Faces & Places of Atlanta by Jason Travis in Atlanta

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia. Around 450,000 people live here. Southern flair, hard working ethics, and neighborhoods with unique personalities abound. Atlanta gets a lot of flak, but it’s a melting pot of culture. Georgia houses the world’s largest airport, aquarium, and it’s the birthplace of Coca-Cola. We also have mountains, swamps, oceans, lakes, rivers, forests, skyscrapers, and peaches. There’s a lot going on here and it always feels as though it’s on the rise.

Name:Jason Travis

Designer, photographer, videographer, musician. I work at MailChimp.


Drinking coffee and eating tacos.

Tell us about Atlanta:

The summers are hot and humid, and the winters give us snowstorms we’re ill equipped to handle. We have a fantastic music, arts, and film scene. The latter has brought many a film and TV production here. There are a slew of festivals and annual events. There’s sweet tea everywhere, and our culture is diverse. There’s something for everyone – it’s just a matter of seeking it out.

A perfect day?

Having a beer at an Atlanta Braves game in the fall, or documenting artists from all over the globe as they beautify our city walls.

What is the best thing about Atlanta?

Meeting people with friendly attitudes and inspiring minds.

What is the worst?

Pollen. Traffic can be horrible from time to time, but the pollen! Yuck.

What would be surprising about Atlanta to an outsider?

Hospitality and humidity. Commonality and abnormality.

If Atlanta was a person or character who would it be?

Forrest Gump’s Bench.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Saville, and Wes Anderson.




Name:Jason Travis


Favorite place to eat:

Leon’s Full Service

Favorite place to drink:


Favorite shop:

Sid Mashburn

Local Tip:

You’ll probably need a car. However, there are exciting developments with the BeltLine, the historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Bicycling is increasingly popular, and Atlanta’s original transit system, MARTA, is making great improvements.

Must Do:

Stone Mountain is the largest exposed piece of granite in the world and has a laser show every night of the summer. It’s a must if you want to experience something wonderfully tacky and charming.