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Land Of Waterfalls Camera: Club Meets With Guest Speaker


October 12, 2017

Courtesy Photo

Ken Abbott

The Land of Waterfalls Camera Club will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Transylvania

Parks and Recreation Department, located at 150 Ecusta Road.

This month's program will feature guest speaker Ken Abbott, a professional photographer/author from Asheville.

Abbott grew up along the front range of Colorado, and received his MFA in photography from Yale University in 1987. He was the principal photographer for University of Colorado at Boulder for 15 years. He received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award for his photography at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, in 2006. "Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm" was published in 2015 and is his first book.

In the last several years Abbott has been using low elevation aerial photography and pole photography to investigate the human landscape.

Employing a tethered, helium filled balloon to lift a digital camera, he pursued various subjects, including coal mining and prison sites in the southern Appalachians, as well as landscapes in and around Asheville.

More recently he has been using a telescoping carbon fiber pole called a PhotoMast to make pictures using a medium format digital camera lifted up to 26 feet above the ground, providing an unusual perspective that changes some of the conventions of landscape photography in interesting ways.

Abbott's work has been exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum, and in museums and institutions around the region. He is currently represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery, in Asheville.

Guests are always welcome. The club is open to all photographers, beginner or advanced.

For more information, or call Cindy (828) 877-4523.


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