I enjoyed being published with and working once again with The New York Times, this time around my photography was published on page B5 in the Business section. I photographed small business owner Chad Oakley on vacation with his family on Pawley’s Island South Carolina. The story covers the challenges business owners face when taking a break from the office, and tips for taking successful, stress-free time away from work.
It was wonderful working with Deputy Photo Editor Alex Arnold on the May 2012 issue of Travel+Leisure. The photograph above is included in an article detailing Chef Sean Brock’s favorite sources for local goods in the Charleston area. Photography published in Travel and Leisure was of Gechee Boy Market and Mill, a lovely country store and historic mill on Edisto Island, thirty minutes outside of Charleston. Greg Johnsman produces authentic, locally sourced and milled corn grits; available from their store or website. Travel and Leisure dubbed this issue “The Food Issue” and featured recommendations from award wining chef’s favorite places to eat and source their ingredients. Photographing food (and it’s related sources) to appear in Travel + Leisure’s Food issue was great, as it helped bring light onto a great local grain producer in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Every city has it’s strengths and gardening is definitely one of Charleston’s. The Lowcountry weather is conducive to cultivation year round and winter provides enough moisture to enliven a lawn to a lush shade of green. It is impressive how much of the city is given over to nature lending one to feel as though they are towing the line between old world and new. Options for natural surroundings in the “Holy City”range from parks that have great water features to viewing a garden from a sailboat. As you the walk lush streets south of Calhoun or meander through historic Hampton Park it is easy to have a reverence for those that vigorously work to preserve the streetscapes which have seen hundreds of years of history.
The runway in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.
On occasion I have been asked “why travel and food photography?”
The short answer: Photographing food and travel images for businesses, brands and magazines allows me to combine three things which I am passionate about: eating, exploring and recording amazing experiences to share with others.
The longer answer: The fact that I do this professionally means that I have followed these interests and passions with a zeal to rival that of a new camera owner out on their first day shooting. I absolutely love what I do and I feel lucky to share that enjoyment with my clients and their customers. Photography is not only the way in which I have navigated the world for the past ten years through Europe, North America and the Caribbean; it is the way in which I want others to share in an experience of the world with my images. My career goals extend far beyond stellar service of clients. Getting others excited about the amazing experiences my clients offer to their customers via visual expression of their story is the career goal which I strive for most.
I feel that the following definition sums up many of my feelings toword photography:
vocation |vōˈkā sh ən| noun
a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation : she felt a strongly about the her love of animals and the veterinary vocation.
• a person’s employment or main occupation, esp. regarded as particularly worthy and requiring great dedication : her vocation as a visual artist.
• a trade or profession.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French, or from Latin vocatio(n-), from vocare ‘to call.’
“John Gibbes built a house and garden with greenhouses on The Grove before the Revolutionary War. The house was probably located near Indian Hill on the Citadel campus. It was likely burned by British troops in 1779, but the gardens remained. Around 1786, heirs of the Gibbes family divided the land into smaller tracts, and three of the northernmost parcels were acquired by George Abbot Hall. Since the 1791 inventory of Hall’s estate mentioned a house, it is assumed that the house was built around 1786. The next owners were the Beaufain brothers of the West Indies who operated a small faming operation on the site. They sold the house, which they had named Wedderburn Lodge, to Mary Clodner Vesey. She, in turn, in 1803, sold the property to William Lowndes, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. He served in Congress until he resigned due to poor health in 1822.
After several owners, a Charleston businessman, Frederick W. Wagener, acquired the house. He was the president and one of the chief promoters of the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, which was held in 1901–1902. The exposition was held on his 250 acres (100 ha). The Lowndes Grove house was used as the Woman’s Building” Wikipedia.
