CLOSING RECEPTIONFri, February 3 from 6-9pm
ON VIEW: 1.9.17 - 3.12.17

The Showcase School of Photography
1135 Sheridan Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

If you would like to see the exhibit, please call us at (404) 965-2205 to set up an appointment.



Documenting Community in Atlanta’s Most Diverse District
by Teri Darnell

Artist Statement

For the last decade, I have been walking on and around Cheshire Bridge road in Atlanta, Georgia to photograph people in their environment. Initially, I only shot outside. Then, I got up enough courage to go inside. I slowly established a trust with people on the street. That trust has touched my soul.

Whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, an ally, homeless, helpless or helpful, for decades Cheshire Bridge Road has been a place for all to gather without judgment from those who live, work and play there.

In the early 1800’s, before the city of Atlanta, the dirt trail of Cheshire Bridge Road connected two farms that eventually turned into residential lots and commercial businesses. Many of those commercial businesses became adult entertainment establishments. In 2005, the city of Atlanta banned new adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge, but existing ones were permitted to stay.

In 2013, the councilman introduced legislation, supported by neighborhood associations to remove existing adult businesses from Cheshire Bridge by 2018, but that proposal did not pass.

Many people wonder if Cheshire Bridge were “sanitized”, where will they go?  With the ongoing projects of gentrification, homogenization, sterilization, and capitalization of a historic neighborhood, it’s just a matter of time before this community is forced to disperse, and the establishments become ‘luxury’ apartments and chain stores.


Teri Darnell earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace University. She served six years in the U.S. Air Force, notably in Berlin during the cold war. After 25 years, she retired in 2015 from a Fortune 50 company as a Multi-Media Development Manager to pursue her passion in photography.

Teri’s ‘Peacock’ image was selected by the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia (MOCA) for the purchase award from the ‘Edge to Edge’ exhibition curated by Chip Simone.

Teri's images have been published in South x Southeast and L’Oeil de la Photographie (Paris) photo magazines in 2016. Teri was selected as a finalist for the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award curated by Laura Noble, Director of L A Noble Gallery in London. Several of Teri's images are currently being exhibited during the 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale. Her images were also selected for Atlanta Photography Group’s juried 2014 and 2016 Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Show; Arnika Dawkins Selects; Photographs about Nothing; and the 2015 Portfolio show. Her image 'Spread' was awarded an Honorable Mention at The Showcase School of Photography 'Shots 2015' juried exhibition.