Grand House, Back Buildings

Grand House, Back Buildings

Most of the old homes in Charleston don’t have much land. Like modern cities the house took up most of the space, a small garden was all there was room for.

This home, the Aiken-Rhett house, has land, and several large back building to explore. There were stables, servant / slave quarters, kitchens, laundry, even work shops.

Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings

Unless it’s obvious I don’t know details on the various rooms. My attention is on what and how to photograph these places.

Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings

When this house was built having land, buildings, servants of this size meant enormous wealth. Just as amazing is the fact it survived the Civil War. It was looted at least once, but there is still much of the original buildings intact.

Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings

The insides of the structures have the original plaster, handmade bricks, and woodwork.

Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings
Grand House, Back Buildings

I always view this type of building from a black and white perspective. While some images are published in color for me this is old school work.

Each photograph here was ultimately finished using methods to emulate specific 35 mm photograph film. Most are Ilford film since that’s what I am most familiar with. Adobe Lightroom, Faststone, and DxO Silver Efex are the image software used.

6 thoughts on “Grand House, Back Buildings”

  1. Fascinating studies in the behind-the-scenes story of genteel life back in the day.

    1. Thanks, I appreciated that. That project and the articles on the old Charleston Jail have been the none wildlife work this spring. A totally different type of photos, in line with my old school history LOL.

      The jail has been important since I was honored to be one of the photographers to document its final days.

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