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Last weekend, I stopped by the recipe testing taking place for an exciting new bar set to open on King Street next month. The Getaway will offer Latin American inspired cuisine from former Warehouse Chef Emily Hahn (lovingly known as the Empanada Mama on social media) and delicious cocktails from connoisseur Genevieve Mashburn. Expect pisco sours, tropical tees, and perfectly charred appetizers that will truly feel like a getaway.
For more information on the new spot downtown, check out the Charleston City Paper's feature from earlier this year.
Last month, I spent an afternoon by the pool with the band members of Grace Joyner. You may be familiar with the Charleston, SC - based group if you're a local music lover on this side of the country. If not, give them a listen on Spotify.
Lead singer, Amber Grace Joyner, had moved away from the coastal city for about a year to bide herself some quiet time in the mountains of North Carolina. After the hiatus, she found herself moving back to be surrounded by the local scene. In the midst of the move, she had teamed up with Asheville musician, Joe Chang (Gold Light), to perform small stints under the name Grace & Gold - or Gold & Grace, however you prefer. She welcomed Joe into the band earlier this year, and they've been touring across the East Coast off and on ever since.
I've had the joy of being good friends with Amber, and only a few posts back are the photographs I took of her in North Carolina last summer. It's always funny to look back and see how much time has passed, as that only feels like a few weeks ago.
Here is to the rest of the hot summer in Charleston. I have to admit though, I'm completely ready for the cool fall weather.
Last week, I drove up to Buchanan, Virginia - just outside of Roanoke - for a wedding. The bride and groom were kind enough to put me up in The Natural Bridge Hotel for the night, considering it was a twelve hour roundtrip drive to and from the location. While I only had one night before the wedding to explore, I took the chance to walk around downtown Lexington and the Washington & Lee college campus. The mountains were beautiful and made for a gorgeous sunset I witnessed from the picturesque downtown.
Early the next morning, I drove out the family farm where the wedding would take place. Unlike most conventional ceremonies, they opted to have theirs outside in the morning. A brunch reception was hosted afterwards in their outdoor pavilion. It was beautiful and made the first wedding I've shot alone much easier than anticipated. Not to mention, there was only one best man - their dog, Rusty. He was really the center of attention.
I'll be available for weddings beginning next month, September 2017. Send an email if you're looking for someone to capture your big day.
As of May 12th, I am officially a graduate of the College of Charleston; a certified alumni, complete with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts.
Without falling into too much cliche, I'll say that it felt both long and short. Four years certainly does fly by, but I have to admit that I am happy to be finished. I will, however, miss the photography lab and my mentors who've shaped my practice so much in the past year.
As a final farewell, I hung my solo exhibition A Record of How I Felt Then in the Charleston Music Hall. The opening was officially April 12th, and Hunter Park of She Returns From War performed an acoustic set to complement the Southern Americana portraits. The show will be coming down later this week - May 20th - but the photographs are on my website to view, and prints will be made available on Saatchi Art soon.
The Halsey Institute was also kind enough to honor my artwork with the Best In Photography award in the Young Contemporaries 2017 group exhibition. My three submissions were included in the show and untitled (girl with watermelon) won the award. That photo can be found on this website in the i. gallery, and the other two are included in this blog post.
The anticipated plan, as everyone has been asking for the past few weeks, is to remain in Charleston for a little while longer and continue working with Garden & Gun magazine. As well, I will be spending time taking my own photographs, and doing projects for clients and friends.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to venture up to Asheville, N.C. to spend the day with Charleston musician Grace Joyner. The photoshoot was on occasion of her debut album Maybe Sometimes in C that was to be released the following weekend. The album is a long anticipated follow-up to her Young Fools EP, which I reviewed some time ago for a local Charleston publication. Joyner is charming; she is modest and lovely, humble in her quiet town in the mountains - a starkly different community from that of the raucous socialite coastal community she had previously called home.
It is no surprise that her time in Asheville led to her completion of the album, and immense reflection on her self - her wants, needs, dreams. A historian and stylist at heart, music will likely always be a side project for Joyner. I highly recommend a listen through the album, and I thank Grace and her dog Trixie for their time and hospitality.
I know its a little cliché but I think anyone who has lived in Charleston gets permission to have at least one photo of them overlooking the bay. It really is beautiful and makes living in this city that much better.
Now that I've taken up film courses at the college, this shoot actually has some black-and-white companions that I may one day be able to share online. Of course, I covered my bases and brought the digital too.
The past month seemed to simultaneously pass by at a grudging slow and terrifyingly quick pace. I wrapped up my summer drawing course, went on a road trip to Pennsylvania, moved out of my apartment and am now trying to prepare myself to leave the country for the next 6 months. The study abroad course leaves me temporarily relocated to a small town just outside London. This is an opportunity I've always dreamed of, and now that it's finally happening I just hope it doesn't go disastrously.
As if Charleston knew that I would be taking a hiatus, the Post and Courier's CharlestonScene used my photos from Pop Up Charleston in their cover story. Yes, that is my photo on the actual cover. (All except the one of the Pop Up leaders are under my name, to be clear.) It was an usual situation, only because I didn't know my photo would be front-page but I'd be lying if I said it didn't make my day. Oh, and apologies for the poor quality of the scan.
Officially, I leave for Europe in two weeks. The semester in Britain doesn't actually begin until late September but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to travel around beforehand. So, I start in Lisbon and will somehow find my way back to London. Until all that begins, I've been trying to keep a creative output and included a few selects from a shoot I did just a few days ago.