Admiration of an artist

I know you’re going to say that I am stuck in South Carolina mode, but there is just so much in that area of the world that appeals to the photographer’s eye (not that I’m an expert by any means).  For instance, I was very fascinated by the art of sweetgrass basketry, and on numerous occasions I asked permission to photograph the artists at work. I could have watched them for hours because their expertise is such that I’m sure they could make these baskets in their sleep. The sweetgrass basket art form was brought to the US in the latter half of the seventeenth century by West Africans who adapted the basketry traditions of their homeland to the available indigenous materials to make work baskets that were needed on the rice plantations.

This lady was very special.   We talked to her for quite a while because she was so fascinating, and she explained the basket making craft to us in great detail.  I admired her calm nature, especially when I found out that she had raised around 8 or 10 children!!  And yes, in case you are wondering, of course I brought home a basket! 🙂

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11 Responses to Admiration of an artist

  1. TBM says:

    8 or 10 children. I struggle with one dog and one cat. I love her face. What a sincere and beautiful woman.

  2. zelmare says:

    Are you sure this picture wasn’t taken here in South Africa? 😉 Everything about this picture – her clothes, her blanket, the craft… could’ve been SA!!!! 🙂

  3. ladyfi says:

    A beautiful shot!

  4. Jeff Sinon says:

    Great portrait of an artist at work. Watching another artist practice their craft is always fascinating.

  5. dafarmer says:

    Wow! I only have one infant ! I can’t imagine 8 to 10 kids! Nice shot most people in the south are really friendly. I can’t wait to go home to GA. And drink some sweet tea and have real fried chicken.

  6. Yes, as I sit in the hospital right now with my youngest son who just had his tonsils out and is in horrible pain and sick from the meds, I definitely can’t imagine 8 or 10!! That fried chicken sounds really good right about now though – yummy!!!

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