Just sitting at my favorite table, the one in the corner in the back, here at Firestorm Café thinking about this new path that life has handed me, and the photos I’ve been taking, like the one above (one of many rallies, protests and demonstrations that take place in downtown Asheville) … and kind of enjoying the feeling.
Let me ‘splain.
I’ve been here in Asheville almost two years. It’ll be precisely two years at 3:14pm on May 19th. So when you see me on the streets, be sure to stop me and tell me Happy Anniversary. If you want to buy me a cup of coffee and fork over a cigarette to celebrate, well, that would be nice.
When I got here to Asheville the MountainXpress put me right to work. Well, it really wasn’t the MountainXpress. It was more like Jason Sandford and Jon Elliston. I figure that the rest of the Xpress folks didn’t know — or care — who Jerry Nelson was. But Jason and Jon took a chance. They’ve been regretting it ever since.
So what’s this new path? Each week I’ll be writing a blog for mountainx.com. I guess it won’t be so much writing as it will be looking — it’ll be a photo blog of people, places and things around town that happen to fall into my lens. And if the powers that be allow it, I’ll slip in some of my own thoughts and feelings about some of the events pictured.
The name of this “photo blog” is JourneyAsheville. It’s a little play on the name of my website, JourneyAmerica. You see for the past few years — up until two years ago when I parked my butt here in town — I’ve travelled around the country capturing the looks, lives and joys of people throughout the country. I won’t bore you with the details; you can read more about all that on the website, www.JourneyAmerica.org — excuse the shameless self-promotion.
Several folks suggested “JourneyAsheville” as the title of this blog. But since it was my friend Jason Ross Martin over at True Blue Arts Supply that suggested it first, well, I’ll give him the credit.
I won’t give you any trite or cliché statement like, “This is your blog so make it successful.” The truth is, it’s not your blog, it’s mine. I’m going to be photographing — and writing — about things and people around town that interest me, and hopefully maybe interest you some.
I’ll be shooting the things in town that sneak under the radar of most of the news folks around here. The big items like Obama coming to town, the inefficiency at the APD evidence locker or the missing money at URTV, well, I’ll leave those for the “professional” reporters. The 1,001 little things that happen each day and make Asheville, well, Asheville, will be the focus of my camera and random thoughts.
There are two things you can do to help though. First, if you know of something that other folks should know about — give me a shout. Might not use your idea right away — hell, actually I might never use it — but it always helps to have some ideas in the holding pattern in case my thoughts dry up.
And the second way you can help? Buy me a cup of coffee and let’s set down for a few minutes to chat. Who knows … maybe there’s something in your life that would make for a good blog entry one day? At the very worst, I get a cup of coffee and make a new friend.
Not a bad way to make a living when you think of it.