Even better backyard photos will never be as exciting as Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge. But with a bit of strategic landscaping and gardening, you can still have an enticing destination for stunning photography! Did I mention the travel time is a lot less than Art’s trips?
Over a 4-day weekend from March 17-20 my wife, Bonnie and I traveled with three of our Asheville NC photography friends to the small coastal town of Kure Beach (pronounced like Madame “Currie”) south of Wilmington NC. The beach just south of town has about a 200-yard section with a display of “coquina” rocks most of which are adorned with a very smooth variety of green seaweed.
In mid-January, my wife Bonnie and I traveled to Florida for a 3-day workshop on “The Art of Seeing” with photographers Les Saucier and Janet Garrity. We went to fabulous locations from our base at the Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island.
This week, I’m sharing a few favorite images made in the historic downtown area of Charleston with my infrared-converted Fuji X-E2 mirrorless camera. Our trip in early March was with fellow photographers, Steve and Jenny Johnston, who live in Charlotte NC, and travel often to the Charleston area.
The featured image is a Bed & Breakfast at 2 Meeting Street, the corner of South Battery. It turns out that the house is owned by distant relatives of Steve’s, having been purchased in 1946 by his great Aunt and transferred to one of her nephews when she died in 1981. To make it even more interesting, Steve and Jenny spent the first night of their honeymoon at the B&B!
I wanted to capture an image of the house that conveyed a feeling of Charleston tourism and history. By waiting patiently, I finally got my chance when a couple paused at the corner to check their map simultaneously with one of the many horse-drawn carriages coming into the scene.
I’ve been thinking lately about ways we can draw our viewer into our images and hold their attention. I find that I am drawn to photos that tell a bit of story, or provide elements to spark my imagination. Even in many of my Nature images, I try to include sufficient context around the hero, or main subject to give the viewer an imaginary world they can step into.
If you are at all involved in putting your artistry out into the world via online or print media, you no doubt have learned how valuable story can be in building and sustaining a following.
I’m working to do the same with my blog and photo gallery site! I hope you will subscribe via the signup form on the Home page, or at the end of this post. I welcome your comments in the form at the end of each post as well. Do you find the photos in this post give you something to spark your imagination, or give you a sense of being there?
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