The Charleston Artist Guild is collaborating with Magnolia Plantation on a exhibition of paintings of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Even though the exhibition won't happen until next Fall, I though it wise to visit the plantation to start scouting out painting locations and to collect some additional reference photos .
Bruce volunteered to come along as chauffeur and part time equipment caddy. ( He is incredibly patient about pulling off the highway for me to take a photo of something I've spotted along the road, and very helpful in holding my purse and camera so I have both hands free to do a quick sketch).
The fact is I enjoy his company and he is a good photographer in his own right..
He introduces interesting and different perspectives often pointing out subjects I would have overlooked had he not been along. e.g. it was his idea to visit the plantation's slave village where I got this and several other interesting photos
It is a good thing we went when we did. Most of the camellias were already spent, and this years rains had knock off many of the azalea blossoms. Still we did get some very good classic shots of the grounds in bloom taken this one taken near the Administration Center Pond.
I have numerous reference photos of Magnolia Plantation from visits made in the Fall and early Spring but the none were in quite the same weather conditions. Today was very gray and overcast, giving an entirely different look and feel to the grounds..
.. some spots were almost ethereal and others very stark compared to the exuberant photos I had taken of the same scenes bursting with color in fall and early spring of previous years. ( see 11/20/10 "Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Photo Shoot 11 '10")
We both got some really beautiful photos