Tag Archives: Black and White

Charleston Carriage House

Behind one of the old Charleston manors, Aiken-Rhett, are stables, enslaved quarters, and an old carriage house.

Charleston Carriage House
Charleston Carriage House

Poking around in the back buildings can be more fun than shooting the actual houses here.

Charleston Carriage House
Charleston Carriage House
Charleston Carriage House
Charleston Carriage House

It’s not the first time I’ve been in here, yet every time there is something new to photograph.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Hopsewee Plantation, South Carolina Delta

In the Santee Delta region of South Carolina there are still several old plantation homes. What makes this one unique is the family still lives here.

Hopsewee Plantation, South Carolina Delta
Hopsewee Plantation, South Carolina Delta

The house faces the South Santee River. A metal roof has been added but aside from that this is the same scene that greeted anyone arriving for the last 200 + years.

Found On A Walk

Taken in the First Scots Presbyterian church yard. One of the many churches in the center of town here, Charleston.

Found On A Walk
Found On A Walk

Founded in 1731, this current building of brick was finished in 1814. Wooden structures don’t last long here. Only a single bell is here now, donated from  St. Johns Church in Preston, Lancashire, England around 1886. The original bells were melted during the US Civil War. The earthquake of 1886 damaged most of Charleston but one tower in First Scots remained strong enough to hang a single St. Johns bell.

First Scots
First Scots

Note; Above, a Polaroid filter image of the entrance to First Scots.

Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

B&W Sitting Room

A sitting room in an old Charleston traders home.

B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room

I will never shoot ‘still life’ images that require setup. Too much dusting, planning, in general work. I wouldn’t enjoy it, so it would most likely be reflected in the product.

The house staff does all the work here.

B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room
B&W Sitting Room

Charleston, South Carolina.

1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation

Built in 1735 on the banks of Hampton Creek, a tributary of the Santee River. It is also one of the state’s best examples of a wood frame Georgian plantation house and on the National Historic registry.

Built of Black Cypress it is another of the buildings that has survived for centuries in a harsh environment because of the local wood used.

The area is marshland and known as the Santee Delta.

1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation
1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation

The plantation was created in one the most remote swamp / marsh areas I can think. Even today it’s not easy to find, we took a boat.

1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation
1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation

This was taken on our second attempt to get more photographs, this time we were allowed inside on the main floor (photos to be finished soon I hope).

1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation
1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation

As you would expect the line of historical figures and events, even way out here, are unbelievable.

1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation
1735 Porch, Hampton Plantation

Classic B&W photographs are always a favorite way for me to work historical sites, I had to do at least a few in the format.