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June 19, 2016

That Girl…

Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

That Girl

That Girl

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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 26, 2016

Saints vs Sinners

From Sunday, February 07, 2016.

Gay Pride at Asheville Mardi Gras 2016. This year’s theme was Saint vs Sinners. Shot with Nikon FM2 and Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in Kodak HC110.

Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

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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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May 1, 2016

Art Before Death

March 29, 2016, Asheville, North Carolina.

A collage of artwork by various age groups added to the Before I Die Wall located on Biltmore Avenue in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. At the time I had digitally taken this photo I was also using an old film camera for capturing street images. Since I wanted something more immediate to share online as record of this artwork, I made use of my iPhone 4s. In a pinch, a smartphone can always come in handy.

Before I Die Wall

Before I Die Wall

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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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March 25, 2016

Rally Against NC HB2

March 24, 2016, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

In the cloak of the evening’s darkness, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory chiseled away once again any sovereignty held by local city governments by signing into law NC HB2. The bill essentially strips away any protection from discriminatory practices against the LBGTQ community.

The underlying issue at hand here is of course the slippery slope that many times leads to a pernicious dismantling of basic civil liberties that, over time, reveal the draconian intent to roll back any social progress that eventually affects each and everyone of us.

NC HB2 Demonstration at Pack Square

NC HB2 Demonstration at Pack Square

Rather than some verbose commentary, I would rather share just the images that I caught of the demonstration held at Pack Square in downtown Asheville, revealing the diverse face of the community that came together to express both support for their fellow citizens, and the ongoing distrust of a representative body that distorts the meaning of compassion and dignity.

In time, you may find that your comfortable existence becomes another iteration of “separate but equal.”

For more photos, please visit: Rally Against NC HB2.

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February 9, 2016

Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

Filed under: Street Photography — thejoey4 @ 6:38 pm

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

I was running a bit late to greet the start of the 2016 Asheville Mardi Gras parade held on Sunday, February 7 in downtown Asheville. This year’s parade theme was “Saints and Sinners”. I brought along both my film and digital cameras to capture the festivities, but as I was just catching the end of the parade, I captured most of it on film (and black and white on top of that!). Towards the end of the street event, I did take out the digital camera to record a few moments so that I had something to post on my website until I get around to developing my film. The image below (featuring Krewe De La Morte) was caught just as the parade was winding down on Wall Street.

Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

Asheville Mardi Gras 2016

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January 26, 2016

30 Minute Limit

Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

30 Minute Limit

30 Minute Limit

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January 20, 2016

On The Road

Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

On the road

On the road

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