Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Athens

It's no secret that I love Athens, GA.
It has quickly become my home over the past 2 years, and I dread the day I have to move away.

I love all of the different parts of Athens: the restaurants, the bars, the downtown atmosphere. There is really nothing like Athens nightlife. Ask anyone who has lived in Athens and they'll tell you the hardest part is leaving it. It's a city that takes a special place in everyone's heart, and if you haven't experienced it, you're truly missing out on one of the great gems of the South.

A few months ago someone started a project on Instagram called "My Athens." Everyone was encouraged to tag their photos with #my_athens hashtag so that they could compile an art show to show off our beautiful city.

I have gotten so hooked on stalking the #my_athens hashtag that it's becoming a problem. I love seeing the different perspectives people have of our city. It makes you see things you might pass every day in a whole different light.

Instagram of the Hunter-Holmes building on UGA's campus; beside the Arch
Selected photos are shown in the gallery, and then available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Athens Habitat for Humanity. I was so excited that 3 of my photos were selected for the show, so my parents and a whole slew of us went to check it out on opening night last night.

Instagram from Sister Hazel concert at the Georgia Theatre (February 2013)
instagram from the Drive-By Truckers Concert at Georgia Theatre (August 2012)

Those 3 instagram photos are those of mine chosen for the show. It was so neat to see them in print on the wall alongside other photos of Athens life.

standing with one of my prints
It was such a neat show, and a wonderful way to showcase the beautiful city of Athens. They had books for sale with the prints featured in them, and the cutest shirts.. so of course we stocked up on Athens gear.

If you're in the area, definitely check it out. It's at the Bottleworks on Prince through April 20.

Check out the My Athens website here
aaand check out this article from The Red & Black (the Red & Black) about the project.


Nichole said...

I really love Tampa, but this weekend we had a friend's wedding to attend and most of our close friends have all moved to different cities/states and hubby and I are starting to think where the next adventure could take us...perhaps it will be Athens :)

Jordan said...

How fun! I might have to check out Athens sometime. Guess you'll just have to find a job close by! :)

Lauren said...

That is sooo cool! I really wish that Oxford would do something like this! I feel the same about Oxford as you do about Athens! I need to visit soon and I think you should come to Oxford ASAP! :)

Amber said...

I love Love LOVE when towns do fun things like this! Its so much fun to see things from a new perspective, and its awesome that some of your photos were chosen!!

Jamie said...

Seriously. There is no greater place than Athens. It is literally the perfect town!! I can't wait to check out my picture in the gallery this week : ) I hope they keep it going!

Anonymous said...

Such a cool project! Congrats on getting your photos in!

Heather said...

That is awesome that 3 of your photos were featured! Looks like I need to take a little trip to Athens and take in the sights!

Anonymous said...

that's seriously so cool! i hope lexington will do something like that!

Blue Dog Belle said...

That is such a cool idea!!!

Portuguese Prepster said...

I'd love for Charlottesville to do something like that!