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Lost

“Lost” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015

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“For her, being lost was not in reference to geography, but about identity. To find out who she was meant to be and become, and to release the ties of what others thought she ought to be. To be lost is to be fully present and capable of being, amidst all uncertainty and mystery.”

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This was the second fine art piece I completed using self-portraiture.  We were shooting in an abandoned building, the old Watson Paper Factory in Erie, PA USA.  Now overrun with homeless people, rotting paper and wood, and decaying and falling in ceilings and walls….it seemed an ideal location to shoot “Lost”.

I shot this with the help of a fellow friend and photographer. I dressed myself in a flowing ball gown for the contrast of the two ideals (decaying setting/building with formal dresswear).  So many times in our lives, we try to be who others want and need us to be….and we forget (or ignore) the ideals and dreams we had for ourselves in the process.  To follow your dreams takes courage, to ignore them may seem easy. Being who others expect us to be is certainly a road to less criticism from others…after all, we are making their lives easier .  We are conforming.   Upon doing so, that part of us…that innermost core of who we are supposed to be, gets lost.  What a boring world this would be if we were all the same.  We were all created uniquely.  We all have a purpose in our life.  We need to listen to our calling and explore it, follow it, nurture it, and see what path (or many paths) it will lead us down.  We need to find out who we are.  That’s why we are here on this earth.

It will be a mystery, and there will be much uncertainty.  However, if you listen to the inner voice that is calling to you quietly, you will begin to discover yourself.  I send out love to all of you who are on this path.  It isn’t always the easiest one to take, but it is without a doubt the most fulfilling and leads to inner peace and happiness like you can’t imagine.  ❤

Namaste,

Christine

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Main Street USA – Hendersonville, NC, part 2

How could I write a post about Historic Hendersonville without including some of the following images??? Chosen in black & white, as so to reflect the timelessness of the town.   Come and take a walk down main street with me……

A view of Main Street, from the intersection of 6th and Main

An ICON. The Mast General Store. Here you can find things from UGG boots, to fashion clothing, to old fashioned toys and candies, to candles, cookware, and books.

The historic old courthouse, now a museum

The Old Apothecary sign. Now "Mikes on Main" (an ice cream and soda shop---with some pretty good diner food as well!)

The clock above the current gem and mineral museum

The Black Rose Pub. Tasty Irish food (including good old bangers and mash) is served up here.

McFarlans Bakery. If you have never been, you are missing out on one of the best bakeries in the south!

I couldn't do McFarlan's justice with just a sign. I had to show some of their yummy treats!

Main Street USA….Hendersonville, NC – part 1

One of my favorite parts of downtown “Historic Hendersonville” is Main Street.  It was established in the 1840’s, and still remains quaint and timeless in its beauty.  While many (if not most) of the buildings on the main 7 block stretch are original….they are all transformed into a cultural and diverse display of modern tastes.  One does not need to walk far to find fantastic food, chocolates, art, clothing, and trinkets of any kind.  And I can’t write about downtown Hendersonville without mentioning the bears.  No…not real bears, but the bear statues that are painted by local artists each year, and then auctioned off for local charities.  You can read more about that here, if you like.  http://www.hendersonvillebears.com/about/

One of the Bears on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC

I walked down Main Street a few days ago, camera in hand, to take pictures of a few of my favorite spots.  I ended up coming home with over 150 pictures.  Just of 6 blocks.  As I poured over them, I couldn’ t decide which to share.  There is a place in my heart for every store that I love on Main street.  Every historic thing.  The kind store owners who always have time to talk, to help… to share their knowledge or their recipes or their directions to the best hidden spots to visit in these mountains.  So rather than post over 150 images of the entire street, I decided to do a 2 part series, and narrow it down to my favorite three places in part 1.  The places I always visit when I walk these streets, because something always draws me back time and time again.

Now….I am sure I would get arguments from many on what THEIR favorite haunts are in Hendersonville.  And they would all have their points, as these places  all have special enticements to each unique individual.  However, these are my PERSONAL favorites…and I am glad to have the opportunity to share them with any of you who are reading.  I hope you all have the chance to visit someday……there really is no place like Main Street.

My Favorite Art Gallery

WICKWIRE fine art / folk art

WICKWIRE's street sign

One of the many displays of beautiful art at WICKWIRE

Another WICKWIRE art selection, which speaks for itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Restaurant

Never Blue tapas bar and grille


 

Ahhhh…..the Never Blue. While there are many fantastic restaurants in town, this one is a “MUST VISIT” for me, every time.
While I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the specialty drink menu from Never Blue (if for nothing else, for entertainment)…my favorite is the tried and true margarita.
” The Brownie”. Takes 20 minutes to make….you need to order it with dinner. Try one, and you’ll know why…..

Kids Top Pick:  The Toy Store!

Dancing Bear Toys

Dancing Bear Toys...the most fun your kids will have on Main Street!

....and this is only 1/4 of the store!

The people at Dancing Bear are kind enough to have some "mommy seats" with local magazines, while you wait for the kids to decide what they want.

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