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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Eliot Dudik

SPE Member since 2009
Member Chapter: Southeast

Road Ends in Water

Artist Statement

Change is descending upon an otherwise quiet, unhurried, unobtrusive, place. The main highway, U.S Route 17, that bisects the South Carolina lowcountry, north to south, is being widened to accommodate commerce, tourists, and urban refugees. Not only are many homes, some historic, disappearing before the tracked blades of expansion, but also the new, faster thoroughfare encourages greater disregard and obliviousness to the charm and culture the basin harbors.

This collection of images and thoughts is a tribute to, and an acknowledgment of, the respect the modest souls of this region, obscure from the mainstream, deserve for their tenacity, good humor, social commitment, and acceptance of the ebb and flow of the often incomprehensible vagaries of existence.

A photographic adventure became an artistic journey and culminated in a unique awakening to an otherwise overlooked cultural phenomenon. While the road ends in water, it began there as well.

Bud, Russell Creek Road


Retired Rice Field, Donnelly Wildlife Management Area

Alligator Alley, Oregon Road

Anthony, North Edisto River

Sacred Space, Muckenfus Road

Thelma on Valtentine's Day, Antioch Baptist Church, Highway 64

Allen A.M.E. Church, Botany Bay Road

418, Ivenia Brown Road

First Snow in Twenty Years, Rosa Scott Road

L. Jay's Barber Shop and Convenience Store, Highway 174

Betty, Oregon Road


The Word, Ivenia Brown Road

Canal in Fog, Near Highway 17

Edisto in the Rain, North Edisto River

A.B.A.T.E. Biker Rally, Red Oak Road

Splash, State Road S-15-161

Tom & Tommy, Prices Bridge Road

Confederate Breastworks, Broxton Bridge Road

Snuffy in Salkehatchie Swamp, Broxton Bridge Road

Snuffy's House, Broxton Bridge Road


Rob & Ricky, Near Martins Landing

Carew Rice Painting, Back of Old Drive-in Screen, Highway 63

Charleston Single, Maybank Highway

Joe Ben, Rehoboth Road

Condemned, Ashepoo River

Landscaping, Parkers Ferry Road

Marietta & Jim, Wimbee Creek Road

Wimpy, Black Water Bait & Tackle, Jellico's Landing

River Life, North Edisto

Rouse, Bennetts Point Road

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