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LEAF FESTIVAL, Black Mountain, NC
During the two most beautiful seasons of the year in the Swannanoa Valley, May in the Spring and October in the fall, the LEAF weekend festival delights all the senses with its continuous music from all over the world, body pampering of every kind, delicious food from many countries, swimming and boating, creative activities for children and sleeping under the stars. It is a wonderful family time of relaxation and rejuvenation. LEAF attracts thousands of people with expressive faces and colorful clothing who visit year after year. These photographs are one impression of a few of the people and sights of LEAF on a grey and rainy Saturday, May 12 2007, during which the gloomy weather didn't seem to bother anyone. The first 15 pages of the book are viewable here in PDF version and all of the photographs on Flickr (search for billybaba).
I grew up in India where my parents were Presbyterian agricultural missionaries and have taught at Warren Wilson College most of my life. My photographs are of north India and Sri Lanka where I have traveled many times; of Germany, which is my wife, Kathe's, home; and of the Swannanoa Valley and Asheville, North Carolina and of students and staff at Warren Wilson College, in Swannanoa just outside Asheville. Lately I have also been photographing weddings at Hidden River Events.