Category Archives: This and That

Mother Emanuel

On my way to shoot another of the old homes I turned a corner and of course spotted a big beautiful church. Camera up, and shooting.

However then I recognized the church.

Mother Emanuel is the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Founded in 1817, Emanuel AME is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the Southern United States. This, the first independent black denomination in the United States, was founded in 1816.

In June 1822, Denmark Vesey of Charleston, one of the church’s founders, was implicated in an alleged slave revolt plot. Vesey and five other organizers were rapidly convicted in a show trial, and executed on July 2 after a secret trial.

Dr. Martin Luther King spoke here to support black voter registration in 1962. Earlier in 1909 Booker T. Washington spoke here bringing both white and black national politicians together.

Finally, June 17, 2015 historic of another kind came to Mother Emanuel. During an evening bible study a young man, Dylan Roof joined the group. Nine people were shot and killed by Roof after he sat with them. A manifesto of hate and white supremacy was found on his web site later.

Mother Emanuel
Mother Emanuel

Just to add a bit more to this story…

Mother Emanuel
Mother Emanuel

We looked up and found a Red-tailed Hawk looking down over Charleston.

There’s always a critter around when you need one.

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An Old Parlor, Charleston

A favorite place here to experiment with light, color, new styles, whatever.

This early 1800’s Charleston home has been preserved, rather than renovated. Original woodwork, wallpaper, and some furniture is still here. A snap shot in history.

An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston

This day furniture was moving around the house so it was a bit cluttered. The house is owned by The Historic Charleston Foundation. While shooting the new site manager explained a first time fund raising event was being held on site. Tricky since everything here is beyond fragile.

An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston
An Old Parlor, Charleston

Photographs here were created using a Kodachrome 25 film filter.

Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Special Even By Magnolias Standards

Old Magnolia Cemetery is a Victorian / Gothic / Civil War cemetery. Absolutely unique, even hard to describe.

Sitting on the grounds of an old plantation nestled against a southern marsh people from all over the US visit to browse through the old wrought iron and headstones.

Even here there are a few things that stand out on their own.

Simonds Mausoleum
Simonds Mausoleum

Above is the Simonds Mausoleum, complete with a sarcophagus. Construction was completed in 1889. The family were traders, bankers, and of course political titans.

The Simonds were able to own and run banks through, and after the Civil War some how.

Baby Rosalie Raymond
Baby Rosalie Raymond White

Baby Rosalie, the grave site, is well known with images published world wide.

The headstone is made to look like a baby carriage complete with Rosalie. A ‘death mask’, or plaster cast, of her face is protected from the elements since the 1880’s. Masks and mementos were common at the time.

There are 5 children, siblings, buried in this spot. Over all 18 family members are here.

From Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Dawn ACE Basin

Unplanned stop while heading into the large marshes to shoot wildlife at dawn.

Dawn ACE Basin
Dawn ACE Basin

We were maybe 10 minutes behind schedule when we hit this open water off a dirt road. We had swamp to one side and miles of marsh on the other when stopped. The sunrise was not about to wait for us to arrive at rice fields.

Dawn ACE Basin
Dawn ACE Basin

The road here is a one car wide dirt causeway, dike, between the swamp and marshland. The swamp is slowly changing to marsh as the constant water level changes the trees.

Dawn ACE Basin
Dawn ACE Basin
Dawn ACE Basin
Dawn ACE Basin

This location is approximately 2 miles down the dirt road, with another 2 miles to reach rice fields and even larger marshes.

You can see why this area is owned by the wildlife and we are just visitors.

 

 

 

Cabins, Ilford Delta Film Style

A series of photographs continuing my black and white film filters experiments. I’ll use the term experiment rather than ‘dinking around’ since it sounds so much more professional.

Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta

Agfa and Ilford Delta have similar results and I still (almost) remember what I should be getting with my own digital versions.

Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta

The images were taken at a Methodist Campground for yearly revival gatherings. Great subjects for B&W.

Note;

For a number of years I have used NIK Silver Efex for more detailed B&W conversions.

Recently I included DxO Film Pack for conversions. Film Pack is a software designed to convert digital photos to specific film types, Styles of photographs, as well as by years a film was shot. Like Silver Efex you have the ability to create custom film filters, an option that I prefer to use.

Both software programs work with Photoshop and Lightroom.