The idea of a week relaxing in North Myrtle Beach while my partner played golf was worrying – what would I do – especially as the weather was unseasonably cool and wet?! I knew I needed more practice at approaching people in the street to ask if I might create a portrait of them, so as we wandered around Barefoot Landing I approached some visitors and vendors to do just that. It was a lot of fun and I had some really interesting conversations.
Often they were curious to know why I wanted to photograph them and everyone has a story to tell about themselves. I managed to persuade some who weren’t particularly willing and that’s very satisfying. But to be honest, I shirked the task! It takes more time and greater intimacy to find the magic, to bring out the best in a person and make them look as good in the image as they are on the inside. I also should have been more confident to move my subjects to avoid reflections and glare … more practice coming up!
Lisa on the information booth at Barefoot Landing
Leah, multilingual, well travelled lady from Miami.
Jean, who hates having her photo taken!
Aram, selling pearl necklaces. Born in Armenia
Barry, golfer from Canada
Kevin, golfer from Canada
Amber serving us a decent coffee!
Kari & Jesse of a wonderful shop called Bud ‘n Belle Bath & Body Care. They make their own sugar scrubs and they are fantastic!
A lovely chap who wanted to take our picture with my camera … I prefer to be on the other side of the lens!
Ashely with her one-year old bulldog called Louis and admirer Tess.
Robert Arthur Blank, on his 40th Anniversary!
Shannon & Joe, shopping at Bud ‘n Belle
I’ve had a break from photography which is making me all the more excited about my upcoming opportunities. I’m heading to South Carolina for a holiday break but have decided a photo project is required to keep me going. Lying in the sun and shopping doesn’t do it for me anymore (although a little shopping won’t go amiss!) so I’m going to find a way to photograph holidaymakers in Myrtle Beach. Being Scottish is a great icebreaker as it puts people at ease … “Ah just lurve your accent” is a common response and I’m hoping I’ll have enthusiastic subjects!
My first visit to an American style resort many years ago was an eye-opener when I discovered “Resort Wear” was recomemend (by my colleagues), a whole new concept to me. I stayed true to myself and really stuck in my (scruffy) shorts and teeshirts … So this has got to be my theme: “A Retort to Resort”, “Loving Leisurewear” or maybe “Let’s Dig ’em Out Again” (as I do).
But what’s really thrilling me is SOUTH AMERICA is coming up!!!!!! A month of travelling with my camera in June and July. Planning the trip is making my mouth water as I firm up details that include time in Cuba and Colombia; visiting Havana and Trinidad with travel photographer Ralph Valesco, independent travelling in Colombia and then (fingers crossed) another Momenta Non-Proft Workshop in Medellin. I’ll try to blog in Spanish at some point – not quite yet though!
Meantime I’m continuing to process neglected images from previous trips. Good to keep my hand in …
Market Wall, Bali
Monkey Temple, Kathmandu
Luang Prabang, Laos
Shell Village, Laos
Passengers, Tatipani, Nepal
Pashupati Funeral Pyre, Kathmandu
Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng, Laos
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia