Sunday, October 30, 2011
|Saint Michael's Church on Broad Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
On a soft Charleston evening, Saint Michael's Church stands prominently above Broad Street, the steeple being one of the city's iconic landmarks. Broad Street was a main thoroughfare even in colonial days, a focal point in the original walled city. Today it is lined with 19th century commercial architecture replete with real estate companies, law firms, art galleries, restaurants, cafes...
and of course a couple of churches.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
|Railing and Columns, US Custom House, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
In recognition of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Charleston's Customs House on East Bay Street was spotlighted with pink light at night. For the past 25 years the NBCAM organization has worked hard to enlighten the public about early detection of breast cancer through education and annual check-ups. You can take a look at their website for more information.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Fall Foliage, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina © Doug Hickok|
Deciduous tress begin changing color as autumn dabs the mountain sides like a painter brushing his canvas. As the leafy greens, oranges and reds emerge, the variety of plant species in the Appalachian ecology become more apparent.
The dramatic chiaroscuro light spotlighting the mountain side is from sunlight momentarily bursting through dark storm clouds. This type of theatrical lighting was favored by the Italian painter Caravagio who used it to great effect in some of his masterworks.
Photo note: This image was made on Velvia 35mm slide film several years ago during a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|Old Red and Yellow Door, Auburn, Alabama © Doug Hickok|
The color on this old door is so vibrant...
so strong that it creates a visual tension.
I have to slip my sunglasses on while looking at the screen to keep my eyes from going bonkers...
(look here for the first Homage to Rothko.)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Gate Scroll at Night, Porter's Lodge, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
Probably not on this date, sometime in the 1920's, Louis Armstrong is thought to have started scat singing when he misplaced the lyrics to a song. So the charismatic trumpeter improvised by performing his song by making instrumental sounds with his voice.
(Psst... if you listen closely, you will hear politicians making similar nonsense sounds when orating, but in a less musical way.)
Give scat singing a try in the privacy of your home, at your earliest convenience.
I promise, you will have a blast!
A skeep beep dee bop bop boo!
A skeep beep dee bop bop boo!
Monday, October 10, 2011
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|Morris Island Lighthouse, near Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
When the Morris Island Lighthouse, also called the Old Charleston Light, was built in 1876, it stood on solid ground surrounded by a large sandy island. Before the lighthouse was built, a significant Civil War battle was fought on Morris Island at Fort Wagner, later featured in the film Glory. This movie followed the course of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first major all black American military units.
Although time and erosion have vanquished the fort, and the sands that surrounded the lighthouse buildings, the lighthouse itself still stands, albeit with a slight tilt. It was decommissioned in 1962, but efforts have been underway to preserve and restore it, as is the case with many historic structures in and around Charleston.