|Reed Creek will be great for some future pinhole work|
In the past week, I have been doing some photography in downtown Asheville and Weaverville, and found a lovely place to visit at the Univ. of North Carolina Botanical Gardens, about 10 minutes from our house. Reed Creek runs through the gardens, and the terrain is quite interesting. Getting out for some "me" time is important, as I need to explore the area, and think about the type of photography that I want to do. I'm away from all of my old photo friends in Ann Arbor, and it will take a while to have that same film user community here that I had back in Michigan. Lance King, from Tennessee, contacted me a couple of weeks ago and told me about a cool place in Marshall, NC and gave me some contact information. I contacted the owner of the Makers Circle, Susan Patrice, and yesterday I drove over to meet her and see what the place was all about. It's only about a 25 minute drive from my house, and it's in the lush mountains NE of Marshall.
|Susan Patrice with one of her modded cameras for doing|
Susan Patrice runs the Makers Circle, and it's an amazing place with an alt-process darkroom, regular darkroom, a big digital work space, and room to house people that want to do a residency there. She's extremely knowledgeable and is a fantastic working photographer. Her work is immediately notable in that most of her images are circular. We spent almost 3 hours talking photography, and it was such a great visit for me. I may end up using the darkroom there until mine gets set up. It is amazing that there is such a great resource just a short drive from my house! I learned a bit about local resources too, and my next visit will be to Ball Photo in Asheville, where they apparently have LOTS of film cameras and accessories.
Today, we finally went to the North Asheville Tailgate Market, which is a farmer's market that sets up on Saturdays on the UNC Asheville campus. One word- fantastic - describes the market. It really was a feast for all the senses. It reminded me of the Farmer's Market that I went to in Portland, OR, though not as extensive. We bought some produce, some bread and cheese, some things to plant, and I spent $3.50 to buy a huge bell pepper that Weston would have envied. Now I need to set up some lighting and space to photograph it on 6x7. Then, we'll eat it.
So, yes, this is starting to feel like home, and I am looking forward to many new adventures.