“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”

-Dorothea Lange

By Kristin Moore

After enjoying the year-long series Nashville 6AM commissioned and published by Nashville Arts Magazine’s, photography professor John Thomas Collins assigned his students at The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville (Ai) with a project that any college student would dread. First requirement, waking up in time to catch the busy city of Nashville at 6 a.m.  With the help of a team of dedicated and passionate students and a teacher who knows their capabilities this journey became life changing.

Photo by Bexx Chin

Photo by Autumn Gunther

Kari Gallagher, a Senior Photo Major at Ai, said, “It was such a different side of Nashville… It really changed what I look for on the street. Also, the light was amazing! It’s soft and a temperature between warm and cool, it’s beautiful.”

Photo by Bexx Chin

Photo by Bexx Chin

Joey Alarid, a Senior Photo Major at Ai, commented on his experience, “I loved seeing the stillness of the early morning that turned into the hustle and bustle of the work crowd. It’s a side of the city that most people don’t get to see, so showing it was really special to me. For the project, I wanted to focus on the quiet streets and buildings that are normally surrounded by people.”

The students worked on this series for three months during their Photojournalism course and plan to release the the work as a book.

Photo by Josh Hicks

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