Photos and Edits from North Myrtle Beach June 2016

Every year my family gets together for a vacation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I’ve been going there–missing a year here and there–since I was thirteen years old. Now all of us kids are grown and we bring our own kids. It’s always a laid back time. We soak up the sun and sound of the surf, swim in the saltwater waves, and catch up on our sleep with afternoon naps safe from the sun in our cavelike blackout-curtained rooms (well, I nap at least 😉 ). These are some photos and edits I made last week.

Happy for the feature in “Collector’s Choice” at Kirstein Fine Art!

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A special thinks to Janis Kirstein at Kirstein Fine Art for the feature in her “Collector’s Choice” series. The post contains the images shown here and more. Check out the series and Janis’s work if you can. I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve seen in the series as well as her own!

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Ghost and Shadows: “the being of time” and “nite lite”

This past week’s additions to the “Ghost and Shadows” series.

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ghosts and shadows xvii: the being of time

ghost and shadows xvi: nite lite

ghost and shadows xvi: nite lite

Ghosts and Shadows series: “summers gone” and “hide and seek”

Recent additions to the “Ghosts and Shadows” mobile series…

ghosts and shadows xiv: summers gone

ghosts and shadows xiv: summers gone

ghosts and shadows xv: hide and seek

ghosts and shadows xv: hide and seek

Two more from the Ghosts and Shadows series

Here are recent additions to the Ghosts and Shadows series.

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ghosts and shadows xii: collecting

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ghosts and shadows xiii: visit

The whole series is on Instagram, although it’s interspersed with other mobile photography/artistry work.

Jones Bridge, Surreal.

A few photos taken Sunday at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, GA. Still digging the Holga lens with sepia filter.

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Ghosts and Shadows Mobile Photography Series

I’ve always done a lot of photography at my Uncle’s farm–it’s simply too beautiful not to take advantage of the opportunity to capture this part of North Carolina’s spectacular rural beauty. But recently I’ve been taking a lot more photographs with the past in mind. I grew up coming to the farm on a regular basis and spent a lot of time there during my summers. My grandmother, who still lives here, was my champion when I was a little kid. She made me feel loved completely–unconditionally–and made me feel special (as I’m sure she made my sister and brother feel as well). Her love (and my grandfather’s) was the balm that helped me cope with the effects of child abuse, yet the trauma of that abuse haunted the sunny fields and cold creek water I ran through during the summer. No matter how joyful my time at the farm, a darker undercurrent always made itself felt.

The farm is full of amazing memories–memories of love and healing but also an underlying fear that the love couldn’t quite touch–yet. I created a mobile series called “ghosts and shadows” to represent and work through my conflicting feelings in relation to the farm. I’m nostalgic and I’m wary. And I’m full of love for that little girl who was so lost and yet so at home on the farm.

Here are four images from the series.

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ghost and shadows i

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ghosts and shadows ii: farm, sea, and sun

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ghost and shadows xi: the past as friend

 

First Playdate with Holga

A couple of weeks ago the Holga 25mm f/8 lens I ordered from Hong Kong arrived. I finally took it out of the box and decided to play around this afternoon. I shot with a sepia filter. I love the air of mystery, even enchantment, it can lend to a scene.

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Tugaloo State Park’s Sassafras Circle Trail

I stopped by Tugaloo State Park today on my way back to North Carolina. Recently I’ve been working on a project where I shoot with a sepia filter. Today I took my camera out and decided to play a bit more with the filter on Tugaloo’s Sassafras Circle Trail. The photos have little to no post-processing. The sepia is perfect for conveying the feel of the morning light and highlighting the quirky lines of the trees both standing and fallen.

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