photographing great smoky mountains

Photographing Gold in the Smoky Mountains

Photographing Streets of Gold in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Streets of Gold along Little River Road Great Smoky Mountains in 1985
Streets of Gold along Little River Road Great Smoky Mountains in 1985

Back in 1985 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not on my radar as a place to photograph for posterity. Before the days of digital photography and the Internet most of us were more likely to see a photograph of the park on a postcard or from a personal photo in a shoebox.

Taking Photographs was relatively expensive back then, and the technology¬†to transform a printed picture into a digital file was just in its infancy. And unless you were a profession on a commissioned shoot the was little likelihood that anyone outside of your immediate presence would ever see the photos. (Remember the vacation “slide shows” that went on and on!) Continue reading