Beyond the falling leaves, Blue Ridge Mountains, and plethora of wildlife lies a rich history.
Ask any older inhabitant of the mountains about their recollection to enjoy hours of conversation. With some cities left without inhabitants to tell their stories, Alexa Atkins has worked to meticulously capture the remaining details in film.
Surrounded by these places as a child, Atkins finally began to express her fascination by photographing the areas near her childhood home in 2017. First filling rolls of 35mm covering Burke County, she began to stop the car and dig for a camera every few minutes when on the road in Western North Carolina.
Growing up near beauty and a wealth of relics to the past can lead to stagnation—a boredom of views others would kill to see. This project began as an effort to capture the sites passed without a second glance. However, taking these photos reinvigorated the artist's love and appreciation for these abandoned sites, and with this book she hopes to open many more eyes to this beauty while reintroducing others to their home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Born in Hickory, NC, and raised a short drive away in Connelly Springs, Alexa Atkins has lived most of her life in the mountains surrounded by greenery and areas edging into dilapidation. After leaving for school in Houston, TX where she studied film and photography she continued to return each year to capture the beauty of fading design and local housing succumbing to nature. Throughout the unfolding of this project she expanded the area covered and captured more and more of the local abandoned architecture. A selected few prints from this project were exhibited in winter of 2018, for which Atkins was awarded the Conception Arts Award for Excellence.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
STATE: North Carolina
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)