Tag Archives: Black and White

Watch Your Step

Just an interesting image.

In color this was much too muddy and dark brown. Contrast and light in B&W gave it a new look.

Watch Your Step
Watch Your Step

Another reason this shot has the deep contrasts is drama.  The Alligator is an apex predator, king of the hill so to speak.  You want him to look the part.

Sometimes they just need a little help.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

Taken in the ruins of an old chapel and graveyard.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

The Cumean Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle at Cumae, a Greek colony located near Naples, Italy. She was considered the most important prophetess of all the ancient sibyl.

Her likeness is painted on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo, and Raphael at Santa Maria della Pace, also by Andrea del Castagno.

I can’t speculate why the old Greek story, tarot card, or offering was at the ruins near an old headstone.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

Found on a walk.

 

Mary Bull, 1771

The grave of Mary Bull, died in 1771, and one of the founding families of South Carolina.

The grave site is on St. Helena Island, one of the sea islands on the South Carolina coast. This was once part of the Bull plantation named Sheldon Plantation  (after the English town of their family).

Mary Bull, 1771
Mary Bull, 1771

Bull family grave sites are located in the old church yard ruins of St. Andrews Parish. Also known as the old Sheldon Church.

The graves and ruins are on the USA National Historic Registry as they are tied to many of the important founders of the US as well as historical sites throughout the region.

Catfish Row, Charleston

Originally called Cabbage Row and home to former enslaved people.

Edwin DuBose Heyward wrote his first book ‘Porgy’ based on his neighbors here.

Catfish Row, Charleston
Catfish Row, Charleston

George Gershwin teamed with Edwin DuBose Heyward to write the musical Porgy and Bess, again based on the real Porgy.  There was a real Porgy. His name was Samuel Smalls, a cripple whose main mode of transportation was a cart pulled by a goat.

Catfish Row, Charleston
Catfish Row, Charleston

Porgy, or Smalls, was not the model citizen portrayed in the book and musical. Heyward apparently learned of him through a News & Courier article recounting Smalls’ arrest after he’d tried to shoot a woman. The police only apprehended him after he and his goat led them on a chase down several of the many Charleston alleys. He’d been arrested a year earlier on a similar charge.

Another ‘Found on a walk’ article.