Asheville, say “Cheese!”

In this town, a whole lot can happen in a single day. That’s part of the premise behind the third annual Day in the Life of Asheville community photo project.

Starting at noon on Friday, May 22, scores of photographers—pros and amateurs alike—will disperse to varied locales and start snapping away, capturing as many facets of local life as possible. They’ll keep at it until midnight on May 23, documenting, to be precise, a day-and-a-half in Asheville.

But while previous editions of DITLO-Asheville have largely been conducted by experienced shutterbugs, this year, organizers hope to engage a broader swath of the community. “We’re trying to get more citizens involved, rather than just all photographers,” says organizer Anthony Bellemare, a designer and photographer. “Everyone who has a camera, we want you to participate.”

So far, about 80 people have signed up to shoot and contribute photos, but as Bellemare stresses, more are welcome. Once the photos are collected, a trio of judges from local publisher Lark Books will select what they deem the top 100. In July, those will be exhibited (along with one selected by each of the participants) at Pack Memorial Library, where the pictures will be permanently archived.

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About Jon Elliston
Former Mountain Xpress managing editor Jon Elliston is the senior editor at WNC magazine.

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