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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

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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The City

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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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 18, 2016

An Evening with Sally Mann

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).

Sally Mann at Malaprop's

Sally Mann at Malaprop’s

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).

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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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March 25, 2016

Rally Against NC HB2

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.

NC HB2 Demonstration at Pack Square

NC HB2 Demonstration at Pack Square

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.

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January 14, 2016

Winter Rain

Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Test shot on Kodak UltraMax 400 film.

Winter Rain

Winter Rain

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January 8, 2016

Doorways

Haywood Street, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Doorway

Doorway

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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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