“When I say ‘Tidy Town,’ that’s the idea that Charlotte has sometimes, where we want to sanitize our problems or we don’t necessarily want to think of ourselves as ‘less than’ the rest of the country. … We are a great city, but the faster we learn that we might not be the great city that we think we are, the more we can kind of wrangle that in.” – Logan Cyrus

Some days, Logan Cyrus captures the best of humanity. Other days, his camera finds those things we’re trying so hard not to see.

In the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, when most Charlotteans were home safely in bed, Charlotte photographer and Iraq War veteran Logan Cyrus was running toward gunshots armed only with a camera. He was there to chronicle the shooting of Charlottean Justin Carr during the protests that sprung up in the wake of the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed in a confrontation with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police two days earlier.

One of the photographs Logan shot of this event was named one of the Top 100 Photos of 2016 by Time magazine. While proud of his work, Logan has very conflicting feelings surrounding this photograph, and he shared those thoughts at the Feb. 3 meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte at Warehouse 242.

Speaking on the global theme of “Moments,” Logan shared how key moments throughout his life led him to pursue photography, how they shaped his perspective on the world and his art, and how they led him to be among those who witnessed Justin Carr’s death.

There are two ways you can experience Logan’s talk. The first is a video of the Feb. 3 CreativeMornings/Charlotte event, courtesy of Charlotte Star Room.

The second is an episode of the #CharlotteIsCreative podcast, recorded immediately following his talk, during which Logan goes into greater detail on how other photographers and the city of Charlotte have shaped his growth.

Here are some links to topics discussed in the podcast.

– Logan Cyrus’ website and Instagram.

Photographer Martin Parr.

Photographer Chris Hondros.

Definition of “bevy.”

Photographer James Estrin.

Have Yourself a Creative Little Morning!

The next meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 3 at Warehouse 242. As usual, the meeting will feature free coffee and breakfast foods along with hands on creative projects, life music, games and more. The next meeting will feature two speakers who will address the global theme of “Taboo”:

Samantha Valdez is pursuing a Masters in Sculpture at Winthrop University. She works with objects to create personal narratives and address issues of social justice, using materials as a metaphor.

Amy Chiou is the executive director of Queen City Forward, a nonprofit for social entrepreneurs and civic innovators. Amy has also worked on 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, Is one of the founders of WTFweVote.com and the creator of the Ballot app.

As always, tickets are free and will available at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at www.CharlotteIsCreative.com.

Photo: CreativeMornings/Charlotte Flickr.