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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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Lindsey and Joshua

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

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The City

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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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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June 19, 2016

That Girl…

Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

That Girl

That Girl

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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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