Durham Magazine June/July 2022

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my view of durham Readers’ favorite photographer Morgan Crutchfield shares a meaningful image of her own



“I may be a Durham native, but it wasn’t until 2011 when I really fell in love with Durham. Downtown, specifically, before it was what it is now. It was definitely on the ‘come-up,’ as you can see from this older photo of the Durham Freeway, but I remember (and miss) when downtown was quiet. (I’m a bit of a grandma.) As a waitress at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles during the tail end of college – back when it was still at 317 W. Main St. – I passed this sign nearly every day. Those years were spent as an Eagle at North Carolina Central University, so I also took this exit to get to campus. Fayetteville Street holds a very special place in my heart. It’s really where my photography journey began to bloom. This photo was taken in 2018. I didn’t know at the time that years later it would bring me comfort. When I look at this photo, I honestly see home, for so many reasons. I am Morgan Crutchfield of Morgan Crutchfield Photography. I love photographing love, candid moments and life changes. I grew up a Bouncing Bulldog and had my first paid wedding gig as a photographer in 2013. Shoutout to my Durham friends for taking a chance on me, and all my friends and family who have since supported me. Durham, and this community, is a big reason I’m even a photographer today. Thank y’all.”





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