FOLLY BEACH SERIES

Part of a growing portfolio on Folly Beach, South Carolina, chasing tide pools at exceptionally low tides.

This particular day was spent focused on the contrasts created by the harsh midday summer sunshine shimmering off of opposing wet surfaces interacting with different tide pools.

April VLOG

Took the big boys for an after school cruise in the RV (Research Vessel) on my birthday two weeks ago. We checked out a range marker that I've had my eye on for a while now, since the sun was in the right spot, and it was low tide. The camera and I were still in about four feet of water...

Then...an island hopping mission ensued. Enjoy the tour of a few waterways and islands in the Beaufort, NC area!!!

March VLOG

March was a challenging month, in that everywhere I was, it was relentlessly windy. Every day. That's the way it goes, I guess.

In the middle of the month, I drove to Charleston to drop off several pieces that Ella Richardson Fine Art had sold, and while I was there, I decided to check out a nearby island which has been slipping away into the sea. It's really an incredible sight, as you emerge from the tranquil woods, into this beach that is just littered with trees–live oaks, pines, and palm trees, all of which have been tackled by the unforgiving ocean.

Photographing this area proved to be quite a challenge, as trees are strewn about everywhere, and finding a pleasing composition never came easy. To top it off, the wind was whipping up the beach all day.

I was forced to wade across waist-deep lagoons to access a few areas, which got a bit hairy, because of the incoming tide, but luckily I wasn't stranded.

Enjoy the photographs, and the behind the scenes views of this vanishing landscape... 

February VLOG

Yeah, I VLOG now.

Not really, but I'm doing my best to do a little peering into what exactly it is I'm doing each month. Some months, it's a lot. Others, not so much so.

Anyway, this is like a feature-length movie for me...behind the scenes in the making of CYPRESS STUDIES.

I was originally intrigued by bald cypress, mainly because of their environment. They thrive under the perfect, but specific conditions; alongside the muddy waters of southern rivers and lakes. They almost stand guard over the shoreline, some of the lucky ones living for thousands of years. Each is unique, from its fluted trunk up to its often windswept branches.

Working with large format camera systems is a tedious, but methodical process on dry land. Add a boat, wind, water depths, and some general unknowns (SNAKES) into the equation, and things turn into a real, but fun challenge.

Anyway...I hope you enjoy this walk and boat ride through some beautiful cypress forests I've been exploring.