Sunday, August 06, 2006

On Assignment: Asheville, North Carolina

"Mountain Music" by Wes Aldridge

Today was pretty good, busy as hell, but pretty good. We are working on the Asheville Visitors Guide. Its a pretty big deal publication for our company.

I was fortunate enough to do a portrait of an incredible, multiple Grammy-winning Appalachian musician and storyteller named David Holt. This guy has played with some big timers... one of the most notable is Doc Watson.

We traveled to his mountain home and he had a great view from a porch swing looking into a vast wooded area. David brought out a beautiful steel guitar and banjo for the shoot, amazing instruments to look at and even more amazing to hear him playing a concert for two in the mountains. I worked the angles and lighting for the shot, but it was wonderful because it was a private concert for me in this man's natural element. It was natural and authentic, a sacred moment in my photographic career. This was another one of those moments that it really pays to be a photographer and love what I do.