When I was a 19-year-old senior at Brevard High School in 1963, I met Art Loeb through my future wife, Joan, Art’s daughter. Over the next few years on university holidays and summer vacations, we hiked many trails with him in these Southern Appalachians. Most were in our backyard, the Pisgah National Forest. We day hiked most sections of the trail several times that would later become the Art Loeb Trail.
Art Loeb was my mentor; he was like a father to me, has influenced my life and the love of these mountains. He let me use his Leica M3 camera for a photography class my senior year at UNC that would start a lifetime of photography. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 54 in 1968. Joan and I married in 1969.
These Southern Highlands where I grew up and where I live have strength, purpose, permanence, simplicity, intimacy, infinity, elegance, and grace. These are the things I photograph. The visual poetry is stunning. I hope that in some way my images convey these qualities.
Thank you so much to The Pisgah Conservancy for helping to take care and preserve this priceless forest.