He calls it his twist to urban photography; landscapes, cities, factories, structures, mostly with a concentration on historical locations.
Taking photos are what Keith Hall does as a hobby. His work is becoming well known, though.
“I’ve had my photos placed in a bank in Statesville, the Piedmont Country Club purchased some of my photos, and all 12 photos inside the calendar published by The Tribune are my photos,” said Hall. “I’m humbled by it all.”
Hall has been a amateur photographer for years. He is employed at the Yadkin Valley Telecom as a customer solutions specialist.
“In my spare time I post photos,” disclosed Hall. “I have about 8,000 photos on Flicker. What’s really good about taking photos today are that cameras are in step with technology.”
Digital cameras, according to Hall, are an easy device allowing people of any generation to click and share.
“A lot of young people do an incredible job taking photos because they’ve grown up in a technological generation,” said Hall.
“For me, taking photos and opening up to technology is not intimidating, but rather inviting,” revealed Hall. “The subject is always the best thing to shoot. It’s all creative art, an attempt to capture the moment. Then you look at your work on the computer, and when you realize the modifications you can make to your work. That’s when you appreciate the use of technology.”
Born in Elkin, Hall was raised in Jonesville, and other parts of Yadkin County. He went to Starmount High School, graduated from Wilkes Community College with a degree in electronics.
“I used to work for Brendle’s; they were local to Elkin, but had 63 stores,” said Hall. “That job was a special place for me allowing me to sell and understand electronics.
“There I remember the first TV game that came out,” stated Hall. “It was a Magnavox ping-pong game with Atari coming out years later. I recall the first calculator that was sold at the store, a device by Texas Instruments.”
When he is not taking photos or at his day job, as he calls it, Hall is found spending time with his wife Debbie, and children Jesse (who is a student at Western Carolina University) and daughter, Shelley Nicholson (a nurse at Hugh Chatham).
When it comes to taking photos, Hall admits that being an empty-nester has its advantages.
“I get to travel to a lot of towns and villages,” Hall admitted. “Having the ability to travel allows me capture life. I’m just not doing it without a camera.”