This months photo shoot for Salt Magazine took place in perhaps one of the coolest venues in Wilmington. I am fortunate to experience many wonderful spaces, but the loft that Donn Lashley shares with his children, Kade and Oonah, is really special. Originally owned by the late actor Dennis Hopper and part of the old Masonic Temple building, Lashley has taken an incredible loft space and restored it to fit his lifestyle and that of his children. From climbing walls, acrobatic silks and swings, to the motorcycle, bicycle and music instrument filled basement, it is truly a kid and adult kid friendly environment. I just wanted to hang around!  Donn has traveled the world on mountaineering endeavors and Kade has been fortunate to tag along on many other adventures. The home they share with Oonah is just an extension of this adventurous, relaxed, live in the moment outlook on life. At least thats my take on things. If you haven’t yet, grab a copy of Salt and read the article written by Bill Irvine, Salt’s Senior Editor. If you’d like to see this incredible space, you will have the opportunity to do so during the Back Door Kitchen Tour on October 14. Meanwhile, enjoy the following selects from the days photo shoot.

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For this months May issue of Salt Magazine I was excited to once again photograph a home designed by Michael Kersting Architecture. The owner of the home, Lending Tree founder Doug Lebna, asked Kersting to redesign the existing ranch home and add a guest house. The structures are situated on an incredible piece of property on Futch Creek that was previously owned by Episcopal Bishop, Rt. Rev. Thomas Henry Wright. It is surrounded by water on three sides and the finished product is just breath taking. Michael calls it “On Water” and the home has won awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Matsumoto Competition (North Carolina Modernist). You can pick up a copy of the magazine or read it online here. Either way you can get the whole story as told by the talented Senior Editor, Isabel Zermani. I have included some of my favorites from the photo shoot below.

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In this months(November) issue of Salt Magazine, I got to photograph a sweet Arts and Craft bungalow owned by Dusty Ricks, who is also the owner of the Satellite Bar and Lounge  in Greenfield Park. Much  of the decor is designed or repurposed by Dusty and everything just fits. It is a comforting space. You should pick up a copy of Salt and read the article by the talented Isabel Zermani, as she takes you through a quick history of Sunset Park and a colorful story about Dusty and the wonderful dwelling he calls home. Below are some of the images from the days photo shoot. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did creating them and if you are in the area, stop by the Satellite and enjoy a very cold adult beverage and give a shout out to Dusty.

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This months issue of Salt magazine showcases the Dames Inn, which is described by writer Mark Holmberg as being gently haunted. When I photographed the house and got to spend time with the owner, Pat Peters, I immediately was taken with  her love of Halloween and everything associated with the day. In fact, she keeps the house decorated all the time and if you spend enough time in the home you get the feeling you are being watched by Dame Carpender. She was the original owner and died in the home in 2000. Pat and guests who have rented the home profess to strange goings on within its walls. I have to say the decor can give you a whimsical, but creepy feeling as you wander from room to room. This year on Friday, October 28th from 6-9pm and for a nominal $5 admission, you may tour the Dames Inn and see for yourself. In the mean time enjoy the photos from the photo shoot and pick up a copy of the October Salt and read the whole article written by the very talented Mark Holmberg.

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I was recently commissioned to photograph the Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center for Andrew Consulting Engineers. I was taken aback by the beauty of this building and hope that the city of Wilmington and its people realize how fortunate we are to have such a facility in our midst. They have already booked some wonderful performances and it’s just another feather in the cap of Wilmington, as a thriving community of the arts.

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