I AM ASHEBORO – Eric Abernethy

Eric Abernathy is a local nature photographer. He has had several showings at the Randolph Arts Guild and you can often find him in a kayak on Lake Lucas. He usually has an art booth with his amazing photography for sale at the Fall Festival in October.

I did not grow up in Asheboro. I grew up in Winston-Salem and in Jamestown when I was younger. I was first introduced to Asheboro while attending Randolph Community College from 1996-1998. I graduated majoring in the applied science of photography in photojournalism. I then moved back to Asheboro in 1999 to work for The Courier-Tribune. In 2008 I began pursuing nature photography and freelance photography.


My favorite things about Asheboro have to be Lake Lucas, the NC Zoo and all the back country roads that have amazing culture and scenery to be enjoyed. The Asheboro art community is pretty special to me personally and the city embraces the art community, I think that is special.
One big positive change in myself since moving to Asheboro has been developing a sense of belonging to a community and wanting to have a positive impact on the people I meet in the community.
As for changes I have seen in Asheboro, tattoo shops and bars are pretty obvious as major changes that I notice. Overall expansion growth in population continues too.
I pursue nature photography pretty much on a daily basis and pick up freelance jobs when the opportunity arises for work. It is because of family support that I am able to keep photographing nature. I participate in art shows and festivals to show and sell my work.
Photographing nature is not only what I do in my spare time, I’m pretty much always on the look out for any photographic opportunity that catches my eye.
If I was going to tell someone something about Asheboro it goes back to Lake Lucas and the Zoo and all those country roads to ride around on. I am Eric Abernethy and I am Asheboro.

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