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April 21, 2017

Soloist

Before I Die Wall, Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina.

Soloist

Soloist

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March 20, 2017

Meet and Greet

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Febraury 26, 2017.

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

Clown (James Mowitz) greeting the crowd at the 2017 Tenth Annual Asheville Mardi Gras Parade.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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February 19, 2017

School Kids

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Autumn, 2016.
Shot with Nikon 28mm f/3.5 lens and Tri-X film.

School Kids

School Kids

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November 24, 2016

Anish and Tia Engagement at the Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC, October 29, 2016

I had the honor of shooting the engagement of Anish and Tia at the Biltmore Estate this past October. I was contacted by Anish who planned to surprise his financee-to-be with his proposal at the outdoor Diana Venue located about 200 feet from the entrance of the Biltmore House. The plan was to coordinate our time and locations so that I would be at the Diana just before their arrival. I was to pass myself off as a tourist, and Anish would approach me asking if I would take a photo of them with his smartphone. All went to plan. I fiddled with the smart phone, stuck it in my pocket, pulled out my own camera and captured Anish on bended knee as he proposed to Tia. As you can see by the reaction of Tia in the first photo, she obviously never saw it coming!

We then hopped onto a bus that took us to the Biltmore winery where, once again, Tia was taken by surprise by being greeted by Anish’s parents and extended family that he had secretly flown in for the engagement.

Below are several of my favorite images from the shoot.

Enjoy!

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Anish and Tia

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

Family gathering at the Biltmore Winery

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October 15, 2016

September Weddings

Some highlights from several weddings that I had shot this past September. As formal as some moments would appear, each was both a mix of ease and chaos. A rare departure from my street photography work. Enjoy!

Marriage of Lindsey and Joshua, September 18, 2016. Location: Fontaine Vineyards, Leicester, North Carolina.

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Marriage of Rita and Robert, September 11, 2016. Location: Acton United Methodist Church, Asheville, North Carolina.

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August 6, 2016

Future Runway Model

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

Future Runway Model

Future Runway Model

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July 4, 2016

Break Time

Wilson Alley, Asheville, North Carolina.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 with Nikon FM2.

Wilson Alley, Asheville

Wilson Alley, Asheville

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June 3, 2016

Animals

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

While scurrying about Asheville a few weeks ago, I ran across the gentle pictured on the left who was sharing his prized honeybees with passersby on Biltmore Avenue. When he asked me if I wanted to see his insects, I entertained the possibility that they may actually be just a horde of angry bees loose in a box. I agreed to look at them not quite knowing what was in store. Well, the bees were safely caged in allowing me to get in close to capture the surrounding people who also expressed curiosity.

Animals

Animals

Shot with a Nikon FM2 and Kodak Portra 400.

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May 18, 2016

An Evening with Sally Mann

Tuesday May 17, 2016, Asheville, North Carolina.

Photographer Sally Mann gave a reading of her new book “Hold Still” at Malaprop’s Bookstore this past Tuesday to an attendance of what one describe as a classic example of Standing Room Only. Unlike the number of folks who could not get inside the filled to capacity room, I was fortunate enough to make my way in (for which I give partial credit to my camera as a number of people inquired about the local paper I supposedly worked for).

Sally Mann at Malaprop's

Sally Mann at Malaprop’s

After Mann’s reading of excerpts from her book accompanied by a slide show of various photographs, she opened the floor up to questions from the audience. This lead to some very insightful and candid revelations from Mann who admitted to her own insecurities as a photographer that I felt encouraged many aspiring artists to forge ahead in spite of the internal negative dialog that many of us fend off on a daily basis.

Above is a photo of Mann at the end of her presentation and dialog with the audience (left) with presenter (middle), and Malaprops’ owner and founder, Emoke B’Racz (right).

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April 16, 2016

Fashion In The Park

April 14, 2016, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

 FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Camille Reid

Always looking for ways to stretch out and utilize the techniques I have developed as a street photographer, I participated in the latest organized fashion gathering (or FASHMOB) at Roger McGuire Green located in Asheville’s Pack Square Park. As there were several such events that proceeded this, the gathering was appropriately named FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet. This event is for photographers, videographers, models, makekup artists, hair stylists, and designers of all experience levels. The purpose is for people to connect, have fun, and create images to share with one another.

FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Left: Alisha Moon

 FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Left: Alisha Moon

I generally rely on wide lenses such as 24mm and 28mm for street photography. For these photos, I decided to employ the 24mm. Needless to say, it presented some challenges. Getting close was one of them. One modle at my request climbed up a wall for a few shots. Finding the lens to short to get any reasonable closeups, with a giant flash mounted on the camera in one hand, I scaled the wall to grab some more intimate portraits.

 FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Bethany Sykes

 FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Bethany Sykes

The complex distortion of the 24mm lens was another factor to contend with. Distorted features created by a wide angle lens are less than flattering should you get to close. Carefully working the lens from just the right vantage point, the lens distortion can be advantageous, offering a wonderfully edgy, yet flattering image.

FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Camille Reid

 FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Camille Reid

In short, it was a fun and worthwhile experience. And for a photographer who is more accustomed to capturing fleeting moments on the bustling city streets, having people willing to take the time to allow for several photos was more than a welcome change of pace.

FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Model: Camille Reid

FASHMOB VII: Media Magnet

Models: Jonathon Santos and Credella Credle

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