Unsung Atlanta Behind the Photographs: Construction Workers, Krog Street Tunnel

This wasn't the photograph I was looking for when I walked to Krog Street Tunnel. I had seen some great photos of all the interesting street art and graffiti inside the tunnel, and I wanted to see if I could get a similar shot.  When I arrived I was disappointed to find that there was a lot of construction going on in the area and I wouldn't be able to get close enough to take the picture I came for.

My disappointment quickly faded when I saw these four construction workers talking on a quick break.  As I snapped a few photos I realized something important about what I was doing.  I needed to go to these well-known and obvious places around Atlanta, but not take the obvious pictures.  The tunnel itself wasn't the main attraction.  I realized that these men, set against the backdrop of the famous tunnel, were the story I was trying to capture. Just like you and I, they are the heartbeat of this city.  

This revelation fueled a lot of the photographs taken for Unsung Atlanta and helped the project take shape.  It taught me how to tell the stories of my city through images.