Composer and Sony DSLR
Leaning Palm, Ossabaw Island
In February of 2009 I realized a long-held
dream and spent three days photographing on Ossabaw Island, a remote
barrier island off the coast of Georgia, with a small group
of fellow artists, photographers and naturalists.
the magical world of Ossabaw for the first time, one could be forgiven
for thinking it a pristine, almost untouched wilderness. The silence is
profound; sunlight filters down through cabbage palms and live oaks
draped with Spanish moss, dappling the understory of palmettos and the
narrow sandy road, sometimes little more than a path, upon which one
stands. Vultures and hawks wheel high in the sky, searching, hunting .
. . . Then, a crash off to one side in the underbrush: two or three
black Ossabaw pigs go tearing along and disappear in the distance; soft
rustles in the dry leaves reveal an armadillo or a wary island deer.
And, never far away, the vast open expanses of tidal marsh, and the sea.
Ossabaw has been inhabited by humans for the past 4,000 years: it is a
palimpsest of the faint and fading traces of prehistoric
hunter-gatherers, early native maize-growers, Spanish explorers and
missionaries, English plantation owners, wealthy American sportsmen.
Then, in 1924, Dr. Henry Norton Torrey and his wife Nell Ford Torrey
purchased Ossabaw for their use as a private family retreat. The island
remained the property of the Torrey family until 1978, when, due to the
efforts of Eleanor Torrey West, Dr. Torrey’s daughter, to keep Ossabaw
from being victimized by developers, it was sold to the State of
Georgia as the State's first heritage preserve, a wild, remote and
peaceful haven for scientific study and creative pursuits.
I came away from Ossabaw, I carried Ossabaw within me, haunted forever
by this seemingly unchanging, yet continually changing, world of sea
and sky, sky and land, land and sea. Someday soon I hope I shall
realize another dream, and return to Ossabaw.
Avenue of Oaks
Crane at Torrey Landing
Cabbage Palm Texture
Cane Patch Island
Cemetery of Palms
Tidal Marsh Creek
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The following sequence was made on the same
trip, over a period of three days, using a Pinhole Blender Mini 120
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