Did you know that we have a gallery wall at the library where we host local artists’ work on a regular basis? We love highlighting local art, and we’re so excited about November’s featured artist! Laura Beth Davidson, a local documentary photographer, is displaying photographs through November from her recent trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of Vietnam veterans.
Davidson traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee. The local division took a group of Vietnam veterans to visit and lay wreaths at war memorials. Davidson accompanied them to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience for many in the group. Her photographs capture a broad range of emotions and give the public a glimpse into the significant impact Honor Flight has on veterans’ lives.
We recently talked with Davidson about photographing the trip, as well as about her photography in general.
JCPL: Why did you decide to photograph the veterans’ trip to D.C.?
Davidson: I was fascinated by the opportunity to follow these veterans and to learn about them through their stories and their reactions throughout the trip. Since going to D.C. and getting to know Edie Lowry, the director of our local Honor Flight organization, I am excited to use my photography to help spread the word about their mission.
JCPL: Tell us about other photo projects you’ve done, or are currently doing.
Davidson: As far as personal projects, I recently completed 100 days of taking daily photos that included all four of my daughters in the frame. I have a 7 year-old, a 4 year-old, and 2 year-old twins, and I wanted to spend the summer capturing their growth as individuals and as siblings. As far as client work, I do documentary and marketing photography for small businesses, organizations, and ETSU. I also photograph families; I offer “day in the life” sessions during which I go to a family’s home and document a few hours of their everyday life without any interference.
You can find Laura Beth Davidson’s photography at www.laurabethdavidson.com, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. For more information about the library’s Galleria wall, contact Gina Thayer-Coleman at 423-434-4465. Learn more about the Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee here.