I am by vocation a Professor of English at South Carolina State University. My interest in photography began when I lectured in universities in mainland China (1981-‘85) and wished to record the country’s landscape and cities. This interest was reinforced when I spent a semester (Spring 1998) at the Camargo Foundation, a research institute in the small town of Cassis in southern France. With a new Nikon, I was fascinated by the region’s geological formations, vineyards and other agricultural features, and crumbling architecture. Returning to South Carolina and moving on to medium-format, I discovered that rural areas in central South Carolina offer uncountable photographic opportunities. Long an agricultural hub, the region features old houses, barns, sheds, and shacks of all sizes. In many cases, despite the casual origins of many of the structures just mentioned, the skilled workmanship was obvious.
My avocation entered a new stage when I found myself in Norway during the 2011-'12 academic year, teaching at the University of Bergen as Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies. Among the courses I taught was a master's-level seminar on word and image in American poetry, with emphasis on ekphrastic poems. In the aftermath of the experience, I decided it was time to put into practice aspects of the poetics explored during the course. The images presented in Bergen South and North date from this period and from a return visit during 2016.