HOUSE ON STILTS I

HOUSE ON STILTS I

 HUNTING ISLAND

HUNTING ISLAND

 OUTCROPPINGS

OUTCROPPINGS

 PIER BY FRIPP

PIER BY FRIPP

 CAUSEWAY I

CAUSEWAY I

 HOUSE ON STILTS II

HOUSE ON STILTS II

 MARSH CUTS RIVER

MARSH CUTS RIVER

 PATCH OF SAND

PATCH OF SAND

LowCountry

Creating this body of work continues to be an exercise in restraint for me, as the layers of landscape, roots, and region are at the heart of what I want to express. This collection of images is my attempt to capture the essence of where I grew up: The Lowcountry. 

A region that sits along South Carolina's southern coast, the Lowcountry is a mix of magnificent visual beauty: distinct low-lying marshes; barrier islands; muddy creeks; winding inlets; wide, flat beaches; grand oaks; draping moss; spiky palmettos; camellias, azaleas, and magnolias.  It is also very much a distinct culture, steeped in history and tied to the islands, and to a slowed-down pace and softer way of existing. 

The feeling of the Lowcountry is hard to describe. There is a certain soulfulness and grace that unfolds and resonates from the people who live there, and the effect is comfort, strength,  connection, timelessness, and peace.  

Over the years, I have struggled to capture my sense of that soul and grace in still images because what I want to convey is a kind of nurturing dynamic of people and place, yet through the imagery of landscape. 

As I continue to add, to edit, and to refine the images in this collection, I hope to ultimately build a cohesive body of work that feels right.