Decatur Dispatch - August 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 8 • AUGUST 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Local Photographer Finds Her Calling Teaching Kids Brook Hewitt says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a camera in her hand. “I always loved tak- ing pictures. Film, photography and media were around me all the time as a kid so it was just a natural thing for me to want to do. Her grandfather Don Hewitt was the producer of 6o Minutes and her dad Jeffrey Hewitt produced several TV shows and documentaries. It wasn’t uncommon for her to be on sets at CNN or TBS, where her dad worked. She studied photography in college but Brook assumed doing it for a living might make her grow to hate it. She taught school but a layoff forced her to reconsider photography as a profession. In 2009 she started Rose Riot Photography. “I have photographed every type of thing you can imagine.” She said. “When I realized how awesome doing it for “my job” was I saw that I was truly living my dream.” Continued on page 4 Public Art Enhances The Old Fourth Ward The Old Fourth Ward is booming. New hous- ing and restoration/reno- vation of older structures into modernized single family homes, apartments and industrial style con- dos, along with the pro- liferation of restaurants, bars and small shops of all kinds has meant a huge increase in pedestrian “traffic.” Accompanying that growth has been a community awareness of the importance of public art. The bridge over Free- dom Parkway at Highland is a delightful case in point. The concrete pedestrian wall is covered in a bright, lively blue paint and further adorned with folk art style figures, animals and flowers. This artwork cannot help but bring a smile even to the most disgruntled of people passing by. The intersection is also fortunate to have a massive “sculpture” by noted artist Sol LeWitt [1928-2007]. “54 Columns” is a minimalist creation of concrete block pillars of varying heights referencing the city’s skyline. Continued on page 7