JourneyAmerica: Behind the Image – Pack Square in Asheville, NC

This story is one of many that will be featured in my new book: JourneyAmerica: Behind the Image

It was two o’clock in the morning.  I couldn’t sleep.  Getting tired of tossing and turning, I grabbed the camera and walked downtown.

I had a small apartment on Broad Street in Asheville, North Carolina.  About a dozen blocks from the downtown area, the apartment was nicely located for me.  It wasn’t a fancy place, but it didn’t matter.  Hell, I spent most of my time in the streets anyway.

Wandering down by Pritchard Park I didn’t see anything to shoot.  There weren’t many people out either.  The usual drunks in the usual locations.  Not much else.

So walking up the street I headed towards Pack Square.  The square had recently been completed and while I had been in it dozens of times since the project was finished, I had never been there at night, let alone two o’clock in the morning.


Walking down the gently sloping path towards the courthouse and county building, I turned at just the right moment.

The concrete and steel caught my eye and I squeezed off the shot you see here.

I’ve been telling people for a long time — always keep your camera with you, even if it’s two o’clock in the morning.

NOTE: USAToday bought the image for one of their ‘top ten lists’.  That’s why their logo is on the image.


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 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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