Well, it has been a long run, and a good one— for 33 years, the studio space at 2713 18th Place South in Homewood has been the creative residence for a long list of incredibly talented artists, whose influence and partnership has built a history of unique projects of which we can all be proud. From its establishment as a still photography studio August 28, 1986 through its current service as a base of operations for a team of inventive visual artists, this spacious and sturdy little warehouse has hosted countless advertising campaigns and PR ventures, documentary films, corporate communications and music videos that rank among the best ever produced in Birmingham. Although Lee Harrelson Productions LLC and Noho Collective will continue as a group to produce both still and motion picture projects, it’s time that we move on from this location, for reasons we'll explain below.
The individuals whose combined talents have fueled the creative buzz at 2713 include David Smith, Ted Speaker, Todd Hornsby, Arik Sokol, Bear Praytor, Chris Hilleke, David Adams, and James Acomb—
all of whom bring specialized skills to the production of still photography, film, and video production, in support of promotional enterprises for a long list of grateful clients. This collaborative brotherhood of "imaginators" works in flexible combinations, bringing a focused vision to projects of any size, and takes its name from the building’s location in NOrth HOmewood, just outside the suburb’s renovated city center plaza, designated by city officials as the SOHO district.
Homewood’s rebirth as a small urban village has brought a steep increase in the cost of commercial real estate, and as new businesses arrive, some long-time light-industry tenants must relocate to make way for a coming wave of pricey retail specialists. Of special impact to NOHO’s facility is the development of a multi-story hotel just across the street— a year of noisy construction and street congestion will make any audio production troublesome, and access to the neighborhood itself difficult. For these reasons, the Collective now begins a search for a new home, where the process of forging world-class visual productions can continue at an even higher level of inspiration.
In a world where change is an irresistible force, the best outcomes are obtained by those who embrace it. We are deeply grateful for the many extraordinary and generous people and projects that have passed through our doors here, whose efforts established a legacy of pride, respect, and fond memories. We now move ahead in the certain belief that the future will bring us even greater opportunities to continue the work, and develop the story— a story that we hope will include all of our favorite clients, and many more who we have yet to meet!
Thank you and see you soon!
Lee Harrelson Productions