On April 29, 2006, my young companion, Casey Jenkins, and I were hiking a well-traveled trail near historic Oconee Station in the Pickett Post community of Oconee County, South Carolina, when we came upon a gentleman photographing various wildflowers. Making small talk as we passed him by, Casey and I soon reached our destination -- the magnificent Oconee Station Falls.
Later, the photographer, who had introduced himself as Ed Harshaw from Summerville, South Carolina, joined us at the base of the waterfall. Casey was having a good time, using a slippery rock in the middle of the shallow, chilly stream as a sliding board while I sat on a large boulder, swatting gnats and mosquitoes! In between his taking snapshots of the waterfall, Harshaw and I discussed photography, digital cameras and photo editing. Our conversation soon turned to my recent launching of Southern Edition. Having neither paper on which to write nor a business card in my wallet, I could only hope that I might remember his name. I didn't. He, on the other hand, surprised me a couple of weeks later with a telephone call. Not only had Harshaw remembered my name, but he wanted to submit a sampling of his photographs for my consideration.
Needless to say, the problem with reviewing Harshaw's submissions was determining which photos not to use. His impressive portfolio of images attests of his ability to capture the people, animals, flowers, architecture and nuances of South Carolina (particularly the Lowcountry where he resides) in both detailed close-ups and creative abstracts.
Following are some excellent examples of Ed Harshaw's work:
Ed Harshaw has been active in photography for decades, and has a special affinity for nature and graveyards.
According to one of my friends, my chance encounter with Ed Harshaw along a hiking trail proved that I can apparently "network" anywhere. Nonetheless, I'm glad I made his acquaintance, and I feel Harshaw's photography will be a great asset to Southern Edition.