I recently spent about ten days in North Carolina. While I was there, I wanted to get to know the state more intimately, learning the natures of the different towns and the different people. In Hendersonville, I found myself surrounded by old and new – fragments of businesses that used to exist, cars that no longer run that sit idly in the front yard, the grocery store chains and fast food chains that dominate the town today. Taking pictures around Hendersonville struck the townspeople as odd and they often took offense. It was hard for them to understand why I see an old Cadillac to be art. Only fifteen or twenty minutes down the road in Asheville, I found myself surrounded by art galleries, vintage shops, other photographers, people dressing as whimsically as they choose to. Musicians on the street of all ages and backgrounds could come together. Old businesses and new businesses, old people and young people – Everything came together, and there was an essence of acceptance and openness everywhere I went. A short car ride took me to Brevard, where a mishmash of lush fields and countryside, rednecks and retired folks coincide. It’s not a clean mixture, but it certainly makes the town interesting and lively, and certainly divided. I find it very interesting to document the similarities and differences between towns alongside one another. It’s fascinating how much the scenery can change from just a short car ride to the next town over. The many cultures that exist from town to town, and how they either mix or clash, can be seen in this compilation of photographs. I like to be able to express truths about each town without having to use words to describe each photograph. They speak for themselves.