"Although we lifelong residents of Western North Carolina are often disparagingly referred to as 'hillbillies' and such by outsiders, these 'Yankees from Florida' would be surprised to find that they themselves are very much a part of our culture and folklore. For instance, ask any WNC native, and he or she can relate stories about out-of-state drivers so colorful as to make [the introductory page photo] pale by comparison. Ah, but so much for stereotypes. After all, tourist, transplant or native, we all love our mountain paradise, don't we? I guess that makes us all hillbillies in the end. . . "
This collection of photographs of the mountains of Western North Carolina captures the beauty of this unique region as well as including images of cultural and historical interest. This book is presented in the small square format to keep costs to an absolute minimum.
A North Carolina native, Nolan Jones has been photographing the Southern Appalachians for 30 years. Having converted to digital in 2000, he currently shoots with Canon equipment. His photographic vision is to seek out, capture and interpret the dramatic light found in natural settings.