Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pirates and Cookbooks

Ornate Gate to Pirate Alley, French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film. Click on image for larger view.)



Another picture from the Hank's Seafood cookbook? Yes, you guessed it. But what, might you ask, does a cookbook have to do with pirates? Nothing really. This image just happens to portray the gate to Pirate Alley in the French Quarter, which hints at Charleston's historic past (plus it makes an interesting topic of discussion for this post).

Pirate Alley is adjacent to the Pirate House, a purported hangout for buccaneers in the early 1700's. Although
 there once were pirates in colonial Charleston, they are now safely tucked away in history books, and the only ones likely to be seen today are in costume, leading walking tours through the city.

18 comments:

  1. I love the gate...and the house. Does anybody lives there?
    Love your blog!

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  2. Very nice iron work at the gate. I like this composition!

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  3. will you dress in a pirate costume when we walk together in charleston next month?

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  4. Looks like an invitation to go inside! Nicely done.
    Have a nice day.

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  5. Lovely and inviting! Your beautiful tone, light and choice of focus (DOF) make this such a special charm!

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  6. i adore this picture, the photo is just amazing, i love the contracts and the dark colors, goo work :)

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  7. Intriguing gate, not many ornate gates like this anymore.

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  8. Your photos do capture the flavor of Charleston!

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  9. here's this beautiful warm light again (which i associate with cross processing or a similar filter!). i like the perspective and the slight tilt that lead the eye into the picture !!

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  10. About two years ago, Pirates of the Caribbean came to Greenwich University to shoot some scenes!
    I saw tons of extras walking around their main gates.

    Yes, my pad is literally 2 mins away from the GMT!

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  11. How creative and nice detail.

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  12. reminds me of a house we had our holiday in france, provence a couple of years ago

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  13. Lovely color and composition Doug--an inviting place in spite of the name.

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  14. i like how welcoming this image is.. :) nice shot!

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