Ed Garcia and Nathan Dean Photography – Buckhead
Buckhead residents Ed Garcia and Nathan Dean share a passion for photography, but they’ve each taken a lifetime to find it. Their exhibit, “Two Old Guys With Cameras,” will be on view at Buckhead Library from April 2 through May 29, 2022, with an opening reception on April 9. The exhibition presents photographers’ different approaches to photographing people. Simply put, Nathan says, “I do street portraits. [Ed] films human interactions.
Garcia says he’s not pushing 93, but “maybe just leaning on it.” Ed has had a successful career as a psychotherapist, including a position as co-director of training at the Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy in New York. He and his wife have visited over 40 countries, and Ed recorded their travels with his camera. Ed didn’t give much thought to the art of doing it, and he said, “I had taken pictures, but I never thought what I was taking was photography. I was just taking pictures.
When he retired, Ed embraced a unique form of artistic expression. Some people might take a painting or pottery class, but Ed started creating metal sculptures! The largest example of his work is a 15-foot, 5,000-pound piece called Paths to Wisdom which is housed on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Metalworking became too difficult as Ed got older, so he began to explore other creative outlets. Nathan Dean saw the promise in Ed’s photographs and encouraged him to pursue his photography more seriously.
Nathan approaches photography from a completely different angle. He loved to take photographs from an early age, and he always had a “good eye”. Nathan found less time for his hobby as he got older and entered the workforce. His career as a physicist, university professor, dean and vice-president left little time for photography. Like Ed, Nathan took pictures on his travels, but did not pursue any serious photography.
Nathan’s daughter wanted to give him a present when he retired. She’s an artist and she thought it would be nice if the two could attend a photography workshop together. This week changed everything for Nathan. He began to understand what it meant to have a “good eye” and he began his serious study of photography. Nathan immersed himself in the technical concepts of photography and editing, and eventually began teaching photography himself. At this point, Nathan’s photographs were featured in numerous exhibitions across the country.
Ed gives a lot of credit to Nathan for inspiring his photography. He said to me, “Nathan could say, ‘wait a minute, this composition is awesome.’ And ‘look at that kid’s expression.’ All of a sudden I started to learn from him that maybe, subconsciously, I was capable of doing this stuff. I think those of us who attend the “Two Old Guys” exhibition With Cameras” are lucky that Ed and Nathan met and became friends. Their different styles and strengths influenced each other and combined to create a beautiful collection of images.