Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
What: Photography Exhibit “A Romantic Journey” by Bre Conley Saxon & Rachel McElroy   
Where: Central Library, 4th Floor Gallery, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 14, 2017. Meet the Artist Opening Reception will be Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 p.m. in the 4th Floor Gallery  
Details: Exhibit features photographs that Birmingham photographers Bre Conley Saxon & Rachel McElroy captured during a trip to Italy.  

BIRMINGHAM, AL-A new exhibit featuring photographs in Italy by two Birmingham photographers will kick off this Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 in the 4th Floor Gallery of the Central Library downtown. 

“A Romantic Journey” depicts photographs that Bre Conley Saxon of SayBre Photography and Rachel McElroy of Rachel McElroy Imagery captured during a trip to Italy. The exhibit is free to the public and will be held Sept. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 14 in the 4th Floor Gallery during Central Library operating hours.  A Meet the Photographers Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 p.m. in the 4th  Floor Gallery. Call Jiemin Fan at 205-226-3601 for more information.    
Read a description of the exhibit at the link below: 

A Romantic Journey
By Bre Conley Saxon and Rachel McElroy

It seems an impossible task to write one statement for two artists. While we share a subject—the Italian landscape—our eyes, emotions, motivations, experiences, and even our equipment differed. For Bre, her collection of photographs encapsulates A Romantic Journey. She experienced Italy with her husband and best friends, while also photographing Tuscan weddings. Her images reflect the Italian fairytale—beautiful brides, sparkling wines, and rainbows over golden landscapes. 

For me, however, I embarked on my Italian adventure after facing heartbreak. Viewing Italy through my lens transported me from the pain. Photographing felt like meditation—it was incredible, and seemed to heal me. The magical Light, the vibrant city-life, new friends, the powerful Dolomites, the poppy fields, the wine, the best pasta ever… In a way, I guess, I also experienced A Romantic Journey. 

We present this collection to show the Love we captured. 

Read more about McElroy at and Conley Saxon at 
Or you can follow Conley Saxon’s blog at 

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