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November 25, 2017

Busking Trio

Baltimore, MD performers, The Shroom Pickers, busking through downtown Asheville in mid-Autumn 2017.

The Shroom Pickers

The Shroom Pickers

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April 21, 2017

Soloist

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

Soloist

Soloist

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September 22, 2016

The City Streets In Autumn

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

The city streets in autumn

The city streets in autumn

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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 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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January 20, 2016

On The Road

Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

On the road

On the road

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December 21, 2015

Home for the Holidays

Outside the Asheville Police Department on Haywood Street, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

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November 30, 2015

Fist Bump

Asheville Music Hall, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Fist Bump

Fist Bump

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October 3, 2015

Expect the unexpected

Summer 2015, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Anticipation is key to street photography. You may never have a concrete idea of what you will capture at a moment’s notice, but always anticipate that something will eventually cross your path. At the last second, while observing the performers and onlooking crowd, I noticed the gentleman to the very left slowing sneaking up behind the very surprised girl in the orange shirt. A bit off setting? Sure. But it was quite obvious from how it turned out that it was the young girl’s father. Photos can lie. But an explanation of the story behind the image can put things into perspective.

Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

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August 24, 2015

When I’m 94

I recently was called upon to photograph a family reunion in Montreat, North Carolina earlier this month. It had been a while since I had the opportunity to capture a large family event, in this case some 50 family members of various extended relationships. The large gathering was held at the Montreat Conference Center outside the town of Black Mountain. The session was about two hours of indoor and outdoor shooting as I ran about organizing large and small groups of families. But I also took the time to capture some candid moments for myself (yes, I’m a street photographer at heart!) that I felt the family may also appreciate. I caught up with one person in particular that truly stood out from cacophony of the afternoon–the women pictured below. Her name is Rachael. 94 years old, born in 1925. I engaged in some polite conversation as she regaled me with stories of her life. I managed to grab a number of quick shots hoping to capture the essence of this gentle woman. She was completely void of all ego, and was very relaxed in her attitude and acceptance of everything around her. At almost a century, she had no problems getting up and around and sitting in on the group portraits outside on the hotel deck, or indoors by the large fireplace that served as a backdrop for many of the family members. The photo below is my personal favorite from my ten minutes of time I spent with her, hence its inclusion in this blog.

At almost a hundred years, we should all be in this place in our lives.

Rachael

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