This is a test

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Yesterday evening was the second time I’ve encountered Jessie from Augusta on the streets of Asheville, taken his picture, and given him my card. I’m wondering if he will see this and contact me. He’s a really good singer with an interesting repertoire. [Update - Yes, he did.]

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Hanging out in Asheville

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Got photo bombed by the Blue crew while shooting these hammock people in downtown Asheville on the 4th.

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Charlie Starr and his new guitar

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Okay, Blackberry Smoke fans. This is what I know you want to see, so here you are. Charlie is playing his new Les Paul that the superb craftsmen at the Gibson Custom Shop made for him. Shot at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC last Friday night.

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Doc peeks out

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There’s a message in those eyes. I think it’s something like “Don’t mess with this guitar unless your name is Charlie Starr.” The crew are the unsung heroes of any touring band, and the crew for Blackberry Smoke are no exception. The tour manager, sound wizard, lighting director, and the instrument techs all make the show go on.  The face behind this beautifully carved guitar belongs to BBS guitar tech, David “Doc” Oswalt. Shot backstage at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC last night.

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Bees knees

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A girl with bees knees posed for me in my studio yesterday.

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Recently published – Please Be With Me

I’m honored that Galadrielle and Random House selected one of my pics of Duane Allman for this book cover.

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Ghost posing @ the Mothlight

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I haven’t done a new shot for my Ghost Posers series in a long while. But the ghostly posers were out in force Saturday night outside the Mothlight in West Asheville so I wasn’t gonna miss a good opportunity. Special thanks to my new friend Jamie, who helped me not get run over by traffic while I shot this from the middle of Haywood Road. Here’s another one below shot from across the street. Which one do you like better?

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The party above

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I’m posting a dozen more street photos I took in Asheville this week. Some of them are completely candid, and some are posed. A couple in color, the rest in glorious black & white. All are shot with my newest camera, a Fuji X100S, as were the recent pics from Boston and New York that appear in my last two posts. As you can probably tell, I love this little camera. Unlike my Canon rig, it is hardly noticeable when I shoot on the street, which means I am hardly noticeable, unless I spill mustard on my black tee shirt. Above is a pic of the party above me. Literally. The Skybar is on the 8th floor of the Flatiron building. My office/studio is on the 5th floor.

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The party below. Guys at the entrance to the Flatiron building.

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Red Ryan & Son

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Congested area at the restaurant.

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Solitary guitarist.

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omg

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Banjo busker.

Tourist

Tourist.

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Public chess.

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Night skaters.

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Before conversation.

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After conversation.

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