Valdosta National 2013

Photograph of a diner with a vintage travel theme. Black and white photo with selective color.
“Derailed Diner,” © Karen Joslin, 2010

Late last year I decided that I want to take part in more art exhibits. I’m proud to say that my photograph “Derailed Diner” is currently included in Valdosta National 2013, a juried exhibit at VSU’s Fine Arts Gallery in Valdosta, GA. I attended the opening reception this past Monday evening (January 14). After seeing the quality of the other work in the show, I felt even more honored that my work was chosen for inclusion by the juror, Margaret Morrison. Featuring work by 42 artists from 16 states, the show runs through Friday, February 1.

“Derailed Diner” was a happy accident. On a road trip to New Orleans with several friends, we pulled off the highway to eat lunch at a truck stop. We were stunned to find a diner that looked like a train wreck (literally) from the outside and boasted a funky travel theme on the inside. I was even more stunned that its menu offered a couple of decent vegetarian options. Frankly, I thought that at any truck stop in Alabama I’d be lucky to get a grilled cheese sandwich or a salad mainly consisting of iceberg lettuce.

Anyway, I loved this place so much I had to fetch my camera from the car and take some photos. With the low lighting, plus my lack of a tripod and a broken flash unit, I thought the images likely would be relegated to snapshot use only. But I decided this one was worth toiling over, and I’m happy with the results.

If you’re ever in the vicinity of Robertsdale, AL, I highly recommend a stop at the Derailed Diner. Even if you’re not hungry. Seriously, it’s that fabulous.

© Karen Joslin, 2013

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