Al Peery is an exceptional chronicler of the wild and the wonderful in West Virginia. His crystalline photographs speak for themselves, so we will let them do just that without much further ado. Except to say that when it comes to Autumn in the West Virginia outback, nothing could be finer than Al Peery framing the scene as he wanders Mountain State wild places.
Below is a little about Al’s photographic background from his website PeeryPhoto.com. (He is also a computer tech savant with more than a quarter-century’s experience serving up on-site and remote computer support services via PeeryTech.com.)
Renaissance fellow that he is, Al is also a fixture in the Charleston WV music scene, playing out with such ensembles as Still Portrait, The Velvet Brothers, The Velvet Nomads, VB4, MBQ, Blues du Jour, Comparsa and the Kanawha Valley Community Band. He facilitates drum circles via a business he and Sheila McEntee created called Drum n Fun, which hosts a large community circle every year for FestivALL Charleston. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Lisa, cats Xena and Harriet, and — he notes evocatively — ” countless unseen creatures.”
AL PEERY: In his own words
My father was an architect and amateur photographer, so my first ‘exposure’ to photography was through images of buildings and other structures that he captured in his travels. Although I’ve been shooting for over 40 years, the bug didn’t really bite in a personal way until I bought my first digital SLR in 2008 and began to experiment. I point it at everything. Nature, landscapes, architecture, people, animals, sports … you name it.
I enjoy capturing and sharing these images, and I’m very fortunate to live in a state graced by wonderful architecture and some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere. I enjoy shooting unusual perspectives of scenes that we see everyday, hoping to capture the viewer’s imagination and inspire appreciation for buildings and scenery surrounding us.
Some of the images are presented just as I saw them through the viewfinder, while some are digitally adjusted using a more artistic approach.
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NOVEMBER 2021 ISSSUE of WestVirginiaVille.com
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1) EDITORS/NOTE: Allen Ginsberg & Bonfires | The Sky & Eternity | Manchin & Byrd
2) CHARACTERS, PART 1: A music video about how I never slept with Allen Ginsberg
3) CHARACTERS, PART 2: Allen Ginsberg speaks up in West Virginia
4) Q&A: “Where Sky Meets Eternity” documents an extraordinary artistic hand-off
5) POEM FROM DOCUMENTARY: “A Year of Few Apples” by Kirk Judd
6) POEM FROM DOCUMENTARY: “Almost” by Marc Harshman
7) DOGGEREL: “The Ballad of Bobby and Joe“
8) CARTOON: A funny thing happened to Joe Manchin on his way to Heaven …
9) CLIMATE CRISIS: Taking the measure of climate change in three short videos
10) MEMOIR: “Memory of a Waitress“
11) SPOKEN/WORD: “The Cold Visitor,” n Multimedia Poem by Bobby Lee Messer
PICTURE/SHOW: 36 Ways of Looking at Thomas WV: sep10.2021: Thomas, West Virginia, is a bump in the road several thousand feet up in the mountain air. With a storied past, small-town European feel, and humming creative scene it’s a special place in the hills. A photographic encounter.
PICTURE/SHOW: Kyle Vass on taking his best shot: june7.2021 A little over a year into his work doing audio journalism, Kyle Vass realized every story, regardless of what medium it’s being told through, needs pictures. Here’s what happened next.
PHOTOSHOW: A warehouse after the workers have gone: march3.2021: What is it about abandoned industrial spaces that make them so compelling to the inquiring eye? Maybe it’s the forlorn, yet intriguing glimpse of past workaday lives — the lunches, the labors, the left-behind tools and flotsam of work — in a place now emptied of human activity.