Interview with Nashville-based photographer Todd Adams (ToddAdams.net)

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Interview with Nashville-based photographer
Todd Adams (ToddAdams.net)

For my money, Todd Adams is easily one of the finest—and still most underappreciated—photographers in Nashville.  For the past decade or more, Todd has devoted his vacation time to taking incredible trips abroad—and then presenting spectacular photographic records of them.  I personally have some of Todd’s evocative photos from Ireland and Italy on the mantle of my fireplace, and he has sold many others to clients around the world.

Underground Nashville caught up with Todd to interview him about his recent trip to Spain and Morocco.  Part I of our interview follows; Part II will be posted later this week.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLEWhy did you choose to visit and photograph Spain and Morocco this time? What was compelling to you about those particular countries?

TODD ADAMS:  I’ve got a very long list of places I’ve seen or read about which I’d like to photograph.  Southern Spain, medieval Andalucia, is one of those places I’ve had on my list for years.  The old town of Ronda is just one of the most picturesque places in Europe.  It was immortalized by Hemingway and it’s the birthplace of bullfighting.  So there was just a lot there that seemed significant and photographic.

This last trip really just started off being a trip to Spain.  My nephew accompanied me on this one and for him it was a chance to go see a soccer game in Barcelona (which was great, Barcelona won 2-0).  For me, the proximity of Morocco to Spain made it compelling to do a few days there also.  I had never been anywhere in Africa, nor in an Islamic culture.  And Morocco is a very easy introduction to both, as well as having a lot of photographic opportunities.

UN: In your opinion, what is the MOST important reason why someone should visit these countries?

TA: For Spain, if you like history, good food, lots of art, a laid-back lifestyle, and lots of sun and fun, it’s a natural choice. Barcelona is one of the most art-filled cities I’ve ever been to.  It’s all around you. Southern Spain has that true Mediterranean feel.  And it’s all a great cultural experience.

Morocco may be a bit more challenging for some, but if you don’t mind the language barrier, it’s a great experience for someone looking for something a little more exotic.  Being that it’s so close to Europe, yet culturally a world away, it’s bound to be tempting to any adventure traveler.

To view Todd’s photos of Spain and Morocco, visit ToddAdams.net and then click on “New Wallpapers.”

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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