Monday, July 8, 2013

Family. Summer. On the Run.

My True Vision (Family) Photography

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Adorable Kid Photo

Photo by Carlton Mackey

Damien and Torri Lovely Ft. Lauderdale Beach Wedding

Highlights from the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Wedding of Damien and Torri.

See their Atlanta Engagement Photos:  COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, BOOKS, LOVE

Photos by Kari and Carlton Mackey:  My True Vision Photography -

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Engagement Photography session by Carlton Mackey at the Irwin Street Market and Coffee Shop near Studioplex Atlanta.  - My True Vision Photography

Friday, February 1, 2013


 As you all know from this post about My Journey to Jordan, Israel, Palestine, I was fortunate to bel able to capture images and stories that the Journey.  Accompanying a story by my friend and colleague, Dr. Arri Eisen, a gallery of my images were recently featured on CNN.  This is the first time any of my images have appeared on CNN.  I am certainly happy.

Editor's note: Arri Eisen, PhD., is professor of pedagogy at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, Department of Biology and Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. Carlton D. Mackey, who took the accompanying photographs, is the director of the Ethics & the Arts Initiative at the Emory University Center for Ethics.
By Arri Eisen, Special to CNN
Monday was Martin Luther King Day. Monday, Barack Obama was inaugurated president for the second time.
This was one of the few glimmers of hope held up by many of the Palestinians I met with at the turn of the year in the West Bank: “Who would have thought in Martin Luther King’s day that you would now have a black president? If that can happen in the U.S., then maybe one day there can be peace here.”


Friday, January 25, 2013


The weather couldn't be any different today than it was on the day that I took these photos.  Today I'm bundled in three layers to protect me from the threat of the bitter cold...not seen since the days of Atlanta notorious "Snow-maggedon" from two years ago.

On the day this image was taken I was only wearing a T-shirt...sweat from my back causing it to cling to my skin.  I was happy though.  I was happy to be alive.  I was happy to feel the sun beat down on my forehead.  I was happy to know that I was in a part of the world that I had never been before and that here the sound of kids laughter was as loud and enthusiastic as I had come to know it anywhere else.

Photo by my buddy Elaine Oyzon-Mast

I had met only a handful of these kids only a couple of days earlier.  Their shy glances were soon transformed into bold curiosity.  Reaching up to touch my hair and asking if it was real (in spanish), each of them quickly discarded any inhibitions.  They were kids and they were living life with hope and promise.  It's no wonder why being around them transported me back to my own memories of being in grade school.  I could remember the smell of chalk dust and the feel of thick Bill Cosby-like sweaters rubbing against my arms.  I could remember gathering for recess, standing in line to get lunch, and school picture day.  And it is here that the seed must have been planted that caused me to jump out of my bed at 4am the next morning.

School Picture Day!  That's it!  I could offer the school, these children, and their parents an opportunity to do something that in the states is as much a part of what it means to go to school as homework itself.  After running the idea by Colin and Josh (whose tireless work with their non profit Trashwater made this trip possible for me) and then preparing to make a pitch (with the help of my trusty companion, translator, and son of the school headmaster) we well on our way. The announcement was made and just like at home students came to school to next day with an extra coat of grease in their hair...and consequently on their faces.  One by one, group by group, smile by smile we captured each of the precious children at the school in Los Brasiles.  With the help of a reflector that I made at breakfast that morning from a styrofoam cooler top and more aluminum foil than I care to mention, I think we did a pretty good job.  At the end of one heck of a long day, Mission Accomplished.

...well, until 4am the next morning when the idea hit me that we could make a year book!  Yeah...a yearbook...complete with one by one, group by group, smile by smile, portraits of each of the students.  Like for all of our families, it will be something that they can each remember for years to come.  They can pull it back out when they are older and remember what it was like, among other things, to be slim back in the day.  :-)

Today, I'm glad to be preparing to print out a couple of samples of that yearbook.  My goal is to put one in each of the kids' hands by the end of the school year this year.  This project like so many others that I've been so blessed to have the opportunity to do has been probably more rewarding for me than it has been for anybody else.  I'm grateful for Colin and Josh for the opportunity to travel with them, for supporting this random idea, and for caring so much about the people in Los Brasiles.

If you'd like to make a contribution to help put a yearbook in a kid's hand, please email me at carltonmackey[at]mytruevision[dot]com


I picked up the story of my journey to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine where I left off here on the blog of my other latest project, 50 SHADES OF BLACK.  The people you see in this collage left such an impression on me.  It has been a pleasure to share some of their faces and stories with you.  Read more at

Much more from this Journey coming soon.