Mary Presson Roberts Photography

Charleston in Shadow

“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

During my winter break, I had the opportunity to explore with my camera.  I received a wonderful book, Seeing in Sixes, for Christmas.  Seeing in Sixes is a collection of six image projects edited by Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher.  I think I had this book in my mind as I spent a day walking through the streets of downtown Charleston.

I have spent many trips photographing in Charleston.  This time I was looking for something different to photograph.  When I saw the shadow of ironwork cast upon a tree, my series for the day 

began to take form.

The Beginning

The bright, sunny day just was perfect for finding shadows.

Tree and Manhole Cover

Everywhere I looked, there were interesting shadows to photograph.

Plant Shadows
At the Park

I tried to capture things that make me think of Charleston, SC, like this wheel from one of the tourist carriage rides.

Carriage Ride
Palm and Sidewalk

So, after driving three hours to Charleston and walking 7.2 miles through the streets there, I left with a series of seven images of shadows.  I found it so helpful and much more interesting to work on a series of images that day.  I will continue to photograph in this way as I explore other places and subjects.

If you are not familiar with the books Seeing in Sixes, I highly recommend them.

Wishing all a very happy and healthy New Year!


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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