Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
September 22, 2016
July 4, 2016
Wilson Alley, Asheville, North Carolina.
Shot on Kodak Portra 400 with Nikon FM2.
June 19, 2016
Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
May 18, 2016
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).
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).
May 1, 2016
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.
April 16, 2016
April 14, 2016, Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2016
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.
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.
January 26, 2016
Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
January 14, 2016
Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Test shot on Kodak UltraMax 400 film.
December 31, 2015
Outside the Kress Building on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville, NC.