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Pictorial essay: An artist’s view from the streets on New Year’s Eve

Editor’s Note: This photo essay leans toward an artistic interpretation of the sights of New Year’s Eve on Broad Street rather than a straight news documentation as is stated in the photographer’s bio. The cutlines reflect the photographer’s views and feelings as she observed the night.

About the photographer: Rebecca Congleton is a professional photographer, living in Augusta. As a former journalist, much of her work sits uniquely in the gap between photojournalism and creative artistry. You may see her wandering the city streets, over the coming months, as she embarks on a deep dive into street photography in 2023.

Rebecca is a published image-maker, who recently won Best of Category (Blue Hour) in the annual Click Magazine International Voice Image Contest, which received more than 40,000 entries. She rarely goes a day without picking up her camera to capture humanity, light and shadows, or even the way the sun highlights the hidden beauty of the dishes in her kitchen sink. Not usually one for nightlife, she couldn’t resist walking Broad Street on New Year’s Eve, with camera in hand.

Here are some of the results.

Somehow time seems to slow down in the hours leading up to the New Year
Party footwear was a feast for the eyes.
Neon lights made for romantic moments and atmospheric selfies.
The mood downtown was high energy and positive.
Memory-makers were on the move, making the most of the final hours of the year.
Friends gathered to observe the countdown together
The excitement and joy, as they said farewell to 2022 was palpable.

Photographer Rebecca Congleton

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