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#Charlottesgotalot Photo of the Month

posted by Chelsea Galusky September 29, 2017

Charlotte is a city where you instantly feel at home, and that sense of home is depicted daily through socially shared #Charlottesgotalot posts from our residents and visitors. Each month, we’ll dive deeper into the story behind one such #Charlottesgotalot Instagram photo and the photographer behind the lens (or smart phone).

Troy Lee

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised here in Charlotte. I went to photography school up in the New England area and was clearly the only kid from the south. I didn’t have any snow boots, my Corolla had bald tires, but luckily I only lived a mile away from school so, yes, I can say things like “Back in my day, I had to walk 15, I mean, 1 mile to school every day!” I was very happy to move back to Charlotte, specifically North Carolina. We have it so great here being close to the beach and the mountains, and not to mention Charlotte itself is beautiful. I’m very happy to be able to call this place home.

What’s the story behind this photo?

I was at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for River Jam that night. As I was walking across the bridge with a few friends, I looked to my left and noticed how beautiful the lighting was under their beer garden. The water was moving and the sun was setting, so I stopped and took the picture. When you see something like that, you just have to.

Favorite places for Instagram-worthy photos in Charlotte?

That’s a difficult question to answer. There are always so many things happening in this city and not just on the weekends. I usually spend my weekends on my bike, checking out different local events and making sure my camera is by my side just in case.

Favorite thing to do in Charlotte?

My favorite thing to do is ride my bike around. It’s not the most bike friendly city, but it’s getting there. Brewery hopping along the light rail is always a great way to spend the afternoon, too!

What’s on your Charlotte bucket list – what haven’t you done yet, but you’d like to soon.

When you’ve lived in a city for 30 years, you’re usually the first to do the latest thing. I always make sure to check out the latest brewery though. I love that our city has had a lot of success with the brewery scene, and it is a great way to provide communities with things to do that are social such as yoga, run clubs and fundraisers for charities. One of my favorite things to do on Wednesday is the run club at 6:30 p.m. at NoDa Brewing Company, which is followed by a great restorative yoga class at 7:30 p.m. Oh, and the beer is delicious. Cheers!


last river jam race in the books, time to celebrate. #charlottesgotalot 🎉 🏃🏻

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