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Peachtree Corners Photography Club Highlights our City for Photography Festival

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Eric Richter- Sunset at Town Center

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then the Peachtree Corners Photography Club (PCPC) must have a good deal to say.

The Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Festival is the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S, and our local photography club has decided to participate in the ACP Festival for the first time in 2020.

Ludwig Keck

“Our club is fairly new, having been founded just in 2017, and we have not yet the resources and connections to stage a physical exhibition,” said Ludwig Keck, webmaster for PCPC. “With the opportunity to participate virtually this year, it made sense for us to join in on the action. Our club has also grown this year and we have a lot of great photographers and images we would like to share beyond our own group.”

Tracey R. Rice – Protector

A showcase of Peachtree Corners life

The general theme that the PCPC selected is “Scenes Around Peachtree Corners,” at ACP Listing #45. The organization issued a call for entries among their members, hoping to encourage club participation in this and other club activities, as well as foster learning opportunities. The full gallery can be found at gallery.pcphotoclub.org.

David Dunagan – Butterfly in Wetland

The online gallery boasts several entirely virtual-related events through ACP. Online livestreams are held periodically, with four more scheduled in recent weeks. On October 17 and 31, as well as November 14 and 28, photo enthusiasts will have a chance to meet the photographers and view new content as the gallery is officially refreshed to allow for more entries.

Richard Phillips – Mother and First Born 2

“We hope to show the visual diversity of Peachtree Corners,” Keck explained, “from the wildlife and sports activities in the Chattahoochee River, Jones Bridge Park, Pinckneyville Park and Simpsonwood, to community events and festivals like the nearby British Car Fayre and the Peachtree Corners Festival (archives), as well as our beautiful spaces like the new Town Green, the Veterans Monument and the architectural wonder of Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.”

A showcase of photography talent

The participating members show their wide range of skill, artistry and creativity in their contributions. Club President Tracey Rice serves on the ACP board, and is proud to have helped PCPC take a step forward.

Brian Walton – Fun on the Ledge

“Our club board has worked very hard this year to grow the club, add more structure and continually raise the bar on the quality of speakers and programming we offer to our members. We were able to pivot with the pandemic and have continued our monthly club meetings via Zoom since April,” Rice said. “I am a member of two other photography clubs and ours is very special because it is still young and relatively small, which allows everyone an opportunity to have a role in shaping the organization and our programming.”

Alfonso Caycedo – Rower at the Hooch

Members of this burgeoning collective come from all walks of life, united in one noble pursuit: the perfect shot. “Photography connects people, and we need that connection even more than ever this year as we socially distance ourselves,” Rice continued. “Everyone who has a smartphone has a camera, but not everyone takes good pictures.”

Participating Photographers to Check Out

The full list of participating photographers, along with biography information and selected photos, can be found at gallery.pcphotoclub.org/photographers/.
Here are a few highlighted Peachtree Corners Photography Club members.

Tracey Rice, PCPC President
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Tracey Rice combines her unique combination of global marketing expertise from a 33-year career at Fortune 100 companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Texas Instruments, with her technical expertise in commercial photography to assist her clients to create the perfect images for every need.

Ludwig Keck, PCPC Webmaster
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Now retired from an engineering career that connected him to photography, electronics and computing, Ludwig Keck now enjoys imaging the pleasant bits of the world around him. He devotes his spare time to helping others in photography and computer skills.

David Dunagan, PCPC Vice President
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David Dunagan has lived in Peachtree Corners for 32 years. Once he retired in 2014, he took up photography as a hobby, with an emphasis on nature photography.

Brian Walton, PCPC Themes & Critiques
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Brian Walton pursues photography as an art form as well as a vehicle to capture moments in time to help preserve the legacy of people, places and things. He is passionate about portraits, fashion, macro photography, experimental techniques and editing.

Bob Chadwick, PCPC Field Trips
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Bob Chadwick is a long-time Peachtree Corners resident, having moved to the area with his family in 1992. An avid hobbyist, he started with film back in the 1980s. He was a staff photographer for the Gwinnett Stripers and has shot sports for the local high schools.

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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Peachtree Corners Photography Club Group Meet Up

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Thursdays, August 11, September 8, October 13. 6:45-8:15 p.m.

Atlanta Tech Park

107 Technology Pkwy., Peachtree Corners 30092

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Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at Atlanta Tech Park and/or online. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to arrive at 6:15 p.m. for fellowship and social time.

