November 2012

South x Southeast would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. No matter your spiritual affiliation, or whether you ascribe to one, this season holds meaning for us all. The photographers in our first Holiday Contest feature share with us some of their insights of the season through their photography. I want to thank each and every one of you who entered our contest, and a special thank you to our juror, Kevin Miller.



Collette, Christmas, 1989, by Kevin MIller

Artist’s Statement

There is a simple snapshot image of my young daughter taken back in 1988 when she was not yet two years old. I had been a commercial and fine art photographer, by that stage, for quite a few years. When our first child came along I recorded every marvelous moment of all our lives together in the family. It was a very happy time. There seemed to be a glow and a light surrounding everything. Perfection and that degree of happiness can be fleeting. I look at this image now with happiness and pleasure, but also with a longing that is hard to put into words.


Kevin Miller is the Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography, a public museum located at Daytona State College, in Daytona Beach, Florida. One of the largest exclusively photographic institutions in the U.S., the museum presents 15 public exhibitions each year including single artist, thematic, vintage, retrospective and genre themes. The museum maintains a significant permanent collection with strengths in general photographic history, documentary photography and contemporary photography.

Prior to becoming the museum director in 2001, Kevin Miller was the Department Chair of Visual Arts at Daytona State College after serving on the photography faculty of Southern Illinois University. He holds graduate qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, with major studies in Photographic History and Theory, Art History, and Museum Studies. He was previously head of the photography program at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Prior to commencing his academic career, he was a freelance fine art and commercial photographer.