There’s no better place to shoot black and white, use creative contrasts, and shading than locations like this. I have shot this, the Aiken-Rhett House, several times over the last few years. Each time you can find something different.
The back property and buildings are off a court yard that is hidden, but sits right in one of Charleston’s most historic neighborhoods.
These particular shots were all about getting light into the darkest rooms and halls from the small windows. There is no other source of light. External flash would have been nice, but like most old places it’s prohibited.
The last two photographs below led up to the rooms provided to the enslaved people that worked the house and buildings.
Charleston, South Carolina.