Mary Presson Roberts Photography

Photographing in Downtown Charleston

“There is no city on Earth quite like Charleston. From the time I first came there in 1961, it’s held me in its enchanter’s power, the wordless articulation of its singularity, its withheld and magical beauty. Wandering through its streets can be dreamlike and otherworldly, its alleyways and shortcuts both fragrant and mysterious, yet as haunted as time turned in on itself.”
― Pat Conroy

Each time I go to photograph in Charleston, SC, I always make sure to save time to photograph 

in the downtown areas.  There are so many wonderful subjects to explore with your eyes and your lenses.  Cobblestone streets, fountains, decorated window boxes, and amazing architecture are just some of the things you can find to photograph.  I can easily spend an entire day photographing downtown and find that I only begin to scratch the surface of what can be discovered there.

One of my favorite places downtown is White Point Garden.  Before I was a photographer, I purchased a photograph of the gazebo located at White Point Garden.  I also own a print titled A Magical Moment by Madeline Carol that includes the gazebo and surrounding scene at White Point Garden.  This spot is very significant to me as I have spent many important times in my life at this garden.  It is no wonder I am drawn to this spot again and again.

On the morning of my most recent visit, I allowed my eyes to lead me to a scene I had not previously photographed.  The light seemed to be dancing in one corner of the garden.

White Point Garden

The garden was very quiet in the early morning.  The few visitors to the garden were walking their dogs.  While the garden was quiet, it would not be long before the bustle of tourists would be taking advantage of all of the beauty of the garden.

A Place to Rest

After visiting the garden, I started walking down the streets to see what treasures I could discover along the way.

I was photographing just after Easter, so many of the churches were still decorated.  I loved this view into one of the churches.

Church Scene

The azaleas were nearing the end of their magnificent display for this spring on the day I photographed downtown.

Beside the Park

I thought the petals on the ground were just as beautiful as the ones still clinging to the bushes.  I enjoyed saying farewell to the azaleas in Charleston until next spring.

I hope the next time you visit Charleston, South Carolina, you will take the time to wander around downtown to see what beauty you can discover there.

Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.


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