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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Learning to Blacksmith | Green Energy Park, Dillsboro NC

Brock Martin Blacksmith Instructor | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

Brock Martin Blacksmith Instructor | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 pre-ASPH

My son has developed an interest in learning all he can about being a blacksmith. During our 13 week fall vacation traveling in our Airstream we ran into a couple (Michel Olson and Christy Horne, The Gypsy Time Travelers) while camping at Zion National Park that helped spark his interest.  Christy does storytelling while Michael blacksmiths.

The Green Energy Park at Dillsboro, NC offered a two day class this past weekend that my son and I attended. This was my son’s fourth time attending a class here. He’s still developing the basic skills required and this two day class really helped build his confidence.

Each of the attendees was given a railroad spike and given the opportunity to turn that hunk of steel in to whatever creation they wanted. Brock Martin, their instructor, assisted the participants with helpful hints and some of his own brawn whenever required.

2 comments on “Learning to Blacksmith | Green Energy Park, Dillsboro NC

    1. Thank you for the nomination Moazzam!. I will get something up in the morning. I have to think about those 7 things about me!


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