Photography

Low Country

7 December 2009
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The Low Country

Here are a few shots taken while kayaking outside Charleston, SC, in a Harris Neck wildlife refuge south of Savannah, and walking on Sapelo Island off the Georgia Coast.

Amicalola Falls

7 December 2009
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Amicalola Falls, North Georgian Mountains

I was playing with different types of light here in very colorful Autumn surroundings.

The Outer Banks

7 December 2009
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The Outer Banks, NC

I took these photos while traveling down south to Savannah. These are a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware.

Shrimping Off Tybee

6 December 2009
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Tybee Island, Savannah, GA

This is a photo story of a day in the life of people who work on a shrimp boat. I endeavored to capture the sights and smells of their time on the water dragging the nets. On this particular day, I observed a good humored Captain Doug going from the bilge of the boat up and back down again several times checking the engine. His two assistants, Chris and Daryl, not only glided me up and over the railing onto the boat (due to morning high tide), but showed me where I would be most comfortable.

I quickly learned that this team of three had a routine that could rival an organized ballet company. If you have never seen the prep and catch of 500lbs of shrimp being separated from the rest of Wassaw Sounds fishy population, this practically merits an encore with free tickets to boot if you can befriend a shrimp boat captain in the Low Country. I listened to Randy Travis while watching a shrimp boat on fire less than a flare away in pouring rain.

The boys would come and get me when they were about to pull in the nets. What a sight to see this balloon of sea-life expunged from these bright green nets hanging over the boat’s aft. It was really quite exciting. Daryl recommended that I put on my raincoat while I was photographing. He was afraid I would catch a chill. He was right, and that’s why I’m sitting here blowing my nose.

I will be buying my shrimp from Captain Doug and others now. No more foreign/frozen shrimp for me. Shrimp costs $2.00 a lb at the dock. People stand in line with their coolers. I was gifted several lbs of giant white shrimp, and if I had known your address you could have been a beneficiary.

Savannah: The Old And The New

6 December 2009
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Savannah, GA

The genre of these photographs is documentary. My interpretation is a somewhat Marxist view in that Savannah is known for its Victorian Charm and wonderful old turn of the century architecture despite the fact much of it is in decay. If developers would have been allowed to come in and build what they wanted , the city would look a lot different.

The intention of the photographs I chose is to convey succinctly the plethora of abandoned structures in downtown Savannah. They exhibit the lack of care , monumental decline, and the emergence of nature that begins to take over the structures.

It became popular in the recent past to purchase these decaying structures for a reasonable cost, but the cost to gut and  renovate them after following regulatory criteria proved too high an expense both monetarily and time wise. Often these decaying structures are rented out by the owners to compensate their loss.