Category Archives: Asheville

Buskers of the day – A Murder of Crows

No, they are not killing crows, or counting them either. A murder of crows means a flock of crows, and the term dates back to the 15th century. I looked it up. Never too old to learn something I didn’t know. They seemed unsure what the name of their band was. I was about to […]

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Buskers of the day – Dylan & Gary, The Low Pay Daddys

Ohioans Dylan Grove and his friend Gary Bungo passed through Asheville this week busking as the Low Pay Daddys. I talked with them on the sidewalk, and they had already heard about my busker portraits from some other buskers, so they agreed to come up to my Flatiron Studio for a photo session before hitting […]

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Cool people I’ve met – Sam Wild

I first met Sam Wild at a Full Moon Gathering, a huge monthly party held in or near Asheville, on the weekend closest to a full moon. I wanted to photograph him as soon as I saw him. Sam is a musician, producer, performer, and a DJ. He can be a little, well, wild, but […]

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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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