ROAD ENDS IN WATER
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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