It was a must stop for this quartet of musicians from Indiana...the James Brown statue on Broad Street.
"We were told we couldn't miss it and had to take a picture with James Brown," said Rose Wollman, of the Larchmere Quartet, who performed in Augusta on Thursday.
Selester Johnson lives in Augusta and comes to the statue all the time. "No, I've never taken a picture of me at the statue, but I've seen a lot of people take pictures here," he said.
And, maybe a lot more people will be taking pictures thanks to collaboration between the Greater Augusta Arts Council, the city, and a tech firm.
"We've installed a 'Txt Cam', so you will stand next to the James Brown statue, text a number, your picture will be taken it, and will land on your phone and go to the Arts Council website for downloading later," says Brenda Durant, executive director of the Arts Council.
James Brown was the hardest working man in show business and this camera sounds hard. It could put fans in a cold sweat.
"It's actually very, very easy. If you've ever sent a text message before, that's all there is to it," said Chris Williamson, of Txt Cam.
The James Brown statue is a popular picture taking place so please, please, please don't let it cost a bunch of money. "Only if you have text charges. If you have unlimited texts, it's all free," says Durant.
But, to text the camera, that means you've got a phone and phones have cameras, so why would you need the Txt Cam? With it, there's no need for selfies, or handing the phone to a stranger, and no one gets left out of the picture.
"This allows you to bring everybody on-board, get everybody on-board and you do not have to swap out," says Williamson.
"Yes, I got a phone," said Selester, and he says he could handle the texting.
But, the Txt Cam is still about a week away from being ready, just in time for the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. But, we're not going to wait for our photo with the statue, so me and Selester...we'll try the old selfie. "I feel good."
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