Photography Issue 2011 

Judges’ & Readers’ Choice Winner: Stephanie Saujon Baltz: “Baby Bowie”

“I take more photos than any human should,” says Stephanie Saujon Baltz, who’s been doing so for as long as she can remember and professionally for about four years. “I have file cabinets of negatives and external hard drives full of tens of thousands of images.” She needed just one to take our judges’ prize.

One day at Saujon Baltz’s studio, model Lux-O-Matic, a dancer with Music City Burlesque, mentioned the website Vinyl Sleeve Heads, which features people posing with album covers and creatively filling out the space beyond the frame. The two started digging through Saujon Baltz’s collection — she has a lot of records, too — to find a photogenic sleeve. Thinking that Bowie’s Space Oddity was a good match for one of Lux’s stage costumes, they started snapping photos. It wasn’t until afterward that they thought about the serendipity of the choice.

"We realized Space Oddity was perfect,” Saujon Baltz says, “because Lux thinks being pregnant is like having an alien experience." In this case, a close encounter that inspired quite a reaction from ground control.

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Stephanie Saujon Baltz
“Baby Bowie”

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Alan Wieme
Gilligan’s in Murfreesboro
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Jamie Goodsell
Nashville
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Jolan Farkas
“Radar Love,” Natchez Trace Parkway
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Andri Alexandrou
West Nashville
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Eva Maria Wood
Intersection of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway and Franklin Road
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Anna Arata
Centennial Park
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Phillip Chadwell
East Nashville
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Doug Lehmann
Exit/In
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Jamie Goodsell
Nashville
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Chris Wage
Ramb0 Samb0 of the Nashville Rollergirls
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Helen Bird
Dickerson Road
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Judd Fuller
East Nashville
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Garth Shaw
Roof of Spence Manor, dedicated in memory of Patsi Bale Cox
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Ian Bush
12th and Porter
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Gavin Ivester
Baseball fields behind Harpeth Hills Church of Christ
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Doug Lehmann
Crema
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Sarah McDonald
Nashville thrift store
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Alan Wieme
Nashville Arcade
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Lydia Henderson
Smyrna
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Miles Price
Belmont Boulevard
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High Gravity Photography
Second Avenue, Nashville
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Ryan Burkholder
“Emerson in Black & White,” Bellevue
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Price Harrison
Cross Plains, Tenn.
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Price Harrison
51st Avenue North and Centennial Boulevard

Judges’ Winner: Nashville Eyesores


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Angie K. Harris
Germantown, Nashville
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Chris Wage
Franklin Road, Nashville
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Kevin Barnett
21st Avenue and Scarritt Place
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John “Bodie” Beaudin
Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun
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Judd Fuller
East Nashville
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Ann Richardson
Brentwood


Meet the Judges...


Michael W. Bunch
Photographer
SouthComm
MichaelWBunchPhoto.com

Eric England
Photographer
SouthComm
EricEngland.net

Elizabeth Jones
Art Director
Nashville Scene
ElizabethOrrJones.com

Peter Nash
Photographer
Portraits in Fur
PeterNashDogs.com

Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Assistant professor of film and studio art at Vanderbilt University
StudioAmelia.com

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