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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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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

June 19, 2016

That Girl…

Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

That Girl

That Girl

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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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November 17, 2015

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree Himalayas Import Shop on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Store is now permanently closed.

Bodhi Tree Himalayas Import Shop

Bodhi Tree Himalayas Import Shop

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August 4, 2015

The Three Caballeros

August 2, 2015. LEAF in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Although it took some rearranging of plans, I did manage to make it to the first annual LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) in Downtown Asheville. I only spent a few hours at the event as it was winding down on the second day of the two day festival. As always, LEAF promotes cultural diversity, and what did catch my eye was the stage near the Pack Square fountain hosting traditional Latin American dance. Although the view from the front of the stage was enticing, It was also congested with spectators. But it was from the back of the stage that I felt I managed to catch some wonderful interactions.

The adult male pictured below in the first photo had just finished dancing with his partner. He then walked towards the awaiting young dancers taping the heads of each young male and high-fiving the girls at the side of the stage in a gesture I can only construe as a passing of the torch to the aspiring entertainers.

Although I managed to catch a series of dance narratives, these photos I felt best conveyed the mood of that moment.

The Three Caballeros

The Three Caballeros

Latin American Dance at LEAF

Latin American Dance at LEAF

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May 7, 2015

The Book Exchange at the Grove Arcade

Downtown Asheville, April 28, 2015

From an evening street photography prowl with my friend Rudy Aguilar. We thought it might be a good idea to try some indoor candid moments of the barristas at The Book Exchange. I suppose they were less likely to flee a couple of street photographers since they were on the clock. This is one of my favorites of that evening. This image has a nice sense of form and content, but it is definitely all about the color and geometry.

The Book Exchange

The Book Exchange

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March 31, 2015

Asheville’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

March 30, 2015

While taking some street photos in downtown Asheville, I ran across—well, how else can I put it? Spider-man! I had first seen the Marvel comic hero crossing College Street amidst a crowd of people. I wanted a candid shot of the unfolding scene, but he saw me aim my camera at him (he obviously had a Spidey sense of the situation). Busted, he approached me as I grabbed a quick shot of him with my film camera that I had at the moment (incidentally, it will be a little time before I get that roll developed). After taking the shot, he mentioned that if I wanted to get some more photographs of him, that he would be on the ledge of the BB&T building just across the street. I said that I may just show up there with my digital camera if he’s still in the area.

Spider-man on ledge of BB&T Building

Spider-man on ledge of BB&T Building

A short time later I did retrieve my other camera and headed back to where I last encountered the wall-crawler. Off in the distance on the ledge of the BB&T building I noticed he was casting webs onto the passing pedestrians below. I soon realized that because he was so far up, that the 35mm lens that I had would not be long enough to capture anything but a wide scene, with just a hint of “Spidey” poking his head over the building’s ledge.

Spider-man above College Street

Spider-man above College Street

Well, if the mountain will not come to Mohammed (or in this case, a passable Peter Parker)…

I went around the front of the BB&T building to the level Spider-man was located, but found it somewhat prohibitive without having to crawl on the brick ledge to get in close. Our friendly neighborhood arachnid realized my vain endeavor to get in close and crawled towards me in an attempt to allow for some more intimate photos. I remarked that he didn’t have to put his life at risk just so I could get a few photographs.

Well, he was more that happy to have me capture a few moments of his time. After a number of shots of the web-slinger with the city skyline framing his masked head, he asked if I would send him a few copies via his Instagram account (peter@spideyofasheville). I assured him that I would. He eventually got off the ledge and onto more solid terrain. I showed him some of the shots on the camera screen. He said that he couldn’t really see them very well and promptly removed his mask to get a better look. I responded, “If you can’t see through that mask, how the heck are you doing this?!” He laughed. He removed his mask to reveal not just his face, but how young he was—straight out of high school!

A few more words were exchanged, and I went on my way.

I added that I would keep his identity a secret. I mean, what else would you expect from Peter Parker?

Spider-man at night

Spider-man at night

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February 7, 2015

Be My Valentine

Shooting expired film on the streets of downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

This capture was made on expired Kodak Max 400 film that was given to me by a photographer friend of mine. Needless to say, the colors that resulted have a very over processed look. I determined the age of the film to about 10 years old, but still it was a guessing game regarding how to properly expose the film. I slightly overexposed the film when shooting to compensate for any flatness and underexposure that would occur, be even then the developed negatives were a bit dark and lacking contrast. I had them scanned at French Broad Imaging (located in Asheville) and made corrections in Adobe Camera Raw.

Still, the photo has a rather vintage quality about it, and the narrative is what I personally find the most intriguing.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

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