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Local Author Spotlight: Ellie Raine’s Successful Story in Self-Publishing

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Ellie Raine is a Peachtree Corners resident with nine book titles to her name, most notably the NecroSeam Chronicles, which consist of a series of five epic fantasy novels and two prequels. Her writing has earned her recognition as a two-time winner of the Readers’ Favorite in the International Book Awards and first place in the fantasy division for Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards in 2019, as well as a couple other awards.

Author Ellie Raine. Raine’s books and merchandise.

The NecroSeam Chronicles even have their own website, necroseam.com, which is themed around their fantastical namesake. There, Raine regularly engages with her active fanbase on her blog, posts her own artwork (and fanart, coming soon), sells merchandise, promotes her upcoming events and provides notes and a glossary on the world she’s built. There’s even a personality quiz you can take to find out what knight you are! (I’m a BladeSworn.)

But who is Ellie Raine? How did her writing expand beyond her series to build a fantastic universe?

A visionary from the beginning

Raine explained that her love of magic goes back to her childhood.

“I was a huge fantasy nerd, like the rest of my family,” she said. “I grew up on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, books with dragons, Harry Potter, King Author, Final Fantasy, Zelda, tons of anime, the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings — you name it. If it didn’t have knights in shining armor, magic sorcerers and fire-breathing dragons, I wasn’t interested.”

Book covers 1-4 of Raine’s books.

The joy she found from video games, storytelling and fantasy led her down the path of video game art and design, so she enrolled at the Art Institute of Atlanta to gain an education in that field. While she was enrolled, she took a creative writing course and started telling the story of the game she was developing. She found that she liked the writing format better than video game development, so she switched fields.

“It was so much more fulfilling. It was like something just clicked, and I’ve been writing ever since,” Raine said.

Today, that video game turned creative writing assignment has turned into the NecroSeam Chronicles.

The NecroSeam Chronicles

It took Raine over 10 years to write the epic, gothic, high fantasy series for which she is best known. In addition to Terry Pratchett, Raine said she draws inspiration from Rachel Aaron and Brandon Sanderson (notable for his creation of the Cosmere fictional universe) as well as from her own life.

Three more Ellie Raine titles.

“Being present in the moment is probably the most effective tool for sparking creativity, especially for fantasy. I have a lot of fun asking, ‘what if things worked this way instead?’, and those are the questions that usually prompt a new story,” Raine said.

The Necroseam Chronicles have been described as “[i]f Tim Burton had written Lord of the Rings” by Vincent E.M. Thorn, author of the Dreamscape Voyager Trilogy.

A sampling of Raine’s merchandise.

“They are an epic fantasy series about twin necromancer brothers who were born with split abilities to control the dead,” is how Raine described the NecroSeam Chronicles in a TikTok video.

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“One resurrects corpses, the other puts souls inside them, so together, they kind of make one necromancer. But one of the brothers gets his soul ripped out of his body and trapped inside his brother, so they go on a journey to figure out what happened to the other brother’s body, and on the way, as they’re crossing over all these other kingdoms, they run into demons, they run into dragons. So, it’s a lot of fun. It’s magic-adventure.”

The series contains so much lore and worldbuilding that it spills out of its own pages. Raine has created an oracle deck based on the series (similar to a tarot deck, it’s a loose collection of cards that assist in self-reflection) that she often performs readings with during interviews and at conventions. There are maps (because all the best fantasy novels have maps), songs sung in the audio versions of the books using the language that Raine created and explanations of how her fantasy world operates — its laws, symbols and belief systems.

The process of creating this series was a “passion project” in itself for Raine. Though the first two books were traditionally published, the author decided to self-publish her third book onwards.

“It was a wildly different experience, but to be honest, there’s something freeing about learning what exactly goes into publishing. The logistics can be dizzying, but eye-opening for why traditional publishers make the decisions they do,” she said.

With self-publishing, Raine said she’s become educated on market trends, book advertising and marketing. She’s also built close relationships with her cover artists and audiobook narrators, and the latter have their own profiles on the NecroSeam Chronicles’s website

More Ellie Raine

Though the NecroSeam Chronicles are complete, Raine said she does have plans in the works for projects that exist in the same universe: one is a standalone NecroSeam novel with different characters in a different part of the same universe, another is an epic fantasy novel that plays with shadow-magic. An audiobook of “Pearl of Emerald,” the third NecroSeam book, is scheduled to be released this fall or winter.

