Asheville Reflections: Jessica Merithew
Introducing Threads Reflections, a campaign to bring inspiration and a little ‘breathing room’ into the feed. We’ve reached out to some of the incredibly talented visual storytellers in Asheville and asked them to share their visual and verbal perspective. Take a moment and look back with us at these magical moments taken against the backdrop of mountain panoramas, cascading waterfalls, and the unbridled nature that surrounds this region. This is Asheville Reflections.
In our third installment, we explore the story of Jessica Merithew of Jessica Merithew Photography. Jessica was first introduced to the world of photography while attending Clemson University where she worked as a photographer for Nantahala Outdoor Center on the Chattooga River. She fell in love with manual mode photography right then and there as their guests came splashing through rapids like Corkscrew and Bull Sluice.
Follow along with us as we explore Jessica's connection to Asheville and her recommendations for making the most out of your experience:
What was your first Asheville experience?
I drove through the area many times before I made a point to spend a few days here. When I finally did stop and spend a few days, I fell in love! The charming downtown streets, the quick access to hiking and mountain biking, and the open green spaces really spoke to me and pulled me in. I LOVE the endless opportunities for outdoor fun, and I LOVE the diversity and eclectic vibe here. It feeds my soul like no place I have ever lived! 10+ years after moving here, I still feel just as strongly about it.
What do you most enjoy about photographing Asheville and the surrounding area?
What do you wish first time visitors would take away from the Asheville experience?