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Chris Garner is a Morganton native and a third generation photographer. His father Gary Garner, had a studio in the 1960's and 1970's in this very building that now houses Mountain Gallery and Gifts. Chris owns and operates TPS Photography at 401 South King Street in Morganton, which specializes in custom portraits and commercial art.
In the summer of 2015, Chris decided to take a camera on vacation for the first time ever in hopes of finding a creative spark. In the early hours of a moonless morning on a remote South Carolina beach, Chris captured the milky way on his camera with a wide-angle lens and a tripod. From that moment on, astrophotography became his obsession.
Now Chris works from his backyard observatory in Morganton to capture images of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies thousands and millions of light years away. Each individual image you see is the product of countless hours of exposure through his custom built telescope - ancient photons captured and carefully crafted to create these one-of-a-kind pieces of art.