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My Beautiful South- Chattanooga

I shot a series of images for The Art Institute at the Tennessee Aquarium and Riverwalk. I am quite busy in my class for Fine Art Printing, so I haven’t had the time to give to my blog. This shot of the Outdoor Chattanooga Bikes has received a lot of good feedback. It is quite exceptional on print.

Angie Payne© - School Project for the Art Institute - 2014

Angie Payne© – School Project for the Art Institute – 2014

 

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The Battle of Chickamauga

I grew up outside of Chattanooga TN, nestled in the hills and ridges of North Georgia. I have always felt like I was a good example of a newly evolved generation of southern culture.  When I was in my early 20’s and traveling outside of the south I ran into a lot of people who make the South a joke or have preset ideas that we are hillbillies or rednecks.  Uneducated and racist. That’s not my south. So many misunderstandings. I told them the story of my south growing up with roots so deep they kept bringing me back. I was raised to tell stories to keep our history passed down.  I was able to weave together the lush mountains and beautiful rivers I roamed all over. And the trees. I love trees so very much. They are all unique in some way. I spent most of my childhood in the woods. A happy hiker. The Battlefield was basically a place to get lost in history with a beautiful background growing up. The house I live in now is on land that was the Battery for The Battle of Missionary Ridge. We still find relics from the troops in our backyard. I have an ongoing series of The Chickamauga Battlefield National Park. In this assignment I wanted to show the monuments, the cannons, and The Brotherton house, chinked with Georgia red clay. It blows my mind now as an adult that all this area was a war zone not so many generations ago. I hope you enjoy the way I see a part of my south.

 

Here are the statistics from September 19–20, 1863

The second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Union Army 
1,657 killed 
9,756 wounded 
4,757 captured/missing 

Confederate Army 
2,312 killed 
14,674 wounded 
1,468 captured/missing

 

My Beautiful South- The Battle of Chickamauga The Battle of Chickamauga I grew up outside of Chattanooga TN, nestled in the hills and ridges of North Georgia.