A Love Like This by Ross Oscar Knight

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christopher and Myra @ Southern Oaks in New Orleans

As soon as I saw these stairs the day before the wedding I knew I had to shoot this image. Before the couple departed the reception, I snuck up 2 flights of the stairs and had my team to lure the couple (unknowingly) into position. Perfect! As I was editing tonight I felt that converting the photo to black and white gave it a classic feel. Your thoughts?


Like Daddy Like Addy

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm back from Ghana after a week and now adoring my baby girl. I bought her a jersey for a gift!


From America to Africa: Intimate Access to the Funeral of Rev. Dr. Christiana Darko

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I was hired by the Darko Family and given unlimited access to document the four day funeral of their matriarch, Rev. Dr. Christiana Darko. She and her husband, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Darko, have positively impacted education, religion, medicine, agriculture and the Ghanaian economy on an international level. The official services started in Houston, TX with the final burial rites concluding in Kumasi, Ghana. Thousands paid their respects including the current president of Ghana, interdenominational spiritual leaders, tribal chiefs and kings, political dignitaries, extended family, church members, and friends.

I believe we all have a longing for community and a deep sense of emotional connection. This assignment became very personal to me after I spent time getting to know the members of the family and sharing in their joy and sadness. I spent time at the Darko home listening to stories relayed by relatives about the 60's up until the present day. The invitation to learn allowed me to be present in the moment as both participant and observer. A Naturalist, in fact. I was reminded of my feelings last year in California when I attended the funeral of a man I did not know.

I will do a full re-post after editing the hundreds of images from the past two weeks.


EVERYDAY LIFE INDIA: Opening Reception Success!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Everyday Life India photo exhibition kicked-off its near month long run with a wildly successful opening reception on Friday, November 2. Over 250 guests mingled, tasted traditional appetizers from India, and enjoyed entertainment by DJ Teek and belly dancer, Dilara.

I had a great time interacting with art enthusiasts, Daily Candy followers, couples out for date night, and both old and new friends. The positive energy radiated as I received feedback on my work in person. Even a five-year-old gave me his thoughts on his favorite print.

It was a humbling experience to be surrounded by members of Atlanta's Indian Community. One of the most profound moments in the show for me was speaking to an Indian woman who told me, "I grew up in India but these images have awakened my spirit in such a way to view the beauty of my country. I feel alive."

A huge thank you to the people who helped make this event a success. First, to my beautiful wife, Brandi, who is so patient and gracious to allow me to continue to explore and create art. I am continually grateful for her support in such a busy time, especially with so much happening and with the birth of our first child, 2 month old Addison. Thank you to my family who attendeded and also helped work the event, my sisters Krystal, Raschelle, and Sherrell as well as my brother, Michael. A huge thank you to my friends, Cliff Robinson and Paras Griffin, for capturing the occasion as well. I am so lucky to have such a supportive staff, Tara and Sakeenah, who worked tirelessly to get us prepared.

I would sincerely like to thank the vendors that made this event so highly successful. Thank you to KIS(cubed) events and S3 Catering for the delicious authentic Indian cuisine. Thank you to DJ Teek and belly dancer, Dilara, for the fantastic entertainment. The coordination of talent was by Nadira Merali of Envi Event Planning. The fabulous decor was provided by Ragini Patel with Weddings InStyle and lighting provided by Active Production and Design.

Don't forget, I am giving away a FREE, yes free, fine art print of the Taj Mahal. Find out how to win by visiting my blog post.

Everyday Life India runs through November 21, 2012, so be sure to check it out and invite your friends. You can visit the KNIGHT Gallery, Wednesday thru Saturday from 12 Noon to 6 PM. Or by appointment. For directions/map CLICK HERE
For more information or media inquiries, call 404.313.0875 or email tara@rossoscarknight.com.


KNIGHT Giveaway - Win a Print from the "Everyday Life: India" Exhibit!

Friday, November 2, 2012

How would you like a FREE fine art print of the Taj Mahal taken by me?

Yes, that's right, I'm giving away a 7 1/2 x 11 Hahnemuhle Cotton Rag Archival Print to one lucky person who visits my Everyday Life: India Exhibit at the KNIGHT Gallery anytime from November 2 to November 21, 2012.

