The photographer’s photo archive is a snapshot of life as it was when he started out as a young man working at the local gas station in 1980.
The photo archive has since become one of the best known online sources of Charlotte wedding photography, and it’s an easy way to see what went on in the city that inspired the wedding photographer in the first place.
The photo archival archive has more than 1,300 pieces from the era of the city’s first downtown hotel, the Fort Myers, the first major shopping mall in the country, and even a time when the area was known as “The Capital of Black Culture” for its booming black community.
I started to look into the photographer’s work as I was looking for some great photos of Charlotte, so I wanted to share them with you.
Here are some of the more memorable photos in Michael Welt’s collection:The Fort Myer has been in business for more than 50 years and is now part of a larger development at the corner of Market Street and Wood Street, with plans to transform the site into a mixed-use, retail, office and hotel development.
The photos in this collection come from the 1970s, which is when the Fort was a bustling place.
This image from the 1960s shows the Fort at its best.
Another photo in this series shows a scene from a 1970s film production.
Wilt was the first Charlotte photographer to capture the scene from the camera, and his photographs show a diverse, diverse scene, with the store, the shopping center, and the Fort.
In a separate photo, you can see the Fort in its glory as it looks to become the new flagship store in the Charlotte area.
The Fort is now a part of the Charlotte Development Corp., a public-private partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg County and a group of local businesses.
The site was designated for the development in 2006, but the process to transform it took until 2019, after the city of Charlotte decided to close the historic landmark for the redevelopment of the nearby Mecklenberg Mall.
With that development plan in mind, Wilt and the city decided to use the Fort as a template for future projects.
In the end, the city turned to the photographer to provide the best possible image possible.
Wilt has become a household name in the wedding photography world for creating incredible wedding photos for the Charlotte Wedding Photographer’s Ephemeris.
Michael Wilt is an award-winning photographer, photographer, and author who has published a number of book titles, including The Photographer’s Life, The Photographer: The Art and Science of Photography, The Photography Guide to Charlotte and The Photographer and His Life in the City of Charlotte.
He is also the founder and publisher of Wilt’s Wedding Photography Archive.