Category Archives: This and That

Grand Old House, Monochrome

I must getting my breathing and shooting coordination right, or at least better. The only light in these houses is either a small bulb in the worse location or from the windows.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The shutter speeds used are veryyyyyy slow. No way will I kneel down, never hold still enough.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The keeper rate is getting better so the practice is helping.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

This town is an ongoing history lesson.

The Bank of the United States was established in 1791 to serve as a repository for federal funds and as the government’s fiscal agent. The first building was in Philadelphia, still the capital of the US.

The Charleston building was one of eight used to conduct government business. Of course other banks had opened, felt there were too many British share holders, unfair competition, and the charter was not renewed in 1811. The War of 1812 came along, the bank still had British share holders, things went down hill from there even though it still operated for many years.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Now the building is the Charleston City Hall. As much a museum as a place of town government. Absolutely everything is about history here.

If you visit Charleston take note; public restrooms on the first floor.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Much of the first floor, and lobby here is kept like the original Bank.

There are no signs to let passing tourists know what is inside, and how they are welcome, encouraged, to come in and look around.

 

 

James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)

After South Carolina seceded in 1860, Petigru famously remarked, “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.”

James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)
James Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863)

James Louis Petigru (May 10, 1789 – March 9, 1863) was an American lawyer, politician, and jurist in South Carolina. He is best known for his service as the Attorney General of South Carolina, his juridical work that played a key role in the recodification of the state’s law code. He was also known for opposing nullification and, in 1860, state secession from the US.

Back Courtyard, Charleston

From a walk in town.

Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston

I have learned if a place is private the gate will be closed. If not…

Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston

All it takes is a moment to peek in and shoot.

Here it was a place to sit behind the old Planters Hotel.

An Old Grand House, B&W

When I visit the old houses in Charleston, particularly one for the first time, many of my photographs are shot wide. I try for the standard full room view. Perspective is important.

An Old Grand House, B&W
An Old Grand House, B&W

Later in the day, or on subsequent trips, I try to spend some time on the details.

An Old Grand House, B&W
An Old Grand House, B&W

I would say these images are in between. Not really close details yet you can see the intricate designs.