Category Archives: Asheville

Busker of the day – Mikey

Mikey has a last name but he prefers to use only his first. After a two year period spent farming in Massachusetts, Mikey can again be found busking on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville. Thursday was a bit rainy, so it was no problem for him to visit my Flatiron Studio for a photo session. […]

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Busker of the day – Shawn Alan Hurd

I was at home Sunday afternoon when I got a text message from my busking friend, Billy Scribbles. He asked me to come downtown and make a portrait of his friend, Shawn Alan Hurd, of Portland, OR, who was busking in Asheville today. Shawn is a singer/songwriter who performs beautiful folk/Americana style music. Billy brought […]

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Cool people I met – Ben Phan

Some of the most serious hikers in Asheville choose to trek the entire Appalachian Trail. Not Ben Phan. He hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail with his backpack and a small guitar, entertaining hikers and others along the way, while writing songs inspired by his experience. Now he lives in the Asheville area and records […]

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Cool people I met – Michael Provard

Trade & Lore is a very nice little coffee house on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, just behind my Flatiron Studio. Their coffee and snacks are good, but that’s not the reason I like to go there. Most days, Trade & Lore is the work space of artist Michael Provard. He can usually be found […]

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Busker of the day – Adi

Adi is a busker with a background. Before moving to Asheville nine years ago, he was a monk in Greece, Israel, India, and Nepal before spending five years in the Philippines. Now, he teaches martial arts. I can’t help but think of David Carradine’s Shaolin monk, Caine, who was a gentle martial arts expert who […]

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SFX makeup man – Akira Fox

Special effects makeup artist, Akira Fox, spent the afternoon with me doing a photo shoot in my Flatiron Studio. This guy can do amazing things with his face. The Parsons School of Design grad brought a makeup kit the likes of which I had never seen. Akira had time to create three entirely different looks […]

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Busker of the day – Izak Helmig

Singer songwriter Izak Helmig is traveling around the country in his van, stopping in cool places and playing music along the way. He and his girlfriend, Angela, couchsurfed at my place last night, then headed downtown to busk for the lunchtime sidewalk crowd. When he was done, Izak visited my Flatiron Studio and posed for […]

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Busker of the day – Alex Travers

Whether he’s busking on the sidewalk, playing with the Asheville Symphony, recording an album with Zack and Jack from Midnight Snack, or teaching at the Asheville Music Academy, Alex Travers is always worth a listen. He stopped by my Flatiron Studio today for a portrait.

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