Athens, Ga. – “Passport,” a photography exhibit featuring works by McGinnis Leathers, will be on display May 1 – June 20, in the Hill Atrium at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Georgia Center is located at 1197 S. Lumpkin St. in Athens.
Leathers’ photography is influenced by his extensive travels around the world. The capture of vibrant colors and minute details are characteristics of Leathers’ photography. “In my works one can see the beginnings of my travels into each exotic blossom and hopefully, the moment of enlightenment that all seasoned travelers experience when exploring a new place for the first time,” Leathers said.
Leathers expressed that “flowers became exotic worlds at my finger tips waiting to be explored. Probably the most photographed items in the world next to kids and sunsets, my first floral expeditions only brought me close to these beautiful places.”
Working with various lenses and techniques, Leathers is able to dive into the botanicals, letting the lens pull him past the botanical’s borders.
“The deeper in I went, the more I wandered the endless streets of color and exotic possibilities within the folds of petals, stamens and pistils,” Leathers said.
A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science in anthropology, Leathers’ travels have allowed him to visit and photograph in exotic locations, such as Nepal, Tanzania, Belize, Italy, Australia, Kenya and India.
The Georgia Center is a unit of the University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. On UGA’s campus, the Georgia Center includes a full-service hotel with 200 rooms and suites, restaurants, a ballroom, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center, and a computer lab-all under one roof. For more information, see www.georgiacenter.uga.edu.