Year in the life: A Year in Asheville signs off

Blogs don’t usually come with expiration dates, and when they sign off, it usually happens without an announcement. But now that it has fulfilled its mission to spend one year chronicling the city through photographs, the blog A Year In Asheville has wrapped things up.

Freelance writer Marty Weil, who began the blog after moving to Asheville in 2007, says the project was a send-up to an older form of documentary photography as well as a tribute to Asheville.

“The site was created to capture the special moments and scenes that are the essence of life in Asheville,” he writes. “This project is a modern, digital interpretation of the type of vernacular photography that was common at the beginning of the last century.”

A Year in Asheville started on Sept. 28, 2007, with a photo titled “Xylophones on Lexington Ave.” and finished with — appropriately enough — “A Final Bow.” Weil favored the scenes found on Asheville’s streets, giving special attention to buskers and festival-goers.

Though Weil does not plan to add images to the blog, he says it will remain online as a sort of digital time capsule. One of his other blogs Ephemera: Exploring the World of Old Paper, remains active.

Brian Postelle, staff writer

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