Old Sheldon Church, South Carolina

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

While on a trip, my wife and I decided to jump off I-95 to visit the Old Sheldon Church Ruins located near Beaufort, SC.  It was originally known as Prince William’s Parish Church. The church was built between 1745 and 1753.  What you see today is what’s left of one of the oldest churches in the US.  It was burned by the British in 1779 and rebuilt in 1826.  Guess what... William T. Sherman burned it down a second time in 1865 during his march through the South.

This place has a vibe to it that is hard to explain.  There are gravesites scattered throughout the grounds.  In fact, my wife, while walking around to meet her daily FitBit goal, found that one area of the grounds gave her an uneasy feeling.  When we got back home, I did some research and found a website that stated that the Sheldon Church grounds are haunted.  The story goes that a woman wearing a brown dress has been seen standing over an infant’s grave. Visitors who walk near the child’s grave have reported a feeling of sorrow.

One of the many interesting things that I noticed was that all trees branches seem to grow towards the church. Maybe, it’s just me. 

I shot a mix of medium format with TRI-X film and digital. We only had about an hour and a half.  It would be fun to go back again and spend more time at this old majestic place.

Finch's Resturant

Howard Finch established Finch's Restaurant located on West Peace Street in 1945.

It has been a favorite breakfast and lunch choice for regulars and old timers for over 70 years.

The restaurant has become famous for its southern charm and food, a winning combination that makes you feel right at home.  

The Dept. of Transportation is planning on a  $ 37 million bridge replacement of the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street. Many private businesses will be demolished in 2017 to make way for this new bridge.

Finch’s  current owner,  Peggy Jin, bought the restaurant in 1991. She will be moving in 2017 to a new location on Chapel Hill Road in Durham.

The regulars of Finch's Restaurant have been leaving their goodbyes as artwork on the walls of the restaurant.


In a way, these walls are talking…



Shindig on the Green Celebrates 50th year in Asheville, North Carolina

This event is every Saturday night throughout the summer in downtown Asheville. To get these shots, I set up a backdrop on the steps of the Asheville Courthouse.   I used a 4'x8' softbox to light the musicians and exposed all the portraits with my Hasselblad 500 c/m and Polaroid Type 55 PN film. I hand printed them on Ilford Pearl paper.