I had a blast shooting The Great Oysterpoint Runoff for the Charleston Waterkeeper organization this past week. Charleston Waterkeeper is a non-profit deadicated to the mission of clean swimmable, fishable and drinkable waterways for all in the Lowcountry. The Great Oysterpoint Runoff was held “To encourage the public and clean water enthusiasts to discover, learn about, and celebrate the many ways to have fun on, in, or by Charleston’s waterways – all while enjoying the rare opportunity to play around on Colonial Lake. The event also aims to educate local residents about stormwater runoff, the most common cause of water pollution throughout the nation.” This event is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series and was sponsored by the good folks at Keen Footwear. There was music, food trucks, and of course oysters. If you live near Charleston’s waterways, please consider supporting thier mission, volunteering, or purchasing a print from the event. A great day out on Colonial Lake was had by all!
I was pleased to participate in a genuine Lowcountry tradition this past week: the Oyster Roast. Oyster Season traditionally begins in the in the fall and is currently in full swing here in Charleston. Growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains it is a rare opportunity to partake in such an event which makes me grateful to have covered the Great Oysterpoint Runoff this past weekend. Sponsored by Toyota and Keen the event benefitted the Charleston Waterkeeper organization and the National Waterkeeper Alliance and was held in support of clean waterways and wastewater runoff prevention in the Charleston area. As a profssional photographer it is wonderful to be able to use my skills and resources to promote worthy causes such as this. Overall a rewarding and educational experience.
“Jonathan Swift is quoted as having said, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster”, but evidence of oyster consumption goes back into prehistory, evidenced by oyster middens found worldwide. Oysters were an important food source in all coastal areas where they could be found, and oyster fisheries were an important industry where they were plentiful. Overfishing and pressure from diseases and pollution have sharply reduced supplies, but they remain a popular treat celebrated in oyster festivals in many cities and towns.
There are several different types of oysters that are edible out of the over 50 different kinds that are in the oceans today.” – Wikipedia
“The Francis Beidler Forest is an Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Four Holes Swamp, a blackwater creek system in South Carolina. It consists of over 16,000 acres (65 km²) of mainly bald cypress/tupelo gum swamp with approximately 1,800 acres (7 km2) of old-growth forest. It has an environmental education center and a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) boardwalk trail through the old-growth portion of the swamp. A free iPhone/iPod Touch app can be downloaded to provide information and images not available in the printed guidebook as well as species lists for plants and animals likely to be seen from the boardwalk. It is a favorite haunt of birdwatchers and is used for biological research projects by area schools. The Audubon Society which maintains the preserve has recently obtained funding with which to purchase additional adjacent land to expand the preserve. It is home to the largest virgin stand of cypress and tupelo forest, with some trees over 1,000 years old.” – Wikipedia
A man and his dog walk along the beach bordering a tidal pool in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.
A few facts about the Sullivan’s island lighthouse pictured above in the background:
“Instead of having the traditional circular shape, it is three-sided, a feature meant to make it more wind resistant. The result is that it can withstand gusts up to 125 mph as demonstrated by its ability to hold up against Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It is the only lighthouse in the country to have both an elevator and siding. The light was the second brightest in the Western hemisphere with 28 million candlepower but was reduced to 1.5 million to accommodate Sullivan’s Island residents. It can still be seen 27 miles out to sea on clear nights. Originally painted white and red-orange (like that seen on Coast Guard helicopters), local residents petitioned the government to change the color to the black and white seen today.” -National Park Service
As a professional travel photographer discovering hidden gems such as the Garden Club of Charleston’s Gateway Walk are a favorite part of the job. This peaceful, gorgeous meander takes one through several churchyards, and several hundred years of history in South Carolina. “While Charleston cannot boast as many oak-ringed parks as Savannah, the four-block Gateway Walk is just as beautiful, with a series of interconnected and semihidden gardens. The walk is lined with moss-laden oaks and takes you past the city’s most historically significant churches.” – 36 Hours in Charleston, The New York Times. This is the first in a series of garden images capturing this beautiful stroll. A guide to enjoying the walk firsthand is below, courtesy of The Garden Club of Charleston.