Photographer's Journal

Charlotte Observer Features Shoot Out Photographers

On May 29-30 The Light Factory will be bringing back to life it's famed ShootOut, which has a slew of great photographers working side-by-side to capture portraits of those who sign up. The cost is low and all funds go to support The Light Factory, for which Sean serves on the board. Today the Charlotte Observer ran an article featuring the photographers, which included this great photo of Sean (which had to be altered later in order to be published!). Sign up for my time slots, which will be on Saturday, May 30th (which is NOT Memorial Day weekend, by the way) here: Here's the story:

This is a photo Sean took of himself for the Charlotte Observer.
This is a photo Sean took of himself for the Charlotte Observer.

Read This Book By The Cover!

book cover of The Food Babe Way
book cover of The Food Babe Way

We continue to work with our friend Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, on her various photo and video needs. We're so happy that her book, The Food Babe Way, is now a NY Times Bestseller! Our photo graces the cover of this book, and we're so pleased to be a part of her mission to better our world's food supply.

Moment Mile Exhibition Starts Today!!

Moment Mile goes on exhibit as two 100-foot prints today at the Mint Museum Uptown. See the making-of video here and read more about the project below.

In fall 2014, The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film invited photographers—new and seasoned—to participate in Moment Mile. Created and led by Sean Busher, the project sought to build awareness of and support for the museum's recent re-opening. On 1 November, 138 photographers gathered in Uptown Charlotte. At 6:15 p.m., the photographers stood in predetermined spots on the mile-long stretch of Tryon Street and simultaneously clicked their shutters. Then, exactly five minutes later at 6:20 p.m., they did so once again on the opposite side of the street. Stitched together, the two resulting prints – each 100 feet long and 11 inches tall –capture a single moment of a stretch of Charlotte’s urban core and acts as a historical marker of the city circa 2014.

“Participatory projects like Moment Mile are a new avenue that involve the Charlotte community in what we are doing at The Light Factory, and more broadly involve others in the art of film and photography,” said Busher, who is a board member for The Light Factory and a Charlotte advertising photographer.

Moment Mile will be on view from December 17, 2014 through February 22, 2015. The Moment Mile project was generously supported by the Arts & Science Council, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

Sean's Moment Mile Project on Front Page Again!!

Sean created a project called Moment Mile to bring attention to the reopening of The Light Factory, a photography and film museum in Charlotte, and an institution he has served on the board of for four years. The project Sean created involved orchestrating 138 photographers to line up every 36-feet along Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte and snap a photo at the same instant. It worked! We were able to create the world's longest panorama (we checked with Guinness), and look forward to sharing the final exhibition with the world soon. Best of all, The Light Factory (and Sean) made the front page (and above the fold too!) of the Charlotte Observer twice in one week! Check out the article from the online edition below. Front Page of The Charlotte Observer features Sean Busher.

The Charlotte Observer features Sean's Moment Mile project.


Sean featured on front page of The Charlotte Observer

The media is taking notice of Sean's Moment Mile project, which will bring together nearly 150 photographers along Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte to simultaneously snap their shutters in order to create a photo capturing a single moment along a 1.2-mile stretch of our urban core. Today Sean's on the front (and above the fold!) of The Charlotte Observer. Check out the story: Sean on the front of the Charlotte Observer.

Sean on the front of The Charlotte Observer.

Announcing - Moment Mile - Sean's One-of-a-Kind Project

We're excited to announce that Sean has created a one-of-a-kind project called Moment Mile, which seeks to bring out nearly 150 photographers onto Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte in order to snap a simultaneous photo that captures a 1.2-mile stretch of our urban core! We are looking for photographers to sign up for the momentous event, which has been created by Sean in order to bring attention to the grand re-opening of The Light Factory, a museum in Charlotte dedicated to photography and film. Learn more and sign up for this unique event at Announcing Moment Mile to Charlotte photographers.

Can You Imagine Arts, Science and History in 2025? We Did!

The Arts and Science Council commissioned our team to create three dynamic images to represent art, science and history in the year 2025. Basically, they wanted to see a life filled with wonder, amazement, learning and excitement. The images were released during a TEDx-style event all about the arts. We are honored that ASC would hire us to create envision this future. Check them out, plus a behind-the-scenes video of our team in action: Arts & Science Council - Imagine 2025 #2

Arts & Science Council - Imagine 2025 #1

Arts & Science Council - Imagine 2025 #3


Can You Figure Out the Puzzle?

