Welcome to this website, Tnalga.com.
The name, which probably sounds like something out of the old Cherokee language, represents Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia — the three states that come together at the foothills of Appalachia and form the place I call home.
Why do this website?
I feel that I am blessed to live in a rich place. Wealthy in culture, interesting people and especially beautiful places. It was the later one that most appealed to me when I thought of creating Tnalga.com. I am a photographer by trade, if you don’t know me yet. For years, I’ve enjoyed going on photo safaris and roaming the hills in search of scenes that capture the flavor of the Deep South.
In the last decade of the previous century, I noticed that the texture of this place was fading as the mainstream American culture became more prominent in our daily lives. You can probably thank the interstate highway system, the information highway system and the proliferation of corporate brands for that. Increasingly, you can’t tell much of a difference in a McDonalds in Seattle and one in a small southern town. In one respect, that’s pretty cool. In another, pretty sad. So I suppose my larger goal is to record it, bottle it up for future generations, before it is gone forever.
I’m going to be sharing a lot of those “distinctly southern” images with you in the time we have together. I’ll be sharing stories about that vanishing past and tipping you off about some awesome people, places and things to do in these three states.
I honestly don’t know where this is going. I’d love to see it grow, but I will be here in this labor of love whether you tag along or not.
I welcome contributors if you like what you see and want to be a part of it.
Fasten your seatbelt. Let’s take a journey of preservation and self-discovery.