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Charleston History

by Blake Robinson

December 19th, 2017    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last weekend, we traveled to Charleston, one of our favorite places in our new Low Country surroundings.  This is the Nathaniel Russell House, built in the early 1800’s. By the way, please click on each image, to see it LARGER and clearer. 

This cantilevered three-story staircase is a marvel – there are no nails in it, and each step rests on the one below. When they were renovating the house, experts were brought in to look at the staircase and see what might be done to strengthen it. All the experts replied – “Just leave it alone!”

The house cost about $80,000 to build over five years, at a time when the average house was valued at under $300. 

Mr. Russell had been a British loyalist in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. He wisely chose to go to England during the war. On his return, the Charleston town fathers made him wait on his ship in the harbor for two months, deciding whether to let him back into the city. They finally did. Likely still feeling on somewhat tenuous ground, Russell made another wise move – he married a woman from one of the best families in Charleston. He became “one of us!”

To read more about this historic house, see Nathaniel Russell House

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”



Island Living

by Blake Robinson

September 1st, 2017    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Gentle Reader – it’s been too long since you’ve heard from me! My only excuse is that we have spent the last few months selling our Connecticut home, and buying and moving into our new home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We are pretty well settled and now I’m earnestly back shooting again!

Please click on each of these images to see them in a larger and clearer size.

In our big entrance hall/dining room, we have four floor-to-ceiling windows and I wanted to make three photographs to go on the walls in between the windows. These are the images I created. I wish I could say I found all these shells on the beach but I bought them at a local shell store – most are not native to South Carolina. 

I photographed these with two Nikon Speedlights with umbrellas, for fairly flat lighting. The prints are 16 inches square and will be about 24 or 25 inches with the frames. 

As always, your comments and questions are welcome. 

Working in a home studio and also on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

Pergamon Exhibit at the Met

by Blake Robinson

July 13th, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment


Yesterday, we saw the extraordinary exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC of Greek statues from the Hellenistic period – roughly 300 BC to early in the First Century AD. Be sure to click on each image to see it LARGER and clearer.


In looking at the show, I did listen to some of the audio guide, but as I walked around the galleries, I really didn’t study the labels on each piece, so I can’t identify these works for you. Rather, I just took pictures of the statues that drew me in. In some of these photographs, I just shot part of the work.


This show blew me away.  The beauty, the skill of carving and the delicacy of each piece was a marvel to just observe and enjoy.  Imagine that these works were made over 2000 years ago.


I decided to convert all the images to black and white, to emphasize the form and texture of each sculpture. As is true of every Met exhibit, the lighting was magnificent. These were easy to shoot with available light – a good thing, as flash is prohibited, of course.


If you haven’t seen the show – you better hurry – it closes July 17th. For details see Pergamon.


Has art advanced any in the past 2000 years? Ah, a topic for another day!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”