Alex began his love of photography with color slides of the desert southwest and Navajo lands in 1965 when living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1970, with the assistance of his uncle and father, he built his first custom darkroom for B&W and color slides. Also at that time, he began his long love of deep-sky astrophotography of galaxies and nebulae.
Alex is also known for his technical archival photography of historical artifacts and won the 1999 NC Numismatic Technical Literary Award for Oblique Angle Technical Photography of Coins. He has also been a multi-level contributor to the Smithsonian Institution (Museum of History, Numismatics, Preservation).
Alex’s artistic framed photographs are on permanent display at many historic locations in and near Hillsborough, NC, including numerous permanent examples at the new Orange County Courthouse, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, and Eno River State Park. Many works are also displayed at several locations in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor’s Centers, as well as overlooks. He is currently documenting the appearance of the mountains of N.C., mainly in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, their rarer fauna and habitat under different conditions, and very rare optical effects around the area’s rivers.
Alex has also helped many organizations with extraordinary images for their websites, as well as helping others towards this end in photography. Most of the photographs are full-framed artistic presentations with unusual subjects, coincidences, perspective, and accuracy of color and detail.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Association is incredibly grateful to Armstrong for his gifts of many beautiful photographs of both the lands and skies of the Blue Ridge Parkway.