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May 2, 2017

Night Shift

Seen here is William Stafford (left) and his work associate who serve as security for the Grove Arcade on Page Avenue in downtown Asheville. William is also a very well known rhythm and blues singer, performing in numerous Asheville music venues through the years. He recently left his old band Motown Blue to pursue his solo ambitions.

Night Shift

Night Shift

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The City

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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The City

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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The City

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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The City

July 7, 2016

No Justice, No Peace

Rally held for man killed by police in Asheville, NC. July 6, 2016.

We want the truth - Patton Avenue.

We want the truth – Patton Avenue.

Friends, supporters and family of 35 years old Jai Williams (known as “Jerry” to family and friends), who was gunned down on Saturday, July 2 at Deaverview Apartments in Asheville, gathered at the downtown Asheville Police Department on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators demanded answers as to what actually occurred in the confrontation between Williams and the Asheville police on the night of the shooting. Although little local media coverage was to be found, family and friends were interviewed by Channel 7 News from Spartanburg, SC.

The protest was peaceful but passionate. Chanting “No justice, no peace”, the demonstration made its way though the streets of downtown before stopping in front of the Asheville Police Department. As the rally neared its end, in a display of passive resistance, protest signs that were carried through the streets by the demonstrators were laid out in front of the Asheville Police Department as a reminder that all lives are entitled to equal acknowledgement and respect.

The police officer involved in the altercation is currently on administrative leave. The State Bureau of Investigations has been called in to investigate the case.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to collect funds that will be exclusively used to cover any legal fees, counseling services, and other ancillary expenses related to seeking justice for Jai Williams.

Further updates regarding the incident have been released by the family that contradicts the official police reports. More information can be found via this link.

No Peace

No Peace

Vowing to seek answers.

Vowing to seek answers.

Laying out protest signs in front of the Asheville Police Department

Laying out protest signs in front of the Asheville Police Department

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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 27, 2016

Dark Horse Theatre Sideshow.

Walnut Street, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dark Horse Theatre Sideshow

Dark Horse Theatre Sideshow

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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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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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