W. Cullen Hart of the Elephant Six Collective.

Will Hart was chosen by Laura Carter for Athens Potluck.

 Will Hart of Olivia Tremor Control and Circulatory System.

Will Hart of Olivia Tremor Control and Circulatory System.

Walking into Will Hart’s house is like stepping into his brain. Amongst the piles of CDs, musical equipments, recording devices and cassette tapes you’ll notice something that looks like it’s been there since 1995, but maybe it was just randomly thrown down the day before. It’s widely believed that Will is a true musical genius and I’ve personally never met anyone like him. He was the first of the many members of the Elephant Six Collective to move from Ruston, LA to Athens, GA. I normally don't move things around when I was making photos in people's homes but when I saw the Green Typewriter hidden away, above the stairs, I knew I had to move it into better light. The Green Typewriter had been featured on the Olivia Tremor Control’s first full length album, Dusk at Cubist Castle.

 The Green Typewriter

The Green Typewriter

 The Olivia Tremor Control in 2011. Will's the golden pharaoh next to the late great Bill Doss.

The Olivia Tremor Control in 2011. Will's the golden pharaoh next to the late great Bill Doss.

 Will with his band The Circulatory System.

Will with his band The Circulatory System.

Laura Carter - The first person I photographed for Athens Potluck.

The first person I photographed for Athens Potluck was Laura Carter from Elf Power. Laura grew up in Athens, founded the Orange Twin Collective, and I had photographed her band, Elf Power, several times. I was scheduled to photograph Elf Power again the same day that Beth and I hit on the idea for Athens Potluck, and Laura just seemed like the perfect person to photograph first. I drove out to Orange Twin and spent the afternoon photographing Laura around her house and in the gardens around her home. I think it was when she showed me Jeff Mangum’s suitcase from the first Neutral Milk Hotel / Elf Power tour that I first realized what the Athens Potluck project would be. Seeing musician Will Hart’s paintings decorating the walls of Laura’s living room, and the horn I’d seen her play on stage so many times, gave me the idea of photographing Athens musicians in their homes rather than live onstage.

 Laura at home in Athens GA.

Laura at home in Athens GA.

 Laura and her band Elf Power on the day that we hit on the idea for Athens Potluck.

Laura and her band Elf Power on the day that we hit on the idea for Athens Potluck.

Elf Power has always been one of my favorite Athens bands. I've know these guys since I moved here in 1994. I was honored to collaborate with them on the music video for Darkest Wave. I think we won a Flagpole award for this one. It's still one of my favorite music videos I've had the chance to work on.

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Check out the new Instagram page for my wedding photography. So far I'm just posting highlights from the 366 weddings I've photographed over the last 16 years. Please share with your friends who might be looking for someone to photograph their wedding in 2018.