Spring is in the air, and that means it’s prom season.
My favorite high school to photograph in Knoxville is Austin-East. It reminds me a lot of my own high school back home in Milwaukee. Like last year, I set up a photo booth for their prom and took fashion portraits as the kids arrived. You can see some of those photos below, or check out the rest here.
Between proms I took some time to do two personal projects, one of downtown’s longest living resident, Miss P. (be sure to watch the video), and fox hunting.
Patti Smith stands in front of her Commerce Building condo on the 100 Block of Gay Street in Knoxville in Tennessee on Friday, April 19, 2019. Smith, arguably the current longest and oldest resident of Gay Street, has called the 100 Block home for the past 25 years.
Fox hunters take a break in a meadow during a fixture at Blackberry Ridge Farm in Greeneville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Karns’ Jennifer Bezark (27) reaches for a throw to second as Catholic’s Samantha Duffy (9) attempts a steal during a softball game between Catholic and Karns at Caswell Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Scenes from the Austin-East Prom at The Standard in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 26, 2019. This photo was taken with a Hoya Star Six filter to create a star effect.
Scenes from the Career Magnet Academy prom at The Lighthouse in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 5, 2019.
Scenes from the Career Magnet Academy prom at The Lighthouse.
Firefighters douse the flames with water from ladder trucks at a fire at the Loudon County Courthouse in Loudon in Tennessee on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The building, which was built in the 1870’s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was consumed almost entirely by flames Tuesday evening.
The signature bell tower is consumed by flames during a fire at the Loudon County Courthouse.
Onlookers react as a a fire engulfs the Loudon County Courthouse.
Yevgeniy Shved, of Farragut, fishes at Concord Park in Farragut, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
A student sunbathes on the lawn outside of Hodges Library on the UTK campus in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
Austin Miller and Trissa Gurney plays with their dogs Nessie, a wheaten terrier, and Dobby, a mountain cur, in the backyard of their home on Brierley Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. After months of house searching, the couple decided to move into their current home last December after making some small compromises like being further away from downtown.
U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett fly fishes in the Little River with Ian and Charity Rutter, of R&R Fly Fishing, at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Congressman Burchett was fly fishing in the Smokies to shed light on backlogged projects within the park as well as to support funding for all national parks across the country.
Raven Woods poses for a photo at the Oak Ridge High School Prom on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Scenes from the Oak Ridge High School Prom at Wildcat Arena. Photo taken with a Hoya Star Six filter to create a star effect.
Scenes from the Hardin Valley Academy prom at The Venue in Lenoir City, Tennessee on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen staples a bulletin to a board the closed The Vibe nightclub at 2630 N. Broadway in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The club was closed by order of the District Attorney’s office after years of gang activity and violent activity as well as a recent shooting Sunday that left one dead across the street.
Investigators walk at the scene of a shooting outside of Coach at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Sevierville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Two people including the assailant, were found dead at the scene with a third suffering from a gunshot wound.
Abby Wintker, of Knoxville, holds a sign at a rally organized by AKIN against the Knox County Sheriff’s Department participation in 287(g) outside of the in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Around 400 collected postcards will be delivered to the sheriff’s department on Friday morning.
Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt walks with his son Flynt during the Vol Walk at the Tennessee Spring Game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) throws a pass at the Tennessee Spring Game at Neyland Stadium.
Brady Partin, right, and Ryan Jeffers, both from Jellico, put on their Tennessee gear at the Tennessee Spring Game.
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) looks to pass during the Tennessee Spring Game.
Carhop Sharon Adkins carries an order to a car at Cardin’s Drive-In on Asheville Highway in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 5, 2019. The popular drive-in is celebrating 60 years of business this Saturday with sixty cent ice cream cones.
Mayika Evans does Carmen Pascual’s hair for prom in the cosmetology class at Austin-East High School in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 26, 2019. Belk was providing hairstyling and prom dresses and suits for A-E students.
Scenes from the Hardin Valley Academy prom at The Venue in Lenoir City.
From left, brothers Taylor and Nathan Gaboda share a lunch with Bill Carpenter during an Easter lunch for the homeless at Sam A. Duff Park in South Knoxville in Tennessee on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The lunch was organized by Next Step Initiative which provides contextualized life rehabilitation pathways for the homeless and those addicted to drugs.
James Cassell, a sophomore at L&N STEM Academy, does a trick while skateboarding at the Knoxville Skatepark in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Cassell has been boarding for two and a half years after watching his older brother skateboard. His favorite part about it? Landing new tricks is the “best feeling in the world,” he said.
University of Tennessee students soak up some sun at the Humanities Amphitheater in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Deni Kidd holds a three-year-old refugee girl from the Congo at the Center for English inside West Lonsdale Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee on Monday, April 15, 2019. Run by a handful of unpaid volunteers with no grant funding and a budget patched together by community goodwill donations, the center serves over 200 refugees to teach them English and American customs inside a space provided to them by the church.
Crews set down equipment on the roof of Strechi Lofts after being hoisted up by a crane in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. A new railing costing an estimated $70,000 is being installed to reopen the rooftop patio this summer.
Kiziah Dixon in works in her garden on Castle Street in East Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Dixon, originally from Jamaica, moved to Knoxville six years ago with her husband Desmond. Together they have been fixing up the run-down house they live in today by making repairs and updates, and most especially, gardening. “Every year I say it’s too hard, I won’t do it again,” Dixon said about gardening. “But it brings me joy so I go right back at it.”
Molly Stephens, 11, throws the first pitch of the game with Colton Underwood before a UT baseball game at Lindsey-Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Colton Underwood of the Bachelor television show is working with his Legacy Foundation to give vests to children with cystic fibrosis in each state.
Dr. Bill Bass, longtime professor and head of the Department of Anthropology, poses for a portrait in the Strong Hall Atrium on UT’s campus in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The atrium will be renamed in honor of Dr. Bass who is best known as the founder of the famously known Body Farm.
Volunteers clean garbage on a river bank during a river clean up of the Clinch River near Solway Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Dozens of volunteers cleaned up several areas on the river of debris and trash.
University of Tennessee senior swimmer Maddy Banic poses for a photo at the Alan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Banic, who tried to take her life two years ago, went through treatment her junior year and returned to become team captain and an advocate for mental health.
Scott Keeting, of Walland, arrives to the hunt meeting atop his horse during a fixture at Blackberry Ridge Farm in Greeneville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 30, 2019.