Raine’s children’s book.

For younger readers or those who don’t have a taste for violence, Raine has also created a children’s illustration book that she originally wrote and illustrated for her then-two-year-old daughter. It’s called “Ballad of the Ice Fairy,” and it’s “[a]n enchanting children’s illustration book with beautiful colors and a lovely story of courage, magic and healing,” according to its description.

“Honestly, writing the series and the noir novella was insanely easier than the children’s illustration book, mostly because I’m much slower at creating visual art than I am at writing. It was a huge part of why I switched over in college,” Raine explained. “It took years to finish the children’s book, instead of my (previously) usual six-month turnaround for novels. But I’m still insanely proud to have finished it, and I definitely plan to do another one when I have another concept to obsess over.”

In addition to finding new genres and new subjects to try her hand at, Raine’s had to adjust to a new routine as a mother in her 30s and post COVID-19. While she used to pull all-nighters writing, fueled by caffeine and hyper-fixations, she said that nowadays her daughter keeps her awake all day, especially with the reduced childcare availability caused by the pandemic.

“The progress is drastically slower than the old days, but one of the most important mantras to keep in mind for any writer is ‘Any pace is better than no pace,’” Raine said.

For aspiring writers, she also loves to share this piece of advice: “You can’t edit what doesn’t exist, and you can’t take care of your story if you don’t take care of yourself first.”

Keep up with the author

Raine is currently hosting a NecroSeam fanart competition through July 30. All entries will be featured in the website’s upcoming fanart gallery as well as across Raine’s social media channels; winners will be awarded special additional prizes. Find more information on her blog on the NecroSeam website.

You can also catch her live in the upcoming months, including the Savannah Mega Comic Con on July 30-31, the Key City Steampunk Festival on Aug. 12-14, the Multiverse Fandom Convention on Oct. 14-16, Anime Weekend Atlanta on Oct. 27-16 and CONjuration on Nov. 4-6.

In the meantime, follow Ellie Raine on TikTok and Instagram, like her Facebook page, subscribe to her YouTube and bookmark both her personal website, ellieraine.com, and the NecroSeam website, necroseam.com. You can purchase her books directly from her online store or listen to them on Audible.

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Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Calls Peachtree Corners Home

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Kevin & Jaclyn Allison at the 2022 Emmys. (Photos courtesy of the Allison family)

Unlikely bond between a Braves player and Mets fan earns local filmmaker an Emmy.

As the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 approached last year, Kevin Allison and Bally Sports South/Southeast Braves knew the best way to mark the solemn occasion was to look back on the singular importance one baseball game made toward the first steps of healing. When the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets took to the field for the first sporting event after the September 11 attacks, it was about much more than winning or losing.

The 7½ minute short documentary, More Than A Game — Braves at Mets — 9/11 Remembrance, recently won a Southeast Regional Emmy Award from the Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Peachtree Corners resident Kevin Allison edited and produced the film, along with chief photographer Gregg Therieau.

Healing through sports

“During the pandemic in 2020, there were a lot of discussions about missing sports and how sports help in the healing process,” said Kevin. “We were doing a lot of historical content at the beginning of the pandemic. A lot of former players — Chipper Jones, Brian Jordan, Tom Glavine, a lot of those guys — would refer back to their time during September 11 and how sports helped people process the tragedy.”

Knowing that a year later was going to be the 20th anniversary of those tragic events, Kevin began doing a lot of research, looking at old photos and raw footage from the Braves versus Mets game that took place just 10 days after the historic terrorist attacks. He kept coming across photos of Brian Jordan with a Mets family whose hero father/husband had perished during the World Trade Center attacks.

With one iconic image of Jordan embracing the overcome-with-emotion widow, Carol Gies, Kevin knew he had found the storytelling connection he needed.

“Come to find out, they had stayed in touch a little bit through the years,” said Kevin. “During the making of the feature, we actually reconnected the two of them as well.” Gies remembers the night and the painful memories surrounding those early post-9/11 days, but credits Jordan with helping her family tremendously by coming over and saying the kind words that he did.

Connecting stories to the human element

Piecing together a story and finding the personal connection is what Kevin seems to enjoy most about his work. From the time he began filming interviews for the feature film to editing those 7½ minutes took about a month of work. Before beginning interviews, from the time research began, was closer to a year.

