Fern Greene may still be a high school student, but the 17-year-old senior is making her mark on Columbia’s growing arts scene with a special show now running at Gallery 205.

The show opened Sunday and will be open to the public through Wednesday.

Hanging for this limited time at the home turned art space is a collection of images Greene has taken over the course of her young career.


“It is just me and my pictures,” she told The Daily Herald.

Following in the footsteps of humanist photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Greene sees the power of the candid moment and works to capture the undirected happenings of daily life.

“These are not necessarily accomplishing a goal, but I think it gives people an understanding of what I am doing,” she said of the show.

A photographer with an eye for documenting the South, Greene takes inspiration from Southern literature and fellow image makers like Sally Mann, Doretha Lang and Walker Evans.

“I like to be very observant,” Greene said. “All the images are spontaneous.”

A senior at Agathos Classical School, Greene is also working on a thesis about Southern photography.

The daughter of local artist Warren Greene, the young image maker says it was only a short time ago when she started to delve into the process of seriously making photographs, even working with alternative processing techniques in the darkroom.

“I have always had access to the art world, but I got my first camera three years ago,” Greene said. “I hope to be a fine arts photographer and photojournalist.”

In the past, Greene has been invited to participate in the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and works regularly with Columbia-based photographer Sarah B. Gilliam.

The show opened Sunday, and in the attendance was the core of Columbia’s visual arts community.

“It is really exciting to have people support me,” Greene said. “I love Columbia so much. It has so much character, and I hope to show that in the future.”

Greene is slated to feature her work, alongside that of her father, in a upcoming show at the gallery in 2019.

Specific dates have not yet been set.

Visit Gallery 205 just off the courthouse square in downtown Columbia at 205 West 6th Street. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Take a look online at http://www.gallery205art.com/.


Plugged In is an ongoing series from The Daily Herald, highlighting the arts in southern Middle Tennessee. From the latest releases to upcoming events, we will make sure you are plugged in.

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