Wednesday, October 29, 2014

historical church tour


1841 Bible
I saw this pre civil war era Bible at an old Baptist Church while on assignment.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

unashamed

Mr. Lee listens to Jesus music

Monday, October 27, 2014

The hunt

before the hunt
When I got this assignment I was very excited. This would be right in my wheel house, getting to hang out with my people, boys from the deep south who ain't scared of the woods. The story was about wounded soldiers who get to participate on a annual deer hunt that is held on property own by the government. I had conjured up this really cool photo in my head but as it turns out sometimes I only got to shoot a few photos of the hunters getting ready in 85 degree heat in icky light. I followed them to the blind and shot a few photos that I didn't like. Then I made my way back to the truck trying not to spook any deer. Randy, the guide for the hunt said he had pictures of a big buck on his trail camera for his wounded warrior friend, Danny. I liked Randy, he was a hunter. He told me he was worried when he heard he had a photographer coming. He didn't want some city boy in penny loafers messing up his hunt. I think it was obvious I didn't fit that bill. Danny's vehicle was hit by an IED during the war and he suffered crushed legs and a plethora of back injuries. He spent 3 years in a wheelchair and he said they told him he'd never walk again. He looked at me and said well I'm walking ain't I? Yes sir you are I said. From start to finish the photos took maybe 15 minutes. It was an afternoon assignment and I couldn't stay any longer....I had such high hopes for this one.....

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

cancer walk




10,000 people at this cancer walk, pretty amazing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friday night football

Can't believe we are already 7 games into the season.

Monday, October 13, 2014

church sign

church sign

Sunday, October 12, 2014

frogman

frogman looks at a photo of himself
This guy was a mascot for a reunion of a little community called Frog Hollow. The community was bulldozed decades ago to make way for a medical complex. I was told Frog Hollow got it's name because it was a swampy area that had lots of frogs. The mascot, named Clif, told me he had great fun being the frog and their were others who agreed. I just love characters, they keep the world from becoming a boring place.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

the last pecan

the last pecan
Long time resident Mr. Hobbs eats the last pecan from a 95 year old pecan tree the was destroyed along with an old building that used to house the local newspaper on Friday. I heard someone remark "we can't tear history down fast enough" and others can't wait for something new and shiny.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Locks at the Locks

locks at the locks

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Tony Carr Jr.... Artist




Tony Carr Jr. is a full time artist living in the Augusta, Ga area. His work can be found in several galleries in the southeast United States, but let me talk about Tony for a moment. How can I describe Tony?....well words like creative, talented, passionate about his work and smart all come to mind but what strikes me most about Tony is his kindness to others. Former surveyor turned artist, Tony is always looking out for others. Yes, he wants to make his living in the art world, which is tough to do, but he wants others to be successful as well. I've gotten to know Tony personally and he is what we call in the south "good people" You won't find a better guy. One of Tony's skills besides being an accomplished artist is his knowledge of local history. Sometimes Tony and I will have lunch and talk about the local art scene but inevitably the conversation will migrate to history. This guy is like having google, wikipedia, a civil war and South Carolina history book at your finger tips. He knows facts, figures and dates better than anybody I've ever met. I keep telling him he should be lecturing somewhere. And, oh by the way he can tell you anything about old pottery you want to know, he even repairs it to perfection. The Augusta National Golf Club has even used him to repair priceless antiques. He works in several mediums and a phrase he likes to use is " I like to use conventional tools in unconventional ways" If you are looking for one of a kind art pieces to decorate your home or business look  HERE to see a little of what he does.