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Charleston Architectural Details

by Blake Robinson

March 31st, 2019    3 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities, Charleston, South Carolina. I love shooting in the historic district, and on this trip I focused on just parts of houses and small architectural details. In the image above, we have three iconic Charleston ingredients: a flag, a palm tree and a piazza (or porch in non-Charleston lingo).

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Mercury, was the Roman god of shopkeepers, travelers, thieves and tricksters. (He must have been very busy!) This statue of Mercury is in the garden of the Calhoun Mansion. During Hurricane Hugo (1989) it was thrown a few blocks away in the storm and both arms were broken off. When it was repaired, the arms were mistakenly reversed, so the dagger is now held aloft, rather than in the arm behind him. No one seemed too concerned about the change.

A couple more flag images, above and below.

I always marvel at how well-maintained the houses are in the historic district, South of Broad Street. Hard to imagine the expense of keeping these houses looking sharp, especially with regular storms and floods hitting the area.

In the photograph below, I could have moved slightly to get the sun behind the house, but I kind of like the effect of the sun’s rays wrapping around the house.

The people of Charleston are always so gracious and welcoming to visitors. To me, this open doorway below is a good symbol of their openness and friendliness.

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”

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”

 

 

Charleston Architecture

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Click on any image in this post top see it LARGER and clearer.

I haven’t been blogging for quite a while – it’s good to be back!

Recently we visited Charleston, South Carolina, and took some pictures in the old part of the city, on the Peninsula and “South of Broad,” to quote the title of a favorite Pat Conroy novel.

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These houses above are part of “Rainbow Row” – all with beautiful pastel colors.

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Walking around the streets, it’s easy to picture Charleston life in 1700’s – genteel and slow paced. The people of Charleston are friendly and open, even with the barrage of tourists.

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Most of the pictured houses are along the Battery, the extreme south end of the peninsula. There is a walkway along the water. Just out of the frame to the left is Fort Sumter. My dear spouse Marjorie enjoys the view here.

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All the houses are immaculately kept up. I had mixed success capturing the houses without any ugly modern vehicles to spoil the view.

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If you haven’t been to Charleston, it should definitely be on your list!

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”

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