The Arts & Science Council is using social media to build momentum for the September 23rd event called Imagine 2025: Share the Vision, a day-long event about the arts in Charlotte and a release of the 2025 Vision Plan for the ASC. Our team was commissioned to make three dynamite images to represent the future of arts in Charlotte, NC and we look forward to their release/exhibition at this event. These puzzle piece CGI images were created to send out in various social media posts to build excitement and intrigue. Take a look and start piecing together what these images will look like in their entirety. Purchase tickets to the event here:

City Block Project - Winner Announcement

logo for City Block Project 2014 in Charlotte, NC

Every year Sean throws a community-based photo contest on behalf of The Light Factory called City Block Project. Each year a new block is chosen and for 24-hours photographers shoot the block in every way imaginable - the people, the action, the architecture and more. This year's block was BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Charlotte Knights, the AAA baseball team now in uptown Charlotte, NC. The event had 35 photographers submit 135 entries. The winners are chosen by the participants - for each one submission a person makes they get two votes and can vote for anyone but themselves. Below are the photos from the winners, some shots from the unveiling party and the announcement at BB&T Ballpark.

To see all the photos submitted to the 2014 project visit this link:

1st Place: Rick Belden

City Block Project - 1st Place Winner


2nd Place (tie): Matt Connolly

2nd Place Tie - Matt Connolly 09

2nd Place (tie): Matt Connolly

2nd Place Tie - Matt Connolly 11

4th Place: Matt Connolly

4th Place - Matt Connolly 08

Student Winner: Lucky Prachitch

Student Winner - Lucky Prachitch

Student Winner: Megan McRae

Student Winner Tie - Megan McRae

Here are a few shots of the winners at the unveiling party:

City Block Project - Unveiling Party 1

City Block Project - Unveiling Party 2

City Block Project - Unveiling Party 4

And here is a video of the announcement at BB&T Ballpark (apologies on the low audio):

Photographing the Police

I have run-ins with cops and security guards while photographing all the time. Often I'm told I'm not allowed to be doing what I'm doing, even though I have every right in my favor. Because I am usually unafraid of confrontation, I challenge these people. I have yet to lose (except for those times when I'm on private property and am simply playing dumb). While shooting one of Bank of America's buildings I had a cop try to lie to me to get me to go away (he was being paid off-duty to guard the front of the Bank of America corporate headquarters while in uniform), but when I pointed out all the right in my favor he responded, "Yeah, you're probably right, I don't work uptown much and don't really know the rules." Urgh! Anyway, because of all of the police v. people protesting happening in Ferguson lately Wired did an article about police arresting journalists for doing their constitutionally-protected jobs. Urgh again! Anyway, check out the article, it's good....

P.S. I appreciate cops most of the time.

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

The Hickory Museum of Art contacted The Light Factory today about emulating the City Block Project, which Sean created and administers on behalf of The Light Factory, in their town in the near future. We're excited the project continues to get so much fanfare and participation and would love to see it spread beyond Charlotte, NC.

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

-Charles Caleb Colton

"Sean Busher is thinking big picture." - Charlotte Observer

Sean's "Monumental Tryon Street photo" project has been featured in the Charlotte Observer today! Sean's project is featured in the Charlotte Observer.

The article, which is about the re-birth of The Light Factory, features Sean's group project as a way to bring the photography community in Charlotte back together. The plan is to have 150 photographers line up along Tryon Street to all take a photo at the exact same moment and thus create a massive panoramic image - a first of it's kind!

In case the Observer link isn't permanent here is the article as it appeared online:

Charlotte Observer article about Sean.

2014 City Block Project at BB&T Ballpark

logo for City Block Project 2014 in Charlotte, NC One of the many community projects Sean administers is the annual City Block Project, which we're excited to announce is happening at the new Charlotte Knights' home at BB&T Ballpark. The project, sponsored by The Light Factory, is a 24-hour contest among photographers that happens in a different block each year. Previous blocks include EpiCentre, NASCAR Hall of Fame, NC Music Factory and Plaza Midwood. Are you a photographer local to the Charlotte area? Join us from noon on August 9th until 11:59am on August 10th in uptown Charlotte! Learn more here: and by checking out the postcard below.

Front of postcard for City Block Project 2014Postcard for City Block Project