Most Braves fans will remember a Mets homerun sealed the game for the home team that night. Most fans also accept that Mets win as how the game needed to end.

When asked about his approach to documentary filmmaking, Kevin stated, “For me, it has always been: what’s the connection and how do I connect the storytelling to get the human element? Especially when it comes to sports, you can be fans of the team, but how do you find the human interest for an individual?”

Kevin’s wife, Jaclyn Allison, is often the first audience to judge that emotional connection. As Director Marketing, Communications and Events at Partnership Gwinnett, Jaclyn understands the subtleties of good communication and, for her job, how to create events that will draw on an individual’s or group’s desire to engage.

Jaclyn’s work with Partnership Gwinnett

Partnership Gwinnett is a public/private initiative designed to drive “economic prosperity by attracting, expanding and retaining quality businesses; aligning and developing diverse talent; and contributing to the exceptional quality of life in Gwinnett County.”

“We have three different goal areas,” explained Jaclyn. “We focus on business development, recruiting and retaining business in our community, talent development — so we work with the university and school systems to build up our talent pool, and then our community development — working a lot with entrepreneur development and small business culture.

Within our goal one, business development, we focus on five target sectors: manufacturing, supply chain, technology solutions, health sciences and services and then corporate and professional services. Anything that falls within those sectors we focus on and work with our community to bring here.”

Jaclyn works on a number of events that target those sectors. She’s currently working to bring The State of Technology Summit to Peachtree Corners November 10 at Atlanta Tech Park. It will bring together keynotes and speakers to talk about trends and best practices in the technology sector.

She’s also very proud of her husband’s work and was the first to share that his latest Emmy is not his first. In fact, this is his eighth Southeast Regional Emmy Award.

Kevin’s dream career and life

It all comes from an honest place. Kevin Allison has been a huge sports fan his whole life and he readily admits he just enjoys TV. Combining those passions into a career is the dream.
For “More Than A Game – Braves at Mets – 9/11 Remembrance,” he took a lot of care. “For something that impacted so many people, even if it was 20 years ago — and out of respect for Carol who was still willing to tell this story 20 years later — for me the goal was what’s the most respectful way to tell this story,” Kevin stated.

Kevin was proud and happy this film was recognized, not so much for the personal accolades, but because of the story and the people involved. “I work with Brian Jordan every day and he is one of the best people to work with and one of the kindest people in this community,” said Kevin. Being able to share Carol and Brian’s story meant being able to recognize two of many special individuals who made a difference in those very challenging days post 9/11.

Allison Family

Introducing you to Kevin and Jaclyn would not be complete without sharing that their Peachtree Corners family is currently a busy one, with three young children ages one, three and four. The little ones haven’t been to see the Braves play yet, but it’s inevitable. We anticipate you’ll also be seeing each of those young ones on the ballfields in and around Peachtree Corners soon.

Allow yourself seven and a half minutes, grab a tissue and be inspired by More Than A Game – Braves at Mets – 9/11 Remembrance.

Kevin Allison’s 9 Emmy Awards

■ 2022, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Sports Story — News, More Than A Game — Braves at Mets — 9/11 Remembrance | Bally Sports South/Southeast (formerly Fox Sports South/Southeast)
■ 2021, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Sports Program — Live — Series, Community Heroes Week | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2016, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Documentary: Topical — Driven: Michael Waltrip Racing — Life in the Pits | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2014, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Television News and Program Specialty Excellence Category: Sports Program Series — DRIVEN: THE CHIPPER JONES STORY | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2013, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Television News and Program Specialty Excellence Category: Sports Program Series — DRIVEN: Tougher. Faster. Stronger. The 2013 Bobcats Draft | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2013, College Sports Media Award: Outstanding Achievement, Regional/Local Networks: Program Series — Under The Lights: Southern Miss Baseball | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2013, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Television News and Program Specialty Excellence Category: Sports Program Series — Under the Lights: Southern Miss Baseball | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2009, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Television Programming Excellence Category: Interview/Discussion — In My Own Words: Charles Barkley | Fox Sports South/Southeast
■ 2007, Southeast Regional Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement, Television News & Program Specialty Excellence Category: Sports News Program — University of Tennessee Hoops Preview | Fox Sports South/Southeast

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