Change is descending upon an otherwise quiet, unhurried, unobtrusive, place. The main highway, U.S Route 17, that bisects South Carolina's "low country," north to south, is being widened to accommodate commerce, tourists, and urban refugees. Not only are many homes, some historic, disappearing before the tracked blades of expansion, but also the new, faster thoroughfare encourages greater disregard and obliviousness to the charm and culture of the basin harbors.
This collection of images and thoughts is a tribute to, and an acknowledgment of, the respect that the modest souls of this region, obscure from the mainstream, deserve for their tenacity, good humor, social commitment, and acceptance of the ebb and flow of the often incomprehensible vagaries of existence.
This photographic adventure became an artistic journey and culminated in a unique awakening to an otherwise overlooked cultural phenomenon. While the road ends in water, it began there as well.
Bio and contact:
Eliot Dudik is a fine art photographer working in a large format documentary style. His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010. Eliot graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2007, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelors of Art in Art History. He received his Masters of Fine Art in photography with honors at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010.
Eliot's photography explores the southern coast of rural South Carolina, engaging primarily in landscape and environmental portraiture. The series, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, celebrates the culture and landscape of rural South Carolina, specifically between Savannah and Charleston.
Eliot Dudik is a Savannah, GA, based photographer.
To view more of his work, please visit his website: eliotdudik.com
You can buy a copy of ROAD ENDS IN WATER at both Eliot's website and photo-eye.
You can also contact him by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org