Old-World Charleston – WPC
“This place is special to me and I just wanted to share it with you.”
Anthony T. Hincks
When my husband and I decided to move south, there were a number of key items on our wish list. We hoped to find a beautiful natural setting ☑, access to an active lifestyle ☑, an adequate airport for staying connected with family and friends ☑, excellent medical care ☑, and a nearby city of reasonable size with restaurants, cultural activities and charm. After 17 years we still believe we’ve found the best of all worlds with our choice – including our access to the charming city of Charleston, SC. My opening capture is the city’s iconic pineapple fountain, a symbol of welcome, friendship and hospitality.
“The place cast a lovely spell on me that seduced me one breath at a time.”
Brenda Sutton Rose
Walking through town in springtime, the bouquet of jasmine follows you everywhere. Horse-Drawn carriages transport visitors down cobblestone streets lined with moss-laden giant oaks. Often one can spot dolphins at play along the beautiful harbor. It’s a place in which you can imagine what life was like centuries ago.
Charleston has received awards too numerous to count in recent years, but some of the more notable include:
o #1 small US City – Conde Nast Traveler Readers (6 years in a row)
0 Best City in the US – Travel + Leisure Magazine
o Best Town – Outside Magazine
o Top community with Green Spaces – National Geographic
o One of 29 Best Small US Cities – National Geographic Travel
o South’s Best City – Southern Living‘s readers
o Several James Beard awards for our outstanding restaurants
“This is the place of places, and it is here.”
In response to Erica’s challenge for the week, oftentimes when I seek inspiration I head into downtown Charleston, as I did this past week with a good friend and fellow photographer. Meandering through the streets and alleyways, we came upon an interesting scene in photography-friendly Philadelphia Alley (named because of a contribution that city made to rebuild the area after a major fire). If you look closely at the end of the alley in the image above, you will notice a craftsman we found hard at work as we wandered in.
“Habits, places and faces grow into you over time, like tree roots burrowing into stone work.”
Although I am normally shy about asking strangers to allow me to photograph them, in this case the opportunity was too good to pass up. Not only did I ask if we could take photos, I also asked him to create some dust for us while we were shooting – a request with which he was happy to comply. For me it was the favorite set of images from the day – proving how important it is to be open to opportunities you cannot plan in advance 🙂.
For those who are interested, here’s our workman from a bit farther away.
“Your promised land is your place of fulfillment”
Here’s to a week of unexpected opportunity and inspiration – and a Happy Mothers Day to those of you who inspire us all. For more responses to Erica’s “Place in the World” challenge, click here.
NOTE: Despite it’s contemporary excellence, because Charleston truly feels like an old-world city I’ve processed this week’s images using Nik Silver EFEX pro. All images captured with Fuji X-T2.