I recently traveled to Atlanta to shoot an episode of my show, ‘Day Off’ for PTA (PlanesTrains+Automobiles) network, a travel network dedicated to the connected contemporary traveler. Having been to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport more times than I can count, I thought I would at least have a working knowledge of the city. The truth was, I knew very little. After a week of filming, I feel that I can speak more intelligently on Atlanta and everything that the peach state has to offer.
Atlanta lived up to many of my expectations. As a frequent traveler, shooting bands and musicians on the road for years, I was weary of getting to know a new city. However I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly, expansive, and rich in tradition Atlanta was. Especially traveling with my buddy Chef Kevin Gillespie, who was born and bred in Atlanta, I was lucky enough to learn the city’s history and see the real Atlanta right before my eyes. It was great to get a real sense of the city and the international influence that could be found there.
One of my favorite locations we chose to feature on the show was the Buford County Farmers Market. Located in an non-descript strip just north of downtown. The BCFM was one of the most impressive markets I’ve been to in the United States. When I am home in Los Angeles, I often find myself having to travel to several different grocery stores in order to locate some of my favorite ethnic treats or obscure ingredients. However, after just twenty minutes, I quickly realized that the BCFM had everything I could possibly want and more. Living in a city like Los Angeles, where time is always at a premium, I was instantly envious of Atlantans and the gem they have sitting in their own backyard.
The rest of the week was spent shooting and visiting other Atlanta landmarks: The Varsity, the Coca-Cola Archives, and the Belt Line – all with their own unique charm and place in the city’s culture.I can’t wait to be back to further explore Georgia.
You can watch my entire Atlanta exploration here with chef Kevin Gillespie.
Filmmaker & Photographer Noah Abrams spends his life on the road capturing musicians on stage, athletes in action and celebrity chefs in their kitchens. In PTA’s Original Series Day Off, Noah sets the camera aside and connects with friends in cities around the world for a personal tour of their home turf. Whether it’s chef Tyler Florence in San Francisco, musician Nikki Lane in Nashville or legendary skater Tony Hawk in San Diego—in each episode Noah documents a day off in the life of an iconic influencer as they share the under the radar, out of the way or essential stops in their native stomping grounds.
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