Jack Alterman’s Second Monday series is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to go to. Other stuff has constantly got in the way (deadlines, meetings, cable reruns… you know the kind of thing).

Every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m., Alterman invites a guest photographer (or two, or three) to his studio on King St. The guests bring along some of their photos and talk about their work.  I finally made it along to one of these presentations this week, my fidgety 7-year-old son in tow. I was glad I went.

The studio was packed with pro and amateur photographers and appreciators of fine visual images. There were three guests – Jeremy Lock, Military Photographer of the Year in 2002, 2005, and 2006; Stacey Pearsall, Military Photographer of the Year in 2003; and her husband Andy Dunaway, Rummy’s personal photographer. They’re all Bronze Star recipients and members of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, stationed at the Charleston Air Force Base.

These guys are in the thick of the action in Iraq, armed with a gun and a camera (or two). Lock showed a slideshow complete with incidental music, using shots from the recent earthquake in Peru and a training exercise in Australia. Pearsall had photos from Africa, portraits of female combatants in various situations, and stills from Iraq. Dunaway’s work centered on Iraq.

Aside from the presentations, I got to see Alterman’s photographic portraits displayed on the walls of his studio. They’re an inspiration for all aspiring snappers (including me).