How to Enter: 

1. Swing by Exhibit anytime from this Friday, November 2, 2012 to
November 21, 2012

2. Take a photo of yourself with your favorite piece at the KNIGHT Gallery

3. Load your photo to Instagram with the following information: #love
@RossOscarKnight #ATL #Photography #photooftheday

4. Send it out through Twitter!

That's only 4 easy steps to win a fine art print from KNIGHT Gallery!  

Terms: No payment or purchase necessary to enter or win. One Winner
will be randomly selected and will be notified by email and/or direct
message on Twitter. We will also announce the winner on Twitter,
Facebook, and here on the blog. Winner has 3 days to respond, or
another winner will be chosen. Shipping is FREE to the Continental US
only. For other countries, you are responsible for Shipping and
Handling. High Quality Premium Fine Art Paper Prints Unframed and
Unmatted. Print is signed on the back and includes a Certificate of
Authenticity. Artwork will be sent in a sturdy tube. All copyrights
remain to Ross Oscar Knight. You must be at least 18 years old
to win.  Contest begins at  6:00p Eastern Time on November 2, 2012 and
ends November 21 at Noon. All entries must be received by 11:59 AM ET
on November 21, 2012.  Your privacy is protected, we will never share
your information. Read our "Privacy Policy".


Childlike Perspectives on My Exhibit - Everyday Life: India

Thursday, November 1, 2012

When we are children, at just two feet tall, for many of us the enormity of our surroundings is magical and amazing (Just return to your grade school playground’s monkey bars and you will get the picture). We not only dream big but we are fascinated by something as simple as a sun flare through an old window. We are intrigued by the role ants play with building a hill and protecting their queen or how an astronaut survives in outer space. As we get older, life becomes familiar; we even become desensitized to our potential by our mundane jobs and the biased mainstream media.

I first traveled to India in 2009 to photograph a Haitian and Indian fusion wedding. My curiosity kept me shooting there for three weeks in Tamil Nadu. Although the wedding was the impetus for my initial voyage to India, when I returned to Atlanta, I felt as if I had barely scratched the surface of some sort of cultural understanding. I was determined to go back one day more educated, prepared and mobile. I was burning inside to communicate more clearly with the people and to connect with them. Alas, two years later I was given an opportunity to return to the country. There was a big learning curve that I needed to overcome and my preparation made the encounters so much more valuable. My photography would become secondary to my understanding.

Honoring my former Indian clients and learning more by immersion, I headed to India again in 2011 for a month to explore Gujarat, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Kerala. I left my wife and family behind during one of our most cherished holidays spent together: Thanksgiving. Instead of staying in a hotel, I opted to practice my participant observation techniques by rooming at the home of my clients’ grandparents in Vadodara. Becoming an intimate part of my host family’s daily lives allowed me to witness the religious practices and customs of a traditional Hindu family. After gaining a level of trust, I asked the children in the home to translate useful phrases into Hindi. I insisted on helping with chores and aiding in the preparation of meals. I was a guest but I wanted to pull my weight and show my appreciation for this gift of hospitality.

To the concern of everyone in the home, I went running every morning around the neighborhood (I was still on a high from completing the NYC Marathon 2 weeks earlier.) I figured out why after my first trek because I was chased by a pack of dogs, almost run over by a herd of cows, and I was asked by locals if someone had robbed me! Initially, I left my camera on these runs so that I could do field research, but there were blank stares by pedestrians as I made my way up a crowded street. I was obviously not blending in at all. On my second run, my airways became so clogged with smog that I resorted to wearing a scarf around my face. This time, no one noticed me. After my third trek, I decided to start walking fast rather than running slow. An aunt of the host family gave me a large stick to encourage balance and protection. By the end of the week, her husband allowed me to join him on his scooter ride to get milk. As he drove, we bobbed up and down hitting potholes; cheerfully I sat facing backwards to shoot interesting compositions.  

I incorporated a child-like freshness into my shooting vantage points by sitting on a curb or lying in the street. I even sat on broken bus stop bench stoops to get down to the two foot level of my youth. This is where the power of perspective occurred. I wanted to bottle up the vastness of my environment and to capture my curiosity in each exposure taken by my camera. I carefully chose the moments I froze. It was all about me becoming small again.  Truly, I felt like the reincarnation of my 80’s boyhood ritual - peering out of my bedroom window watching the world simply exist.

My India Exhibition will be opening next week on November 2nd at our new Gallery Space! RSVP here: info@rossoscarknight.com