas

1. Asa ‘Bud’ Brown is a Vietnam Veteran that has a hangar at the Franklin-Hart Airport. He’s been flying for 50 years and got his start flying S-2s and A-4s for the Navy during the war. He joined in 1962 and left in 1969. Since then, he has been flying purely for the love of it. He’s flown to various parts of Alaska multiple times as well as other cities all over the United States in his Swift (which he has owned for 30 years), though he does not fly quite as much currently because of how expensive aviation fuel has gotten. He also has a Navion that he fixed up and repainted to look like the A-4 he flew during the war when he flew off the carrier USS Oriskany.

2. Brian Hart is the owner of Bar-H BBQ. He and his brother opened the restaurant 18 years ago and operated it together until 4 years ago when Brian bought out his brother’s half of the restaurant. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday. All of the food is made fresh everyday and the slices of cake sold there are homemade by Brian’s brother’s mother-in-law. The restaurant stays very busy Fridays and Saturdays and draws a diverse crowd.

3. Once Upon A Time is an antique store in downtown Royston. I talked to one of the employees, Barbara Terry, and she gave me the contact information for the owner of the store, Diana Hegger (I haven’t been able to get in touch with her yet). The store is only open on Saturdays, it seems because Hegger also owns a farm and works as a pediatric specialty nurse. Most of the products, from what Terry told me, comes from auctions and estates.