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When I moved to Atlanta more than 10 years ago, little did I know the first person to befriend me would turn out to be quite a creative connoisseur. Before we knew it, our jobs and life led us into different directions. By being reconnected on Facebook, staying in touch became a little easier and provided a glimpse of what I was missing. Dave Batterman is a super talented artist and I’ve been amazed by all of his hidden creativity.
Dave, by trade, is a graphic designer. His broad love of the arts has led him to explore multiple mediums. He is an amusing writer, a great musician and a keen-eyed photographer. When speaking with Dave about his many upcoming projects the on-going Disparity Series caught my attention. His vision, as seen through the panoramic images, tells the story of the vast imbalance of wealth and resources in and around Atlanta. The photographs are intended to leave you with a burning question that I often ask myself during my back road commute to and from work. Why does Atlanta keep building strip malls and cookie cutters at every corner, while leaving boarded up and often broken down structures to rot? His question has him traveling around Atlanta and photographing these abandoned and broken places as well as searching out the new versions and juxtaposing the two.
My husband and I, along with a few friends also had the pleasure this past weekend to see Dave’s newest sensory installation, Ants and Grasshoppers. As the sun went down, we stepped inside an abandoned warehouse in Castleberry Hill, and our eyes danced around the room. Through the darkness, we made our way to each station and Dave’s photographs took center stage. They were hung from the rafters and projected onto fabric. Above where we stood, mp3 players sounded with voice overs done by another creative talent, Andrew Hammond. The collaboration between Dave and Andrew transported you to another place and time, setting a truly original and introspective tone.
Through Dave Batterman’s photographs he whisks you away from your busy life to places and moments that are more often left unnoticed. He incorporates dreamlike images that will pose soulful questions. He challenges your mind, and reveals beauty, even in the smallest of places. A rising star in the Atlanta art scene, his work should not be missed.
To see more of Dave’s photography visit www.battermanphoto.com He provides a revealing look inside the surreal aspect of ordinary life where he breaks down the traditional dialogue between a two dimensional print and our three dimensional world.