I was driving back to Cincinnati from Atlanta, and since I had never been to Nashville before, I thought I would take a couple days and hang out on Broadway Street. I forced myself to wander around with the camera a bit and see what caught my eye.
Over those two days I heard some great music—both in the bars and on the street—saw some interesting tourists, and captured some of the atmosphere.
On my last night I was already pretty worn down and ready to head back to Cincinnati … and then I remembered something a former boss taught me in the wine sales business … “When you’ve done your stops you had planned for the day, and you think you’re finished, go to one more … magic happens when you do that.”
Trust me, I’ve ignored that advice more often than I have taken it. But that night in Nashville I chose to heed it. I was walking back up Broadway late at night, heading back to my car, when I decided to step into one more bar and check out one more band. I’m glad I did. I took a seat down front as the band was getting ready to come back on. As they started, I enjoyed the covers they were playing, but it very quickly became obvious that the extra stop was well worth it thanks to an amazing fiddle player named Ivalee Pitts.
She wowed the crowd with her playing. And I found a subject that provided opportunities for some unique images. I love photographing people in motion and capturing them doing what they love.
So once again the old advice (and a little I told you so) from my old boss rang true. Something special happens when we stretch ourselves a bit and “go that extra mile.” I still say “no” to it more often than I should, but this image of Ivalee reminds me of what can be out there that I might otherwise have passed by.
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