Buskers of the day – Kelley & Ashton

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Hailing from Washington and Montana, Kelley Harvey and Ashton Smith have been in and out of Asheville for the last few years playing lovely traditional acoustic music. I’ve known them for a while, and they finally came up to my studio for a portrait.

 

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Busker of the day – Nathan Vargo

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My portrait project documenting the street performers or Asheville is gaining steam. Today, Nathan Vargo came upstairs to my Flatiron Studio for a portrait. I’ve known Nathan for over a year since Abby the Spoon Lady introduced us. He plays in a couple different street bands and on his own.  If you are a busker in Asheville, and I haven’t shot your portrait yet, by all means, stop me on the street and talk with me about doing a quick photo session. I already have more than enough portraits for a gallery show, but not enough for a book. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be laying out a book.

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Am I dreaming, or was that a cello in the elevator?

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While there are many buskers in Asheville, not many of them are cellists. James Squires is the exception. James can be found most weekends playing his cello and flutes in front of the Flatiron sculpture on the corner near my studio. Today he came upstairs for a portrait.

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Shooting buskers in the Flatiron

Chris Ashburn has been a fixture on the streets of Asheville for the last couple years. I have been threatening to serve him some coffee in my studio for quite some time, and he finally came up a few days ago. Of course, I was out of coffee, so we got right to shooting. So I’m sitting in the Flatiron drinking coffee as I write this, but Chris is nowhere to be seen. Imperfect timing.

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And now for something completly different

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A step in the right direction.  Seen on the streets of Asheville.

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Midnight Snack breaks out of hibernation

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Midnight Snack has been one of Asheville’s best busking bands since the day they arrived in town over a year ago. The group of five Berklee grads left Boston and set up shop in Asheville, adding one local talent to perfect the mix. They have been largely absent from the streets for the entire winter. Though it seemed like they went into hibernation, actually they cocooned in a recording studio and a new album is about to emerge. The band was at the top of the bill, and at the top of their form last night at the Asheville Music Hall. They played as tight a set as I have ever heard from them, that featured a mix of old and new material. I can’t wait to hear the rest of their new songs. This band is ready to make its mark on a national stage.

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Courtnee Fallon Rex stopped by my studio

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I went to an open mic at an Asheville club last night and met the lovely and talented Courtnee Fallon Rex. She is a Seattle based itinerant musician, performer, artist, model, photographer who is passing through Asheville as she makes her way cross country. You know… my kind of people. Of course, I invited her up to my Flatiron Studio for a photo shoot and she accepted. This is one of the shots that we both liked.

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Howling with gargoyles

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Not all tourists are created equal. Some are a little crazier than others. Ricky Herbert was relatively normal until I asked him to climb up on the wall of a certain illustrious house in Asheville and pose with a gargoyle. Okay, you got me.  He was completely bonkers from the outset.

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