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