From the Editor

Story Stacy Clark

The holidays are upon us. It’s almost time to deck those halls and gather with friends and family over tables laden with dishes fixed “just the way Mom made them.” Cameras, er, phones will flash to commemorate the occasion, and digital pics will appear online for the enjoyment of 2,000 of our closest friends.

Gone are the days when the only remnant of a Christmas Eve gathering is a soft-focus Polaroid of you and your siblings around the tree. Gone are the days when having your portrait taken called for donning your Sunday best and a stern expression. Long gone are the days of photographers like our cover story subject O.N. Pruitt.

Now, most everyone has a camera at their fingertips, and choosing a moment worthy of commemoration is completely up to the beholder and often, the subject themself.

I’m not much of a selfie-taker, but once in a great while — like the time I discovered that I had the Birmingham Botanical Gardens greenhouse entirely to myself — I give in to the urge to memorialize an experience. We don’t doubt that our readers have succumbed to this urge, too.

I’d like to invite you to share those images with us. Catfish Alley is looking for selfies for an upcoming photo essay. Whether it’s of you atop a mountain on your summer vacation or a quiet moment shared with your cat, we’d love to see the experiences you’ve chosen to mark with a photo.

And as always, we welcome your comments and story ideas. Email them to or visit us on Facebook.